Cold and Wintry
12th February 2016
Sgurr Mor (Fannich), I met two experienced climbers from Fife and Edinburgh descending after ‘having a look’ at Resurrection; a climb on the East face. All credit to them (that sounds like a Scottish football manager!), after a huge effort, driving up yesterday evening, setting off in the dark and trail breaking for over two hours, they were understandably disappointed but happy they had made the correct decision. Thanks again for breaking trail guys and as an aside, I got to the shoulder and although it was cloudy, I did observe large areas of windslab on the face.
The northern Fannichs; Sgurr Mor in the middle with summit cloud. A cold bright start.
The ‘Watcher’s Howff’ at 600m above Loch a’ Mhadaidh (Fox’s Loch), Meall a’ Chrasgaidh behind.
The ‘Watcher’s Howff’. At the height of Highland estate management, someone was employed to keep an eye out for poachers and rustlers (for cattle, sheep, deer and trout). It would also have been a summer croft, used as a dwelling to look after livestock grazing locally. At that time there was a network of footpaths through the Fannichs connecting from the north to the south and west. There is currently a Right of Way through to Kinlochewe and Torridon.
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