Friday night saw Mark, Judith and Lind head over to the Cannich campsite via a stop at the excellent Fochabers chipper. We were greeted in Cannich by the local midges as we put the tents up.
Saturday saw us head up to the Mullardoch dam where even more midges attacked us. Mark and Judith headed up the 2 munros at the east end of the loch, while Linda ran off along the loch shore for a slightly longer and faster round. Although cloudy the tops were clear and great views were had in all directions.
Judith heading up Sgurr na Lapaich
On the way up Lapaich we met Linda heading the opposite way
Judith exiting from the ridge near to the top of Sgurr na Lapaich - she looks like she is enjoying approaching her second tick of the day. The first 2 this year!
And finally the top
Linda ran off to do the top of Creag Dubh on the way down and still beat us to the car, but failed to get a close up view of a Golden Eagle which we did on the way down. However that may have something to do with looking at her feet all day. Due to the cloud and lack of wind the midges were more annoying than ever. Has no one told them that by the end of September they aren't meant to annoy us!!
The evening saw a convivial communal meal (for the 3 of us) in Mark and Judith's new large tent, safely protected from the midges (is this becoming a theme...)
Sunday dawned much sunnier that Saturday and we had a reasonably early start to Srathfarrar. We dropped Linda at the east end of the Munro ridge with instructions to do the 4 hills, while Judith and I took the car to the west end and ascended to western munro Sgurr Flhuar-thuil in very slow fashion. We were, however, suprised to meet Linda before we had even ascended this one. Assuming we were very slow and her very quick it soon transpired that she had only done 2 munros and having not looked at the map didn't know which hills were munros. So we send her off to do it properly, this time a west to east traverse. How she got round 119km in France without getting lost is anyones guess.
UTMB veteran Linda Smith training for her next venture - the OMM
The 3 of us enjoying the sunshine on top of Sgurr Flhuar-thuill
And yes Linda, Judith and I saw an eagle for the second day running on the way down.