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Fersit Munros

Posted in Munros with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Had a very pleasant weekend camping at Glen Nevis Campsite where we met up with other members of Air Na Creagan Mountaineering Club.  We had great plans for Saturday but on seeing the weather we decided to take our time driving north stopping at the Real Food Cafe for a cuppa.  We then had dinner at the Ben Nevis Inn before joining the ten club members who had done Ben Nevis, some via the CMD arete, some by the tourist route.

On Sunday we made up for our lazy Saturday by doing the two Munros to the west of Loch Trieg, Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain.  We had thought of doing a circuit but Coire Laire looked distinctly boggy so we decided to re-ascend Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and return the way we had come.

Looking northeast from the pillar at NN337767

Looking northeast from the pillar at NN337767

Heading towards Stob Coire Easain

Heading towards Stob Coire Easain

We were very lucky with the weather especially compared to the previous day, just getting caught in a heavy shower right at the end.

Heavy end of day shower over Loch Treig

Heavy end of day shower over Loch Treig

The rain continued as we drove home but we broke the journey with a stop at the Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum which had its wood burning stove going full pelt…well it is August!

Thanks to Elaina for the photos ‘cos some numpty left his camera at home!

Summer’s Here!

Posted in Arran with tags , , , on October 6, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

To borrow a football phrase it was a weekend of two halves with Saturday’s torrential rain being followed by a glorious Sunday which was probably the best day since early May!

We travelled across to Arran on Friday afternoon with our friends from Air Na Creagan Mountaineering Club.  But on Saturday morning it was clear that it would be madness to even think about going out, not that it stopped some members venturing out (although they did eventually abandon plans to go up Goatfell!).  It did clear in the afternoon so we had a wander up Glen Sannox to see how high the river levels were…

Sannox Burn, Glen Sannox

Sannox Burn, Glen Sannox

We then went for a walk along the Coastal Path to North Sannox.  But the forecast promised great things for Sunday so it was with some relief that we awoke to glorious sunshine.  We had planned to do a route up Glen Sannox then over Beinn Tarsuinn and Beinn Nuis back to Brodick to catch the ferry home.  However being wary of whether we would be able to cross the burn we decided instead to head for North Goatfell from Corrie then across the Stacach Ridge to Goatfell…

Looking towards Goatfell

Looking towards Goatfell

On the Stacach Ridge

On the Stacach Ridge

Cir Mhor and Caisteal Abhail from Goatfell

Cir Mhor and Caisteal Abhail from Goatfell

Managed to get down to Cladach via the seemingly endless “tourist” route just in time to catch the bus back to Brodick (not sure we would have caught the ferry had we had to walk that last 2km!).

And back to the football, I suspect there’s more supporters in North London who are as sick as parrots!  Yes, the mighty Tigers are up to 3rd in the Premiership!  Thanks Kate for providing a Premium Rate Score Service while we were sailing back to Ardrossan!  Worth every penny!

Windy in Kinlochleven

Posted in Munros with tags , , on February 15, 2008 by ayrshiretiger
Loch Leven MistDescent from Sgurr Eilde Mor
Apologies for the formatting!  Tried to edit to put paragraph spaces in but it won’t let me!
Had a grand time up in Kinlochleven last weekend staying at Bob & Chris’s excellent B&B.  After much despondency after the thaw from the previous weekend’s snow Saturday morning turned out to be cloudy but dry.  We arrived as promised at the car park at 9.15 but there was no sign of our fellow Air Na Creagan friends who were staying at Blackwater Hostel!  A quick phone and it became clear that it would be at least half an hour before they would be ready so Elaina and I decided to go on towards the eastern Mamores.
A good steady plod through the woods saw us hit the landrover track within an hour.  We headed east towards Loch Eilde Mor and along it’s northern shore passing a boathouse and several streams in full spate.  We did see a path heading up the hill but didn’t fancy the look of the waterfalls it seemed to be heading for so carried on until we were due south of Sgurr Eilde Mor.  And so we hit the open hill, easy going grass at first but then it steepened until at one point we were on a 75 degree slope which unfortunately coincided with the wind getting up a bit!  However we managed to grab enough clumps of heather to get ourselves up onto the rockier ground above.
Surprisingly we then started to meet other people, a couple coming down and others who had traversed round from the western slopes.  At one point we found some rocks to shelter behind and decided, sensibly as it turned out, to have a spot of lunch.  Eventually we hit the summit of Sgurr Eilde Mor but didn’t hang around as the wind was just about blowing us over!
The original plan had been to do do Binnein Beag as well but time was running out so we headed down the southwest scree towards Coire an Lochain.  Some interesting snow filled gullies and earth moving moments saw us eventually level out at the lochan.  Then the fun really began as we realised that the outflow stream wasn’t the easiest to cross.
Fortunately a couple of other walkers joined us at that point and between us we all managed to get across, albeit having to recover an ice axe from the water!
And so we went on to the penultimate obstacle of the day, the Allt Coire nan Laogh, which we took one look at and then decided to follow the feint path down it’s eastern bank.  Slippy though it was it was preferable to the risk of a dunking!  And so we hit the landrover track just as the rain started.  We then donned headtorches to negotiate the final obstacle, the woods that led back to the village.
An excellent night in the MacDonald Hotel followed with good food, drink and company as usual!
And the Tiger’s managed to recover from 2-0 down at half time to draw 2-2 at home to Blackpool.  Play-off place still in our sights…

Ben Challum

Posted in Munros with tags , on January 5, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

Ben Challum in the snow

As the title says, belated Happy New Year to everyone!

Had a fairly quiet Christmas and New Year.  Managed to have a couple of days out on the hills.  Firstly with Air Na Creagan Mountaineering Club on a snowy Ben Challum – see above.

Then with Elaina and Ptc* – pics on his site here.

And yesterday had a surprisingly snowy day on Windy Hill in Muirshiel Regional Park with my two kids – photos to follow as soon as I’ve got them downloaded off their phones (yes, I forgot my camera!).

Hope everyone had a good holiday and here’s hoping we get more snow over the next couple of months!