As MM0FMF & MM0VPM have already posted pics of the great spring weather, I better complete the set… It was stunning weather with incredible visibility, the Met office summit forecast was excellent for 7th April. Unusually the visibility was forecast as Excellent greater than 40 km.
This trip had been planned for some time, I would follow the Walkhighlands route to activate Meall Buidhe GM/WS-084 first and then Luinne Bheinn GM/WS-089. It had to be done on a week day when the the first ferry from Mallaig leaves at 0730 and last ferry returns at 1830. The circuit is 27Km and 1586m ascent, adding in 1 hour on each summit my plan was:
0800 Ferry arrives Inverie
1100 Summit of Meall Buidhe GM/WS-084
1200 Leave Meall Buidhe
1400 Summit Luinne Bheinn GM/WS-089
1500 Leave Luinne Bheinn
1800 Back in Inverie for a quick pint in the Old Forge before the ferry
The plan worked perfectly and stuck to it give or take 10 minutes, left Luinne Bheinn GM/WS-089 at 1500 and the walk back to Inverie took me 2 hours 42 minutes giving me 7 hours 42 of walking for the day. But sadly the Old Forge Pub is closed for renovation, so that part of the plan failed…
Conditions were not the best on HF, as normal fewer chasers in the afternoon from Luinne Bheinn GM/WS-089. Nice to work GM4OAS & MM0CWJ on 2m from both summits.
Heading out from Inverie
Feeding the farmed deer, very tame
Lord Brocket memorial. He was the landowner pre & during WW2, rather unpopular it seems and a Nazi sympathiser.
Druim Bothy. Not open access but available for rental
Path into Gleann Meadail
Looking back as I start to ascend Meall Buidhe GM/WS-084
First views of Ladhar Bheinn GM/WS-046
Eigg & Rum come into view
Meall Buidhe GM/WS-084 summit
Ben Aden middle left and Sgurr na Ciche in cloud behind the lower easterly summit
MTR3B LCD gets a run out
3 band EFHW with Sotabeam Pico Traps and 1:64 coupler ( 2 x FT50-43 stack + 100pF)
Looking back to westerly summit of Meall Buidhe GM/WS-084
Loch Nevis below
Sgurr na Ciche now cloud free
Heading to Luinne Bheinn GM/WS-089. Path looks fine here, but in truth most of it is tough going and rocky. Quite a bit of up and down and it did take me 1 hour 50 minutes summit to summit
Looking back at Meall Buidhe GM/WS-084, shows why its not fast walking!
Barrisdale & Loch Hourn
Ladhar Bheinn GM/WS-046
Long way back to Inverie! You can see the path dropping down and rounding the right side of Loch an Dubh-lochain
Path back from Mam Barrisdale
Looking back at Luinne Bheinn GM/WS-089
Bridge has gone
Looking back from Loch an Dubh-lochain
Loch an Dubh-lochain
But the shop next door was doing good business. A very nice IPA!
Lots of people enjoying a Friday night beer on the shore
Thank you Knoydart, I will return!