Sgor na h-Ulaidh

These are two hills which receive not too much attention and are sort of off the beaten track. The weather being good we stuck to our plan of climbing Sgurr na-h Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh together in one outing. The day before we had climbed the Glen Etive Five (Ben Starav to Meall nan Eun) and we still felt quite exhausted after that 35km, 2400m and 12 hours trip. As seems most economical when climbing both hills in one go we started the hike from Invercharnan in Glen Etive.

The walk through the forest was nice in so far as the trees provided for some shade against the morning sun. But it was no exactly scenic since a lot of road construction and tree felling had been and still was going on. After about 45 minutes we reached the upper perimeter of the forest and walked into the wide open corrie between the slopes of Meall nan Gobhar and Meall a’Bhuiridh, both foothills of their respective Munros. We headed up the corrie in a northerly direction following an indistinct track and traces of footpaths. After a kilometre and a half we headed up to the col between Meall a’Bhuiridh and the foot of the south-east ridge of Sgurr na-h Ulaidh. This part of the walk was quite interesting since grass gave way to slabs and vice versa. At the foot of Sgurr na-h Ulaidh’s south-east ridge we took a short break before we tackled this rather steep way of ascent – but there is no easy-angled up this hill anyway. There were outcrops and sections of grass which together form several steps in the ridge. This made for an interesting and entertaining climb. There are remnants of an old fence which can be a guide in bad weather but we did not need any artificial markings to find the way for it was a gloriously sunny day. So after some climbing and walking we reached the small summit plateau of the Sgurr and touched the cairn. Do I need to mention … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00May 2nd, 2012|2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Meall nan Eun

Only few places in Scottish hillwalking evoke such unanimous feelings of wonder and marvel as does Glen Etive. Glen Coe is grand. Glen Shiel has its looong South and North Ridges. Glen Torridon is second to none and the upper Glen of the River Dee is a class of its own. Yet, Glen Etive has its own very special character of remoteness and loveliness. And it harbours one of the great one-day tours of the Highlands: The round of the Glen Etive Five: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor, Stob Coir an Albannaich and Meall nan Eun.

Doing all of these in one go had become a minor obsession of Frank’s and me since we first read of the idea which is mentioned in Ralph Storer’s “The Ultimate Guide to the Munros – Volume 2: Central Highlands South”. Of course we did not need Mr Storer’s benediction to set about doing this great round but it helped that he mentioned this as a slightly silly extension to an extension to an extension of a great day in Glen Etive.

So hell-bent as we were we left out car at the lay-by of the Glen Etive single track road, crossed the River Etive by the bridge provided and reached Coileitir in no time at all. From there we followed the path across the boggy grass to the Allt Mheuran which we crossed and then followed the path up this burn to the foot of Ben Starav’s famous north ridge. Me having bagged Ben Starav in early spring 2001 at the time of Foot-and-Mouth Disease I opted to skip this beautiful hill. So Frank and I said Good-bye to each other. Frank continued up the great north ridge of Ben Starav. We had shaken hands that we’d meet later in the day and do four of the five hills together. I on the other hand continued on the path by the Allt Mheuran for a kilometre or so and then followed another path beside the Allt nam Meirleach which runs below the … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00May 1st, 2012|2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Beinn nan Aighenan

Only few places in Scottish hillwalking evoke such unanimous feelings of wonder and marvel as does Glen Etive. Glen Coe is grand. Glen Shiel has its looong South and North Ridges. Glen Torridon is second to none and the upper Glen of the River Dee is a class of its own. Yet, Glen Etive has its own very special character of remoteness and loveliness. And it harbours one of the great one-day tours of the Highlands: The round of the Glen Etive Five: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor, Stob Coir an Albannaich and Meall nan Eun.

Doing all of these in one go had become a minor obsession of Frank’s and me since we first read of the idea which is mentioned in Ralph Storer’s “The Ultimate Guide to the Munros – Volume 2: Central Highlands South”. Of course we did not need Mr Storer’s benediction to set about doing this great round but it helped that he mentioned this as a slightly silly extension to an extension to an extension of a great day in Glen Etive.

