Creag Pitridh.

A group of three mountains just south of Loch Laggan were the latest target of a walk into the wild. With day light hours limited at this time of the year, one was targeted whilst the other two were checked out for a future expedition. The three mountains are Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn and Beinn a Chlachair. As it happened, Beinn a Chlachair had a cap of cloud and blizzard conditions whilst Geal Charn was just too far for the allotted time.

On the walk in, Lochan Na H-Earba is passed which sits between two smaller tops and Craig Pitridh. The light was beautiful and water relatively calm.

Cloud gathering to the west hinted at a decline in weather to come as the day progressed, so time to press on.

On the climb, which is not too bad, the rocky summit of Creag Pitridh was reached in plenty of time to make the return walk before dark. Things were made a little more challenging by the snow which filled holes and pockets with shallow drifts. Easy to fall into and strain a muscle!

Don, a fellow member of Moray Mountaineering Club and an excellent companion for the day’s walk.

A 360 degree view taken from Creag Pitridh with Geal Charn to the left and Beinn a Chlachair to the right, both snow covered.

The same panorama but with the lochs in the centre. Loch Laggan is furthest away whilst Lochan Na H-Earba is just below Creag Pitridh.

On the walk out, the weather closed in with snow flurries and sleat. The available light left for safe walking was going too, so back to the rendezvous point for the ride home via The Glen Hotel in Newtonmore for a pint!


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