Not Quite Everest

It seems much longer than 2 weeks ago that I was reading Wade Davis’ “Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest”. Initially I found myself irked by the author’s constant use of superlatives and gushing prose, but as he moved forward into describing the early British attempts on Everest I found the book increasingly readable.

As it happens I’d rented a house in Ullapool for a week with the intention of getting in some hillwalking in Scotland’s mountains, which, of course, are not quite Everest in proportion or difficulty.  However, rather unexpectedly as Neil and I drove north to Ullapool we found that the peaks were still covered in snow even though we were well into May.

During our week’s stay in Ullapool we planned to do a few Munros starting with Beinn Dearg, which is at the foot of Loch Broom.  However, with a relatively low snow line, for our first outing (Sunday 20 May) we decided on a couple of slightly lower Munros adjacent to Beinn Dearg: Meall Nan Ceapraichaean (Hill of the Stubby Hillocks, 977m, M177, OS 225730,882580) and Eididh Nan Clach Gealel (Web of the White Stones, 927m, M257, OS 225780,884220).

From the parking at Inverleal we had a pleasant 9 hour hike of 20.5 km with 1,185m climb.  Here are some photos from our walk.

Meall Nan Ceapraichean lit by the late afternoon sun

Meall Nan Ceapraichean lit by the late afternoon sun

Meall Nan Ceapraichean and Beinn Dearg (right). We were aiming for the saddle between them.

Meall Nan Ceapraichean and Beinn Dearg (right). We were aiming for the saddle between them.

Approaching the saddle

Approaching the saddle

Lochan below the saddle

Lochan below the saddle

Meall Nan Ceapraichean from the saddle

Meall Nan Ceapraichean from the saddle

Summit of Meall Nan Ceapraichean

Summit of Meall Nan Ceapraichean

Looking SW from Meall Nan Ceapraichean

Looking SW from Meall Nan Ceapraichean

Loch Broom from Meall Nan Ceapraichean

Loch Broom from Meall Nan Ceapraichean

Summit of Eididh Nan Clach

Summit of Eididh Nan Clach

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