Cul Beag – back to do it justice. March 2014.

Date: Sunday 2nd March 2013
Distance: 11.8km
Ascent: 700m

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.
Old road:

Although the cloud was down in Assynt we could see other hills emerging at a distance.

Seana Bhraigh:

An Teallach:

The bog was rather saturated – nothing deep, but rather slidy vegetation made for slow progress.

Cul Mor clearing:

Eventually rounded Meall Dearg to enter the coire of Cul Beag (last time we went over Meall Dearg). The top 200m looked snow-covered.

Snow on Cul Beag:

The weather was true to MWIS – clearing as we climbed the coire.

Seana Bhraigh:

An Teallach and Ben Mor Coigach:

An Teallach, Sail Mhor and Beinn Ghobhlach:

Seana Bhraigh and Beinn Dearg:

The snow was a few cm thick and a bit wet, so easy progress was made.

Bealach Lochan and Cul Mor:

H and An Teallach:

Continued up the steep slope to the summit – no need for any winter toys, just an easy walk.

H ascent:

Cul Mor from summit:

Once at the summit the local views were stunning – Assynt was beautifully lit by Spring sunshine. Spent an hour lounging around drinking it in.

Ben Mor Coigach:

Stac Pollaidh:

Cul Mor and Suilven:

H on summit:

Symmetries:

Ben Mor Coigach and Stac Pollaidh pano:

Eventually decided to return – our little patch of sunshine was beginning to migrate north with the hills that way clearing for the first time.

Ben More Assynt:

Morven and Scaraben:

Carn Ban and Seana Bhraigh:

As we headed down the slope it was apparent that about 100m of snow had vanished in an hour. Rather a rapid thaw.

Bealach lochan after 1 hour’s thaw:

Cul Mor from descent:

The sun stayed out and we were warm and happy – just mooching around enjoying it.

Seana Bhraigh:

Contoured round to Creag Dubh to get a view of the terrain between Cul Mor and Cul Beag.

Loch an Doire Dhuibh from Creag Dubh:

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.

Snowy Fannaichs:

Stornoway Coastguard:

An Teallach:

Perfect timing really – great conditions for the business end of an excellent hill. Well worth the effort.

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