We made a sorry sight as we struggled our way up the relentless north approach to The Brack. Cap’n Jack was suffering from a lack of hill time and was finding the upward grind hard going. I was battling a reoccurrence of my back problem which meant the return of the concrete legs and The Fatdog was out of sorts with a flare up of her perennial ear infection. As I said…a sorry sight.
FD and I hadn’t been on this craggy Corbett (2500’ – 3000’) at the southern end of the Arrocher Alps for some two and a half years and it was a first visit for the Cap’n. This was likely to be our last adventure for 2009 and we were racing against the clock. The Fatdog had an appointment at the dreaded VET for 4.30pm so this was to be a 6 hour (maximum) walk. I had the vague notion to do both the Brack and the Graham, Cnoc Coinnich (2000’ – 2500’), to the south. I knew it was a non starter as soon as we reached The Brack’s east ridge. The knobbly intervening terrain suggested that a separate visit would be required while my legs suggested that I ought to “bugger off “.
It was remarkably warm considering it was mid December. Cap’n Jack had done most of the ascent in his base layer and only pulled on his “hoody” as the chill north wind began to whip up near the ridgeline. Mind you the next layer went on fairly quickly as the breeze began to bite, so in short order our Rab Generator smocks and hats and gloves were pulled on.
Minutes later the whole reason for this trip came into view. Here it is…and worth every slogging step up the hill.
We had lunch at the top and then dropped down the craggy south ridge towards Cnoc Coinnich, joining the Cowal Way at the bealach between the two hills. There was no way we could tackle the two hills within today’s timescale so we turned east and followed the “Way” down the forestry road towards Loch Long, arriving back at the car 5 hours after starting.
With impeccable timing I dropped off Cap’n Jack at his house and arrived at the VETS 5 minutes before our appointment – not bad planning huh? The Fatdog enjoyed her visit as much as she ever does – not at all – but is now happier that her ears are feeling a bit better.