I have never been into upper Glen Affric before, so this area been on my radar for some time. It’s been cold spring in GM, with higher summits getting new snow on top of older snow. I wasn’t sure what I was going to find, so if I didn’t like the conditions I would retreat and activate GM/WS-141. I had my avalanche experience 30 years ago in Antarctica and don’t fancy repeating it again!
Colwyn MM0YCJ had an adventure on GM/WS-006 Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, worth a read!
Slept in the car and nice early start, heading west on my bike
13.5Km on bike, first half to Athnamulloch pretty easy.
Nice camping spot at the west end of Loch Affric
Route west with Beinn Fhada GM/WS-039 in distance
Then the track gets very rough with large boulders, hard and slow cycling
Another nice camping spot
Thankfully off the bike and climbing, looking south west to Alltbeithe Youth Hostel
Nice woodland regeneration inside the deer fences, good path but now overgrown with heather!
South to Kintail
North to remote Munro Mullach na Dheiragain
First view of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, conditions looking fine
Left to Right Beinn Fhionnlaidh GM/WS-054, Carn Eighe GM/WS-004, Mam Sodhail & An Socach
On top, looking to west summit of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
No wind and very pleasant on top! KX2 on knee, Palm Pico paddle attached to right panel of KX2. 4 x radials on the snow, 9M long inverted L on 6m long Decathlon travel pole.
Weather was good so headed to non SOTA Summit Munro Mullach na Dheiragain, looking back to GM/WS-006. From here it was a long walk back to my bike via An Socach
Nice cottage available to hire by groups at Athnamulloch!
Not the easiest route, lots of retracing steps. 27km on bike and 20km walking. Back at the car 1700, a long day but very lucky with the weather. (Sorry Garmin have made tracks invisible white!)
42 qso, mostly on 30m as other bands busy with ARI contest. 3 x S2S and sadly only 1 qso on 2m with MM0GHM/M on Barra. My HF gear including 6m pole and wire is under 2Kg, plus a Icom V86 and half wave telescopic at about 300g. The low weight makes it easier to cycle and undertake bigger trips like this without being too weighed down, but this is near the limit of what I could manage in a day!