Lagangarbh Hut, Glencoe – 29/30 September

The forecast was for a wet weekend with low cloud.  Undeterred, a team of ten club members headed for the comfortable sanctuary of Lagangarbh Hut in Glencoe.  Saturday was forecast to be the better day of the weekend and we hurried off to various destinations trying to get the best of the weather.

John ascended Buachaille Etive Beag from Lairig Eilde, returning to the hut via Lairig Gartain.  Mel, Cerian and Michael went around to Invercharnan in Glen Etive and found a way up Sgor na h-Ulaidh (994m), returning a slightly different way to avoid some difficulties.  Gina and Andreas went up Beinn a’ Chrùlaiste starting at the west ridge and  descending at the east ridge towards the Kingshouse Hotel.

Robin and Arthur headed off to the foot of the glen to bag Meall Lighiche and Meall Mor – photo at the top of this article – a Corbett and a Graham which are often overlooked in favour of greater challenges in Glencoe.  The photo above shows Robin contemplating the Aonach Eagach.  Steve’s attempt on Stob Mhic Beathain in Cona Glen was thwarted by the high water in Cona River.  Undaunted, he set off for Glen Loy and had a dry and enjoyable day on Stob a Ghrianian.

The most productive weekend was had by Alan, who took advantage of the wonderful light created by this mixed weather to photograph a delightful gallery for his blog; https://obrienphotography.co.uk/a-weekend-at-lagangarbh/

Sunday was wet.  The only people who claimed to have done more than frequent the coffee shops of Ballachulish and Fort William were John and Robin, who had a wet walk from Upper Achintore to Cow Hill – all 271M of it – before also resorting to coffee and cake at Nevisport.

Day meet to Meall a’Bhuachaille, 15 October ’17

A strong team of 10 ventured down to Strathspey, ably organised by Steve Bell.  The remnants of a hurricane were forecast, and the plan was to ascend old favourite Meall a’Bhuachaille from Forest Lodge.

A sunny walk to Ryvoan bothy, pictured above, was followed by an increasingly breezy ascent of the hill track.  The forecast for winds of 45-60 mph was amply justified and no-one felt like doing the ridge walk along to Craiggowrie, all settling for the descent of the north ridge – below – and return through the Caledonian Pine woods to Forest Lodge.

The day was rounded off with a visit to the Bell holiday home for much-appreciated tea and cakes.  A good sociable day, and an interesting way down a well-known hill.