Something a bit more challenging, 11th June 2011.
The forecast was good for the north-west, at least until
mid-afternoon, so we had a go at something much more difficult.
We took the 'easy' route up from Dundonnell, to reach Bidein
a'Ghlas Thuill. Lunch on top, admiring the fantastic views,
and contemplating the next move - over to Sgurr Fiona.
A straightforward but careful walk down to the bealach, where we
were surprised to see a herd of mountain goats moving up onto the
Then onto the slopes of Sgurr Fiona - we opted for the traverse
across onto the west ridge, which has the advantage of not being too
near to the big drops above the coire. Still a couple of easy
scrambles needed though, to reach the summit. A second lunch
stop, watching the clouds forming behind Corrag Bhuidhe.
For the return we opted for a descent into Coire Mor an
Teallaich, a grassy corrie which allowed us to bypass rough ground
and regain the ascent route. Once on the descent path the
heavens opened, but by then we didn't mind.
A fairly demanding day - probably at the top end of what we are
likely to attempt. About 8miles walking, with about 4300ft of
ascent - and a total of 8.5 hours, of which at least 1hour was
sitting eating sandwiches at summits! Well done everyone!