The Easter weekend saw the IMC at the luxurious Inverardran cottage in Crianlarich; the Ochils club have spent a lot of time and money upgrading it. The weather on the first two days was poor, so most folk headed for the smaller hills.
On Saturday Arthur went to Ardtalnaig and climbed two Corbetts – Creagan na Beinne and Ciste Buide a’ Claidheimh (the latter aka the Shee of Ardtalnaig). Cerian, Michael, Mel, Kirsty and her friend Hannah, Annie, Eelco and John climbed Ben More – photo below – with the top in soft snowy conditions, before deciding not to go on to Stob Binnean because of the wind. Peter, Marion, Lisa and Jim went up Creag Each and Creag Ruadh at Lochearnside; Ewen forsook the latter in favour of a coffee shop and pub in St Fillans.
The weather in the west on Sunday left something to be desired, so John and Eelco went up A’Mharconaich and Geal-Charn from the A9 on the way home. Cerian, Annie, Michael and Arthur wimped out of Ben Ledi because of heavy rain, but went round Callander Woodland Walk, the Crags and Bracklinn Falls, finishing off by inspecting the kayaking waters at the Pass of Leny. Jim and Ewen did something similar but in a different order, omitting the Pass of Leny but including another excellent coffee shop on the site of Strathyre station.
Mel and Lisa went up Meall Buidhe from Glen Ogle on their way home. Arthur followed in their footsteps in the evening after the Callander adventures. Peter and Marion went up Ciste Buidhe a’Claidheimh, following in Arthur’s footsteps of the day before. Marion unfortunately fell crossing a burn and fractured her radius necessitating a late night visit to the Belford Hospital in Fort William for treatment, then on to Raigmore the following day to have the fracture set.
There was a depleted cast on Monday, but of those lucky enough not to have work commitments, Jim and Ewen took the Corran Ferry to Ardgour in superb weather. They ascended Meall Dearg Choire nam Muc above the village of Corran. There were excellent views of the Glencoe and Ardgour hills; photo above.
Cerian and Annie attacked Farragon Hill from Loch Tummel and met Arthur who had traversed Meall Tairneachan from Tomphubil. Annie kindly gave Arthur a lift back to his car from Loch Tummelside. The Barytes mine at Foss and the possible new mine at Duntanlich were of great interest to the group.