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The Great Wilderness

A' Mhaigdean by a roundabout route, October 30th to November 2nd 2000 — Part Two

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Next morning we made an early start. The overnight rain had fallen as snow on the high ground and as we climbed upwards along the path that traverses across the steep slope leading to the Allt Bruthach an Easain the rain turned first to sleet and then to snow. As we approached Fuar Loch Mor we were in the clouds. The path remained obvious despite the low visibility and snow on the ground and we were soon passing between the two Munros A' Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor. From the high point of the bealach between them there is an easy slope up A' Mhaighdean.

No views from the summit because of the cloud. We descended the broad eastern ridge towards the head of Gleann na Muice. As we got here the clouds cleared and we were treated to fantastic views down the glen to An Teallach and over Lochan Fada to Slioch. From here we made a descending traverse across the lower slopes of Beinn Tarsuinn towards the south-eastern end of Lochan Fada keeping as high as possible to avoid the boggy ground by the loch. Finding a patch of level gound dry enough to camp on took us some time but we found one about half an hour before sunset and set up for the night. By the time we had eaten the clouds were completely gone from the sky now filled with stars and a hard frost looked in prospect so boots were put in plastic bags and brought into the tent in order to keep them from freezing. We woke to find that it had only just reached freezing overnight due to a little thin cloud which had drifted over after we turned in. This broke up as the day progressed and we had a superb day for our walk out down another Gleann na Muice to the Heights of Kinlochewe and thence back to Incheril.

Part Three

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