Log 31 March 2012

The good weather forecast seemed to have a good effect and 12 members of the Club took advantage and headed to the Mamores.

We left car park in Milngavie at 07:00 with Jim, Shirley, Andy & Ron in one car, Ian, Shaun, John & Jeremy in the second car and Malcolm, Fraser & Kevin in third car. We arrived at the Car Park at Polldubh in Glen Nevis at 09:20 where we were joined by Billy.

All 12 started the walk at 09:40 and all initially headed up the stalkers path in Coire a’Mhusgain.   After a short distance Malcolm, Kevin & Billy broke off from the main group to ascend STOB BAN via the North ridge.   The remaining 9 continued up the stalkers path and reached the top of Stob Ban at 12:20 and were met shortly later by the three who ascended via the North ridge.  The views were spectacular and air was very clear.    Temperatures were perfect for walking!

After a 20 minute break all 12 headed off for the second Munro of the day MULLACH NAN COIREAN, reaching top at 14:00. Jim decided he would take in the top of Meall a’Chaorainn and joined us on Mullach nan Coirean slightly later.
We had a celebration on the top as this was Shaun’s 100th Munro.   Unfortunately the champagne failed to materialise but several hip flasks were opened!
On hearing of Jim’s detour Malcolm & Kevin decided they would also walk to Meall a’Chaorainn before descending.   The remainder of the party headed back to the Car Park off the North ridge and through the forest reaching the Car Park at 16:05.
Billy remained in Fort William and Fraser waited for Malcolm & Kevin.  The remaining 8 headed back stopping for drinks at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel where we thought Malcolm, Fraser & Kevin would join us.   Unfortunately we were finished before they arrived.

The main party arrived back in Milngavie shortly after 20:30.
A great day had by all in magnificent weather. We hope to get more of this in 2012.
Report by Ian Gilmour

On reaching the deer fence in Coire a’Mhusgain, Billy, Kevin and Malcolm  crossed the river and headed up an unpleasantly steep grassy gully to reach Stob Ban’s airy north ridge that led over a minor top, with a few interesting but avoidable steps on crampon scratched rocks, to the main Mamore ridge north west of the summit.   En-route we learned from a fellow hill goer that it may have been easier to approach the ridge from the west, though, under snow, our gully would have been enjoyable.  
Surprisingly, this excellent scramble is omitted from the Munro book and Dempster’s  scrambles, although it is mentioned briefly in earlier  SMC district guides.   Its current popularity as a winter ascent is, however, apparent from mountain blogs, not to mention the crampon scratches.   Having dumped rucsacs, we climbed the quartzite summit cone of Stob Ban to join the others.
Report by Malcolm Hodgins