Log 8 Feb 2009


7 arrived at Kintail Lodge Hotel on Friday. Laurence and Koon had attempted Sgurr na Sgine but an atrocious blizzard prevented them summiting. Fraser and Donald abandoned their intention to cross Mam Ratagan and settled for the fine mini mountain of AUCHTERYRE HILL.

Kevin, Sue and Derek McG arrived later having set off after lunch.

Saturday was bright and very cold with good quality snow down to the shore.

Laurence, Sue and Koon set off over the alpine-like pass to Arnisdale to tackle BEINN SGRITHEALL while Kevin, Derek and Fraser followed to Glenelg Brochs and to BEINN A'CHAPUILL; a long ridged Graham.
Donald took his bike to Glen Elchaig in an ambitious attempt to knock off a Corbett and a Graham. Cattle hoof ruts prevented satisfactory progress so he returned to join up with the party on Beinn a'Chapuill.
Conditions above the snow were perfect but the snow itself was a bit too soft for easy progress. Before returning to Kintail a stop was made at the Glenelg Inn where a massive wood fire was so much enjoyed that some members removed all footwear and a substantial amount of clothing to thaw out in comfort. Bar meals followed by relaxation in the resident's lounge of Kintail Lodge Hotel were enjoyed in the evening.

With Laurence setting off to Inverness Koon was squeezed into Kevin's car on Sunday for the short trip to the foot of the Corbett of SGURR AN AIRGID. Fraser and Donald returned over the pass to the end of the road and climbed BEINN CLACHACH by a sporting route. The name of the hill should have given us a clue as to what type of climbing we could expect. The ascent took longer than it should so another evening run over the pass, after a Glenelg stop, with a full moon shining on the snow covered trees was just magical.

D&F arrived home very late having been rerouted from Luss to Arrocher and Loch Long due to a road accident on Loch Lomondside. We had been warned that conditions were extreme in that area and knew that problems with falling snow were imminent as we watched the outside temperature rise dramatically from -13.0 to -1.5 degrees.

Report by Donald Irvine