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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
Sunday September 6, Beinn Fhada and Stob Coire Sgreamhach, Glencoe.
An interesting approach, up the nose and along the crest of the first of the “Three Sisters” of Glencoe, leads to a shapely Munro at the head of the Hidden Valley.
Start from the CP off the A82 at the foot of the Lairig Eilde at NN187562. Take the path SW and cross the Allt Lairig Eilde (stepping stones). Head W up the slope towards the series of rock buttresses that form the flank of the nose of Beinn Fhada. Pass to the right of the first buttress, turn left and climb up steeply SSW on a ramp below the foot of the second buttress. At the top of the ramp, easier ground leads W up to the crest of the ridge. Follow the ridge SW over several summits to reach the first Top, 931m, then the second Top, Beinn Fhada, 952m. Descend SW to reach a narrow col at 902m, the foot of the NE ridge of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Direct onward progress is obstructed by a vertical rock pillar. Pass to the left along the base of the pillar for a few metres to reach a groove slanting back rightwards up the rock. Climb the groove to reach easier ground on the crest of the ridge and scramble to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach, 1072m. Descend the SE ridge to a col at 741m alt, just before a small summit. Turn NE and descend steep slopes to the floor of the Lairig Eilde and follow the path back to the start.
Grade: S. Distance: 11Km. Height to climb: 1000m. Map(s): LR41, EX384. Meet at: Glencoe Car Park 09.00. Start of walk: 09.30. Leader: Ian Moir 07973836498.
Thursday October 10, Arieniskill to Meoble, Lochailort.
A walk to a remote estate passing a Prince Charlie’s Cave and the hidden Loch Beoraid. The Lodge at Meoble was used by the S.O.E. to train agents sent into Europe during the 2nd World War.
Start near Arieniskill on the A830 at NM785831, where limited roadside parking is available. Follow the Arieniskill Burn under the railway. Pick up the path heading up ENE by the Allt na Criche. Take the right fork at the junction and continue N, crossing some fairly level ground before descending into natural woodland. Look out for Prince Charlie’s Cave at NM796849. Cross the Allt a’ Churn Mhoir in a steep-sided gorge and continue to follow the path up a narrow ledge before emerging on to more open hillside with views of Loch Beoraid. Follow the path down to footbridges and a power house at the foot of the loch. Cross to a track and follow it N to the settlement at Meoble and continue to the piers at Loch Morar. Retrace steps until S of the estate buildings and cross the river Meoble on the bridge at NM799866. Follow the path SSW gradually climbing up to a high point at NM792849. Cross the fence-line, descend to re-join the outward route at the junction and follow the path back to the start
Grade: M. Distance: 16Km. Height to climb: 560m. Map(s): LR40, EX398. Meet at: Fort William Woollen Mill 0900. Start of walk 0930. Leader: Ian Moir 07973836498.
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
Saturday October 5, Stob Ban (977m, Munro), Stob Coire Claurigh (1177m, Munro), Stob Coire na Ceannain (1123m, Munro Top), Stob Coire Gaibhre (958m, Munro Top)
A fine traverse from S to N, starting with a *scramble on white quartzite leading to a shapely peak overlooking the wilderness. Continue over the highest of the Grey Corries peaks for stunning panoramic views. *Route #15 – “Scrambles in Lochaber” by Noel Williams.
Start at the Scout Hut at NN253806, where restricted parking is available, (or 2Km further S at NN255788, but the track is rough). Follow the track S for 6km to the Lairg Leacach Bothy. Locate a boggy path and follow it along the N side of the Alt a’ Chuil Choirean through picturesque wooded gorge. *Make for the lowest point of the white quartzite slabs forming the headwall of the corrie. Climb the slabs in three huge sections, the “steps” of the Giant’s Staircase, to reach the col, 800m alt, between the two Munros. Turn S and climb to the summit of Stob Ban on a steep and loose path up the slope mainly composed of scree. Return to the col, head N past a small lochan and climb to the summit of Stob Coire Claurigh. Descend N then up to a small summit, 1121mlr.
Turn NE and scramble easily along a narrow rocky ridge to the summit of Stob Coire na Ceannain. Return to the main ridge and descend gradually N along the rim of Coire na Ceannain, rising a little to the summit of Stob Coire Gaibhre. Continue down N along the rim of Coire na Gaibhre and head down the broad shoulder to rejoin the outward route on the Lairig Leacach track. *To avoid scrambling on the Giant’s Staircase, climb up to the col on the path up its S side. This may be preferable in wet weather.
16km, 1545m ascent Suggested by Toril Frantzen, coordinated by Willie Gunn.