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A Monro

A Monro

So to day three and a forecast of more buffering.

A case of hedging bets. 

Hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.  

A long ‘hike in’ to bigger hills has the advantage of smaller ones en-route. 

To be hiked if the wind defeated resolve.

I’ve not ‘bagged’ many Monros but Carn Ban Mor must be amongst the easiest ascents to over 1000m there are. 

Carn Ban Mor

Long way in to Carn Ban Mor

Apparently, though over 1000m, its not a Monro because it is too close to Sgor Gaoith, which is a Monro. 

All far to trivial to worry about really.

Carn Ban Mor

Top of Carn Ban Mor

Fix The Fells Scotland had smoothed the way almost to wheelchair quality.  As things are all relative the slightly less wind felt almost breeze like.  Though a shelter was welcome. 

Sky Carn Ban Mor

Carn Ban Mor

Sunburn was more of a hazard.  With southerly gusts blowing the clouds quickly away and making the blast unusually warm. At least lower down

And so I’ve added to my meagre list of Monros, or at least Scottish hills over 1000m. 

Sgor Gaoith

On to Sgor Gaoith

Carn Ban Mor, Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor.  Three perched along the buttress of Loch Eanaich.

Butress 5 - Sgor Gaoith

Butress 5 – Sgor Gaoith

The first and last of the three a little round and flat but with the cloud being cooperative the hills stretched to an endless horizon.

Loch Eanaich

Loch Eanaich

Sgor Gaoith sits on ‘No 5 Butress’ impressive grey granite blocks held by invisible force to gravity defying sides.  

Loch Eanaich

Loch Eanaich

Loch Eanaich dark and deep fed from the water shed round Tom Dubh and making a soggy exit along Glean Eanaich.

Sgoran Dubh Mor

Sgoran Dubh Mo

Fickle as ever the cloud sank.  Sgoran Dubh Mor disappeared into white soup and magnetic north lead the way off the top down below the cloud line. The tundra became more interesting than the view.

Highland flora


Back to the Scotch Pine clad valley sides and car park.


To Carn Ban Mor

And the map


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