Wednesday 22 August 2012

Ben Klibreck

We are just back from a couple of days on the hill near Ben Klibreck. We had biked 14kms along a good track in to the foot of Ben Armine, set up our tent, then wandered over very rough, boggy, peaty ground to climb Creag Mhor and Ben Armine. This area is a vast emptiness. We had thunderstorms overnight and I was a bit concerned about our steel framed bikes! Next morning the midges were ferocious and worse than our worst experience on Skye. We were quick to get moving and biked about 6 kms to the foot of a ridge leading to the main ridge on Ben Klibreck, again the initial going was tough over boggy ground but once on the ridge the walking was easy. Passed a memorial to 2 airmen. Very heavy showers and constant threat of thunderstorms but we carried on to the main summit then headed off via a different ridge completing a grand circuit of a hill we had not visited for over 25 years. Sunshine too as we headed back to our bikes, tent and eventually van amid more rain and lightening!