I was back out with Duncan today setting of from Kinlochleven to see if we could climb Am Bodach a summit we had hoped to do earlier in the year when the weather made us cut our route short. It was a fairly bright start to the day in Kinlochleven and we were hoping to avoid the forecast rain if possible though weren’t expecting the view from the summit. Our route took us up past Mamore Lodge where there seems to be a lot of work going on at the moment before setting of to join the west highland way for a short stretch. The route then took us up an old stalkers path into Coire na h-Eirghe where we startled some deer and had some nice views of an old avalanche as well as some big cornices. The snow was thawing and pretty wet low down though firmed up as we ascended to the ridgeline to be greeted by cloud and gusty winds. After putting on more layers we set off to climb the summit ridge and it even brightened up for a while though the cloud remained thick on the mountain. It was fascinating at the top because the cairn was nearly completely buried and to the east of it the snow and cornice had built up to be higher than the cairn. We didn’t go over to it for obvious reasons, but you might be able to see it in the photo of Duncan above. Feeling pleased with what we had done we returned to the descent into the Coire and enjoyed a relaxing bumslide all the way down to the relative shelter in the Coire for our lunch. It was a lovely walk back down as the sun threatened to emerge though the summits didn’t and we were soon taking layers off as we walked back down the west highland way through the trees back to Kinlochleven and a coffee in the Ice Factor.