Grey Corries, 15 September 2019

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.

The Grey Corries

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 Innses group

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.

Glencoe, 30-31 August 2019

The SMC hut at Lagangarbh – photo above – was the venue for this meet; we had most of the twenty available bunks. We were joined by a group of four who took up the SMC places, but even this young and fit group thought twice about tackling one of the easier ridges of Buachaille Etive Mor; it just wasn’t sensible in the conditions, which on Saturday were appalling.

Dan on the Glenorchy hills

Undeterred, Dan and Dougie went to Glen Orchy to climb the Corbetts of Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath. They claim that the weather was not too bad, with the tops clearing on descent of Beinn Udlaidh offering views to the Tyndrum peaks. Michael walked from Lagangarbh over the Devil’s Staircase and down to Kinlochleven, returning the same way. An enjoyable but wet walk!

Buachaille Etive Beag

Sunday dawned with better weather; Irene, Michael and Dan had a good walk up Buachaille Etive Beag. Mostly clear tops, brief squalls and fine views, and importantly given the amount of water on the hills, no river crossings. The sunglasses even had to be deployed intermittently. John had a good day on Creise in the Blackmount – below. The way from Meall a’ Bhuiridh looked very challenging from afar, but proved to be straightforward with a clear path, and one climb of about 2m.  Only a few showers until after he was ensconced in the cafe.  Nearly a clear summit, and the day finished with a rainbow.

The Blackmount

Meanwhile Jim, accompanied by Ewen on the first hill, indulged in a Marilyn-bagging expedition to Meall Mor and Glas Bheinn to the south of Loch Ba. The hills may only have been 500m high and a mile on either side of the A82, but gave superb views of the Blackmount, Orchy hills, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe ……… Other participants in the meet were Steve, Terence and Andreas.