Friday, June 15, 2012

151-153. Cona' Mheall (176), Beinn Dearg (57), Meall nan Ceapraichean (177). 04/06/2012

With another great day weatherwise, we could afford to attempt another long walk. These three really lie in the wilderness and it was a long walk in before any real climbing was done. Once below Beinn Dearg, we climbed up to a point just below 900m from which any of the three munros could be reached by less than 200m of ascent.

Cona' Mheall was our first choice - the furthest in terms of distance from our start point and the route there passed the impressive amphitheatre between it and Beinn Dearg. The views from the top were great, but the climb was energy-sapping over large scree and this took its toll later in the descent. For the time being however, we merrily skipped our way across to Beinn Dearg, from which we had a great panorama of the Fannaichs and An Teallach. There was also a bit of snow on the north slopes, with this being one of the highest mountains in north Scotland.

The final munro was quite a swift affair, but it did afford a shot of the spike that forms the subsidiary peak of Seana Bhraigh and even views into the distant peaks of Assynt. As mentioned, the descent did get a bit tiring and it had been a very long day, but we finished in good spirits.

Beinn Dearg from the top of CM.

The amphitheatre between BD and CM.

The panorama from the top of BD.

A distant view of An Teallach ('The Forge')

Ben Hope in the distance behind Seana Bhraigh.

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