The was a weather window between Storm Malik and Storm Corrie, so we went for it!
In September last year, Rho and I had done a couple of sections of the Great North Trail, (Loch Laggan to Wee Hoose, and Fort Augustus to the Corrieyairack Pass), which left a wee gap between them. It was only a short section, (7km each way), but we knew it was going to be tough!
With Molly leading the way, (on her first Great North Trail trip), we started the climb from the wee hoose. The higher we got, the stronger the wind became, the lower the temperature dropped, and the tougher the path got. With loose stones and ice, and incredibly steep in places, we had no choice but to get off and push several times.
As we reached the top, the wind was whipping up the snow so much, that we only had time for a quick photo, before jumping back on the bikes and heading back down to look for some shelter, where we could take a break.
Our timing had been spot on. We’d taken 3 hours to complete the 14k round trip, (travelling at Molly’s pace). As we drove home, the weather got worse, but we’d managed to dodge the storm and had a blast!