A review of the summer

The summer months have fairly flown by – it is always a busy time of year, and 2015 has been no exception.  What has happened?

Well, the most frequented summit has been Ben Nevis, with nine visits to the summit cairn, and several other forays to lower points on the hill.  It has been great taking folk up Britain’s highest mountain.   Some of the parties have been tackling the national three-peaks challenge, and as a result have had to focus on their timing, rather than on what the hill has to offer.  But on other days we’ve been able to go a little slower, and appreciate the beauty of the mountain environment a bit more.

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This group in June had a great day out!

It has been a good year for climbing lower hills, and I’ve managed to climb 15 new Corbetts (2500-3000ft hills) in various parts of the Highlands.   Here is an old Corbett – in that I’ve climbed it a few times before; Cul Mor, in Assynt.  What a fantastic viewpoint this is!

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Looking over towards Stac Pollaidh

And then of course there has been Ben Wyvis, always on the horizon, like one of those marker pins on GoogleMaps, reminding me of where home is.

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This view of Coire na Feola from Ben Wyvis summit is from September, and there is still a tiny wee patch of snow just visible – almost unheard of in recent decades.  If you look carefully, you can also see the debris from a full-depth avalanche which happened last winter – the ground is still churned up from it.  Coire na Feola is aptly named – as I took this photo I could hear the stags roaring down below, and just make out large herds of deer on the coire floor.

Good times!