Blog Posts in Category: Mountaineering

Glen Strathfarrar Munros

Having joined Mountaineering Scotland specifically so that we could get access to the Glen Strathfarrar Munros it was great to get the conditions to enjoy this classic remote walk on such a stunning day. We woke up to a hard frost and a cold van due to an unexpectedly clear morning. We drove up the Glen as early as we were allowed to, and it was a beautiful morning as the sun was rising over the mountains. We dropped a bike at the end of the circuit to enable a 6km cycle back down the road to the van, rather than having to walk down the road. The ascent was very warm in the morning sun and out of the wind, but we soon climbed up into the wind. The views throughout the day were fantastic and we could see massive amount of Scotland. To the north we could see Ben Wyvis, Beinn Dearg, the Fannichs, the Fisherfield, Torridon. To the south we could see the Cuillin Ridge, the Affric hills, the Mullardoch hills, Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Creag Meagaidh and over to the Cairngorms. The walking along the ridge. Read the full article…

Cùl Mòr

After flying up to Inverness on Friday afternoon we headed over to near Ullapool with a plan to climb some of the Fannichs the next day. Unfortunately after driving west the forecast somewhat deteriorated as the wind got stronger and the amount of precipitation increased. Due to this we had a lie in in the morning and headed into Ullapool for breakfast. We decided to head slightly further north to the fine Corbett of Cùl Mòr which is an isolated hill in the Assynt Mountains with fantastic views in every direction. The ascent was fairly windy at times, but the views to the north were spectacular which made the ascent interesting. After we got to the col between the two summits we were greeted with a fantastic view towards Stac Pollaidh and the Achiltibuie peninsula. As we made the final ascent to the summit the wind increased and made walking extremely arduous, I was very glad to only be spending a short period in the full force of the wind! I was hoping to get fantastic views on the descent of Suilven, Quinag and Canisp in the afternoon sun, however. Read the full article…

High Raise from Grasmere

Due to a short walk on Saturday we planned a long walk on the Sunday due to a better forecast. We decided on a circuit up to High Raise from Grasmere, which turned out to be an amazing walk as the views were constantly changing in every direction. We started up Castle How and Blea Rigg which gave us excellent views of Wetherlam and the mountains around Langdale valley. It was great to look down Langdale from above, although it was a shame that the light was very challenging photographically. As we climbed up our views over Stickle Tarn and Pavey Ark improved until we got to the summit of Sergeant Man. At this point we had views over to Helvellyn, Fairfield, Crinkle Craggs and Bow Fell. After the short walk over to High Raise we then had views to the north up towards Skiddaw and Borrowdale. The descent then took us down into a beautiful glacial valley and then along a final ridge as the sun light was fading. The final ridge did go on a bit with plenty of undulation, and unfortunately we got soaked in the last. Read the full article…

A Windy Wetherlam

Due to a very windy forecast we elected to have a short walk on Saturday which enabled us to have a lie in and then head up to Wetherlam after enjoying brunch in Coniston. We walked through the Coppermines and up to Levers Water. The cloud base was hovering around the summits during this walk which gave us some lovely views, however the light was very challenging for photography. Unfortunately the weather closed in as we approached the col before the final ridge up to the summit. After a quick summit selfie in the strong winds we made a hasty descent back down the other side of the mountain. As we dropped below the cloud base we have fantastic views over Coniston Water and the southern Lake District.