Day 3 Beinn Resipol to Glen Gour

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Saturday 13th May


1920m ascent

Corbetts 2

Grahams 1

Loch Sheil

Loch Sunart
I woke with the sun shining into the tent and it stayed bright and sunny all day which was a great boost as my feet were painful from the road walking yesterday and I was feeling sorry for myself as I started up Beinn Reisipol.

Lochan on Beinn Resipol

View from Beinn Resipol

Once I had got moving the incredible views, with the Outer Hebrides visible on the western horizon and hills and mountains of all shapes and colours to be seen everywhere, turned the walk into a perfect stroll up through the crags and lochans to the summit and then over slightly easier ground around the ridge and down to the old lead mines by the Strontian river. The miners of old must have been a hardy breed as while it was fascinating peering down these small wet holes in the ground the idea of working down there did not appeal at all, and this was on a good day.

Looking towards Glen Gour

Loch Doilet, Loch Sheil with Rum and Eigg on the horizon
The good weather was obviously affecting my judgment at this stage as I decided that the logical route from here to Sgurr a' Chaorainn was over Sgurr na h-Ighinn involving an extra 260m of rocky ascent and descent, but it was very enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. The most memorable event of this excellent day was still to come as when almost at the top of Beinn na h-uamah I heard a swooshing sound and a Golden Eagle flew around the summit rocks no more than 20m away from me (20ft according to my notes) ignoring me completely and carried on quartering the area for suitable prey, I just stood there gaping in amazement as I took in every detail of this magnificent creature and only remembered to reach for the camera when it was too far away. Sgurr a Chaorainn

A steep and rocky descent took me down to a perfect pitch in the twilight where the Allt an t-Sluichd joins the River Gour with just a few midges for company.


Looking down Glen Gour towards Loch Linnhe and Ballachulish

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