Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of guiding Michael along Liathach, who had been given the outing as a present from his wife. The weather was a real Scottish mix; the rain gave way to shifting clouds with a bit of snow and sun thrown in for good measure! After the initial ascent to the summit of Spidean a’ Choire Leith, Michael commented that he had read a lot of people take one look at the ridge ahead and turn back the way they came. The Fasarinen pinnacles were hiding at this point under a bank of cloud, so there was nothing to fear. As we started to descend the Munro, we were rewarded with our first view of the ridge. Michael was not deterred in the slightest thoroughly enjoying his traverse, gaining confidence and a bigger smile with every step.
After conquering the pinnacles, we continued along to the final Munro, Mullach an Rathain which at that point was shrouded in cloud. The beauty of the ever changing conditions meant that we only had to wait a few minutes for the cloud to lift and reveal a spectacular view back, allowing us to see just how far we had come. I hope he won’t mind me quoting his Chinese saying: “It is better to live one day as a Tiger rather than one thousand years as a sheep” and for Michael he had achieved his Tiger day!
Blog by Kirsty Chuchla, nineonesix guiding