Stravaig-Day 11(5)

Day 11(5) : Lochan Nam Breac to Glen Pean

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Tuesday 15th May


2030m ascent

3 Munros

2 Corbetts

Deer on the slopes of Ben Aden

A day of superlatives started with a still sunny morning, an ice encrusted tent and perfect visibility, a fantastic start to a fabulous day, the high point of the walk both physically (1040m) and mentally.

Lochan Nam Breac

Lochan nam Breac was like a mirror when I set off for Ben Aden and, after climbing up to the East Ridge, Loch Quoich looked like a puddle of mercury between the hills.

Clouds in Loch Quoich

The ridge to Ben Aden is a wonderful jumble of rock giving a hard climb and interesting route finding to the top where the view was incredible with a sprinkling of snow on the tops like icing sugar. On the summit of Ben Aden

Sgurr na Ciche from the south east ridge of Ben Aden

The route finding was easier down to Meall a Choire Duibh and then followed the ridge, at first easy then very steeply, up to Sgurr na Ciche where I stayed for a long time gazing at the view.

Loch Nevis and the Inner Hebridies from Sgurr na Ciche

The last time I was here visibility was terrible (see Challenge 2005) but now I could see from the Outer Hebrides to the Cairngorms and the NW highlands to Mull.

Looking north from Sgurr na Ciche

I was just thinking about moving on when I was joined by Eliot Sedman who had come up from Sourlies and was spending a few days walking in the area. We spent some more time looking and talking about mountains and walking, Eliot has done an extended LEJOG to include the south, east, west and north as well as the highest and lowest points

Garbh Chioch Mor (Ben Nevis on the horizon)

We had to move on or stay all night! Eliot to Ben Aden and I went on to Garbh Chioch Mor which for some reason had more snow than any of the other peaks. The ridge from here was a delight with the sun sparkling on the mica in the rock making it look like diamonds and an eagle flew past as I approached Sgurr nan Coreachan to make a perfect day even better. Looking East, the white bit on the horizon is the Cairngorms

Sgurr Mor from Sgurr Cos-na Breachd-laoidh

A short but very steep climb over Sgurr Cos-na Breachd-laoidh and I was descending the ridge, also steep, to Glendessary and the track to Glen Pean. Midges appeared at Strathan but I managed to get through the forest and down the boggy path to the bridge without suffering and pitched on the south side of the river at 9pm. I had to cook in the tent however but by 10 it was cold enough to send the beasties to bed and I finished a long and extremely satisfying day writing notes by the light of my head torch, the first time I used it on the walk. Glen Dessarry Bridge over the River Pean

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