‘Here be dragons’ #2

4th January 2019

Having done a bit of ‘beating the bounds’ yesterday on what might be part of SAIS Creag Meagaidh’s south east boundary, today I ventured out to have a look at a remote part of our NW boundary.

‘Look’ is used in the loosest way possible since visibility was very poor again at higher altitudes.

(Above) Bealach a Bharnish. The col separating Creag Meagaidh and Beinn a Chaorainn massifs. A fairly deeply incised feature (when not choked with snow) not dissimilar to the Min Window and Uinneag Coire a Charorainn (or Shark’s Fin Gully) over on the Carn Liath plateau.


(Above) Bealach a Bharnish: location. Didn’t anticipate clear skies but was hoping at least for some fleeting views North down into one of the River Roy’s tributaries. Was frustrated by the low cloud. Again. Was here on skis some years ago during a traverse of both Creag Meagaidh and Beinn a Chaorainn, starting out from Aberarder and taking in Sron a Ghoire. The bealach is a handily placed bad weather escape route for this traverse since once down on to the main Beinn a Chaorainn vehicle track through the forest you’ll be back down on the A86 in double quick time.


(Above) Misty nothingness. A view of the Beinn a Chaorainn forestry plantation when descending from the bealach and finally escaping the all enveloping cloak of the cloud.



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