The day started with a winter skills session on the hills below in and around the Glencoe Ski area and as the light started to fall we packed our stuff and headed up the steep and icy slope of the mountain. It was around 4pm and darkness wasn't far away and we still had a few hours of walking to reach the summit. I was tired, my legs were like jelly and the ice underfoot made me question every step but onwards and upwards we went. The fading light on the surrounding mountains was spectacular and the first part of the walk up was spent looking backwards at the setting sun.
It was inevitable that I'd slip and slip I did. Luckily I had my ice axe to hand and put into action something I'd learned on the course and it might not have been technically correct but I stopped the slip and forced myself upright again. True to form I'd gone into negative mode and wittering about not being able to do it so Scot (course leader) came to my aid and talked me up the hill. Thankfully there were more rocky bits to find a footing on and they were not as icy but seeing in the dark was a real issue for me now but onwards and upwards I went.
After about an hour of this tip-toeing round the rocks and ice I could see the summit ahead and the lights from the head torches of everyone else. I felt a bit bad at them having to wait there for me but before long we were all together in the darkness feeling quite chuffed with ourselves that we'd made it. Little did I know then but this was the highest I'd ever been before. Snowdon was the highest peak I'd walked up and this was higher so hurrah for me!
The route down was heaven compared to the walk up. There was no ambient light and the sky was filled to the brim with stars. I've never seen so many stars in my life and it was wall to wall twinkling. A beautiful sight that I'd remember for a long long time.
Back at the car park exhausted it was a quick pit stop to the pub and then back to our little log cabin for bed. Muscles I never knew I had ached and it had been a long day. 10 hrs on the hills with the extra focus on walking up a mountain in the dark left me with no energy what so ever but elated at the achievement.
2 munro's down, would I get another in before the week was out........we'll see!