Maol Chean-dearg, An Ruadh-stac and adaptability

Planning for mountain landscape photography in winter usually means formulating one and then tearing it up.

On this day I’d been aiming to head up the popular Munro of Maol Chean-dearg – a relatively simple walk as Munros go, but a decent day out in the reduced daylight hours of winter. Apparently it offers great views towards the more famous Torridon giants to the north. I was given great views of the inside of cloud.

After giving up on the hope of any kind of clearance before I even reached the summit, I returned back down the steep slopes to the Bealach a’ Choire Garbh, where the summit of neighbouring Corbett An Ruadh-stac was occasionally making an appearance in between waves of snow showers.

Corbett it might be, but it’s an imposing steep sided little peak, and great to photograph with its surrounding lochans supplying a hint of colour on an otherwise greyed out day.

Mindful that it was still a few miles back down the glen to the car, I gave up on any optimistic hope of any kind of epiphanic unveiling of views, stopping only briefly on the return to grab a couple of shots of the well – kept Coire Fionnaraich bothy.

For more images from the Torridon and Wester Ross area, see the Torridon gallery.

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