• The final elements of The Great Wilderness

    From Incheril, cycle the private road as far as The Heights of Kinlochewe. Normally bikes can be taken further but the construction work on new hydro works (including a new estate road over towards Achnasheen) mean that the track is better for walking rather than cycling. Towards the end of the estate road in Gleann na muice the heavy plant is left behind and the tranquillity of the open moorland is reached with soaring mountains dead ahead.

    From the path a line of dead reckoning was taken into the shallow corrie guarded by Creag Ghlas Bheag saving the walk down then up from Loch Fada as the deep gorge on the left begins to shallow a path is struck to the summit of Beinn Tarsuinn with a simple descent to Bealach Odhar. A straightforward traverse avoids any need to ascend Meall Garbh and deposits the walker at the foot of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

    A strong climb up sandstone then quartzite reveals a superb 360 degree view. Wild goats sat on the summit (I didn't see a soul all day so they were an interesting interruption). The steep descent to the bealach is relieved by the gentle ascent across the long stony plateau of Sgurr Ban. Rain was incoming at this point and the need to get back at a reasonable hour became paramount. Setting targets for points along the way now became imperative but the first of these was a return via the outward route to the top of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair. The steep ascent on quartzite sand felt like climbing on volcanic scoria with two steps up and one step down being the feeling of constant 'slide back'. Once the traverse was made and a return to Bealach Odhar the onward route was simply a matter of time versus energy.

    The stalking path at the corner of Loch Fada was made and miles were ticked off until the bike was reached at The Heights of Kinlochewe. Sadly the workers had managed to lock the pedestrian gate as well as the track gate necessitating a lift of the bike up and over the deer fence!

    Less than 15 minutes and Incheril was reached. A superb day in the mountains and three more Munros removed from the ever- dwindling list...Just 10 to go!!

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