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Archie Mountain Challenge Reflections




Glen Strathfarrar.

Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais and Sgurr Fuar-Thuill (with Katy Boocock)

JASON HARDY


Having got lost on Beinn Dearg on the first day I was keen to redeem myself on the two Archie's in Glen Strathfarrar. For those who haven't been there, Glen Strathfarrar can only be accessed via a locked gate. It's a fantastic drive up the Glen, the road snakes it's way up between the hills and there were large herds of Red Dear grazing by the river. At the head of the Glen is Monar lodge and Monar dam where I met up with fellow Archie athletes.

Paul was to pick up Rabbie at Monar lodge and cycle him down the Glen to where Katy and I would set of up Sgurr Fhuar-thuill. We made good progress up the Allt Toll a'Mhuic path and I wasn't until we climbed the path out of the corrie that we realised how much shelter we had been getting from the wind. We were back to true June Archie bagging weather, mist, sleet and a gale!

 

With little reason to hang about we made quick progress along the ridge only stopping for quick summit selfies and a short Rabbie video clip. Once over Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais we descended quickly back down to the Glen on a very strange geological quirk that created large terraces down the side of the hill like giant steps.

At one point our decent was more rapid than expected. As we tried to down climb a steep wet grassy bank which have been polished by a recent slid of snow first Katy and then I slipped, rapidly picking up speed and smashing into a snow bank at the bottom. Having dusted ourselves off and congratulated ourselves at our rapid progress we made our way back out to the road to rendezvous with Paul and the others and pass in Rabbie for his next adventure.

A record breaking human power relay over every Scottish mountain over 1KM high!