Ben Wyvis

Thank goodness that the weather was better for day two of the far north west excursion. We'd decided on Ben Wyvis, nice ridge and the potential that a few folk may well have beaten a trail to its summit before us. We nearly came a cropper before we even started when we got stuck on some rutted ice getting into the car park. The Snowclaw saved the day. 
As we set off we could see that the cloud was being playful over the ridge and summit. So long as it didn't start raining.

Walking on the snow was a bit frustrating. Some of it was nice and solid, then you sank up to your knees. Ah well, it was giving me a workout.We eventually got onto some solid stuff. Kate donned her pointy things and I decided to keep going in the Kahtoola Microspikes.

 Things were going fine until the angle steepened. I was having problems getting good enough grip mostly due to the 2cm soft stuff with rock hard underneath. Microspikes off and proper Kahtoola Steels on. Onwards and upwards.

 Moon crater like Little Wyvis

 Kate heading over the summit plateau
Even though Am Cabar is 946m you've got 2km of unconsolidated snow to plod through to get to the summit trig of Ben Wyvis. As ever the cloud meant we didn't get the best of views whilst on top though I did get some nice ones on the way down.

Mmmm, that slope was a bit steep :-)


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