So hell-bent as we were we left out car at the lay-by of the Glen Etive single track road, crossed the River Etive by the bridge provided and reached Coileitir in no time at all. From there we followed the path across the boggy grass to the Allt Mheuran which we crossed and then followed the path up this burn to the foot of Ben Starav’s famous north ridge. Me having bagged Ben Starav in early spring 2001 at the time of Foot-and-Mouth Disease I opted to skip this beautiful hill. So Frank and I said Good-bye to each other. Frank continued up the great north ridge of Ben Starav. We had shaken hands that we’d meet later in the day and do four of the five hills together. I on the other hand continued on the path by the Allt Mheuran for a kilometre or so and then followed another path beside the Allt nam Meirleach which runs below the … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00May 1st, 2012|2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Glas Bheinn Mhor

Only few places in Scottish hillwalking evoke such unanimous feelings of wonder and marvel as does Glen Etive. Glen Coe is grand. Glen Shiel has its looong South and North Ridges. Glen Torridon is second to none and the upper Glen of the River Dee is a class of its own. Yet, Glen Etive has its own very special character of remoteness and loveliness. And it harbours one of the great one-day tours of the Highlands: The round of the Glen Etive Five: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor, Stob Coir an Albannaich and Meall nan Eun.

Doing all of these in one go had become a minor obsession of Frank’s and me since we first read of the idea which is mentioned in Ralph Storer’s “The Ultimate Guide to the Munros – Volume 2: Central Highlands South”. Of course we did not need Mr Storer’s benediction to set about doing this great round but it helped that he mentioned this as a slightly silly extension to an extension to an extension of a great day in Glen Etive.

So hell-bent as we were we left out car at the lay-by of the Glen Etive single track road, crossed the River Etive by the bridge provided and reached Coileitir in no time at all. From there we followed the path across the boggy grass to the Allt Mheuran which we crossed and then followed the path up this burn to the foot of Ben Starav’s famous north ridge. Me having bagged Ben Starav in early spring 2001 at the time of Foot-and-Mouth Disease I opted to skip this beautiful hill. So Frank and I said Good-bye to each other. Frank continued up the great north ridge of Ben Starav. We had shaken hands that we’d meet later in the day and do four of the five hills together. I on the other hand continued on the path by the Allt Mheuran for a kilometre or so and then followed another path beside the Allt nam Meirleach which runs below the … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00May 1st, 2012|2001, 2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Stob Coir’an Albannaich

Only few places in Scottish hillwalking evoke such unanimous feelings of wonder and marvel as does Glen Etive. Glen Coe is grand. Glen Shiel has its looong South and North Ridges. Glen Torridon is second to none and the upper Glen of the River Dee is a class of its own. Yet, Glen Etive has its own very special character of remoteness and loveliness. And it harbours one of the great one-day tours of the Highlands: The round of the Glen Etive Five: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor, Stob Coir an Albannaich and Meall nan Eun.

Doing all of these in one go had become a minor obsession of Frank’s and me since we first read of the idea which is mentioned in Ralph Storer’s “The Ultimate Guide to the Munros – Volume 2: Central Highlands South”. Of course we did not need Mr Storer’s benediction to set about doing this great round but it helped that he mentioned this as a slightly silly extension to an extension to an extension of a great day in Glen Etive.

So hell-bent as we were we left out car at the lay-by of the Glen Etive single track road, crossed the River Etive by the bridge provided and reached Coileitir in no time at all. From there we followed the path across the boggy grass to the Allt Mheuran which we crossed and then followed the path up this burn to the foot of Ben Starav’s famous north ridge. Me having bagged Ben Starav in early spring 2001 at the time of Foot-and-Mouth Disease I opted to skip this beautiful hill. So Frank and I said Good-bye to each other. Frank continued up the great north ridge of Ben Starav. We had shaken hands that we’d meet later in the day and do four of the five hills together. I on the other hand continued on the path by the Allt Mheuran for a kilometre or so and then followed another path beside the Allt nam Meirleach which runs below the … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00May 1st, 2012|2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Stob Coire Raineach

2012 On the fourth day of our Scotland 2012 session and after some really great hikes like Creise and The Mamores Cord took his day off so i had the chance to bag Buachaille Etive Beag which he already had bagged some years ago. And it should be the only bad weather day of the complete 2012 session.

