Despite a dispiriting forecast (impossible Friday, miserable
Saturday and slightly less miserable Sunday) this turned out to
be a productive meet with people arriving at different times
from all directions and lots of hills done.
and I came in from Tulloch by train on a lovely Thursday
evening, thinking that this was maybe all we would see the hills
were joined on Friday morning by Mark (arriving on the sleeper)
and Tom and Debbie coming down from Tulloch. Our original plan
had been to head for the far end of Loch Ossian but we shelved
this due to the dire weather and decided to go for the nearer
Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre. Poor visibility and high winds
made this a challenging day; on the first summit in particular,
it was hard to stay upright.
Gaibhre - after which we quickly bailed out
arrived back at the hostel, where Guy and Lesley were attempting
to dry out their gear, having camped for two nights on the trip
in from Dalwhinnie over Ben Alder. Caroline (via Tulloch),
Albert (from Glasgow) and Raymond (via Rannoch) had also arrived
by train by this time. We were joined later by Carlos and Jim.
Saturday turned out to be a fine day with light winds and, by
midday, clear tops and sunshine. Tom, Debbie, Neil and I
reverted to Plan A (Mark’s plan actually) and cycled to the end
of the Loch and up a new track to a new dam, from where we
ascended Beinn Eibhinn, Aonach Beag and Geal Charn.
Summit of Beinn Eibhinn
descent from BE was particularly “exciting” and we were glad of
our ice axes. The narrow ridge up to AB also required some
concentration but our last two summits were reached in glorious
sunshine with great views to the Cairngorms and, indeed, all
very long walk out
also looked back at Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre, and thought how
much more enjoyable they would be today for Carolyn, Albert, and
Lesley. Raymond and Marco (Italian PhD student also staying at
YH) headed for Beinn a Bhric and Leum Uillem.
celebrated the day’s efforts with an excellent meal at the
Corrour Station House restaurant.
Sunday, the hills were shrouded in cloud, but Mark and Debbie
were away early on bikes, Debbie to cycle out and to climb Stob
Coire Sgriodan and Chno Dearg (aka “the ones with the cows”),
and Mark to “have a look at the Grey Corries” before catching
the sleeper south again.
Neil, Tom, Carlos and I were delighted to have a short stroll up
Beinn na Lap and be back in time for a cuppa at the YH followed
by refreshments once again at the Station House.
hills, lots of weather, an amazing setting (although,
disappointingly, no stags in the kitchen).