Monday, 9 April 2012

Mullardoch and Affric Munros, April'12

Our Mullardoch and Affric trip is a 3 day event that, weather permitting, sees us bag up to 12 Munros. However, even in fine conditions, this trip is a test of fitness and stamina ! Our group of 4 hardy souls (Willy, Jo, Derek and Elena) were being lead on this occasion by Martin McDermott and here's his report.

Day 1 began with a drive down the private road to the power station in Glen Strathfarrar. Due to time limits we decided to leave the outlying An Socach. We went out to An Riabhachan first via the lochans approch and then back down the ridge to Sgurr na Lapaich. There was plenty of fresh soft snow which made progress hard work. Under the cloud on the walk was in sunshine. The Allt Garbh-choire which needed crossing near the day's end was in spate, but fortunately fallen tree could be used as a bridge.

We decided to do the big day on day 2 - the 5 Munros to the north of Loch Affric. A hard day out in summer and we would be attempting it in grim wintry weather. The plan was to do the original planned route in reverse to ensure we got the hard hills in first. Mam Sohail, Carn Eige and Ben Fhionnlaidh completed, we headed back to Carn Eige we headed east to the pinnacles. The path was hidden in snow we edged our way carefully along. Everyone soaked through but determined to do one more.

Our third day involved a bike ride to Alltbeithe Youth Hostel from Affric. Eager for more Jo and Derek enjoyed a pleasant walk to An Socach and then left Willy and I to tackle the next two. Weather started to improve on the way and we were rewarded with views to Mullach na Dheiragain as we progressed. Over to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, the weather further improved with sunrays and the occasional rainbow. Back on the bikes, a fine ride retunred us with the sun setting on our backs.

More photos taken by Martin of the trip are on our Flickr site.