Log 9 Feb 2013

BEINN AN DOTHAIDH - 9 FEBRUARY 2013

Dave, Fraser, John and Andy met at the car park at 07:00 and  drove to the new car park at Achallader farm (this is now just off A82 you cannot drive up to farm).
 
We started walking at 9.00am. Fraser decided to walk up the glen to Lochan a Chreachain.   Andy, John and Dave headed up the path which now bypasses the farm to Coire Achaladair.
On reaching the base of the Coire the West Gully (grade 1) was located and it was agreed we should try this route.   The snow in the gully was in fairly good condition and crampons and ice axes were used from the bottom.  Click HERE to see photos.

Part way up the slope steepened and rope and deadman belays were used for the remainder of the route.  The top was reached at 13:30 after overcoming a small vertical wall of snow (no cornice).

We had only brought a half rope, so the time taken in the gully was much longer than anticipated.
As we had agreed to meet Fraser at 3.00 pm it was decided not to go for the summit of Beinn an Dothaigh but return to the car via the north ridge.

Arrived back at car at 16:30.  Weather dry but misty all day; no wind but plenty of fallen snow.

Fraser reported that the waymarking to the glen route and the footbridge at the far end was excellent.  The ridges either side of the corrie looked to be fairly free of snow but the corrie floor had deep soft snow making exploration laborious.
 
Pints consumed at Bridge of Orchy Hotel.  Back in Milngavie at 19:30.
Report by Dave Kingswood