Christmas Meet, Bridge of Orchy (Dec 2018)

7 – 9 December 2018

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!