Another gloriously sunny morning with a bitterly cold wind to visit a couple more Munros. Great to spend some time on the hills with our good friend Keith, well on the way to full recovery from his triple heart bypass and more recently blood poisoning from a tick bite. You can’t keep a good man down!
Driving the length of Loch Leven to the road up to Mamore Lodge we found the road and the Lodge closed. Parking at the road head meant a couple of miles of tarmac before reaching the Lodge and the Stalkers cottage beyond. OK for us in good weather and in daylight, but for potential Ramsay Round aspirants this is quite a blow when planning the Round. Usually this leg is in the middle of the night and parking at Mamore Lodge is of huge benefit when carrying stuff in for support and back out again. Having supported this leg in June from the Lodge, in the middle of the night, in torrential rain and with temperatures so cold that the next leg runners were almost hypothermic another two hours out would be much less fun!
Looking down at the Stalkers Cottage with Mamore Lodge behind and the Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche) above
Keith enjoying the view of Loch Leven, again with Mamore Lodge and Sgorr na Ciche in the distance
Ian on the track leading to Loch Eilde Mor
We soon left the track behind to climb on to higher ground.
Looking across to Sgurr Eilde Mor with Coire an Lochain below
First Munro of the day Binnein Mor looking down at Binnein Beag which we visited on a previous occasion
The ominous clouds below brought with them a short sharp sprinkling of snow, which fortunately passed through very quickly. Fortunately the climb to the next summit warmed us up nicely.
Ben Nevis (left) and Carn Mor Dearg
From the summit of Na Gruagaichean looking back at Binnein Mor and the lesser Binnein Beag
More of the magnificent Mamore Mountains