Freya's ascent of Stac Pollaidh, 22nd September 2012
When I was 4, Dad took me up Stac Pollaidh, having me do all the walking and scrambling myself. We only went up to the easy top just East of the main col, but I still remember being allowed to crawl on my stomach to look over the edge of the cliff! (I went back and recreated this and it matched what I remembered, so I know that memory is real - and one of my earliest of anything.)
It's quite likely this played a significant part in forming my love of the hills and of NW Scotland, and I want my kids to have the same opportunity.
I didn't want to try until I was sure Freya could manage and enjoy it - and hopefully go one better than me and get to the summit.
With the unsettled weather, it was starting to look like that wouldn't be this year. However, a window emerged!
Discussing the route...
Still in front!
Impatient to be scrambling
Heading around the West side of the hill
Ascending towards the ridge
Preparing for the bad step
Approaching the bad step before the summit
On the last spur East of the summit, Cul Beag and Loch Lurgainn in the background; a dusting of snow can just be made out on top of Beinn Dearg
At the summit. Climbing the bad step was "a bit scary," but Freya was pleased with herself. The promise of marzipan certainly had nothing to do with her smile
At the summit again; Cul Mor and Cul Beag behind
Summit group photos
Traversing back along the ridge towards the col
Three generations on Stac Pollaidh (at the first top East of the col)
Recreating the old photo!
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