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Christmas Meet, Bridge of Orchy

posted 7 Jan 2019, 03:39 by Simon Li   [ updated 7 Jan 2019, 03:39 ]
7 - 9 December 2018
DMC Christmas meet hills

My first visit to the 'legendary' Glencoe Ski Club Hut, nestled in the forest near Bridge of Orchy. Santa made an appearance last year but would he show in 2018?? Judging by the distinct lack of the white stuff there were no guarantees.

We were warned about the 10p's needed for the showers, so i had been carefully stockpiling all week, only to forget them when we left on Friday. Enough food and drink however for another enjoyable weekend even if the weather didn't comply.

Sat seemed reasonable enough and a large group including Greg, Dave M, Katrina, Dom, Chimed, Dave B, Caitlin, Andrew H, Konrad and myself headed off from Achallater heading for the distant Beinn a Chreachain via Middle Earth, involving wild river crossings, and negotiating the treacherous Crannach Wood, by which point any semblance of a good path had vanished and we all disappeared into the trees only to re-emerge at different points on the hillside above. It was a bit wild on the summit and despite lots of people checking their maps, we managed to start descending the SE rather than the SW ridge of the hill... Soon re-orientated we pressed on taking in Beinn Achaladair in the fading light, and just managed to get to easier ground in the Coire below before the headtorches came out. A fine meal followed, and we learned of Andy's morning escape from the hut having found himself locked in, and Pete, Roos, Jo and Carol climbed the Corbett down the glen - Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh.

Sunday promised to be a much brighter affair and i went with a group of four - Dave M, Dave's mate Ben, and Chimed to repeat Stob Coire Odhair and Stob Gabhar, with just enough snow and ice to make it interesting and see the ice axes make a first appearance of the year. The situations and views on this circuit never disappoint, a grand day out!

- Report by Iain