No cloud inversions, no Aurora Borealis, no wild summit camps or climbing steep Gullies...... No aerial shots, no timelapse films, no camera an no video.....
After some rather superb trips over the last month I headed out on a short Corbett bagging trip with only one electronic item - my phone! I had no plans to photograph or film just head up a hill in variable conditions - as it turns out , I dd take a few phone snps (I couldn't help myself!!).
Carn a' Chuillin is a Corbett (816m) to he south of Loch Ness near Fort Agustus, and is in an area I haven't really investigated before , well not from the Great Glen side. I needed a short outing due to time constraints and the well constructed road to the hydro scheme allowed this to happen, along with leg power, pedals and two wheels!! I set off on the bike from the layby a few hundred metres from the hydro road and it was immediately steep! The legs were soon warm and I was glad of a few sections which provided less steep pull ups ! Heading up the track I had initially thought about heading up the track o where it bends, here I would leave the bike and head south west across the Coire an t Seilich. It never happened - I got to the bridge over the burn and saw he hill and decided to strike a ways up! I followed th path by the river before crossing and heading for the hill across pathless heathery ground. I soon reached the steeper parts and made my way up. I had no excuses to stop - no setting the scene , no drone readying, no tripods, no walking into shot (and then back!), progress was quicker than usual and with a light pack - what a treat:) It was cold and the wind had picked up and I soon donned the ski goggles, which although make me look silly, are a great piece of kit and certainly stopped my eyes watering form the icy wind! A few large patches of snow were carefully traversed without the need for getting the crampons on and before long I found myself at the summit cairn watching the clouds scud towards me from the Nevis range. The Munro peaks were cloud covered but as is sometimes the case the lower Corbetts were fine and the views worthwhile... To the south and east the contrasting rolling moors looked more wild and remote than the grand shapely peaks that disappeared in to the cloud and although it had not taken too long to summit(thanks to the bike) it did feel a little remote (exclude the tracks to the north and this feeling would have been amplified!). A fine outing a Corbett bagged an fresh air in abundance! No film, just a few phone snaps - liberating ? not sure , but much quicker and less weight carried! Always nice getting out.... Scotland' Mountains
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