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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS
The walk leader should 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 February 1, Binnein Shuas, Glen Spean.
A delightful craggy hill with some route finding needed on the summit crags. Grand views of Creag Meagaidh and the Ardverikie hills’
Park at Moy Bridge NN433831. Cross the river Spean and follow the track SE for about 2km then turn right at the junction. After about a further 1Km at NN447812, head NE up the hillside to reach the summit of Binnein Shuas, 746m. The summit slopes of this hill are quite craggy. To descend, negotiate the crags to reach the NE spur then walk down the more open slopes to the bridge at Lochan na h-Earba NN 487841. Cross the bridge to the E side, then follow the track SW to the head of the lochan. Continue on the track back to the start.
Grade: M. Distance: 18Km. Height to climb: 500m. Maps LR42 EX401. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0920 or Spean Bridge WM NN221816 at 0940 for start of walk 1000. Leader: Trevor Jones 07831437454.
Thursday February 6, Sutherland’s Grove, Barcaldine.
This is a round walk meandering through the forest on good tracks. Starting and ending at the Sutherland’s Grove car park (NM966421), it passes the Gleann Dubh reservoir and affords some views over Loch Creran. It is generally very sheltered, so is suitable for walking in all weathers.
Grade: L. Distance: 12km. Height to climb: 300. Maps: LR49/50 & EX376. Meet at : Ballachulish TIC 0845. Start of Walk: 0930. Leader: Ronnie Forbes 01866 822 611.
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 February 2, An Stac, Rois-Bheinn and Sgurr na Ba Glaise, Lochailort.
These three peaks are the highest points of a network of interconnected ridges affording outstanding views of the Inner Hebrides and the surrounding sea- and landscape.Start at Inverailort, where ample parking is available N of a row of cottages at NM765816. Head ENE along a straight track for 450m and turn N at a group of small buildings. Continue on the deteriorating track for another 450m and join a hydro-scheme track leading E up the Roti Burn.
This turns S and climbs more steeply. At NM777813, leave the track and climb SW up the rough slope, to reach a small summit at 322m. Continue W across a col, turning SW up to the summit of Seann Chruach, 521m. Now head S, descending a little, and climb the ridge to the summit of An Stac, 814m. Descend S to the col between Coire na Cnamha and Coire a’ Bhuiridh, 559m. Climb the steep buttress ahead to crest the ridge about 200m NW of Bealach an Fhiona (701m). A faint path may be found. Head SW up the ridge to the summit of Rois-bhein, 882m.
Continue W to reach the W summit, 878m for even better views*. Retrace steps E and continue to Bealach an Fhiona. Follow the ridge E, curving SE, along the rim of Coire a’ Bhuiridh, then climb E more steeply to the summit of Sgurr na Ba Glaise**. The quickest descent is to retrace steps down to the col between Coire na Cnamha and Coire a’ Bhuiridh, then turn E down into the latter corrie. Follow the Allt a’ Bhuiridh N down to the dam at NM777810. Pick up the hydro-track to rejoin the outward route back to the start.
*If not intending to climb Sgurr na Ba Glaise, an alternative descent from the W Top of Roisbheinn turns NE across the summit plateau and descends the N ridge, steeply at first, to reach the floor of Coire Cnamha. Contour N across the slope, descending a little to cross the Allt Tarsuinnex at NM755798. Continue N to reach a track at NM754809. Follow the track NE to reach the A861 just E of Inverailort Castle. Return to start.
**If time permits, an interesting extension to the route from the summit of Sgurr na Ba Glaise continues E along a high-level ridge over An t-Slat-bheinn, N across Bealach an Fhalaisg Dhuibh, curving NE to the Corbett Top of Druim Fiaclach, 869m. Descend N to a col with a lochan, then continue NW down the undulating slopes of Meall Damh to reach the dam at NM777810. Cross the burn below the dam to pick up the hydro-track and rejoin the outward route back to the start.
19km, 1488m ascent
*14km, 1244m ascent
**21km, 1668m ascent
Suggested and coordinated by Toril Frantzen.