The Akto on a ruddy Rois-bheinn, just before sunset.9.50pm, 22/07/00~ Sgurr na Ciche and the Glenfinnan Sgurr nan Coireachain are the most prominent skyline peaks, an Stac the proximate lump. With a railway station (Lochailort, Glenfinnan) at each end, and a succession of views, both montane and maritime, as fine as any in the country, the traverse of the Moidart Corbetts can give a weekend trip of rare quality, all the more so if a small tent is carried.The weather this weekend verged on the excessively good, and left me wishing I could bottle some and keep it for later. The train got into Lochailort about 1pm, the lanes and hedges of Inverailort shimmering, and the heat as I walked sun-facing up the Coire a' Bhùiridh was merciless - I did some mental calculation and reckoned I could spare two hours before heading over an Stac and on to Rois-bheinn in good time for the sunset, so I put up the Akto pro tem., splashed it and myself with water, and crawled into its shade.An Stac at 6.30, the tent up on Rois-bheinn by 8, and all was well with the world.I'd hoped to get moving seriously early the next morning, in self-defence, and 6.30 was far too late, but luckily a sheet of high cloud was filtering out most of the direct sunlight, which made for delightful progress. However, by Druim Fiaclach this had more or less burnt off, and from there on it was a purgatory-in-paradise, over Beinn Mhic Cèdidh and on to the Beinn Odhars.The details of how I got down to Glenfinnan are lost in a haze of heat, but I suspect, since the easiest descent involves a final 3 miles of road to the station, that I went down the Coire Odhar, over by Lochan nan Sleubhaich and down by the Allt na h-Aire. The crossing of the Abhainn Shlatach must have been easy as I have no memory of it either, but one thing I do recall is being profoundly grateful that I didn't have to drive back to Glasgow.
Sunset between Rum and Skye, from Rois-bheinn.
Northeast from Sgurr na Bà Glaise.