I was out yesterday in the big remote area between Glen Tromie and Glen Feshie with Craig and a Falkirk High Tops team of Alan, Lorn, Ros and Terry. We cycled moastly against the strong southerly wind from the car park at Torcroy down Glen Tromie as far as the upper weir/dam on the Allt Bhran. We crossed the dam, which is fine with good balance in dry conditions, but would be tricky if the moss on the concrete was wet, and then headed East towards Carn Mor Dearg.
Having used the track to skirt around the side of Carn Dearg we headed up to the col and into the wind to reach the summit of Carn Dearg Mor. We returned over Carn Dearg before dropping down to the headwaters of Allt an Dubh-Chadha and then up over Meall a Dubh-Chadha to the summit of Meallach Mhor. A quick descent South then led to the bikes and a swift return down Glen Tromie with the wind behind us.
This was an excellent big day to two remote Corbetts with around 29km of mountain biking, 13km of walking, a lot of which was pathless, and 1200m of ascent. The weather was sunny and dry, but the wind was strong all day and in excess of 40mph on the tops.
An unexpected free day today, so I decided to go for a run in Rannoch Forest. Starting from where The Road to the Isles leaves the B846 I went along the track to the Allt Eigheach bridge before heading up via pt. 807m and pt. 838m to Meall na Meoig, these seem to be collectively known as Beinn Pharlagain. I then continued North to Sgor Gaibhre and Sgor Choinnich before returning via Mam Ban, Carn Dearg and it’s long South Ridge.
This provided an excellent circuit on good tracks lower down and short grass along most of the ridges. In cloud from around 600m all day and more or less constant drizzle on a South-West wind. The route was generally snow free, but there are some sizable patches remaining particularly on North and East facing slopes above 800m and crampons and axe will still be required on some routes, particularly after a frost. The delightful sounds of Snipe “drumming” and Skylark singing on the lower slopes plus, very unexpectedly, seeing what I think was a pair of Black Throated Divers made up for the lack of views from the hills today, which must be amazing in clear conditions given their location.