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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
Saturday August 17, Kinlochleven to Fort William, Kinlochleven.
A walk along the last section of the West Highland Way. The path skirt to the south and west of the western most Munros of the Mamores.
Start at the Grey Mare’s Tail car park head west out of the village and join the sign posted route.
Walk up through woods then pass above the new hydro scheme. Follow the track passing ruins to pass Lochan Lunn da Bhra and through Blar a Chaoriann through the forestry passed Blarmacfoldach into Glen Nevis. Finish at the Woollen Mill
Grade: M. Distance: 22km. Height to climb: 700m. Maps LR41 EX384/392. Start of walk: 0930. Leader: Trevor Jones 07831437454.
Thursday August 22: Beinn a Chorainn and Ben Teallach, Laggan.
The route up the first Munro includes a grade 1, two-star scramble. The second sneaks in as the lowest of all of them.
Start from the A86 just E of the bridge over the Allt na h-Uamha at NN400818, where parking is available. Follow the W bank of the river N up through the conifer plantation to its boundary fence.
Turn W for 200m to reach a track and follow it N to emerge onto the open hillside at NN398850. Turn W and head for the toe of the E Ridge at altitude 695m, on the N side of the Allt Ban where it issues from a rocky corrie.
Scramble up the ridge, which leads directly to the summit of Beinn a’Chaorainn, 1052m. Visit S top 1049. Then head north to the N Top, 1043m, descend north down ridge to bealach at 614.
Climb the north east ridge of Beinn Teallach to reach summit 915m.
Descend S and cross burn at edge of wood. Cross foot bridge and follow track through wood to reach road A86 at NN377 813.
Transport required, 5 minutes from start.
Grade: S. Distance: 17km. Height to climb: 1300m. Map(s): LR41/42, EX400/401
Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0845. Start of walk at 0930. Leader: Ian Moir 07973 836498.
NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB
Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go on a walk, contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday August 18, Sgurr a’ Mhaim, Glen Nevis.
An unconventional ascent of this prominent hill, which occupies a commanding position in Glen Nevis. *Option to explore the seldom-visited Coire a’ Mhail.
Start from the Upper Falls car park at the end of the public road in Glen Nevis at NN167691. Head E on the footpath though the Nevis Gorge and continue to the Wire Bridge. Cross the bridge and head WNW up through deciduous woodland to reach a spur above the tree line at NN174685.
Head SW up the spur, turning S up steeper and rockier ground to the summit of Creag nan Eun, 483ml. Continue S up a steep rocky slope to the tip of a NE orientated spur at 740m alt, NN171677. Head SW along the spur, almost level at first, curving S and rising steeply on rocky ground between Coire Sgorachex to the W and Coire nan Cnamh to the E. The spur terminates on a ring contour, 960m alt, NN167670, overlooking the vast expanse of the magnificent Coire a’ Mhail. The summit of Sgurr a’ Mhaim lies 450m SW of here, a climb of 150m up a steep rocky ridge. Descend W at first, soon curving N around the rim of Coire Sgorach. A rough path may be found, which facilitates a sustained, steep descent NW to Achriabhach.
Transport required. 6 mins from start.
*To return via Coire a’ Mhail: From the summit of Sgurr a’ Mhaim, return NE down the ridge to a shallow col, alt 956mex, just SW of the aforementioned ring contour. Locate the stalkers’ pathex and follow it S, contouring along the headwall below the rim of the corrie. After about 700m, the gradient of the slope below the path eases, facilitating a descent E to the floor of the corrie. Follow the main burn N downstream until it enters a gorge at the foot of the spur of Cnoc Reamhar.
Climb E up the spur and head E up to reach the crest of the NW ridge of An Gearanach at a level spur below the crags, NN184677. Locate the stalkers’ path and follow it down to Glen Nevis. Cross the foot of the Steall Falls, regain the outward route at the Wire Bridge and follow it back to the start.
8km, 1000m ascent
*12km, 1160m ascent
From an original suggestion by Gavin Theobald. Coordinated by Fiona Wild.