Walking 9:12:37  20.98 km (26:20 / km) +1100m 20:52 / km
shoes: Roclite 315 2020
Bein Sgulaird traverse, back through Glen Creran (6hrs moving time apparently)
Another incredible day in the hills. Been waiting a long time for days like these (lockdown and before that enjoying the Great British weather). Two of the best mountain days of my life. A bit cooler start then a long gradual ascent up a grassy ridge line. Nice views looking back down the ridge towards Mull. There were midges and flies about but fortunately not too bad and didn't get bitten! Legs a little sore from yesterday, in particular my calves. Appreciating the poles. Towards the first top, we lost the trod and headed through the rocks. The ridge line had 3 summits ending with the Munro, each was pretty rocky and had a sharp descent. A long drag up to the Munro, really nice going between the rocks. Not that difficult but just interesting.
Summited Bien Sgulaird and had a chat with a friendly guy we'd seen a few times. He had about 20 Munro's to go and it had taken him 20+ years! Then got the summit to ourselves for half an hour. Amazing views again, could see up towards Glen Coe and Ben Nevis and back to where we were yesterday. Slightly worse weather than yesterday but only marginally (a bit more hazy and cloudy in the distance). Chilled on the summit and had some lunch, just taking it all in.
Nicole had been more confident than yesterday on the first three rocky descents but lost her confidence on the steep descent down the ridge line. It was pretty tough going and there wasn't much of a path (no longer on the main Munro route). We then tried to cut into the corrie where it looked easier going and grassier but that was still challenging to get there (patches of rock and very steep!) The descent down to the river and the path out seemed to take ages! Great views up the valley towards the back of Glen Coe though. Once onto the hill track, the going was much easier and we were able to get our average speed up! Took quite a long time to descend to the glen bottom and then get along it. Tried not to check the map too much as I was flagging a bit!
Another really excellent day out. Stunning views and felt like we had the hills to ourselves. Basically only saw people the first half of the walk. Back of my right knee/calf hurt a bit by the end. New Roclites a bit tight around the forefoot and arch, maybe okay for proper hill days but didn't feel so good on Kerrera. Maybe my feet are wider than I thought?
Two excellent days walking in the Highlands. 3 more Munro's to the tally (16 done, many to go!) and got off unlucky 13 which I've been on for 6 years since my last mountain marathon! I retired then due to hip pain and didn't do the second day... Not a fun experience running off the summit (control on the top), it was pretty scary and I didn't enjoy it.