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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!

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Aonachs Revisited

Posted in Munros with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

We’d planned a few days up in Kinlochleven at our favourite B&B run by Bob and Chris, the only decision being which hills to do. I’d done the Aonachs a few years ago in glorious winter conditions but Elaina hadn’t so it seemed a good opportunity to revisit them.

We had great intentions of being on the hill by 9am but it finished up being 10am by the time we got to the car park at the end of Glen Nevis.   The weather was glorious as we wandered up to Steall falls, not as impressive as they can be but still a fine sight.

Elaina looking towards Steall falls
Elaina looking towards Steall falls

Just before the bridge at the Steall ruin we headed north beside the Allt Coire Giubhsachan to the bealach between Carn Mor Dearg and Aonach Mor.

Looking back to the Mamores
Looking back to the Mamores

A quick stop for a bite and to replenish our water supplies as well refresh ourselves by dunking our heads under the mini waterfall!

Cooling down!
Cooling down!

It was hard work scrambling first over boulders then a steep grassy slope to the col bewtween the two Aonachs. A gradual incline then took us to the flat summit of Aonach Mor at which point one of the forecast heavy showers blew in.

Some bloke on summit of Aonach Mor!
Some bloke on summit of Aonach Mor!

The rain quickly cleared and we were soon on our way towards Aonach Beag. From there we took the south-west ridge back towards the bridge at Steall ruin. We quickly picked up, and then lost a good path! Eventually, after some meandering we found ourselves just 50 metres from the bridge. Just one minor problem…fast running streams on either side of us joining to block our route! Fortunately a bit of backtracking up stream led to an easyish crossing point! At this point another shower came in along with accompanying rainbow.

Rainbow over Binnein Beag
Rainbow over Binnein Beag

The rain was actually quite pleasant as it kept the midges away as we strolled back to the car. A very different day from the last time in the snow but still a cracking circuit.

South Glen Shiel Ridge Wild Camp

Posted in Munros with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Yes I know, it’s been a long time since I posted anything but just for ptc* here’s a couple of photos of our weekend wild camp on the South Glen Shiel ridge!

Wild camp on Sgurr an Lochain

Early morning on the South Glen Shiel ridge

Trip report to follow, honest!

As promised…

So the weather forecast looked good for the weekend so we booked into the Trekker’s Lodge at the Kintail Hotel on Friday with a plan to do my first ever wild camp. Travelled up on Friday night with the obligatory stop at the Real Food Cafe for a fish supper. Arrived at the hotel at about 10pm, in time for a couple of pints.

We could have taken the car up to the Cluanie Inn, but the thought of having to make our way back there on Sunday didn’t appeal so we decided to get the bus. £6.20 each! For a 20 minute journey. And they wonder why folk don’t use public transport!

Anyway we got to the Cluanie Inn at 11am and set off on the long walk in. There was a fair amount of cloud which was a blessing as we plodded up the first Munro Creag a Mhaim from the south-east. However as we hit the ridge the cloud started to lift giving views of Ben Nevis, Knoydart, Rhum and Skye. We gradually made our way leisurely along the ridge with a plan to camp on the summit of the last one. However on reaching the 6th one Sgurr an Lochain at 8am we both agreed that it was time to call it a day. We pitched on a fantastic spot just below the summit. Nice and flat and soft moss made for a good night’s sleep only broken by the odd gust of wind. The only other problem were the midges which really shouldn’t have been so high up! So we ate our dinner on the summit where a breeze gave us some protection from them.

Sunday morning saw mist bubbling up from the glens and we were on our way by 9am. A fairly good path took us down to the road and now the only problem was getting back to the car at the Kintail Hotel. After about 20 minutes of trying to hitch a lift we saw a couple of lads coming off the hill after doing the Saddle. We asked hopefully if they were going back to Shiel Bridge, but no they were Glasgow bound. However after getting changed they came across and offered us a lift back which was very much appreciated!

As a first camp it was absolutely perfect, as those that know me I don’t do wet camping at the best of times and I really don’t see the point of wet wild camping!

So back south we headed for another well deserved fish supper!

Sunset from Sgurr an Lochan

Sunset from Sgurr an Lochan

Ballachulish Sunshine!

Posted in Munros with tags , , , on September 9, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

Yes, I’m back, mainly due to ptc* pestering me! 😉

Apparently it’s been raining a bit down south but the forecast for the West Highlands was dry and sunny so we headed for Ballachulish to do the Beinn a’ Bheithir Horseshoe.  And a cracking weekend it was too!

Sgorr Dhearg from Sgor Bhan

Sgorr Dhearg from Sgor Bhan

Looking down on Ballachulish and Loch Leven

Looking down on Ballachulish and Loch Leven

We parked the car at the church on the A82 and walked back to the village, past the school and on towards Sgor Bhan.  Some fine scrambling quickly saw us gain height giving a fantastic panoramic view from Mull in the west, across to Ardgour with Eigg and Rum beyond, the Mamores and Nevis to the north and of course Glencoe in the east. Could also pick out Ben Lui and Ben Cruachan to the south.

Looking over to Ardgour

Looking over to Ardgour

Stayed at Bob and Chris’s excellent B&B in Kinlochleven on Saturday night.  More fine weather on Sunday saw us head for a lovely woodland walk up to Blackwater Reservoir.  Returned via the conduit before hitting the West Highland Way back to Kinlochleven and then bumped into the aforementioned ptc* and family.

Looking forward to a trip to Rum in a couple of weeks – I will post a report – honest!

Great Weekend

Posted in Hull City, Munros with tags , , on December 17, 2007 by ayrshiretiger

Well I guess I’d better make a second post!

Well on Saturday the mighty Tigers got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Leicester.  So one game from the half way point of the season and we have 30 points and are mid-table, which is a lot better than the same stage last season!  You never know we might even be in with a chance of a play-off place!

On Sunday Elaina and I set off for Ben More near Crianlarich with the promise of a possible cloud inversion from Geoff Monk of the Mountain Weather Information Service.  It didn’t look too promising on the way up but on the descent to the saddle below Stob Binnein we had some amazing views of clouds rolling down the mountain and views to the west including this one:

Cloud inversion from Ben More

Still trying to get the hang of inserting photos so hope this works…