Inverardran Cottage Meet Report

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.

Steve went up Fiarach on Friday afternoon where he happened upon Alan Dawson on the summit measuring the height.   It has grown since the latest edition of the OS map which shown it to be 652m.

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.

Robin and Steve took a stroll up Beinn Bhalgairean  and Meall nan Gabhar which lie south west of Beinn Lui.   We ascended these from Succoth, which lies south of the A85 close to where the B8074 Glen Orchy road meets it, taking advantage of the new forest motorways.  It was previously necessary to do the hills separately, one from further west and one from Glen Falloch, in order to avoid a very long day.  It is also possible to park at Succoth, which saves a bout 2.5 miles of walking, but note: There are extensive forestry and more importantly hydro works in progress with much heavy plant, so I would avoid weekdays.

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.