A later start today at 0915, raining heavily. Up the road to the start of the Glen Doe track. There were a few groups behind me and a few folk in front. The group behind me caught up (included Lynsey, Gordon Green, Carl Myott and Andrew Walker, with Paul Phibben and Wayne Palmer streaking ahead. We eventually stopped in a small hut for a quick bite. Marion and Graeme Dunsire were just coming out of the hut as we went in.
The rain continued to fall as we made our way upwards along the road. It is a good track, not too steep, but does eventually get to a height of around 700 metres (Fort Augustus is at sea level). Being a bit slow and stopping to take pictures at various times, I ended up walking on my own. After the dam most of the climbing is over then it is just a long plod to Chalybeate Spring, but at least the weather improved as the day went on. I don’t know how anyone could reach Chalybeate Spring before the access roads were built as there are pretty horrible boggy bits either side of the track.
There are quite a lot of new radio masts and tracks not marked on the map, and there must be some more works to come (probably wind farms), as there were quite a few wooden boxes left at various places that contained rock core samples.
I got to the spring about 1615. The group of four must have got there at least 45 minutes before me. I set up the tent next to them. It was a bit windy, but fairly dry. The spring does look a bit odd with water bubbling up through the ground and also erupting from the banks of a steam below (next to where we camped).
My back was fine today; it is amazing what a night in a decent bed can do.
A fifth TGOer arrived later, but sorry, I forgot to take a note of his name.