I was out today in the Talla Bheith Forest with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Hightops team of Craig, Alan, Linda, Lynn and Terry. This is a very remote area and we used mountain bikes for about 12km along the mostly well tarmacked track North from Bridge of Ericht on Loch Rannoch. After leaving the bikes we headed across open country and up to the summit of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir. This Corbett gives superb views across Loch Ericht to Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil, but also The Buachaille, The Blackmount, the Bridge of Orchy Hills, Ben Lawers, the Glen Lyon Hills and around to Beinn a’Ghlo.
From Stob an Aonaich Mhoir we descended East to the track with the intention of going out to another remote Corbett, Beinn Mholach. After traversing around Glas Mheall Mor and Beinn Bhoidheach it became apparent that the final ascent out to Beinn Mholach would mean we’d be back in Falkirk too late for the members of the team who hadn’t already done so to vote. After some discussion the team decided to forgo the summit and head back to the bikes for a pleasant return to Loch Rannoch.
There was a fresh westerly wind, which dropped during the day. Patchy cloud above the summits and the odd very light snow shower. The hills we were on were largely snow free with just the odd patch. However, the North and East faces of the higher hills and the hills further West were still holding a lot of snow and there were still sizable cornices visible on Ben Alder.