Tuesday, 10 July 2012


On our first day in the Highlands this May and June, we decided to climb one of the Munroes called 'Slioch'. We managed to make it all the way past the ridge before the summit, however after two minutes of climbing the last slope to the summit, we quickly decided not to carry on as it was just too steep and loose under foot- and when you're already around 3000 feet up, an almost vertical ascent with your feet slipping underneath you is not a good feeling! Although it was a bit disappointing to turn back without reaching the summit, it is better to be safe than sorry!

This is as far up as we made it. As you can see on the right, the final slope was extremely steep and continued upwards even steeper to the summit.

The descent provided us with equally beautiful views over the surrounding mountains. You can see just how remote and isolated the area is. We only saw about 4 other people on the whole 11 hour walk.


Joanne said...

WOW! How beautiful! You were right to turn back. Too many people don't follow their instincts and end up getting hurt or worse.
Blessings, Joanne

Joanna Horne said...

Such a beautiful place and stunning photos as ever. Thanks for your regular updates.

Rachel said...

Joanne- turning back was definitely an easy choice to make once on that almost vertical slope! Thanks for stopping by!

Joanna- Thanks! I love sharing my images with all who wish to see!