Log 21 Apr 2012

Only Fraser and Ron turned up at Milngavie car park with Alex departing from Milton directly to the car park in Glen Lochy where Ron and Fraser collected him before returning to the car park at Dalrigh on the A82 just before Tyndrum.  Alex was continuing onto Ben Lui and Beinn a Chleibh before walking westwards from the Fionn Choreinn bealach to his car.
Perhaps the weather forecast of patchy sunshine, with heavy and prolonged showers (snow showers above 500m) deterred some but, in the event, whilst we saw many heavy showers they all passed by and we had a fine dry day with increasing amounts of sunshine from midday onwards.  
The three set off at 9:00 am from Dalrigh car park, crossing the River Fillan and railway, before following the route (a very boggy path of sorts) up the Allt Coire Dubhchraig through the old Caledonian forest before reaching open ground before bearing south to reach the summit of BEINN DUBHCHRAIG. The snow line was around 2,500 feet with increasing amounts of soft snow making it hard going (particularly for those who had stupidly played a squash match the previous evening – Ron).
As usual, Alex was in fine form, reaching the summit well in advance of Fraser and Ron.  Their paths crossed when Alex was making his way down from the summit on his way to BEN OSS and then onto BEN LUI and BEINN A’CHLEIBH.    Reaching the summit of Beinn Dubhchraig was rewarded with fine clear views of snow capped tops in all directions.  After refreshments, Fraser and Ron decided not to go onto Ben Oss due to the exertions of trekking through the soft snow and returned following the ascent route.  This turned out to be a wise decision when Ron experienced severe cramp in both thighs.  Fraser kindly offered his emergency bottle of Powerade which was gratefully accepted by Ron.  The remainder of the descent was completed without further incident and Fraser and Ron reached the car park at 15:30.
Fraser and Ron stopped off at the Ardlui Hotel for a post-walk refreshment, and raised a glass to Alex who was probably making his way down to his car (a text from Alex later on confirmed he had made it).
Report by Ron Dorn

Dalrigh to Glen Lochy across Ben Dubhchraig, Ben Oss, Ben Lui and Beinn a'Chleibh

MMC walk with Ron Dorn and Fraser Gold  - I had discussed doing all 4 Munros with Ron and planned to leave my car at Glen Lochay.  Left house at 07:15 on a dry bright day. Poor forecast with heavy rain forecast for the afternoon over Argyll.  Parked car at Glen Lochay carpark. Ron picked me up 10 mins later.  Off to Dalrigh.  

Left just before 09:00. Headed up the landrover track and we missed turnoff for the path along the Dubhchraig river.  I didn't wait to go back to cross the bridge, tried a river crossing, slipped on a wet rock and soaked myself. Wrung out clothes and socks.  Track through Coille Coire-Chuilc is a bit boggy but basically OK.  Day was sunny, high cloud so could see well.  All looking good for doing 4 but wet feet and soaked Buffalo mountain shirt.  I was moving much faster than Fraser and Ron and stopped several times as we ascended to the shoulder of Ben Dubhchraig. Wrung socks out twice on way up. The snow from 800m was wet. Sapping.  No need for crampons.  I raced to the top, had tea and a cheese & marmite sandwich, then met Ron & Fraser as they ascended, to tell them I was going for the 4.  

Followed another two hillwalkers - one in shorts -  up Ben Oss.  Broke one pole in snow covered rocks on the way down to the bealach. Benn Oss was mist free as was Ben Lui.  Fantastic views across onto snowy Ben Lui Ribs and Central Gully. Top of Ben Oss at 12:45. Pushed onto the bealach between Ben Oss and Ben Lui at 750m.  Broke a second pole.  The ascent to the top of Ben Lui was a long drawn out, tiring slog.  As I got there, 4 other hillwalkers arrived.  More tea and another sandwich.  Top was clear.  Did not go to the north top. Great views of Dubchraig and Oss. Views north and west. Minor snow flurries.  They were all going onto Beinn a Chleibh.  Pushed on.  Feeling tired but it is an easy ascent.  Top at 15:30. Great views back to Lui and Ben Oss.  Views of Ben Cruachan round to Ben Nevis round to Crianlarich. Snow or rain on the Crianlarich hills.  

Back to bealach of Fionn Choire then followed the high path right round to the new gate.  Long descent through the forest along Eas Diamh and waded across the River Lochay to get to the car at 16:45.  Fantastic long day.  Weather and views were great - especially given the forecast.  Getting soaked and breaking poles just bad luck. Home to homemade soup, a long hot bath and a bottle of Meantime London Porter.
Report by Alex MacLennan