Log 27 Oct 2013

Robert W, Fraser G and Kevin met in Milngavie at 07:00 as usual.
Target for the day was Beinn Ime and its neighbouring Corbett Beinn Luibhean – but with a forecast for heavy rain and severe winds with gusts of 70mph, plans were revised.   We decided instead to tackle Beinn Luibhean first, parking in a layby just east of the Rest and Be Thankful.   If the weather proved favourable, we could always press on to Ime.
In the event, Kevin mentioned BEN DONICH was his favourite hill in the area, so at the last minute we decided to climb it instead.   The ground looked very wet and mucky, the sky heavily laden, the breeze was picking up and it was only supposed to get worse, so it seemed like the best option for a quick day.

We set off from the Forestry Commission car park a couple of hundred yards past the main Rest and Be Thankful car park on the Lochgoilhead Road shortly after 08:30.   Dark cloud hung low but parted now and then to reveal the area’s smaller tops – Beinn an Lochain and Beinn Luibhean.   We followed a way-marked Forestry track for a short distance, then a rough hillpath that in places was very boggy and eroded.   Views weren’t exactly great and it was occasionally pretty wet but the wind didn’t amount to much initially.
Fraser had been to the opera the previous evening – Don Giovanni - and he treated us to a couple of arias.   The only others present for this fine performance were a few sheep – and they didn’t appear as appreciative as they ought to be. In fact they looked a wee bit panicked.   Everyone’s a critic.   We pressed on, winding through the rather impressive boulder-field just below the summit and reached the trig point at 10:30.   It was misty, very wet and increasingly windy.   We didn’t hang about, but instead lost height quickly, found a bit of shelter and had a quick bite to eat.   We had a better look on the way back down at the fissures and wee caves formed by the huge boulders – would be pretty dicey crossing that lot in snow.

We were soon back at the car and by 12:30 were supping ale and drying out in front of the coal fire in Arrochar’s Village Inn.
We agreed Donich was a good choice – nice and quick and with enough interest features to provide a bit of fun on a rough day.   And, as Fraser said, at least we did something.
Time on the hill was just under 4 hours.   
Report by Robert Wight