blog of hillwalking in the Scottish hills and mountains from a Munro bagger.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

I have been doing research into the flowers I saw on that last hillwalking trip. Lousewort and the little yellow orchid is not an orchid but common cow-wheat I think. We also saw meadow vetchling in the valley / glen. The gentians appear to be marsh and spring gentians, although marsh gentian is not supposed to be that far north, more research needed!

And more Munros soon.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Great hillwalking and Munro bagging weekend in Glen Affric with friends. Only one days walking with the weather holding out. 4 Munros on the Strath Farrar ridge.

Access is through a locked gate that Scottish National Heritage control. Arriving at 9:00 am you collect a pass and are allowed through. There is a limit on the number of cars allowed in and you have to out by 8:00 pm, which is an improvement on the previous 6:00 pm exit time. The landowner at the end of the Glen is pushing to have this reversed, even though they are an absentee landlord living in Malaysia for most of the year.

We used three cars, one dropped at the finish point quite far up the glen, the other two carrying the nine of us to the start point. It began to rain as we set off.

We followed a track up into a large corrie beneath Sgurr na Muice and imposing hill to our left. There was the usual orchids, Gentian and common spotted and a little yellow orchid I have not identified yet. As we reached the final climb to the first Munro, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill the sun came out. It's a roller coaster of a ridge from here to the next Munro Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais. Then a 150m drop and climb back up to Carn nan Gower, followed by a 250m drop and climb to the final Munro of Sgurr na Ruaidhe.

The sun came and went all day, but at least we missed the thunder and lightning to the east. We did have a final shower while we waited for the cars to be collected and our lift back to the hostel at Cannich

A great weekends hillwalking and socialising. It was great to get some views of this ridge, as last time we did it we had virtually no visability at all and navigation was by compass. It poured the whole day and we were soaked to the skin.

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