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Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Posted in with tags , on November 30, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

We’d always fancied doing Sgurr na h-Eanchainne but somehow other hills always seem more convenient. So staying at Corran Bunkhouse for the November Scottish Hills meet seemed an ideal opportunity to finally attempt it especially as Elaina and Seona were keen to have an easy day in order to get back in time to see the Scotland v Argentina rugby international.

We got the 9.20 ferry and popped into the Ardgour Inn to find out whether they had a TV for the rugby later. The good news was yes they did but the bad news was that they didn’t open until 4pm, not much good for a 2.30 kick off! So off we set thinking we might have to drive to Kinlochleven to maybe catch the second half…ever the optimists…if only!

Steve and Seona discuss where we definitely won’t be descending…hmmm, see photo at end of report!

We walked 2km along the A861 to NN014657 then headed on to the open hillside. Not much in the way of a path but no real difficulties either as we headed for Beinn na Cille.

Steve and Seona head off through the bracken, not for the first time…

We were rewarded with some fantastic views of the Ben, the Ballachulish horseshoe and eventually the Mamores as the cloud lifted. However as we approached Sgurr na h-Eanchainne the mist came in and we only got limited views from the summit.

Seona and Elaina approach the summit

Happy trio at the summit!

Looking across to Ben Nevis

The usual route is to skirt around Coire Dubh via Druim na Sgriodain but mindful of the 2.30 rugby kick off we decided on a direct descent off the south-east ridge which proved to be an “entertaining” choice! Let’s just say there was some interesting route finding involving crags, clambering through trees and man (and woman!) eating bracken which at one point involved minor surgery, unfortunately the nurse in the party was the patient!

Elaina tries to stay upright on a steep section!

Steve and Seona negotiating another steep grassy slope

Hmmm, this is what happened to the last creature on this route!

Elaina versus bushes and bracken! Almost as entertaining as the rugby!

Looking back to where we descended, err doesn’t that look familiar?

Anyway we eventually got back to the road and by the time we got back to the Ardgour Inn it was 3.58pm, how convenient, just in time for the pub opening and the last twenty minutes of the rugby! We had been keeping up to date with the score through texts being sent to Seona and knew that Scotland were leading 6-3. Unfortunately as soon as we started watching Argentina drew level and shortly afterwards went into a 9-6 went on to win 9-6. Maybe we should have stayed on the hill a bit longer!

At this point Elaina and Seona announced that they also wanted to watch the Wales v Australia match so after a quick chat with the barman we determined that we could get the 4.30pm ferry back to Corran for a quick shower then return to Ardgour to the 5.15pm kick off. Unfortunately the girls had misheard and thought we were getting the ferry at 4.45pm so when I hinted at 4.27pm that they might want to finish their pints they had to ask the barman to keep their drinks for their return! On our return NeillyDunn (Des) had joined us and was most impressed when the barman produced two drinks for Elaina and Seona without them even speaking!

We enjoyed (or should that be suffered!) the rugby and we then returned back to the Corran Inn as that was where everyone else was eating. Our appetites had already been whetted by the food being served in the Ardgour. However we were not inspired by the Corran menu so we decided to hop back on the ferry to eat at the Ardgour Inn! We had an excellent meal including the intriguingly named “Hanky Panky” pudding!

Thankfully we managed to get the last ferry back to the “mainland”! What the ferryman thought of our antics I’m not sure! By this time the rest of the crowd had moved on to the Four Seasons pub at Inchree so we joined them for more beers and chat.

Brilliant day and another excellent meet in great company. Thanks to Kinley for organising the meet – just hope he forgives us for not eating at the Corran Inn – I’m afraid the offer of hanky panky was just too much to resist!


Snow on the way…?

Posted in Hull City,, Snow, Weather with tags , , , on November 23, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Yes, it’s that time of year again when hopefully we might get a dusting of snow on the hills. There has already been a dusting on the Cairngorms and the forecast is looking quite promising for the west this weekend. Which would be very well timed as we are heading north to stay at the Corran Bunkhouse with a crowd from!

Of course that’s if I survive watching the Tigers play Everton on Wednesday night…I’m not sure my heart can cope with another game like Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham! Still that’s us up the fifth from bottom!

“Outdoors blogs well worth reading”…hmmm

Posted in, with tags , , on November 20, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for the length of time since my last post…I was actually wondering whether it was worth carrying on with the blog as I do sometimes wonder if folk are actually interested in reading my ramblings!

Anyway it would seem I will have to keep posting as I have just seen that the new edition of the MCoS “Scottish Mountaineer” magazine have an article on “Hill walking on the web” and for some obscure reason think that this blog is “an outdoors blog well worth reading”. Now I’m not really sure about that but I guess someone must be reading it!

Last weekend we ventured south to Langdale in the Lake District for an outdoorsmagic meet. The weather wasn’t great and things weren’t helped by yours truly being sick on Friday night. not much walking and no photos unfortunately. Still had a good time meeting up with old and new friends. At least we went last weekend – if it had been this weekend we probably wouldn’t even have got there!

Next weekend we are heading north to Corran Bunkhouse with Hopefully the weather will pick up and there might even be a dusting of the white stuff on the tops. And photos!

There still life in the old dog…

Posted in Munros with tags , , , on July 26, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Had a quick dash up north to meet up with some folk from who were having a meet in Fort William.  Despite plans to leave early it was 8.30 before I left Ayrshire, arriving in Glen Nevis at 11.30.   Parked  at the Polldubh car park and headed up Allt Coire a Mhusgain to the lochan below Sgurr an Iubhair.  From there it was a quick climb up the zigzags on the Devil’s Ridge.

Stob Ban from Devil's Ridge

Stob Ban from Devil's Ridge

The last time I did the ridge was almost exactly  two years ago with Elaina and on that occasion we met a chap who had moved up to Fort William from Troon when he retired.  He and his dog, Becky, had done the ridge over a hundred times at that point.   As I walked along the ridge I could see a familiar looking man with a dog and sure enough it was the same guy!  He had come up the same way as I had but gone on to Am Bodach and was  planning to go back over the Devils Ridge.   Unfortunately Becky, who is now approaching 16, had dislodged a stone at the tricky down-climb and Ian was having difficulty persuading her to make her way down, despite now approaching 200 crossings.  Ian was resigned to making his way back down the way he had come but asked if I would give him a hand getting Becky down the tricky bit.  As it turned out she managed absolutely fine and we made out way up to Sgurr a Mhaim.

Ian and Becky with Devil's Ridge behind

Ian and Becky with Devil's Ridge behind

Some cracking views across to Ben Nevis and Stob Ban.

Ben Nevis from Sgurr a Mhaim

Ben Nevis from Sgurr a Mhaim

Stob Ban from Sgurr a Mhaim

Stob Ban from Sgurr a Mhaim

It was a long descent down the scree-covered slopes of  Sgurr a Mhaim back to the car at about 5pm and on to meet up with the Scottish Hills crowd in the old Nevisport loung bar, now called Cobbs, for some very good value (£4.95) bangers and mash!

Final word must go to Becky, who hopefully will have many more days in the hills…

Becky, Devil's Ridge veteran!

Becky, Devil's Ridge veteran!