A’Chailleach and Carn Sgulain

On Wednesday we set off very early from Edinburgh with plans to reach Fort William and have a mountaineering day on the Ring of Steall. However, when we got there the weather was much worse than forecasted, so we decided to head east rather than spend a day in the clag.

It turns out the weather wasn’t that much better in the east, so we opted for A’Chailleach and Carn Sgulain, near Newtonmore. We hadn’t done these two munros before, and since they are fairly straightforward rounded hills they seemed like a good option for a bad weather day!

Before heading into the cloud...

Before heading into the cloud…

The snow line was sitting at around 700m. This route is meant to be nice on the skis, however, we didn’t fancy carrying them up to reach the white stuff so left them in the car…will go back another day :-)

It snowed constantly from around 1.30pm until we were beneath the freezing level on our way back to the car where it turned to light rain.

The rather featureless plateau between the two summits gave us some good navigation practice – timing and pacing required!

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Summit of Carn Sgulain

Summit of Carn Sgulain

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Not far to go now…

We rounded the day off with some chippy chips and the headed back down to Edinburgh.

On Thursday we opted for quick fitness blast on the bike around the Glentress black route. After having just entered the Innerleithen round of the Scottish Enduro Series, we thought it was about time we start training :-)

We had all sorts of weather, from blue skies and sunshine to snow and hail showers…but it was freezing from start to finish. Even the gruelling tower climb didn’t manage to warm us up!

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