An Stuc

2011 Staying in Glen Lyon on the Roro Estate allowed us to gain easy access to two great foursomes. One to the north – The Glen Lyon Four – and one to the south – Meall Greigh to Ben Lawers.

The tour of the second row of four Munros was the aim of this day. Staying on the private road along the south bank of the River Lyon we drove our car to Roromore. Works close by forced us to leave the car half a kilometre west of the farm. We followed the track past Roromore through the meadows along the River Lyon for a few kilometres, reached the large tree plantation south of the track and stayed on the track until we reached Inverinain. Maybe two hundred metres past the cottage a steep and caterpillar-marked track climbs diagonally through the trees for about 200m. At a height of 350 to 400m it turns due west and leads around the crags of Creag Dubh. Then the track zig-zags up to a height of 550m and peters out on grassy and and squishy terrain. Heading southeast first and gradually in a more southerly direction Frank and I climbed the north ridge of Meall Greigh more or less sticking to the obvious line of fence posts. The combination of undulating terrain and strong westerly winds made progress a little slower and energy consuming than we had expected. But the views were good and especially the dark north-east face of Meall Garbh was interesting. Before final pull to Meall Greigh we paused and replenished our batteries.

After that the main east-west ridge was not far away anymore and we were greeted by very strong winds indeed. Walking upright to Munro No. 1 of the day was not easy at all. However, finally we both touched the summit cairn and […]

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00August 1st, 1999|1999, 1999 - 1991, The River Tay to Rannoch Moor|

Sgurr nan Each

Start of tour at parking on A 832 close to private road to Loch a’ Bhraoin. Up the glen of the Allt Breabaig to the head of that glen. Ascent east to the Cadha na Guite. Wind and snow increasingly strong. Views of Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Sgurr Mor, the Western two Munros of the Fannichs and An Tellach. Further to the summit of Sgurr nan Each. Drifting snow hurting the eyes. Return by way of ascent. Beautiful glen with good path on both sides of the Allt Breabaig. Relaxing if somewhat long approach to this part of the Fannichs.

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00February 1st, 1999|1999, 1999 - 1991, Loch Marree to Loch Broom|

Meall a’Chrasgaidh

Start at the A 835 two kilometers west of Loch Droma was a mistake because river crossing was extremely difficult. The dam of Loch Droma to be recommended. Up the land rover track beside the Allt a’Mhadaidh and further on the stalker’s path to Loch a’Mhadaidh. From there up the North East ridge of Meall a’Chrasgaidh avoiding the steeper upper part of that ridge by detouring to the east and then up the steep hillside WNW to the crest of the summit ridge. Ice axe and crampons a must on that part of the climb. Very strong head-on winds. Track making extremely exhausting with the very deep snow and galeforce wind. When we climbed over the crest we were blown away. Never experienced such winds. Walking absolutely impossible for a time. In a lull we fought our way to the cairn on the summit and rested for a short time in the stone shelter nearby. Planned continuation to Carn Na Criche, Sgurr Mor and Beinn Liath Mhor Fannich would have been suicidal this day. Thus quick descent over the steep north side of the hill to the foot of the North East ridge of the hill. Return on approch path. Memorable but extremely tiring day. (Noteable: loss of a glove, googles and walking pole)

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00February 1st, 1999|1999, 1999 - 1991, Loch Broom to Easter Ross|

Meall nan Ceapraichean

Dry overcast day. Strong winds. Approach from Inverlael through Gleann na Sguaib to the broad beallach between Meall nan Ceapraichean, Conna Meall and Bein Dearg. Very strong winds on the beallach. Tantalizing views of Coire Ghranda with a little sunshine on the water. Beinn Dearg in the clouds. Saved that one for a better day. Ascent of Meall nan Ceapraichean from the beallach (view from the head of Gleann na Sguaib). Track making was very exhausting in the deep snow with the gales coming directly from in front. Finally made it to the summit. Return by way of approach.

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00February 1st, 1999|1999, 1999 - 1991, Loch Broom to Easter Ross|

Ben Nevis

Overcast day. Summit of Ben Nevis in clouds all the day. Complete walk of Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. Start from the Youth Hostel in Glen Nevis along Loch Meall an t-Suidhe, across the Allt a’Mhuilinn to the Carn Dearg ridge, and the Carn More Dearg Arrête to the summit of Ben Nevis (heavy rain and wind). Return by tourist path with loads of tourists indeed.

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00September 14th, 1998|1998, 1999 - 1991, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|

Mullach nan Coirean

Dry but partly cloudy day. Glen Nevis approach with starting point at Achriabhach. Path through the woods and then a climb, very steep at first through sparsely spread trees, up the north-east ridge of the Mullach. Easy slopes apart from the final 100m to the summit shrouded by clouds. Continuation over the south-east top of Mullach and the connecting ridge to Stob Ban. Summit ascent quite steep. Quartzite boulders. No views on Stob Ban – clouds. Descent by the east ridge to the stalker’s path starting at the head of Coire a’ Mhusgain. Beautiful view of small lochan below the cliffs of Sgurr an Iubhair. Good view of Sgurr a Mhaim. Return to Achriabhach on the stalker’s path. Clear views of the north-eastern cliffs of Stob Ban (somehow resembling An Teallach from Loch Toll an Lochan).

