This week’s walks – 13.02.20

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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 15, Loch Teacuis, Morvern.

Take the A861 road from Ardgour towards Strontian (approx. 9 miles), then turn left onto the A884 towards Lochaline.

At NM696494 shortly before Ardtornish, turn right onto the Loch Teacuis road. The walk starts at the end of the public road near Kinlochteacuis NM656541, take track W to loch shore, then NW through forest to Barr River at NM619560. Take path on left before bridge to Barr 300m on.
Return to bridge and cross. Continue NW passing Poll Achad Luachrach on right and on to end of track at Eilean nan Eildean, where there is a viewing platform for views of Loch Sunart and islands. Return by same route.
Grade: L. Distance: 14Km. Height to climb: 200m. Maps: LR49 & EX383. Meet at Corran Ferry slip NN021635 for 0915 sailing. Start of walk 1015. Leader: TBC.

Thursday February 20, Stob Ghabhar & Stob a’Choire Odhair.

A fine circuit of Coire Toaig on some of the splendid ridges and summits of the Black Mount.

Start from the CP at NN270418, 300m before Victoria Bridge. Follow a short path NE to rejoin the road, cross Victoria Bridge and turn left at Forest Lodge. Follow the track W by the Abhainn Shira to a small building at NN256425. Turn N on to the path that follows the Allt Toaig. After about 2Km, cross the Allt Toaig where convenient to gain access to the spur of Aonach Eagach. A faint path may be found. Head NW up the spur which narrows to a crest and follow it to a summit, 991m. The ridge curves W around the rim of the magnificent Coirein Lochain leading to the summit of Stob Ghabhar, 1090m. Return to the 991m summit then descend N down the ridge which soon curves E to reach a col at 668m. Continue E up to the summit of Stob a’Choire Odhair, 945m.
Descend SW at first on bouldery ground and locate a good stalkers’ path which leads S and zig-zags down to the Allt Toaig path at NN253446. Return by the outward route.
Grade: S. Distance: 18Km. Height to climb: 1188m. Map(s): LR50, EX374/384. Meet at: Glencoe Car Park 0845. Start of walk: 0930. Leader: Andrew Gilbert 07808 924722.

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 enquiries@nevishillwalking.club

Sunday February 16, Beinn na h-Uamha, Sgurr a’ Chaorainn and Sgurr na Laire, Glen Gour.

Although barely a Corbett this hill is the highest point on a remote, steep-sided rocky massif that occupies an area extending over nine square kilometres. The main walk describes a through-route to Ariundle.
Crossing the River Gour may be difficult. Three possible crossing points, E to W, are:-
1. Lub an t-Saoir, NM936644.
2. Opposite the end of the footpath on the N bank, NM933646.
3. At the confluence with the Allt Dubh Bealach nan Aingidh, NM925647.
If it is necessary to go further still upstream, consider tackling these hills via Coire na Laire or
*continuing directly to Ariundle.
Start from the bend in the loop road off the A861 at Sallachan, NM978629, where limited roadside parking is available. Head S for about 100m to a gateway then turn W on a track into Glen Gour. After 4.5km, cross the River Gour where convenient. If the crossing is made at or in the vicinity of WPs 1 or 2 above, climb the SE ridge of Beinn na h-Uamha to its summit.
If the river cannot be crossed until WP 3 or nearby, head N and climb the steep ridge just to the W of the Allt Daraich to reach the summit. Descend W around the rim of Coire na Laire, then climb steeply to the summit
of Sgurr a’ Chaorainn*. Follow the ridge W down to Bealach Mam a’ Bhearna, 493m, then drop steeply into Strontian Glen. A faint path may be found that leads W to the ruin at Ceann a’ Chreagain. Follow the track SW to the TIC at Ariundle. Transport required, 16mins from start.
*An alternative route avoids the logistics of the through-route and returns to Sallachan:-
From the summit of Sgurr a’ Chaorainn, descend S to a spur, continuing to a col, 577m, then climb E to the summit of Sgurr na Laire. Return to the col and descend E into Coire Laire, curving SE to reach a path on the N side of the River Gour. Rejoin the outward route back to the start.
20km, 1010m ascent
*20km, 200m ascent
**20km, 1022m ascent
Suggested by Toril Frantzen
Coordinated by Rick Atkinson