Saturday 3rd May 2014
Weather/Conditions: Quite 'flat' conditions. A high ceiling of thin cloud made everything appear desolate, but the sun broke through one or twice. Later on in the morning, the skies would clear beautifully.
Distance/Ascent/Time: 3.7km / 730m / 1h 55m
For a shapely, beautiful hill, the Pap is a lung buster. I just got higher and higher with views opening to the west, waiting for that little summit dome to arrive. I've heard people say it's a scramble to get to the top, but I didn't think it was, really. It is however really pleasant when you get up, and also a little disconcerting to see Sgorr nam Fiannaidh still looking so big for all the effort you've put in. But such is the nature of these short hills - when you expect a short haul to a summit, it always feels longer than it should...
Here and there the rising sun broke through the high cloud layer, but it was one of those slightly gaunt, lifeless mornings. It was nice to finally climb the Pap, to see the view from the top. There's also the pleasure of seeing it from a distance from then on, appreciating that you've been up there. It offers a new perspective.
But I wasn't hanging around. After a summit pano (of course!) and some photos, I shot off back the way I came, arriving back at the car 25 minutes after leaving the summit. A rapid descent - I didn't hang about.
I drove north to Fort William, Carn Dearg gleaming in the morning sun, my mood increasingly optimistic. I stopped for a moment in the Fort then continued eastward for the meat of the day: the trio of Munros encircling Coire Ardair: Carn Liath, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Creag Meagaidh.
Sgorr na Cìche
(0.00) 6.10am Layby, Glen Coe
(1.05) 7.15am Sgorr na Cìche
(1.20) 7.30am Sgorr na Cìche (left)
(1.55) 8.05am Layby, Glen Coe