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Friday, 27 February 2015

Apart from several dozen deer we had Glen Shiel to ourselves today. It seems like anywhere north and west of The Great Glen is the back of beyond and very quiet. Chris, Martin, David and I climbed The Forcan Ridge and we had the route, the mountain and it seemed like the whole glen to ourselves.

It was a very dry day with no showers and dry air. The old snow was firming up nicely in the colder temperature and here was a bit of fresh snow blowing around in the wind. The Forcan Ridge offers fine ridge climbing with a great view that is not quite as exposed as the Aonach Eagach but narrower and more delicate.

From the summit of The Saddle we went down to the north before descending easy snow slopes in the coire under the north side of the ridge. This gave us a quick and easy descent back to the col and the stalkers path to the glen. An excellent day.

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