Onich meet, 10-11 March

The weekend of 11/12 March saw a full house at the Alex Macintyre hut in Onich.  Indifferent weather meant that no-one had a big day on the hill, but Steve and Ewen had a cloud-free day on Saturday up Sgurr Choinnich, a Graham to the north of Loch Arkaig.

The objective for the ‘A’ team on Saturday was Meall Lighiche, south of Glencoe opposite the Clachaig.  Mel, Cerian, Annie and Michael followed the Allt na Muidhe burn intending to cross to the west bank to climb, however the burn was very high so they continued south to the bealach.  They returned down the intended ascent route, fortunately finding the burn had dropped enough to cross.  A visit to the Clachaig Inn was great motivation!

Deteriorating weather from the west on Sunday meant that most folk headed east to Beinn a’Chrulaiste north of the Kingshouse Hotel, which is currently closed for extensive renovations and will not re-open until 2019.  Now the good news; there’s a small cafe bar at the back which is open, and was a very welcome refuge after a damp and misty ascent of the hill.

Also on Sunday Richard and Shona enjoyed a rather claggy walk up the Pap of Glencoe, with limited views from about 450m on the way down.  It didn’t seem a popular hill that day!  In accordance with Fort William tradition they stopped off at Nevisport for a browse and a coffee.  Richard felt that he could have composed this part of the meet report before he left inverness!  But despite the weather, it was a very sociable meet in a comfortable hut.