Driving into Fort William, light had turned to dark and the amount of water spraying against the car windshield did not augur well for a dry day on the hill. The weather forecast was optimistic with it forecasted to turn brighter and clearer later in the afternoon. There was still time. Keep the faith
Kate and Benedicte, after their long, and not uneventful, trip up from the Big Smoke were looking forward to relaxing and enjoyable first day on a Scottish mountain. With the desire for nice views and a relaxing ascent we went for the an ascent of the west ridge leading up to Garbh Bheinn (The rough mountain) above Kinlochleven - although the intent we just to wander up the ridge and see how far we got up before our cut-time to turn back. Luckily the weather cleared and we were treated to some fine views of Loch Leven and the surrounding mountains.
It was a tad windy on the ridge, which with its dramatic setting delivered a great deal of high mountain ambience. Apart from one pair, we had the whole hill to ourselves. Our descent was sure and steady and we reached our start point with a bit of time to spare. We headed around to Glen Coe for a look at the mountains there from the Signal Rock vantage point before heading back to Kate and Benedicte's accommodation.
All in all a grand wee mountain day out far from the crowds.
George was the instructor for the day and has written the best report on the blog so far!