Monday, January 31, 2011

Ben Wyvis 29th January 2011

Cornice on Ben Wyvis, 29th January 2011.

Having previously climbed Ben Wyvis on a horrible day with no visibility, I'd always wanted to return and do the mountain justice. Although 29th January 2011 wasn't perfect weatherwise, a walk over Ben Wyvis and the tops revealed what a massive, sprawling mountain this is.

A lot of work has been done on the path, making it a pleasure to walk and giving swift access to the mountain. The steep ridge to An Cabar is a stone stairway to gain the summit plateau, where some easy walking beckons.

On this visit, we took our time to enjoy all the tops on the mountain seeing literally another side to it, with the cliffs on the Eastern flanks hidden by the normally benign appearance of Ben Wyvis from the West.

If transport could be arranged, a vehicle at Loch Glass would make the perfect thhrough walk. The return to Garbat which we faced however, provided an exciting descent with ice axes assisting a glissade off the hill.

A most enjoyable walk completed in just under seven hours.

Ben Wyvis from the East.

Fiaclach and Meall nan Braden Leethan, Ben Wyvis.

Tom a' Choinnich, Ben Wyvis.

View from An t Socach, Ben Wyvis.

An Cabar, Ben Wyvis.

Stairway on Ben Wyvis.

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