TGO Challenge Day 5 – Fort Augustus to Garva bridge
Refreshed, well fed and ready to rock we rolled out of Stravaigers lodge into glorious sunshine. Peter was back on form and his pack was a lot lighter due to some adjustments. The walk out of Fort Augustus gave up some brilliant views over the loch, it was shorts and t-shirts weather.
The stroll along to the base of the Corrieyairack pass was nice and gentle, Gill had to negotiate her way past a group of highland cattle which is always amusing. I headed off on my own up the Corrieyairack pass to stretch the legs, stopping at the top to chat to some fellow challengers. If the pass had been kept open as a road it would be the highest road in the UK at 2526ft. The top of the pass still held quite a bit of snow and some kind of telecom building helped shield the wind. Going up the pass was really enjoyable but coming down was not so nice, the path has seen better days and must claim several twisted ankles each year.
I reached a bothie and decided to wait for the others, a nice chap was setting up his bed for the night and we chatted about the days walk. I can t remember the guys name(see photo), maybe someone can help, retired ex-army, the guys walking pace is legendary, someone commented he always had the kettle on when you reached your destination.
I got the bushbuddy going and then chilled in the sun outside the bothie. Quite a few of the challengers were staying in and around the bothie but when the others turned up we pushed on along a track towards our camp site for the night, Garva Bridge. Around 20 challengers were pitched up for the night and I enjoyed chatting with them beside the river as the sun set on a quite glorious days hiking.