Log 28 Sept 2008


A hardy band of 6 (Malcolm H, Dave K, Koon M, Fraser G, Billy McI and myself as the substitute coordinator) assembled at 7am on a day that looked promising weather wise. After the usual negotiations, we set off in two cars and went to Glen Etive. Malcolm and I decided to be unusual and do the mountain named on the programme, BEINN FHIONNLAIDH, while the rest headed off to the other side of the Glen. We left around 9.30 and headed up through the trees.

Initially the weather was a mixture of clouds and sun but soon we began to get the day's first rain, and this came in long bursts for the rest of the time, mixed with clear patches of blue sky and sun.

We slogged up to the summit, along a well worn track and around noon we reached the trig point where we were able to shelter from the cold and admire the views during a dry period. Malcolm's camera batteries appeared to be dead so no pictures are available. Then we headed down again enjoying spectacular views of the other mountains around the Glen when it wasn't raining, and reached the car at about 2.30pm, by this time wet again.

The midges appeared to have almost vanished and those still active seemed uninterested in human blood.

As agreed earlier, we went to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel to wait for the others, enjoying the tea, coffee and beer (Bitter & Twisted). The other party arrived and joined in, then we headed home.

Report by Andy Baker

Post Script

Dave Kingswood set off at 0910 hrs for STOB DUBH and BEINN CEITLEIN and arrived back at the car by 1510, having met Fraser just before the bridge.

Billy, Koon and Fraser left at 0920 for a traverse from west to east of GLAS BHEINN MHOR, and the first two were back at the car by 1500hrs.

Conditions for all three groups were similar.   At times conditions on the summits were very cold, the rain turning to hail on Beinn Fhionnlaidh.