On what was supposed to be our day off in a hectic week of ‘bagging’ the Black Cuillin, Malcolm and I set off from the car park beside Loch Slapin at 10am heading for Bla Bheinn.
View of Bla Bheinn from the start of the walk.
After an hour, during which we had ½ an hour of drizzle (the only rain we had all week) we reached the upper corrie and had been joined by Kevin (Taf) from the Breacon area of welsh Wales. After crossing the grassy ‘Alp’, as it is called in the SMC Munros book, we took to a spur of rock and scree and headed up into the clag.
Heading up towards the South Top.
We reached the ridge and after a short walk, at 12noon, we reached a cairn which turned out to be the South Top, not our intended target I may add, but only a short scramble from the summit.
We had lunch here hoping it would clear, as signs were promising.
Lunchtime at the South Top.
On the South Top we were joined by Andrew, also from Wales. It failed to clear so the four of us headed off the top, taking a detour to the right down a short rocky gorge, then back up to the ridge and on to the busy main summit.
Malcolm at the summit looking like he is trying to push over the Trig pillar.
After another short break we headed down our interned ascent route back to the ‘Alp’. The view started to open up as we descended below the mist. After another short break we walked out to the car park in sunshine.
Heading down from summit.
Loch Fionna-choire, with An Stac to the left and a hazy Loch Slapin behind
Looking back up into the corrie on the walk out.
Back to the car at 2.45pm which gave us a shorter day with plenty of time to relax before our target of Am Bastier and Bruach na Frithe the next day.
Bla Bheinn still refusing to give us a clear view.