(Photos and vid from phone due to very, very bad weather)
Stuc Bheag, 1041 m
Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan 1151 m, Munro
An Socach (Affric) 1069 m, Munro
Mam Sodhail, 1181 m, Munro
Beinn Fhionnlaidh, 1005 m, Munro
Carn Eighe, 1183 m, Munro
Tom a'Choinnich, 1112 m, Munro
Scottish mountain weather forecast like: severe gales, 97 - 145 km/h, extensive cloud base at 700 - 900 m, more rain. 5 °C at 900 m (w/o windchill). (Actually windspeed is in mph on mwis.org.uk, but I'm not going to adopt that). All was quite well except for some short and slightly exposed ridges but also sheltered spots were found. With wind that forced me on my hands and knees I struggled to stay calm when moving across rocky Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan and yet I could move fast across Mam Sodhail and Beinn Fhionnlaidh.
Before Mam Sodhail I came to a path - the first in a while - which would have taken me down into Glen Affric. Stubborn I went on over a few more hills, dropped down to the long yet scenic slog through Geln Affric. I would then treat myself to a night indoors.
The 3rd day of dreich weather did finally get the better of me. I aimed for the Glen Affric YH, which I was going to pass on my planned route anyways, but was thinking much about a bed indoors, half running, half hiking to the YH.
I was not yet ready for alternatives, but didn't feel like another 7 days in such weather on ridges. Perhaps it was time to be more sensible. --- I was hoping to traverse some of Scotlands most remote ridges and bag some 30 summits above 3000 ft in 10 days hiking with no resupply options.
After the Strathfarrar and Mullardoch Munros, I visited some of the Affric Munros with storm Helene in full swing. --- --- During a very, very windy and wet hike over and through Scotland's Highlands, late September 2018. --- #incitinghiking
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