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00September 1st, 1998|1998, 1999 - 1991, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|

Meall Dearg

Aonach Eagach partly covered in clouds. Fine scrambles on Aonach Eagach. Very quick assent to Meall Dearg from Glen Coe. Swift traverse of the ridge to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Quite a few people on the ridge. Steep decent down dangerously loose scree slopes on the Sgorr. Rewarding day with good scrambles and fine ridge walking.

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00September 1st, 1998|1998, 1999 - 1991, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Stob na Broige

2008 Schon seit vielen Jahren verbringen Joachim, Markus, Stefan, Thomas und ich einmal im Jahr ein verlängertes Wochenende gemeinsam zum Wandern. Nachdem wir bislang eher “flach” unterwegs waren, fiel die Wahl für 2008 auf Schottland. Schon länger wollte ich den Jungs die Schönheiten des Highlands und vor allem auch meiner Leidenschaft der Munros näherbringen. Mir war aber auch klar, dass ich hier im Gegensatz zu den bisherigen Wanderungen ausdrücklich auf Ernsthaftigkeit, Wetterbedingungen und konditionelle Bedinungen hinweisen sollte und musste. Was sich dann auch natürlich auch bewahrheiten sollte. Und da wir noch ein Bett frei hatten und nach meiner Ansicht Cord auch gut zu den Jungs passen würden, gewährten wir ihm auch Asyl für die 4 Tage in Schottland.

Nachdem wir am Vortrag von Köln nach Edinburg geflogen waren, Cord traf in Köln aus Berlin kommend ein, folgte zunächst die Fahrt nach Kinlochleven. In Callander kauften wir Lebensmittel und Getränke ein und fuhren dann durchs Rannoch Mor mit obligatoricher Fotopause. Das Wetter war frisch aber angenehm. Als wir uns Glen Coe näherten, majästetisch bewacht durch den großen Hirten, rief mein Hinweis “da gehen wir morgen rauf” eher ungläubiges Kopfschütteln hervor. Im Glen Coe selbst legten wir eine erneute Fotopause ein. Danach ging es straigt nach Kinlochleven, um das schön gelegene Garbh Bhein Cottage, dass tolle Blicke auf die Mamores bietet, zu beziehen. Bierchen, Feuer und Abendessen waren der gelungene Schlusspunkt zum Ankunftstag.

Am nächsten Morgen zeigte sich, dass mein Hinweis auf die schottischen Wetterbedingungen und die eindringliche Aufforderungen, regensichere Kleidung mitzunehmen nicht umsonst gewesen waren. Es regenete stark, die Sicht war erheblich eingeschränkt und die Motivation war deutlich gesunken. Hier zeigte sich, dass es von Vorteil ist, Motivationskünstler und Regenignoranten dabei zu haben. Um 10 Uhr standen wir dann – zwar noch etwas unsicher, aber immerhin voll eingekleidet und ausgerüstet – auf dem Parkplatz bei Altnafeadh und […]

2017-09-19T14:19:28+00:00September 1st, 1998|1998, 1999 - 1991, 2008, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Sgorr nam Fiannaidh

Aonach Eagach partly covered in clouds. Fine scrambles on Aonach Eagach. Very quick assent to Meall Dearg from Glen Coe. Swift traverse of the ridge to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Quite a few people on the ridge. Steep decent down dangerously loose scree slopes on the Sgorr. Rewarding day with good scambles and fine ridge walking.

2017-09-19T14:19:29+00:00September 1st, 1998|1998, 1999 - 1991, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Stob Ban

Dry but partly cloudy day. Glen Nevis approach with starting point at Achriabhach. Path through the woods and then a climb, very steep at first through sparsely spread trees, up the north-east ridge of the Mullach. Easy slopes apart from the final 100m to the summit shrouded by clouds. Continuation over the south-east top of Mullach and the connecting ridge to Stob Ban. Summit ascent quite steep. Quartzite boulders. No views on Stob Ban – clouds. Descent by the east ridge to the stalker’s path starting at the head of Coire a’ Mhusgain. Beautiful view of small lochan below the cliffs of Sgurr an Iubhair. Good view of Sgurr a Mhaim. Return to Achriabhach on the stalker’s path. Clear views of the north-eastern cliffs of Stob Ban (somehow resembling An Teallach from Loch Toll an Lochan).

2017-09-19T14:19:29+00:00September 1st, 1998|1998, 1999 - 1991, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|