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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS
The walk leader is to be contacted beforehand for meet-up and start times. Car sharing usually possible and people can try before they buy. Further information at www.lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers Group can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday May 16: Druim Ghlaoidh,
Walk with good view south west down the Great Glen.
Park near end of tarmac road NN 257 887. Head north east along track through wood cross Allt Grianach continue to the Allt Dubh. Turn west off track up steep side of hill will gorge to the right to reach the broad ridge Druim Ghlaoidh. Turn south west and pass spot heights 648, 636 and 537. About 300m passed spot height 537 reach an unnamed burn. Turn down this burn cross the ‘parallel road’ to reach the road. Turn northeast back to the start 700 m.
Grade: M; distance: 16km; height to climb: 100m; map(s): LR41, EX392; meet at: Fort William WM at 0930 for start of walk at 1000.
Leader: Andrew Gilbert 07808 924722.
Saturday May 19: Ben Cruachan,
Ben Cruachan is one of the finest Munros in the southern Highlands., The ridge walk to Stob Daimh makes a great circuit around the Cruachan reservoir.
Follow the path by the Alt Cruachan up to the dam and then onto the dam itself. Head round to the west of the reservoir and follow the path NW to Coire Dearg and the bealach then steeply N to the summit of Ben Cruachan. The ridge east passes by Drochaid Glas and then to Stob Diamh. Head south to Stob Garbh and then return south and then south west to the SE corner of the dam and hence the start.
Grade: S; distance: 14km; height to climb: 1400m; Maps LR50, EX377. Meet at Ballachulish TIC NN083584 at 0900 for start of walk at 1000. Leader: Nigel Clark 07714 172420.
NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB
Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go out on the walk please contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email email@example.com.
Saturday May 18: Sgurr nan Gillean, Isle of Skye
The summit of this fine hill, first reached by this route in 1836, crowns the intersection of three splendid rocky ridges. The route is the longest and easiest, now known as the Tourist Route. It is well worth the drive for a day trip, or the logistics of an overnight or two camping in the vicinity.
Start from the Sligachan Hotel, NG485298. Parking is available at or near the hotel. Head W up the A863 for 100m, then fork SW on a footpath leading to the FB over the Allt Dearg Mor. Cross the burn and continue up SSW on the path, which converges with the Allt Dearg Beag. Cross this on the FB* at NG474278, and follow the well-defined path S into Coire Riabhach. Continue S up out of Coire Riabhach, below the Pinnacle Ridge. The path becomes less steep as it reaches a shoulder and leads S into a small E-facing hanging corrie at about 500m alt. Climb up out of the corrie on scree, then boulders, to reach its rim at a point NW of the small summit of Sgurr Beag, 764m. Scramble up the South East Ridge to the summit of Sgurr nan Gillean, 964m. Return by the outward route.
*For a shorter day, avoiding exposed scrambling (but not reaching the main summit), do not cross this FB but continue S up the W bank of the Allt Dearg Beag to its issue from a deep rocky gorge. Climb up steep rocky ground until it levels at about 500m alt, then continue S over rock, high above the gorge and walk into Coire a’ Bhasteir. Several options are now available:-
*Return on the opposite side of the gorge by first gaining the small 540m summit then heading down N back to the FB.
Alternatively, climb SW out of the corrie to reach Bealach nan Lice at NG464253, 870m alt then **return by Fionn Choire, or ***head N along the ridge to the summit of Sgurr a’ Bhasteir, 898m, and descend its N or NE ridge
Distance: 12km *8km **10km ***9km; height to climb: 950m *590m **860 ***900. Suggested and coordinated by Kate Willis.