There were six members Marj, Sue C, Sue M,
Jasmine, Vicky, Grace and three guests Neil, Jack and Fiona at
this meet. There was beautiful weather and very few midges. If
anything it was too hot.
Grace, Jasmine, Jack and Marj had an early start from Aberdeen
to do a walk on the way over. They did Beinn Dubhchraig and Ben
Oss from Dalrigh and after eating at the Kingshouse and meeting
up with Sue M they headed for the hut where Fiona had been
waiting for about 2 hours and so had pitched her tent in the
Parked at Dalrigh and set off up Allt Coire
The bridge was a bit of a challenge as
parts were missing.
It was very hot but also very wet underfoot
which made the going a bit tough at times.
The summit of Beinn Dubhchraig.
Looking to Ben Oss with Ben Lui behind.
Jasmine and Jack ascending Ben Oss, got fed
up following the path so went up the face of the hill.
Grace on Ben Oss summit with Ben Lui
Looking back to Beinn Dubhchraig.
The group photo.
Fiona with her tent.
The compost toilet on the end of the
Sue C, Neil and Vicky arrived not long
after and everyone settled in and made their plans and changed
them and made them again for the next day.
Vicky and Marj ascended the lower part of
Curved Ridge to access Rannoch Wall and then climbed Agags
Groove and then descended by Curved Ridge. Unfortunately there
are no photos of the climb on Saturday as Marj forgot to pack
her camera. It could have been good as they spent a long time on
a couple of the belays (about an hour and a half on one) with
nothing to do (Marj nodded off at one point) while waiting for a
slow group to move upwards. They had planned to do another route
but with spending so long on Agags that they ran out of time.
Grace, Jack and Jasmine did Stob Dubh on Buachaille Etive Beag.
Neil, Sue M, Fiona and Sue C headed up
Buachaille Etive Mor. It was a pleasant day, fairly warm and
still but with a bit of cloud hanging around the tops. They
made quick progress up the corrie and were surprised how quickly
they reached the first summit, Stob Dearg (1022m). However,
they were even more surprised when another party on the summit
announced they were getting married - and then did so. During
the course of the ceremony one or two scramblers appeared over
Curved Ridge and looked a bit bemused to find themselves
attending a wedding. Everyone applauded when the "celebrant"
declared the couple man and wife. We wished them well and went
on our way. (Maybe they should have stayed for the reception...)
Neil on the way up Coire na Tulaich.
Stob Dearg summit (in the cloud now).
They then went back to the bealach and
carried on along the ridge where they were in cloud for most of
the way but got the occasional glimpse of the views.
Walking along the ridge.
The final Munro, Stob na Broige, didn't
seem much after its higher neighbour, but it was a very
satisfying ridge walk anyway. They then backtracked along the
ridge to descend via a path which is currently under
construction down into the Lairig Gartain and back to the car.
Everyone then made it to the Kingshouse for a meal together
before heading back to hut for a tipple and chatting by the fire.
Sue M headed down into the Glen and the
others, not in the party below, all headed for home.
After some discussion, the same group as
went up Buachaille Etive Mor, minus Sue M, went for Creise and
Meall a'Bhuirdidh. This time they were surprised how very long
it took them to get up on to the ridge. The going up the side
of Cam Ghleann was tough - steep and lots of scree. (According
to Cameron McNeish this is is the easier route!) They also
noticed that there was no-one else around, unlike the previous
day when Buachaille Etive Mor had been pretty busy.
Struggling up the side of the ridge.
On the ridge at last.
Once finally up there, they stopped for
lunch and then very quickly after, reached the summit of Creise
(1100m). There was little cloud so at least they got the views.
At this point they met two other parties, both of whom had come
up via the Glencoe ski centre and were descending the same
route. Obviously they knew something about the side of the hill
we ascended! Then it was over a narrow ridge, up to Meall a'
Bhuiridh and down via the tracks under the ski tows. It was a
steep descent and nice to reach flat ground again at the bottom.
Final summit of the day.
Back on flat ground again.
This "shorter" day turned out to be quite
long, but at least there were good views of where they’d been
the previous day and of the surrounding hills. After
refreshment at the Kingshouse, Neil, Vicky, and Sue headed for
Tyndrum and home. Fiona set off in the opposite direction for
A great weekend was had by all.