Sunday, 23 May 2010

A Contrasting Day on Beinn Resipol

The day after our paddle on Loch Ailort, we climbed Beinn Resipol straight from the campsite. As we'd taken a car down to Strontian the previous evening, we were able to traverse the hill from Resipol to Strontian. If traversing, we'd recommend this way around rather than Strontian to Resipol.

Lower down our route followed a gorge through woods of Oak and Birch before breaking out onto the open hill. The going is a bit boggy, but the hill is full of interest. The top part is a rocky tower with scrambling opportunities. We chose a route and followed entertaining but never difficult scrambling right to the summit (845 metres). This picture was taken on the broad east ridge as we headed down. Once again a Corbett proved the equal of most Munros in quality.

The weather high on the hill was a succession of wintry showers, whereas low down we'd been in warm sunny weather. A complete contrast to sunbathing on a white sand beach the previous day - the variety of Scotland!

Between the showers the views were a kaleidoscope of colour and form.

To the west one has the widescreen view out into the Minch, to the north the length of Loch Shiel leads the eye to the Glenfinnan hills whilst to the south Loch Sunart winds below the hill. In a way, the coming and going of the visibility added to the views, as each time a view was revealed it was different.

It'd been far too long since Dave and I had been on the hill together, but what a good day and a good hill.

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