Date: Sunday 2nd March 2013
Sunday – our normal plan for an early start was thwarted by the forecast – showers and clag til about 0900 then a 3 hour weather window of sunshine on offer.
Decided to revisit Cul Beag – previously ascended on a day of poor quality. Persuading ourselves out of the car and into the drizzle was an act of faith in MWIS.
Just a bog standard route – park at NC 18 07 and follow the track to NC 17 08 and then cross the bog to climb the hill.
Although the cloud was down in Assynt we could see other hills emerging at a distance.
The bog was rather saturated – nothing deep, but rather slidy vegetation made for slow progress.
Eventually rounded Meall Dearg to enter the coire of Cul Beag (last time we went over Meall Dearg). The top 200m looked snow-covered.
The weather was true to MWIS – clearing as we climbed the coire.
The snow was a few cm thick and a bit wet, so easy progress was made.
Continued up the steep slope to the summit – no need for any winter toys, just an easy walk.
Once at the summit the local views were stunning – Assynt was beautifully lit by Spring sunshine. Spent an hour lounging around drinking it in.
Eventually decided to return – our little patch of sunshine was beginning to migrate north with the hills that way clearing for the first time.
As we headed down the slope it was apparent that about 100m of snow had vanished in an hour. Rather a rapid thaw.
The sun stayed out and we were warm and happy – just mooching around enjoying it.
Contoured round to Creag Dubh to get a view of the terrain between Cul Mor and Cul Beag.
Turned for the bog-trot back to the car – I stuck my microspikes on which made the slimy, slidy descent far easier.
The weather window closed over with a curtain of cloud covering the sun from the south.
Perfect timing really – great conditions for the business end of an excellent hill. Well worth the effort.