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Glen Feshie Hostel Meet
22-23 February 2008

Glen Feshie Hostel

Thirteen club members spent the weekend of 22nd-23rd  February at Glen Feshie Hostel.

The weather forecast was particularly bad for Saturday but as it turned out summits were reached, summits were almost reached, fine low level walks were completed and a snow filled gully ascended.

Ken and Marj went off to tackle the Ardverikie Forest group of three Munros from the far end of Loch Laggan. Having successfully reached the track-bridge at the end of Lochan na h-Earba - where the former was nearly submerged by the latter - Ken persuaded Marj to try his Cunning Plan, i.e. to slog a further two miles of track along the lochside to the glen of Coire Mhaigh, where a couple of well-made estate paths would lead almost effortlessly to the tops of either Creag Pitridh and Geal Charn, according to choice. Unfortunately, the path at the glen proved both poor and fragmentary, and difficulty was experienced even crossing a minor burn running down from the side. Moreover, crossing over the main burn to Geal Charn at this level was clearly impossible. So, recourse was had to the NE ridge of Creag Pitridh, where some useful hard snow was eventually encountered, and led right up to the summit cone, which also provided useful lee from the ever-increasing wind strength. A final scramble over slippery boulders got them to the rather miserable summit cairn, which offered negligible shelter from the full-scale blast. Hence, with both haste and care, they crouched down to the Geal Charn col, where at least the going was better underfoot. At this point, with the wind was still strong, and GC as well as Beinn a’Chlachair under perennial scudding cloud, it was decided to abort the expedition, but a side-trip was first taken (via a mile of good path) to overlook scenic Lochan a’ Bhealaich Leamhain. Then it was down the newly refurbished footpath to Lochan na h-Earba, and back along the landrover track, to reach the car once more, despite as strong and in-your-face wind as anything experienced so far.

Marj having fun on Creag Pitridh

The top of Coire Garbhlach

Mike, Sandy, Bill and Roger headed up Glen Feshie and off into Coire Garbhlach from where there was an exit by Sandy from the slopes in the northeast corner and Bill ascended a snow filled gully to exit above the south face. This group then along with Ian and Jim walked into the glen to Ruigh-aiteachain bothy, crossing some swollen burns on the way. Returns were made both on the east and west sides of the River Feshie.


Colin, Doris and Gordon also had ‘burn’ problems.  After a long windy trek up onto and across the Moine Mor and when below the final slopes of Monadh Mor they were stopped in their tracks by the Allt Luineag. It could possibly have been crossed but would have required some serious wading. Due to the strong winds having slowed them down earlier in the day they agreed to call it a day and make a tactical retreat to Auchlean in order to get back in daylight rather than face the long trek out in the dark with wet feet.

A burn too far!!

The happy group relax in the hostel

Claire set off later in the day to get the benefit of the forecasted ‘better weather’ and made a smash and grab raid on Geal Charn from Garva Bridge, a fine effort and only the second summit of 4 for the weekend. Alec headed from Loch an Eilein up Gleann Einich to Loch Einich, a walk which he thoroughly enjoyed.

After a short break at Loch Insch watersports bar to watch a disappointing rugby match a fine evening in the Hostel followed with many a heated debate. Some refreshments were taken and the world was put to rights before lights out.


The weather was supposed to be better on Sunday but this improvement did not really materialise as it brought more strong winds and many returned home around lunchtime. Ian and Jim however headed down to Glen Tromie and bagged the Corbett Meallach Mhor and Gordon summated on Ben Rinnes on his way home.

Claire headed up to Sgor Gaoith but was driven back not far from the summit by a whiteout. Colin & Doris had a relaxing walk around Loch an Eilein and Alec had a walk up Glen Feshie.

All in all a successful weekend, given the time of the year and the weather being as it was. This meet whetted the appetite for the year ahead and all present were looking at the possibility of attending the next meet at Bridge of Orchy at the end of March, so get booking as it could be busy.

Authors: Colin Brown and Ken Thomson