The forecast wasn't too good and there was an alternative
event going on, so we were a select band of six explorers:
Abbie, Ben, Charlie, Melissa, Sarah and Thomas, with five
helpers: Chris, John Evans, Pamela, Philippa and Sandra plus
two pathfinding dogs: Bruce and Stan.
In spite of the damp ground, hardly a midge was to be seen
until we got out of the woods and reached the outcrop known
as the Three Old Maids, and a quick application of repellent
kept them at bay until a breeze got up. The explorers spent
a long time investigating the stones and the little 'secret'
chamber under the centre stone. One of the girls took a photograph
through the lookout window. The weather was clear so the explorers
were able to see all of the Kinlochmoidart area, including
the reservoir, the old course of the river and some very old
After a quick wafer, or two in some instances, we struggled
back to the path and continued up to the top of the hill where
we stopped on a peninsula into Loch nam Paitean. There was
a cuckoo calling from one of the wooded islands and the explorers
were able to watch two red-throated divers on the water, but
we didn't see an eagle this time.
When we started to get cold, we all packed up and quickly
returned down the hill to our well-earned lunches. This is
the biggest climb of any expedition, the loch is about 360
metres above our starting point.