Blackrock Cottage offers the unexpected novelty of a modern shower room in the coalshed. I should mention that the coal is now stored elsewhere. As well as this novelty, the cottage has an ambiance and sense of history which makes staying there a great pleasure.
We had a very enjoyable weekend meet to the Cottage in Glencoe with parties tackling Ben Starav, Meall a’ Bhuiridh, Beinn a’ Chrulaiste and further south, Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-Liath, all in their winter finery.
Kevin and Skye (aka the Hound) made an early start for Meall a’ Bhuiridh and Creise. He set off so early that he was cramponing up as the ski centre workers were just arriving; poor visibility meant that day was cut short at the summit of Meall a’ Bhuiridh. He had the benefit of missing on his ascent, the very large numbers of skiers who arrived later in the morning. But on the descent, Skye found many new playmates with the hapless skiers and boarders he encountered.
Michael and Douglas followed in Kevin’s footsteps the next day, climbing Meall a’ Bhuiridh via its south east ridge. On the Saturday they tackled Ben Starav in really blustery winter conditions with poor visibility, ascending the normal route via the north ridge and descending via the south ridge. Icy conditions and poor visibility made for a pretty long day.
Meanwhile a larger group headed for the lesser ranges of Glen Orchy for a spot of Corbett bagging. Arthur, Kirsty R, Richard, Steve, Nell, Shona and Robin climbed Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-Liath, missing most of the weather that the other two parties encountered.
On Sunday, Kirsty and Shona went off for some extremely serious navigation practice; one preparing for her ML assessment, the other aiming not to get misplaced on the Cape Wrath Trail. The remainder of the Corbett bagging party, joined by Kevin, had a short but pleasant day on Beinn a’ Chrulaiste. It was marred only by the views across to Buachaille Etive Mor being obscured by cloud as they reached the summit.