Expedition to the far west.
Summer Mountain Leader Training courses include an over night wild camping expedition. We chose to go way out west to climb the two Corbets of An Stac and Rois Bheinn near Lochailort. I've been up these hills a few times before and they epitomise west coast hill walking and the kind of thing you can get up to with a Summer ML qualification. We had wonderful views out to sea and the islands of Rum and Skye, as well as fantastic walking over wild, pathless mountains.
Yesterday we went up Seann Cruach and An Stac. It was quite cold, even when the sun was out, and we had showers of huge hail stones as well. The air quality was great though and we could see for miles. We did lots of training in leadership and navigation as well as the environment we were walking through and camp craft skills to make sure we leave no trace. Since we did not get any poor visibility we did some night navigation for three hours. The stars were out and it was a beautiful night as well!
This morning we woke to a bit of cloud on the tops but this soon cleared in the sunshine and the wind died away slowly throughout the day. We walked up the wonderful peak of Rois Bheinn and carried on around the ridge to Druim Fiaclach. This is a brilliant ridge with easy walking over soft moss or clean grippy rock. The ridge is always interesting with knolls and dips, twists and turns. There is barely a path and we only saw one other person up there all day. If you want some breathing space and some wild mountains to walk up with amazing views this is the place to come.
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