11 people travelled to Glencoe independent Hostel on Friday.
Mel and Michael G managed to get away early to climb Sgorr Dhonuill (of Beinn a’Bhethir). We left the carpark at South Ballachulish at 14.30 and took the tracks and well made path into the bealach between the 2 summits. Luckily the weather was better than expected (less windy) and so we arrived on the summit by 5pm with great views!
Peter and Marion, Helen, Carol and Richard H were already settled in when we arrived. Jenny C and 2 friends from Edinburgh (Candice and Anthony) and Annie arrived later.
On the saturday a mob (as Peter describes us) set out for Buachaille Etive Beag. The weather, once again, was much better than expected and we made it up to the first top: Stob Coire Raineach (Candice’s first munro) in good time (again a great path has been put in up to the bealach, passing the boggy ground easily). At the top we did have high winds and hail but was easy to shelter from. After a quick bite we headed up the ridge to the 2nd top. The ridge narrows towards the top of Stob Dubh allowing for views over Loch Etive and Ben Starav. A fantastic walk with great views and only intermittent rain. On arrival at the car the heavens opened, so we made a quick escape to the cafe at South Ballachulish for a welcome cup of tea and cake
Richard H walked up the Pap of Glencoe from the Hostel after a lie in!!
Marion and Peter started from the Forestry Commission car park at Inchree (where there is the added interest of a Red Squirrel feeding station with plenty of activity), and took the Waterfall Trail past a series of falls on the Abhainn Righ, which were quite dramatic after the rain. Crossing the river on a track which leads back to Onich, they left the track and climbed through tussocky grass and heather, with a few bands of trees, towards the lofty summit of Beinn an Aonaich Mhoir, at 387m. The rough terrain made for slow progress, but the sun shone and the views were splendid. At the summit, having originally half intended to continue over another four tops and back down the valley, they thought better of that idea and lay in the sun for half an hour before ambling back the way they had come. Distance 10.29km, time moving 3h 23m, time stationary 2hr 56m, sunny all day, breezy.
We had a group chilli for dinner in the evening followed by live music in the Clachaig.
Plans had been made for an ascent of Beinn Fhionnlaidh from Glen Etive on the Sunday. However, the plan was quickly dismissed due to high winds and incessant rain in the morning!
Our next trip is our annual christmas dinner to Mill Cottage 28th/29th Nov so please contact me asap to book. payment is needed within 3 days of booking to make sure you get a place!!