Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Rain in Glen Coe – Sunshine in Glen Etive

Last Week: 85.2 miles; 34,200 feet; 40:24:28

After Ed’s “Joss” we drove north to Glen Coe after a kit buying frenzy in Ambleside and lunch with my Dad in Glasgow. The forecast suggested the poor weather in the Lakes was set to continue in Scotland and so it proved. Monday was so bad we did the complete traverse of Fort William, including the supermarket and managed a only couple of hours looking at the approach to a Munro we would attempt later in the week. Tuesday saw strong winds drive hail and snow showers across the summits of Beinn a Bheithir as we were crossing them but also, between the showers, allowed some fine views of Glen Coe.

Ballachullish Down Glen Coe from Sgorr Dhearg







Wednesday improved to merely showers in the low clouds that were thick enough to cause some route finding problems. On our way to Sgor na h-Ulaidh we needed to cross Stob an Fhuarain which we did, 4 times in all. Thursday produced very heavy rain for our visit to Buachaille Etive Beag – it relented long enough for us to visit the two Munros but denied us the spectacular views of Glen Etive we should have enjoyed.

Our original plan involved driving south on Friday when the skies we due to clear to provide “wall to wall” sunshine so we decided to stay on until Sunday and see some of the hills we had climbed. The weather lived up to the promise of the forecast and we were blessed with two summer days before coming home on Sunday.

Glen Etive Glen Etive







Mamores Ben Nevis







  Ben Starav

Glen Etive







So spectacular – who would go anywhere else when the weather is like that?

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