Log 17 Jan 2010

BEINN NARNAIN SUNDAY 17 JANUARY 2010

Fraser, Andy and Laurence; Koon, Billy and David left Milngavie at 7:00 a.m. David O'Donnell was making his first trip out with the club.  Another prospective new member, also David presented his apologies.  

Recent changes in the weather, and prospective avalanche conditions made the intended gully climb on Beinn an Dothaidh a non starter, so we opted to go to Arrochar where there would be various options, particularly on Beinn Narnain     

Leaving the car park at Arrochar around 8:15 we headed uphill in a torrential stream with very little snow in sight.   
However, after a long climb we met snow and ice and put on crampons.   
The early views were excellent, and we could see heavily snow covered mountains further north.   
An unexpectedly exciting snow scramble and short gully led us to the summit around 1pm. 
Increasing winds from the west, accompanied by showers had been forecast, and this change became manifest while we had lunch on the summit, so discussion of doing the Cobbler as well reached a negative conclusion.   
We then headed downhill onto the bealach (actually a "monkey's saddle" to a mathematician) next to Beinn Ime, then back down the newish track towards Arrochar, arriving at the car park around 2:20.   
A short stop off at the splendid Village Inn, where one of the beers was the appropriately named Loch Fyne Avalanche, saw us making an early return to Milngavie.

Report by Andy Baker