Log 12 Feb 2012

THE BRACK 12 FEBRUARY 2012
 
Eleven people in three cars headed to Ardgartan to tackle a fine craggy hill, The Brack (787 metres).    Andy, Ron and Kevin decided to drive on up the Rest and Be Thankful to Ben Donich.
 
Fraser, Dave, John M, Ian G, Noelle and Jeremy approaching the hill from the north, taking the path by the stream, conditions were fine.   Their final ascent was via snow filled gullies.   Dave and Jeremy’s route required that they wear crampons.   Their return took them back via the south west ridge back into the forestry via a clear felled and replanted area onto the way marked route down Coilleassan Glen and past Ardgartan.   Billy and Dianne (prospective new member) headed up the north ridge and took in some fine views down towards Inverkip power station.   Time taken was just under 5 hours.
 
We all felt obliged to go via the Village Inn for a libation and back to watch yet another Scottish missed opportunity.  Thank you all for a wonderful day.
Report by Billy McIsaac
 
 
 
Kevin, Andy and Ron parked just off the B828 Gleann Mor road half a kilometre SE of the Rest and Be Thankful on the Forestry Commission track, leaving the car park at 09:00 and heading up  a well defined track up the north ridge.   All went well until about 550 metres when a number of rocky fissures were reached and caused some difficulty to negotiate safely.   Ron and Andy attempted a detour but realised that a major descent was required in order to avoid them and eventually decided to go down.  Kevin managed to bum slide over the said obstacle and continued to scramble upwards in mist, making safe navigation over the fissures somewhat challenging.   He managed to regain the main ridge and was probably half a km from the summit when he decided to descend as he was unsure if he had passed the summit cairn and could not see any rising ground.   In retrospect, probably he was on the summit plateau.   He would recommend this route for bouldering and interesting scrambles.
 
Return to the car park was at 12:45.   We enjoyed a pint at the Village Inn, Arrochar, at 13:15 and home by 14:30.
Report by Kevin Murray