With another Mountain Leader course this week I've had the opportunity to explore some more brilliant wild west coast hills. This time it's an assessment course so we had three days and two nights out camping to climb Gaor Bheinn by walking up Druim na Giuthsaich. The first camp site was under the NE Face of Gaor Bheinn in a wild and remote coire where we did some night navigation too.
We did a lap of Gaor Bheinn at the start of day two and were rewarded with extraordinary views from Skye to Ben Nevis. We picked up the camping gear and went down and back up to Druim Glean Laoigh, another brilliant, long ridge line. A second camp in the sunshine (and more night navigation) set us up for walking over Beinn Bhan today and back down to Achnacarry.
Apart from a little light rain on the first evening, we had continuous sunshine and a cool NE wind. The ground is very dry and the walking on these ridges was fantastic. We had expansive views in all directions on the big scale and on the small scale we passed numerous nests with eggs of ground nesting birds and new flowers coming to life.
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