Our wonderful week in the North-West started with a Sunday afternoon’s climbing at the Loch Tollaidh crags near Gairloch, where we enjoyed the excellent Assault Slab. I think this route is a contender for the best single pitch V Diff in the country. We parked up in Poolewe ready for our forthcoming Fisherfield foray.
Tuesday dawned grey and overcast, but we managed to get tent down and packed dry for the next leg of our trip. We continued south on the excellent stalkers’ path to the high point where the path goes east to Ruadh Stac Mhor and A’ Mhaighean; were we again unburdened ourselves of camping gear and food and headed west to seek out the summit of Beinn a’ Chasgeinn Mor.
Wednesday morning’s weather was quite grey and threatened rain, but again we were lucky enough to get the tent packed up dry and take the short walk over the causeway and round to the path leading over the bealach between Beinn Lair and Meall Meinnidh. Here we again stashed the camping gear, and headed up towards Beinn Lair. It was getting a bit cool and there was sufficient rain in the air to make donning waterproof trousers desirable.
We got back just in time to get beers from the shop before it closed at 6:00 pm. We’d decided to have a night in the van on the campsite, but Poolewe was full, so we had to drive round to Gairloch. I blame the North West 500 marketing department!
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