I had this planned for some time, May Day public holiday and settled weather so it was good to go. I would rather do a long day with help of mountain bike, than overnight lugging a big pack round. Plan was to cycle in from Kinlochewe, up to Lochan Fada. Drop my bike, then loop round to the east crossing over Bealach na Croise and walk straight up the Sgurr Ban slabs to GM/NS-010
Set off just before 0600z and made good time, easy cycling up from Heights of Kinlochewe
Then really excellent single track mountain biking, great fun
Nice path snaking its way towards Lochan Fada, where I left (hid!) my bike
Crossing Bealach na Croise, pretty much pathless
I stuck to higher ground on left, away from peat hags
Southerly Sgurr Ban slabs, I headed a bit further north to take the more straight route up
Nice path! Just head straight up!
Slab almost goes right down to Loch an Nid!
Slab stretches from about 300m elevation to about 800m where it turns to boulders!
Summit of Sgurr Ban GM/NS-010, anticlimax!
Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair GM/NS-006, second summit of the day and a more impressive summit. Path goes up the centre through scree & boulders.
Looking back at Sgurr Ban GM/NS-010, top just in cloud and ascent route to the right.
Activation of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair GM/NS-006, only HF CW with KX2 and 11m Inverted L. No 2m today.
Centre is final summit of the day Beinn Tarsuinn GM/NS-016
Back at first two summits from Beinn Tarsuinn GM/NS-016
Sun is out! Towards Lochan Fada & Loch Maree with the strange elevated tennis court on the ridge!
Almost back to my bike with Slioch GM/NS-011 across Lochan Fada.
Track of walking loop, straight east to west up Sgurr Ban slabs!
It was a fast 45 minute back out to Kinlochewe, trip was worth it for the mountain biking alone! I didnt think band conditions were too good, also activity a bit lower as to be expected on a week day. Highlight was being called on 20m by Fred KT5X, Mike NW7E & JW/LB8CG for some real dx.
Definitely a very civilised way to visit the Fisherfields. I could have been in the Kinlochewe Hotel having a pint at 1615z, If I had not been driving back home… Thanks to all the chasers as ever.