GLEN COE WH Meet 30.10.10
by Jockstar » Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:07 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Bheithir
Munros included on this walk: Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a'Bheithir), Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a'Bheithir)
Date walked: 30/10/2010
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 1326mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The independent hostel at Glencoe was a very busy place as those WH members started to arrive from Friday night and by Saturday morning there was a considerable buzz with welcomes all around. Once assembles the next task was to consider the various walks that we wanted to do. After a lot of suggestions the majority decide that it was a good day to
do Beinn a Bleathir. So with that decided we made our way down to Ballachulish and parked at the Information Centre. Time for a team photograph and then we set off for the walk, which was looking a bit bleak when we seemed to have trouble getting out of the housing estate! However we soon got to the farm road just after the school and met up with the other lads who had gotten parked close by.
We walked up the path and went through two gates, the second of which was a bit obstinate to open before being carefully (?) lifted of the gatepost by the Lazy Hungarian! We then headed directly up the hill till we joined the path. It was boggy in places, but we kept up a steady pace, leaving Ballachulish below. As we climbed higher the surrounding
area started to appear and soon we were marvelling at the views.
It was time for a photo and at that moment realised that I didn’t have my camera. I can’t tell you what I said or thought at that moment other than *********. !!!!!!!!!! So I decided to retrace my steps down the hill and eventually when I got back down to the bottom there was my camera (in its hard case) lying on the farm road by the second gate.
So now it was back up hill and catch up with the other guys.
As I could see them far in the distance I could judge where the route was and also at times they seemed to be close but would then go on again, which I then worked out that they were doing quite a bit of scrambling. The only way was forward and I kept heading for the start of the ridge. As I got up to that point the Pap of Glencoe became very prominent and also across loch leven.
A little bit further on and I could see Nathan and Mark waiting for me, and now the three of us set of heading for the ridge to the top of Sgurr Dhearg.
We still had agood bit of scrambling to do and showed no signs of catching the main group. It was exciting stuff with myself having never done anything like this....Eeeekkkk!.
Onto the ridge and the weather had started to close in and before long the rain was pretty heavy, then turned to hailstones and then to snow…all blown in with a strongwind….only in Scotland!
With no shelter we had to climb on so made it to the cairn and the first Munroe was done.
Time for a quick photo before heading down the bealach and up towards the second Munroe.
At that point the others appeared having climbed Sgurr Dhonuill, and we exchanged stories of what had happened. This raised my spirits and headed of with Nathan and Mark along the ridge. This was fairly steady going and we had one more scramble and also we had to get over a boulder field and then a small climb to the second summit. There was a very nice elderly couple at the cairn and looked at us bedraggled lads and must have wondered what we were doing. We explained we had done Sgorr Dhearg and then told them how to get down the valley towards the forest but not before taking a picture of the three of us at the cairn.
So again it was a quick photo and then head back down the bealach and then down towards the forest using the fence as a guide before we came across the path that headed into the forest.
This was joined up by several other paths that come of the ‘car’ roads and that eventually follows the old railway track heading towards Glen Coe village. This is about 3 miles walk and in the pouring rain, helped by passing motor cars soaking the three of us, seemed to take an eternity. However, we got to our cars, and although thoroughly soaked jumped in and headed back to the hostel.
I would say that this was an eventful walk and lots of memories, especially of walking with all these characters from WH, but however, I was glad that Nathan and Mark waited for me and I think that they are both ‘proper’ blokes. Cheers guys and thanks!
by Stretch » Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:31 pm
by walk aboot » Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:46 pm
I think that 'Three Amigos' photo is my favourite from all of the ones I've seen so far Jockstar...it looks so cheery against the other hoods up, heads down in the windy wet hail .
by Chrisandkaz » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:29 am
It's kaz from geordielamd we met you after you had found the sensible path and we scrambled down through the trees. This is indeed a great website! Hope you guys had a great weekend up in glencoe!
by mountainstar » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:51 am
And well done on doing that ridge, if you've never done anything like it before, it certainly was a tester!
by Jock McJock » Mon May 30, 2011 11:39 pm
by Jockstar » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:40 pm
me ....Have had a mixed bag since with the weather almost beating us last Saurday on Bienn a glo'. out for 11 hours and
only did 2 of the three munros. Still made it back in the end. Hope your well and maybe we can get another walk together.
by Jock McJock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:02 am
by Jockstar » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:54 am
We climbed up to that spot where you are hoping to camp and it would be ideal as the rest of the walk should be very straightforward. We walked behind the toast rack but it maybe better to try the other side as it was really hard on the feet with the large stones to overcome. Also we didn't get to Bidean as there was still a fair bit of snow about and we didn't have any clampons. So we will be back for another try this summer. Super walk though ! We also have a wee tent and took it over to Mull to climb Ben More. Have a look at my report and see how good that was! Love the wild camping and will be trying it out again shortly as we are heading for the Cairngorms. If you are thinking of that area let me know and we can maybe meet up for a walk.