We paid our respects to the slightly scary figure of the Wee Minister on the track above Corriechoillie. The plaque at the wooden statue says it is of the Reverend John McIntosh but I am told that local opinion favours it being Dr Thomas Chalmers, the first Moderator of the local Free Church. Once we got through the forest and onto open ground the group split. The keen squad of Dougie, Dan and Masoud strode off up the hill for a trio of Grey Corries Munros. The remainder of the group continued for a bit up the Lairig Leacach track for a brace of Corbetts.
Dougie, Masoud and Dan report that they had a grand but tiring day on the three Munros. They made a traverse of the Grey Corries from Stob Choire Claurigh as far as Sgurr Choinnich Mor, prior to returning back along the ridge as far as Stob Coire Easain before descending its north ridge. The ascent of the first hill, Stob Choire Claurigh, was mired in rain and wind and demanded a bit of compass work. Happily, whilst resting on the top the weather backed off and blue skies appeared. Following the second Munro there was an unanimous decision that a third was needed. However, the notorious exit through the forest plantation below Stob Coire Easain’s north ridge knocked the stuffing out of three tired bodies and on finally descending there was a unanimous view that the third Munro was probably a wrong decision. A late return to the vehicles meant a drive straight back home without a pub stop – but it was a nice day out.
The rest of the party headed for the two rocky Corbetts of Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse to the east of the Larig Leacach. On the summit of Cruach Innse, we discovered that we had gained an additional companion – a solo walker from Aberdeen who was having a week Corbett bagging. A steepish descent to the bealach led on to the rockier ascent of Sgurr Innse with its myriad of hillwalker’s trails trying to find the best way through the rocks and crags, although it was nowhere difficult. A descent – possibly by the same way – stroll along the track and very brief interlude in the Spean Bridge Hotel bar completed the day.
Participants: Arthur, Dougie, Dan, Masoud, Shauna (potential new member), Wendell, Michael, Kirsty R., Robin, Andreas and a.n.other.