Saturday, 30 July 2011

Making the most of the sunshine (posted by James)


Crystal clear light on the cliffs of Ben Nevis


What a wonderful few days it has been in the West Highlands! Usually when it gets to July I resign myself to the fact that it'll probably be grey, drizzly and muggy until september….but this year we've been blessed with a fairly long period of beautiful, clear sunny weather.


I've been hillwalking all over the place during the last two weeks, mainly working towards the aim of reaching a significant landmark in my "mountain CV"….more on this soon, hopefully in the next two weeks or so.


Glenshiel, Glen Lochay, the Ben Alder range, the Creag Meagaidh range, the Monadhliath, Loch Mullardoch….and sunshine on nearly every day. And we've had an almost impossible number of amazing sunrises and sunsets in Glencoe recently. Dusks outside the Clachaig have been truly special recently, with the West face of Aonach Dubh being lit up by Alpenglow nearly every day.


August tomorrow, and the last leg of the summer begins. I really have had a great summer so far, but I'm starting to yearn for the next season to start already. It'll be here soon enough!


Here's some photos to wet your appetite for the next period of sunshine!



A ptarmigan in summer coat on Sgurr na Lapaich, Loch Mullardoch

The wonderful wild land above Loch Mullardoch

Clachaig staff enjoying the sunshine in Glencoe

A scorching day on the Monadhliath plateau

Dawn at Loch Laggan

A calm evening on Loch Leven

The ridge from Mullach Fraoch Choire to A'Chralaig, Glenshiel

Dawn over the Pap of Glencoe

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