Stories and pics from
October Day Trip to the Dalmally area
As usual we met at Cathcart and sorted ourselves into cars. Next stop was the Green Welly in Tyndrum where we met up with Richard and Gordon. After our coffee break, the main group of James, Alistair, David, Bob, Willie and Richard headed for Ben Cruachan, and Steve and I headed for the adjacent Munros of Beinn a' Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich. Gordon had decided on a solo trip to knock off a local Graham.
The weather was a little cloudy, but was improving all the time, as we headed up a large track to the base of Beinn a' Chochuill's south ridge. It was a fairly steep climb, but we were soon on the summit ridge, where we met a number of walkers heading for the second Munro. We pressed on and were soon at the summit. The views were now extensive and we clicked away on our cameras. Hamish had e-mailed earlier in the week to say he would be doing the same route, but making an earlier start .. but no sign of him as yet. A fairly well defined path led us along the ridge to Beinn Eunaich, where the views were equally impressive. After a short break, we took the direct ridge down and back to the cars.
We arrived at the 'Tight Line' in Loch Awe to find Hamish waiting. He had been about an hour ahead of us. A little later Richard arrived, having left the Cruachan group to do a little more bagging. The rest of the Cruachan team arrived at 6pm and after a drink headed home.
Meanwhile over in Glenshee ....
The October weekend was a welcome return to the Moulin Inn. On Friday most of the group made their way up to Pitlochry, with only the diehards knocking off a Graham or two. On Saturday morning Debbie and Susan arrived early and, after the obligatory group photos, we made a start for my last Corbett, Ben Vrackie.
It was a clear and bright morning. Following a well made path we soon reached the half-way lochan and after a short refreshment stop the trig point was soon reached. The assembled company made an arch from walking poles and I made my way through to the final top. As the weather was excellent we hung around the summit for nearly an hour before the group split .. some heading out over a subsidiary top and the others returning by the ascent route. This was probably the busiest hill I have climbed for many years with some walkers only setting off as we arrived back at the hotel.
In the evening we enjoyed a group dinner in the Moulin hotel. I was very pleased to receive a photo-montage showing some of my more memorable (and some forgettable!!) moments with the Club over the last 20 years or so. This was a very unique and personal gift which I will always treasure, so thanks to all who contributed and to those walkers who came along on the day. A presentation was also made to Richard Charnock-Smith who had completed his Munros a few weeks earlier.
We awoke to a misty Sunday morning so most of the group set off early for home or other pastures. The mist eventually lifted and offered fantastic views on the homeward journey.
Allan Boyd: Munroist, Donald-doer and now Corbetteer