Day 2 Five new Munros.

5th April
16 miles 8,300ft

What a difference a day makes. Although feeling a bit fatigued Will and I decided to ascend back up to just below the summit of Na Gruagachean and run all the way back to the youth hostel, and then walk back to the Bunk house.

Ian dropped us off at Mamore lodge and decided he would have an easier day by making his first trip up Ben Nevis. Will and I proceeded to have a great day in the Mamores. Once we made the 2,400 foot climb back to the RR route, we spent 5 ½ hours tracking the munros back to Glen Nevis youth hostel. We even tried out a new line off Sgurr a mhaim contouring out the ridge on the way to Stob Ban. We decided that although it was fairly quick, this was offset by the tricky off camber running, and may be a bit wearing at the end of the round. The rest of the route seamed pretty straightforward especially in the sunny clear weather.

As we approached the final summit of Mulach Nan coirean We realised our mistake last time that we went to the far set of cairns to the left and not the near ones, which is the summit, so this time we made the correct summit and consequently the right decent. We used our knowledge from our Friday recce of the decent through the woods, to easily make it to Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. It was a fantastic 7 hour point to point from Mamore lodge to the Ben Nevis bunkhouse, in beautiful if blustery cool weather, on some of the finest ridges I have run. We were even ½ an hour up on our Ramsay Round schedule. It certainly made up for Saturday.

I now think that Scottish weather has to allow you the chance to do what you want on the hills. I think the weather will be of more importance on this round than on either the Bob Graham or Paddy Buckley rounds. So fingers crossed for the 6th of June.

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