Today myself, Sean and Lena made the drive to Loch Cluanie to tackle the horseshoe north of the road. With the weather overcast but with an improving forecast we made our way towards our first top of Carn Ghluasaid. As soon as we hit the cloud level at about 800m the temperature went down and the winds picked up but it was still dry. Sean and Lena are working towards their Winter Mountain leader awards this winter so we gave each other blind legs to follow towards the summit in the cloud.
At the summit the cloud cleared and we started to make our way around towards Sgurr nan Conbhairean. On the walk around the basin there were large areas of avalanche debris on the north and easterly slopes which were still heavily loaded and massive cornices all around the rim with the almost constant west/south-west winds we have been having.
By the top the clouds were high and we had our first blue sky winter day with views south to Ben Nevis and Knoydart and of the South Glen Shiel ridge. A great day out but not over…..
Sean had the bright idea of stopping off at the Eagle Barge floating pub where we heard there had been a traffic incident just south of Spean Bridge and the diverted traffic past Gairlochy was at a standstill due to a broken down truck. So it was either a de-tour via Dalwhinne and approach Fort William from the south or another drink and wait it out. 3 hours later on the pub sofa and we were back home.