Bridge of Orchy

Today Helen and and myself went out for a hill day in the testing conditions and for Helen to increase her experience before her winter ML. We looked at breaking legs down, using safe navigation tactics when around dangerous features and timing and pacing. The day was overcast with an unfavourable forecast. We managed to walk along the Water of Tulla and up towards point 961m without getting wet. But whilst walking round towards Benn a Chreachain the drizzle started and the wind was about 20km/hr.

The freezing levels was well above the summits with little snow left around the tops. What did remain was very saturated. On towards Beinn Achalada we came across a slushy slop that turned into very hard snow. After a few slips all round we retreated to the relative safety of the rocks and turf to the side and very delicately made our way up cutting steps in the ice. The decent was a breeze being an hour from the top to the car with the help of a snowed up river gully which enabled us to slide about 150m in height and saved the legs.

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