Log 12 Nov 2016

BEINN A’CHOCHUILL and BEINN EUNAICH - Saturday 12 November 2016
 
Fraser, Malcolm, Rob, Ron and prospective new member, Allan Gilliland, met in Milngavie with Fraser and Malcolm setting out to do various hills near to Beinn Eunaich (see their separate reports) whilst Rob, Allan and Ron set off for Beinn a’Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich. 
Parking by the bridge near to the access track to Castles Farm they set off at 8:50 in warm but overcast weather. The cloud was down to around 600 – 700m most of the day with only short periods of clear skies.  Fortunately the rain, when it came on, was light with only noticeable wind on the ascent to Beinn Eunaich.
Following the hydro track parallel to the east side of the Allt Mhoille we left it after taking the right hand track some 300m after the bridge and then continued up on a faint path in a north west direction  to the summit ridge between the two hills.   We reached Beinn a’Chochuill after 2.5 hrs and then retraced our route along the ridge in an easterly direction to the bealach at 728m before ascending the rocky west ridge of Beinn Eunaich reaching the summit after 4 hrs.   After lunch on the exposed summit we descended the south grassy ridge before dropping down the steep path back onto the hydro track and reaching the car after 5.5 hrs.   A pleasant walk in reasonable weather – pity about the lack of views from the tops.               
We headed to the Tyndrum Inn for a refreshment where we met up with Fraser and Malcolm.
This was Allan’s first outing with the club and it appears that Rob and I have not put him off as he intends joining the club after his obligatory three walks.  As a Munro completist he will be a welcome addition to the club.
Report by Ron Dorn

My 3 conditions for hill walks these days are to cover some new ground, to keep out of the clouds and to stay dry.  The Munros were ruled out on all three counts.
Headed up from Glen Strae to the col between Meall Copagach and Beinn Lurachan on a clear if boggy track.   As Meall Cop was in cloud headed over Beinn Lurachan to Meall Beithe then descended through an interesting gully system into the head of Glen Strae to eventually join a good track back to the car where Fraser was waiting.
Although I covered some interesting new ground and stayed mostly below the clouds a wetting could not be avoided due to heavy showers and streams in spate.
Report by Malcolm Hodgins
 
Circumstances made the day shorter than was realistic to reach Meall Garbh, which I do wish to climb, so I needed to find a firm, hard track for quick escape if it got dark, and recce the approach from this side.   I therefore left Malcolm on his vehicle track at an early stage.  The path marked on the map no longer exists as forestry plantations go on past the lower slopes of Beinn Lurachan, and a firm stone road goes a long way towards the col.  Reached the col at my ‘turn back’ time, half an hour after Malcolm.   Will use cycle on the stone road in the spring and take in this fairly remote Graham then. 
Report by Fraser Gold