Cord drove me to the parking place at the A82 and we negotiated that he should be here 3 hours later again (a little too optimistic). I walked the very good path to the start of the ascent where the modest climbing began. After 30 minutes i reached the bealach which lay just below the clouds and i had some very interesting views of the Bidean ridges which were already covered in clouds. So i headed off to the first Munro of the day Stob Coire Raineach which i reached in no time and with no views which was a pity since it is such a good view point for Glen Coe. I took the mandatory summit picture and returned to the bealach to start the ascent to the next Munro Stob Dubh. This should be a more interesting and longer walking but you sense it: no views at all. At the ascent i met the only group of walkers (with crampons) of the day after a little mountain gossip we both headed our way. Since it was cold, wet and windy i just touched the cairn and returned. From the bealach it was an easy descent and since i was slightly overdue i sped up the last mile and reached the parking place where Cord was waiting – reading a newspaper in the car. All in all it was a good day and i bagged the last – real – Glen Coe Munros.

 

New Munro 1997. Very warm and sunny day without clouds. Approach from A 82 trough Lairig Eilde to col below Stob Coire Raineach at 750m. Ascent of Stob Dubh first. Perfect views of Mamores, Ben Nevis, Buachaille Etive … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00April 30th, 2012|1998, 2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Stob Dubh

On the fourth day of our Scotland 2012 session and after some really great hikes like Creise and The Mamores Cord took his day off so i had the chance to bag Buachaille Etive Beag which he already had bagged some years ago. And it should be the only bad weather day of the complete 2012 session.

Cord drove me to the parking place at the A82 and we negotiated that he should be here 3 hours later again (a little too optimistic). I walked the very good path to the start of the ascent where the modest climbing began. After 30 minutes i reached the bealach which lay just below the clouds and i had some very interesting views of the Bidean ridges which were already covered in clouds. So i headed of to the first Munro of the day Stob Coire Raineach which i reached in no time and with no views which was a pity since it is such a good view point for Glen Coe. I took the mandatory summit picture and returned to the bealach to start the ascent to the next Munro Stob Dubh. This should be a more interesting and longer walking but you sense it: no views at all. At the ascent i met the only group of walkers – they walked with crampons! – of the day. After a little mountain gossip we all headed our way. Since it was cold, wet and windy i just touched the cairn and returned.

From the bealach it was an easy descent and since i was slightly overdue i sped up the last mile and reached the parking place where Cord was waiting – reading a newspaper in the car. All in all it was a good day and i bagged my last – real – Glen Coe Munros.

 

2017-09-19T14:16:14+02:00April 30th, 2012|1998, 2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Binnein Beag

These two Munros were the missing gems of our Mamore collection. I think the first Mamore Frank and I climbed was Sgurr an Iubhair in 1993 or 1994. Then there came Mullach nan Coirean and Sgurr Ban. Then Am Bodach. Then An Gearanach. Then a failed winter attempt at Sgurr a’Mhaim. Then the complete Ring of Steal. Then Binnein Mor and na Gruagachain. 2012 was the time to finally settle the score; but of course we do not bear a grudge against this fabulous mountain range which is certainly among the best in all of Scotland. It’s only that after almost 20 years it felt good to complete the round.

We started from the parking of the former Mamore Lodge Hotel which unfortunately is out of business today. This saved us the three-quid parking fee which we gladly would have given for the chance of sitting in the sun after the walk. From the lodge it was up the landrover track which snakes up the glen in the direction of Loch Eilde Mor. Then we left the road and took the stalkers path which crosses the open land below Na Gruagachain’s south ridge, crossed the burn coming down from the corrie above and skirted the south side of Sgurr Eilde Mor. The path deposited us on the beallach between the two Sgurr Eildes in Coire an Lochain which holds a not so small lochan. The sky was clear, the views were really stupendous. What a half circle of mountains. Photos taken we headed for Sgurr Eilde Beag and climbed the grassy, stony and gravel-strewn south ridge of this conical peak. At the summit we again marvelled at the views that now also included Ben Nevis, the Grey Corries and some of the other Mamore summits.

