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In the January 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors, David Lintern and friends tackle the South Glen Shiel Ridge. Here’s a taster to whet your appetite

Images and words by David Lintern

Clearly, the persistent drizzle was putting a damper on the group’s enthusiasm for “the plan”. Our target was “that big ridge up there”, but with a Corbett tacked on as a concession to Stefan’s dirty bagging habit. But standing in a soggy car park opposite the Cluanie Inn, grey clouds still swirling overhead, our committee seemed a touch reluctant.

To be fair, most of “that big ridge” wasn’t putting in much of an appearance at the time. Ever the optimist, I was convinced the weather was going to break. And so, after some gentle cajoling, I convinced the others we should give it a try. We’d ditch the more ambitious Forcan Ridge (too wet underfoot, too tricky with heavier loads) and if the rain didn’t stop, we could always abort after the Corbett. Leaving the other vehicles at the pub, we all jumped in Fraser’s fancy new van and headed to the layby just past the Glen Shiel memorial…

Heading towards the Corbett of Bhuide Bheinn © David Lintern

Looking back towards the impressive south-east face of Sgùrr na Sgine © David Lintern

Returning to the bealach by way of small lochans © David Lintern

Light and shadow across to Loch Hourn © David Lintern

Setting up camp, showers on the way © David Lintern

Descending towards Am Fraoch-choire from Creag nam Damh © David Lintern

Am Fraoch-choire looking to the next tops of Sgùrr Beag and Sgùrr an Lochain © David Lintern

Making a beeline for Stefan’s 200th Munro, Sgùrr an Doire Leathain © David Lintern

Scrambling up the primeval fin of Aonach air Chrith © David Lintern

Vast open upland plains and strange light as we near the end of the ridge © David Lintern

Pick up the January 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors, on sale Friday 8 December, to read the story of how Team Haribo got on – including two nights spent high on the ridge – along with some practical tips for taking on this big route in winter conditions. You can see more of David’s excellent photography in his full feature too.

As well as words and pictures for The Great Outdoors magazine, David also runs photography workshops across the Scottish Highlands – for both individuals and small groups, complete beginners to those with more experience. Find out more and get in touch, here: www.davidlintern.com/tuition/