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Mountaineers return from Arkle

The Red team arriving at the wild camp on Sunday evening


Mountaineers return from Arkle

A successful day in the mountains

Monday June 17th 2019

The Westbourne teams are back at the Adventure School this evening after a successful day in the mountains. The weather was fair last night for our wild camp at the foot of Arkle, with the teams cooking supper on trangia stoves near their camps. We woke to a few showers and had our breakfast in the old stone stables that you can see in the photo.

With a mix of sunshine and sharp squally showers on the forecast, and with the outside chance of a rumble of thunder in the afternoon, we made the decision to only attempt the first of Arkle’s two summits and to return by the subsidiary top of Meall Aonghais and the beautiful Lochan na Faoileige.

The teams picked different routes to the first summit at 758m with cloud blowing in and out with the showers, taking away the view at times and then clearing to reveal the west coast far below us and some beautiful views with moody skies.

We lunched close to the first summit before descending towards Meall Aonghais and the
lochan, picking up the stalkers path to return to our camp by mid afternoon.

We had a few hardy swimmers when we got back to the Adventure School before sitting down for mango chicken curry, rice and salads followed by bread and butter pudding.

The teams have been brilliant today in less than perfect weather, no moans or grumbles, lots of chat and support for each other and a pleasure to be with. They’ll sleep well tonight!