Log 8 June 2008

ARDGOUR 8 JUNE 2008

Five members (DI, KM, BMcI, MF, DK and Oscar) plus new guest Rhona arrived at Corran Ferry by 0900 to meet  the remainder of the party (MH) who had been camping in Glen Nevis followed by Corran Bunkhouse ( highly recommended) Fri / Sat.

After Saturday's fine weather, Sunday morning was disappointing with cloud and drizzle to sea level. Merv, Dave, Kevin and Rhona decided on a short, up-and -down ascent of Beinn na h-Uamha, intending to be on the way home by mid afternoon. Donald, Billy and Malcolm opted for a longer day traversing Meall na Greine, Beinn Mheadhoin and Sgurr a Bhuic.

The weather improved gradually to warm sunshine by late afternoon and at 6.00 pm Donald and co, after a day of stunning views (including close ups of the truly awesome Glen Sanda megaquarry), were enjoying a pint at the Corran Inn, fully expecting the other party to be well on their way home. Surprise all round therefore when the others appeared off a later ferry carrying tales of a dramatic mountain rescue - of Oscar! The poor beast had collapsed on the hill trying to keep up with his master, who was forced to carry him down. Apparently, Merv had been sent ahead for help and had enlisted the services of local nobility, who provided tea and sustenance for the rescuers.

Sadly Oscar, having appeared to recover, died a few days later.

Report by Malcolm Hodgins at the request of Donald Irvine, co-ordinator for the day.