Tuesday, 11 December 2012
9.7 km/829 m/04:45 hrs
Corbett: Ben Tee (No. 39)
This was my second attempt at Ben Tee, a few years ago strong winds had stopped me shortly before the summit. It had been impossible to stand upright and after sitting down and holding on to a rock for a while to prevent me from being blown over, I had decided to give up and come back another time.
Today was supposed to be a nice day, but when I started walking from Kilfinnan, the views were not very promising.
Thankfully, when I reached the wide plateau above the gorge of the Kilfinnan Burn, I was above the cloud level.
Meall nan Dearcag.
Stile, with Ben Tee just emerging from the cloud.
The terrain on the plateau which had been very boggy the last time, was mainly frozen and much easier to walk on, but there were still some softer patches in between where I broke through the surface and ended up ankle-deep in the mud.
Snow-capped Meall Fuar-mhonaidh in the distance above Loch Ness.
Inversion over Loch Lochy and Loch Oich.
Sròn a’ Choire Ghairbh.
On Ben Tee’s E ridge.
Ben Tee – a volcano?? 😆
Clouds creeping from the Great Glen onto Glengarry Forest.
Approaching the first of several false summits – although the terrain steepens at this point, I didn’t need MicroSpikes because the snow was soft and I could easily kick steps or follow other walkers’ footprints.
When I reached the top of the ridge, the stunning views from the W to the N opened up.
The Glen Shiel Munros.
View W along Glen Kingie.
It was nice and warm in the sun, and I had a long lunch break by the summit cairn with tea and cake.
Sròn a’ Choire Ghairbh, with Ben Nevis on the skyline behind.
Beinn Loinne, with the North Glen Shiel Munros in the distance.
View towards Knoydart, the pointy top of Sgurr na Ciche in the centre.
The clouds were still lying over Loch Lochy when I returned the same way. I felt a bit sorry for everyone driving along the A82 who didn’t know what views they had been missing…
A zoomed view of Ben Nevis on the last part of the descent to Kilfinnan.