Approaching the Pass of the Bellowings on Foinaven
St Johns Leatherhead
Expedition teams return from the mountains
Successful trips to Arkle and Foinaven
Tuesday July 17th 2018
All three teams were back at the Adventure School by midday today, after the final leg of their mountain expeditions.
The Green team (of Upper Thirds) had traversed Arkle with two nights of wild camping, while the Red and Blue teams (made up of the older year groups) had tackled a full traverse of the Foinaven ridge line.
After Sunday afternoons expedition preparations and packing all three teams left the Adventure School and were dropped close to the estate village of Achfary, walking in to the old stone stables at Lone where we have a field kitchen, and where many of our mountain days commence. Supper was eaten at Lone and the teams then picked their way up the stalkers track towards the Bealach Horn, a high pass between the mountains at nearly 500m above sea level. The Greens broke off the track first, camping high on the side of Arkle close to a natural spring and the Reds and Blues carried on through the cloud to the other side of the bealach to before setting camp.
Monday started with a stiff south westerly, slightly stronger than forecast, but with skies largely clear and good visibility of the routes ahead. The Greens tackled Arkle, reaching both summits with light packs, before returning to their camp to down poles, pack up and head into the remote glen between Arkle and Foinaven. The Reds and Blues pushed across the Plat Reidh towards the un-named spot height at 808m where the ridge starts with a steep narrow descent into the Pass of the Bellowings before climbing again around the Black Tower. The main summit was reached just after 1pm and the Reds and Blues started their descent, wild camping again below the 400m contour in the patchwork landscape of rocky outcrops and hill lochs.
All three teams were left with a three or so hour walk out the this morning, the Greens to a vehicle pick up and the Reds and Blues all the way back to the Adventure School. Weary legs but high spirits after a challenging couple of days.... but that’s what its all about. Stretch, don’t cruise! The teams are all well... no doubt they’ll sleep well this evening.
More news tomorrow.