It was slightly cooler today which was welcome. This might be a sign of the change in weather pattern that's about to arrive. It was still sunny and plenty warm enough for a lovely climb of Curved Ridge with Sally and Nigel though. With all the sunshine we've had over the last few weeks the wild flowers around the flush at the start of the route are fantastic. Lots of rose root and ladies mantle among many others adorn the wet rocks underneath D Gully. It's well worth doing the climb just to see the flowers.
Curved Ridge was of course completely dry and brilliant fun. It is such a good route mostly due to the huge amount of scrambling you do right the way up to the summit. From the car park to the summit it's just 2km in a straight line and we walked about 5km in total. This is such a short distance compared with how much bending and styretching, pulling and reaching that you do on the way! Scrambling is a full body toning workout with views.
We went up to Crowberry Tower, possibly the best picnic spot in Scotland, and surveyed Rannoch Moor from a long way above it. The resident raven flew past after our stop but didn't find any scraps of food left by us. The huge hanging block that sits perched above Crowberry Gap is still there and still looks like it will fall out at any moment. We didn't hang around underneath it or even look at it too intensely in case it fell out.
The views from the summit are amazing and it was nice enough to sit and enjoy them for a moment. By tomorrow afternoon it will be very different. Wet weather is forecast to arrive mid-afternoon and it will be unusually windy for June. The high pressure has finally moved away and an atlantic low pressure system with its associated fronts are going to bring rain and strong winds for a couple of days.
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