Mullach nan Coirean. Boxing Day 2005

Date: Monday 26th December 2005
Distance: 10.5km
Ascent: 1100m

Boxing Day 2005. We’d nipped up to Fort William in the evening of Christmas Day with a good looking forecast on offer. Looking for a reasonably easy, yet rewarding day we decided to head up Mullach nan Coirean. We’d been up Mullach and Stob Ban on a couple of occasions already – thought the westernmost Mamore would be a nice winter bimble.

Parked up at Achriabhach and headed through the forest to pick up the NE ridge of Mullach. We were up a little way before dawn.

Sunrise on the Ben

The forecast suggested the best conditions were likely early doors so onwards and upwards.

Ben Nevis in early light from Mullach

Ben Nevis had the odd shred of cloud clinging to it as the sun got going.

H on Mullach climb Ben Nevis back

Ben Nevis in early light from Mullach

As we got a little higher we got a view towards Glen Coe – Bidean nam Bian was looking very dramatic.

Bidean nam Bian in cloud from Mullach nan Coirean

Mullach nan Coirean has some rather nice views down Loch Linnhe. A little wasted on us in 2005 as we had not yet got into Section 10A or visited Mull. Hills you haven’t climbed tend to be less meaningful in views.

Mullach to Ardgour

A nice pano – Ben More on Mull is easily visible.

Mullach nan Coirean pano

Ben Nevis remained fairly mist-wreathed, but dramatic.

Ben Nevis group from Mullach

Mullach nan Coirean is comprised of quite a lot of red stone – best seen from the south where it contrasts with the light greys of Stob Ban.

Ben Nevis and red cairn

We’d decided we didn’t fancy a steep and icy Stob Ban, so we headed back down by the route of ascent.

Glen Nevis had seen no sunshine and remained very frosty.

Frosty Glen Nevis

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