Meet Report: Crianlarich 13/14th March 2015
10 people arrived at Inverardran Cottage in Crianlarich on Friday night. We had 8 beds in the bunk room and Ian and Mel stayed next door in the ben more lodge.
On Saturday Peter and Marion went up Troisgeagh (733m), the near end of a ridge running east from Inverarnan. A good track for the first mile or so to a power line was followed by an easy ridge with mostly avoidable snow, though one short bank saw Peter resorting to cutting a few steps – something he hasn’t done for some considerable time. The summit was clear, with reasonable views and a cool breeze. The challenge of the other tops along the ridge was declined, and a descent made to the south to join the original track back down the glen.
Carol, Jenny, Ian and Mel went up Ben More with views up to the col. The top was icy and required crampons (a person from another group had to be rescued by helicopter after falling into the coire).
Lisa and Michael had a very exciting day climbing a G1 gully on cruach ardrain. They were exhausted but thrilled with their achievement when they arrived back, ready for their dinner.
Jenny organised the preparing of veggie chilli for the group tea, and as usual there was far too many options for pudding, with the home made chocolate cake, by Marion, being the favourite.
On Sunday Peter and Marion joined Lisa and Michael in an ascent of Fiarach (652m), from the car park at Dalrigh near Tyndrum, up grassy slopes past a frozen lochan to an excellent little rocky summit with excellent views in all directions, the hills all looking their best in the glorious sunshine. Tea at the Green Welly rounded off the day.
Steve, Robin, Carol, Jenny, Ian and Mel started from Forest Lodge at the end of Loch tulla. The walk was improved with the recent cold snap turning most of the bog solid underfoot. Meall Tairbh was the first Graham tackled by the group with a sighting of a golden eagle on the ascent. The sunshine was amazing and the walking being so enjoyable Steve decided to add Beinn Suidhe and a lesser (relative) hill Beinn a Chuirn (569m) (which was not a long detour, and also gave a great view down Glen Stray to Lochawe). He also got two more eagles riding the crags here. The rest of the group headed along Ben Inverveigh back to the Inveroran Hotel where they were treated to an close encounter with some usually very timid creatures.
Sunday 1st February 2015,
Despite a forecast for high winds and freezing temperatures, ten stalwarts met up at various locations between Inverness and the Braemore junction. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the gentle breeze and picture postcard snow conditions. Read more
15 people braved the snow to arrive at the GSG hut on Friday night. The fire was lit and discussions about the next day were had.
5 groups set off on saturday morning with the hope of clear weather.
Gina, Alan and Michael G enjoyed great views from Canisp, with a very graceful topple near the top from Alan.
Ian D, Ian M, Carol, Anush and Jim were feeling energetic and so trekked from the hut to Canisp (but caught a lift back). The underfoot conditions were good for playing with crampons once they had got over the heather/bog (after turning off the road a bit too early….)
Ewen and Andreas headed to the Bone caves and over Beinn nan Cnaimhseag, Peter, Marion and Robin doing a similar walk in reverse.
Mel and Ian Mitchell went for a wander near the bone caves, practised ice axe arrests and then lunched on the path between loch assynt and Suileag bothy with amazing views of Quinag.
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.
5 people (Michael G, Gina, Alan, Mel and new member Allan) met at the car-park at 8 (ish- Mel was late…) and piled into Alan and Gina’s car.
Our walk started from a midgey car-park at Achnashellach station, through the trees, until the path opened up beneath Fuar Tholl. We were treated to an amazing rainbow when approaching Coire Lair. A well made stalkers path took us up the start of the ascent of Sgorr Ruadh, leaving the path to move up rocky and grassy slopes above the crags to the summit cairn. The shifting weather gave an interesting atmosphere to the views! Read more