Ten early birds left Aberdeen with Sue at
the wheel and after picking up Donna we arrived at the car park
at Garbat at 10am. After sorting out gear etc we left at 10:10am
and headed up the path alongside the Allt a’Bhealaich Mhoir in
damp misty conditions.
The minibus in the car park
Heading up the path in the mist
It was quite warm and we were soon taking
off layers as we headed up the steep slopes of An Cabar, which
now has a wonderful path all of the way onto the ridge. We
stopped at about 900m to have a break and an early lunch.
An early lunch on the slopes of An Cabar
After climbing to the summit of An Cabar
and into the brilliant sunshine some of us checked out the
information board advising that we should keep to one line
across the plateau to stop the erosion from getting worse.
Climbing out into the sunshine
Reaching the plateau
The information board
Once across the 2km to the summit of Ben
Wyvis (Glasa Leathad Mor) we stopped again briefly for
photographs and a chat with a chap from Muir of Ord and his dog
Paddy (although he did say that ‘Paddy’ was spelt the
Gaelicway). Donna left us just after the summit and headed back
to get the minibus around to Loch Glass to pick us up.
Chatting with ‘Paddys’ owner at the summit
We headed north-northeast from the summit
towards Tom a’Choinnich then skirted its western slopes above
the snowline at the head of Coire Mor.
Setting off from the summit
Summits to the north peek through the low
Strolling in the sunshine
After another break for sustenance in the
afternoon heat we headed over a small steep snowfield past the
910 point and across to the summit of Glas Leathad Beag
Heading up to the snowfield
Crossing the snowfield
Heading for Glas Leathad Beag (middle rear)
Looking back around the corrie edge
The next target was Fiaclach from where
Donna had told us there was a good path down to the lochside.
Roger had got a bit ahead and he headed off the eastern side and
described his descent as steeper than the North Face of the
Eiger. He also didn’t find a path on his descent. All of the
others headed down to the northwest of the face of Fiachlach and
found a sketchy path in the corrie which was through peat hags,
holes and waist high heather. It was with great relief that
everyone reached the lochside at around 5:30pm.
Looking back at Fiachlach from the descent
to the north west (Derek, Heather and Christine came down very
steeply in the middle of the picture initially!!)
A debate followed as to where we were
supposed to be meeting Donna and after some uncertainty we
headed southeast down Loch Glass past Culzie Lodge and
eventually came across Donna, Roger (who had had a dip in the
loch) and the minibus near the end of the loch.
A brief stop in Dingwall for food and
rehydration was followed by Donna whisking a tired but very
satisfied group back to Aberdeen for 10pm.