Sunday, 20 October 2013

Isle of Mull

Sadly, Jane, Liz, Kay and I were not quite so lucky at the beginning of October. We had intended to spend three days climbing Grahams in the island but the weather, more specifically the strong winds, got the better if us.
Our first attempt was to summit Corra-bheinn and Cruach Choireadail from Sleibhte Coire in Glen More. We followed the glen path for 3km to the col at 332m before striking out up the west ridge of Cruachan Death, but we were severely hampered by strong winds and it soon became apparent that there was little chance of reaching any summit cairns in such conditions. Retreat was the only option, made a little more palatable by coffee and cake in Craignure later on.
Bad conditions continued into the next day and so we drove (the long way round!) to the northwest of the island for a scenic and bracing low level walk round Treshnish, taking in the abandoned village of Crakaig and the illicit still on the shore. Needless to say, we indulged in more coffee and cake in nearby Calgary to end the day.
The next day was our last and the winds had abated, so we decided to start early and climb Beinn Talaidh before catching the ferry. It was drizzly and misty when we reached the summit cairn which was a pity since I think in better conditions it would have been a good hill to linger on, and from which to enjoy the views.

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