Log 17 July 2010

EASAINS ALTERNATIVE SATURDAY 17 JULY 2010

The mountain forecast for the Lochaber area was for winds of up to 70 mph and heavy rain, clearing by some point in the afternoon.   
When we met in the car park at 7:00 a.m. there was rather muted enthusiasm for a long drive and several hours of buffeting from the winds, with a doubtful prospect of improving conditions later in the day.   
The prospect of a shorter drive and decent conditions for much of the day made BEINN NAN IMIREAN in Glen Dochart much more appealing.

Using two cars, we set off with Malcolm, his son Pete, Andy Baker and Fraser in one car, Laurence, Noelle and her daughter Tara in the other.  
Well coated in anti-midge cream, we were on foot for the hill by 9:00 a.m. noting the very constructive and helpful notice put up by the owners of Auchessan Farm.  
Visibility was mainly very good, with varying levels of cloud constantly shifting.  
Despite recent rain, the underfoot conditions were still firm, even in areas where the bog asphodel proliferated.  
Other plants noted in some profusion included the insectivorous butterwort.
  
The summit was reached with ease in just under 2 hours 30 minutes.  
At this point  there was noticeable but not troublesome wind coming in from the west, and we found shelter to enjoy a snack, Malcolm beckoning all to his rucsac to sample the Singleton malt he had carried to celebrate his birthday.  
Malcolm, Pete and Andy then set off to take in Meall Glas before going down to the start, the rest of us more or less retracing our steps.  
There had been little flurries of rain before, but the only substantial shower, driven by the wind, did come on just before 1:00 p.m.

The Ben More bar provided a pleasant stop, during which we could amuse ourselves by reading the (permitted) graffiti produced by generations of West Highland Way walkers of many nationalities.  
Malcolm could have a birthday drink, as Pete was able to drive home.  
Back to Milngavie for just after 4:00 p.m. after a most enjoyable day.  
The Easains will have to wait yet again.

Report by Fraser Gold