We followed the by now familiar routine of having three mini-meets on the same day to minimise the size of each party, and provide a choice of days out. This time it was An Teallach, Beinn Bhan in Applecross, and Glen Tromie in the Cairngorms.
A group of six – Arthur, Dougie, Masoud, Paul S, Lee and Ruaraidh – set off for the An Teallach Munros from the parking area next to Dundonnell MR base. The ambitions of younger, fitter members of the party to go on to sample the delights of Lord Berkley’s Seat and the pinnacles were pooh-poohed by older, reputedly wiser heads who saw benightment descending the Corrag Bhuidhe as an inevitable consequence of such rash thoughts. Little did we think that we would be back at the cars with a good two hours of daylight left. We only met two other pairs of walkers – buzzing with excitement – both of whom had camped on the tops overnight. However, our more modest achievement of the two Munros – Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill and Sgurr Fiona – provided superb views and a new approach to An Teallach from Dundonnell for all of us. The photo above is of Sgurr Fiona and the Pinnacles.
Brian, Catherine and John opted to ascend Beinn Bhan from sea level at Tornapress by way of the stalker’s path to Loch Gaineamhach, which they left before the loch to head up into Coire an Fhamair. They were joined by Monty the dog. Fabulous views into the corries on the eastern flank of the hill, and the almost free-standing A’ Phoit (the Chamberpot). A stiff climb up the headwall of the corrie was well worth it for the vista from the top. The summit is just an amble away but all the time the drops on the left and the unstable looking edge made for plenty of interest. Possibly the best of all was from south east of the summit where they chose to stay on the eastern edge rather than follow the path; see photo above. Apparently there’s a scramble up the ridge of A’Chioch which looks amazing. Least said about the descent the better. It was a quick trip at only five and a half hours; roughly 1100m of ascent and 13.5 kms distance. A very satisfying day, despite a bit of drizzle for a couple of hours.
The bike and hike party to Glen Tromie split into two after cycling up to Bhran Cottage – above – with the “A” team of Michael and Wendell biking up to point 575m (Carn an Fheoir Bhuidhe), then on foot past Carn Thomais to Meall Chuaich (951m) in the clag, when Wendell’s routefinding skills came in handy. Meanwhile Ewen, Andreas, Richard and Colin headed up Meallach Mhor, slightly impeded by the forecast shower of rain; otherwise the views were good. All enjoyed their day, and most were able to stop off for a socially distanced coffee in Tiso’s at Aviemore.