We descended the north-west ridge of Sgurr Eilde Beag. The steep snow fields we encountered below the summit seemed to be inviting us to glide down into the corrie below. However, the snow was frozen and we had no winter equipment. Thus prudence prevailed and we followed … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:15+02:00April 29th, 2012|2012, 2019 - 2010, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|

Sgurr Eilde Mor

These two Munros were the missing gems of our Mamore collection. I think the first Mamore Frank and I climbed was Sgurr an Iubhair in 1993 or 1994. Then there came Mullach nan Coirean and Sgurr Ban. Then Am Bodach. Then An Gearanach. Then a failed winter attempt at Sgurr a’Mhaim. Then the complete Ring of Steal. Then Binnein Mor and na Gruagachain. 2012 was the time to finally settle the score; but of course we do not bear a grudge against this fabulous mountain range which is certainly among the best in all of Scotland. It’s only that after almost 20 years it felt good to complete the round.

We started from the parking of the former Mamore Lodge Hotel which unfortunately is out of business today. This saved us the three-quid parking fee which we gladly would have given for the chance of sitting in the sun after the walk. From the lodge it was up the landrover track which snakes up the glen in the direction of Loch Eilde Mor. Then we left the road and took the stalkers path which crosses the open land below Na Gruagachain’s south ridge, crossed the burn coming down from the corrie above and skirted the south side of Sgurr Eilde Mor. The path deposited us on the beallach between the two Sgurr Eildes in Coire an Lochain which holds a not so small lochan. The sky was clear, the views were really stupendous. What a half circle of mountains. Photos taken we headed for Sgurr Eilde Beag and climbed the grassy, stony and gravel-strewn south ridge of this conical peak. At the summit we again marvelled at the views that now also included Ben Nevis, the Grey Corries and some of the other Mamore summits.

We descended the north-west ridge of Sgurr Eilde Beag. The steep snow fields we encountered below the summit seemed to be inviting us to glide down into the corrie below. However, the snow was frozen and we had no winter equipment. Thus prudence prevailed and we followed … [Read More]

2018-01-13T12:09:49+02:00April 29th, 2012|2012, 2019 - 2010, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|

Creise

The White Corries is the name given to the ski area on the north-west slopes of Meall a’Bhuiridh. I had climbed this hill and its stately neighbour Creise in September 1998 in the company of Stephanie and Birgit. That was an easy day: We did the tour up and down the ski slopes and to and fro the nice sharp connecting ridge and col between the two Munros.

This time round Frank and I had opted for something slightly more challenging: A circuit route of the two Munros. No matter what choice of route you take, the hike invariably starts at the car park of the White Corries ski centre. On the day we visited these hills there was a down-hill MTB-race going on. Gee, some of these down-hill racing guys are real techies.

We did not linger long. As planned we set out across the moor in a westerly direction below the crags of Creag Dubh. The going was ok. There were traces of several parallel paths on this grassy, heathery and boggy section. Then after half an hour or so we rounded the corner and reached the Cam Ghleann. There a path leads down to the Allt Cam Ghlinne and sticks to the left bank of this burn. The surroundings are really impressive with the craggy ridges and slopes of Creise/Sron a’ Ghlais Choire and the beautiful Allt in the glen which sports several waterfalls. The good weather also helped in raising our expectations.

Well, our expectations were high since we wanted to climb the steep north-east ridge of Creise’s subsidiary top Stob a’ Ghlais Choire. Looking at the ridge from the glen it looks rather foreboding but we just believed the books, crossed the Allt Cam Ghlinne and started the ever steepening climb first over grass, then, after a first line of crags had been outflanked, directly on rocks. This was great fun. After some time of sustained scrambling the terrain became less steep and the more open slopes interspersed with some rocks and crags made for easier progress. … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:16:15+02:00April 28th, 2012|1998, 2012, 2019 - 2010, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|