Blackrock Cottage, Glencoe (Feb 2013)

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th February 2013

Apart from the Christmas meets this was DMC’s most popular meet so far and it’s easy to see why. Glencoe is justifiably a big draw for all who love the mountains. After a gorgeous Friday up Meall a Bhuiridh, most people only saw the inside of a cloud on Saturday, with groups on Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, and Ben Inverveigh. The mtb trails in the area were too snowy for much fun this early in the year but those around The Ben were in great condition. Sunday turned out perfect, words can’t do it justice so view the photo album! The cottage was cozy with a great atmosphere and the catering just perfect, including luxurious pancakes for breakfast. The most bizarre thing was walking out of the front door to find a barrage of photographers pointing their lenses at us. No, Princess Kate wasn’t staying with us; that’s just what you get for choosing to stay in the most photographed cottage in Scotland. Below is a write-up from Paul.

Browse photo album

Runrig, Bruce Springsteen – bleeding ears (almost)

What….. the chip shops closed!!

A warm coal fired welcome

The green bucket run

Toilet pumping fun

Approaching hydration

A jolly gathering under a cloudless sky

Great nights sleep

7am gloooom

9am gloom with a view

10am cloud and slush and hoy

3 summit fun

Crampon traction for snow ridge action

Cornice avoidance

Hunting the frog man

Tricky bluff navigation

Bag throwing!!

Bag recovery – very lucky indeed!!

4pm heated seats

4.10 roasted ass!!!!!!!

4.20 Alex a toastin

Red embers a glowin

Kitchen ignition

Hunt the meat

Green bucket run

Dinner mission

Alex (aka Keith Floyd) + chillies braised in wine!!! – Genius

Pasta overload, just a tad

Good chat and all that craic

Cheese cake, STP too

Good times

Great sleep, no earplugs

7.30 gloooom

Pancakes and chocolate sauce, – pleasure you can barely measure

9am gloom with a view

Dolmio chocolate anyone?!


Plas Y Brenin visit some real mountains

Scoob enjoys stream

11am 90% cloud free

Sun cream applied

Snowballs exchanged

12.15 Summit

View, tick

Sunshine, tick

Fantastic ridge

Crampon action

1.50ish Summit no.2

View, tick

Sunshine, tick

Scoob meets crampon!

Fantastic ridge

View, tick

Sunshine, tick

Snow bumming!

Afternoon heat wave

Scoob enjoys stream

Plas Y Brenin and DMC have seen the best of Scotland today.

Hydration at the Kings house

Runrig – binned, Bruce Springsteen – scratched, wailing to Adele!

Beautiful sunset

Awesome day


Joe submitted a short write-up of his weekend:

I went on the weekend with fear and trepidation. I felt I was fit enough but soon learned that I was not as fit as I thought. My travelling companions put me at ease straight away and soon showed me all my fears were unfounded. We got on great like a house on fire for the journey up to Glen Coe.

The hut was fabulous everyone spoke to me and welcomed me openly into their surroundings without any feelings of judgement or suspicions.

It was a great weekend one of the best I have had for a long while. The people I went out with looked after me impeccably. As I was at the back you know what it’s like you feel so embarrassed and guilty for holding others up. But you know everyone supported me completely they waited and encouraged every step of the way. Specially to mention Lesley and Gavin they were complete stars, selfless to the core. If it was not for them I would not have made it back off the hill. They were tremendous. As were the others too.