Sunday of our Bridge of Orchy weekend and we’re all out in one massed outing of Muppets.
The weather had started with great promise – some cloud, but also lots of blue sky and sunshine – but as we’d climbed the cloud had dropped and eventually it began to snow a little. But then, as we approached the end of our climb, the sun appeared as a watery disc in the cloud above. Sometimes lightening skies can be deceptive, but on this occasion rents in the cloud began to appear and partial views, both of the ridge and of the valleys below, were revealed.
The mass Muppetry? – we’d set off intending to climb one of Beinn Dubhchraig’s ridges and descend another, but had instead ploughed up the hillside between the two. So what happened to our navigation skills? It was one of those cases of…
“Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.”
Except, I don’t think anybody was even remotely angry.
The Tower Captain on the summit.
Just off the top, we found a place out of the wind for the latest of many butty stops.
The lifting clouds gradually revealed more and more of our surroundings in an exhilarating and tantalising display.
We descended by the ridge we originally intended to climb. In places it was quite steep. And icy…
The views just got better and better.
Ben More and Stob Binnein.
Ben more and Stob Binnein again.
Beinn Challuim. (I think).
Beinn Dorain and Beinn Odhar.
Beinn Dorain and Beinn Odhar again.
Beinn Dorain and Beinn Odhar. Again. I liked that view.
Beinn Challuim again. I think.
Alpenglow on Ben More and Stob Binnein. I suspect.
After two great days last year (accounts here and here), I was a bit shocked that we were lucky with the weather again. What’s more, I felt much fitter than I did last year, despite my lack of recent hill days, and so was able to enjoy it all the more.
Looking forward to next year’s trip already!