Friday, 21 March 2014

Crianlarich Meet Success

Martin & Sarah climbed a Corbett on the drive up to the meet, on Thursday.

On Friday, the group woke to new snowfall down to about 200m. Martin & Sarah climbed the Munro Meall Ghaordhie whilst John, having now suspended his winter Munro bagging for another year until next winter, climbed a Graham.

On Saturday, members woke to fresh snow on the cars in the hut car park.  Martin and Sarah drove as far as possible up the minor road to where the Ben Lawers visitor centre used to be and then took advantage of another party’s trail through the deep snow to reach the summit of the Munro Meall nan Tarmachan.  Due to the low visibility they decided not to attempt to follow the convoluted ridge westwards and returned.  John attempted a Graham via an intermediary, sub-Graham hill, but met trackless deep heather which resulted in an “endless” sequence of post-holing through knee to waist deep snow drifts and with no-one else to share the hard work of breaking trail retreated after the intermediary hill.

On Sunday, there were azure skies and Sarah and Martin climbed the Corbett Beinn Chuirn, near Beinn Laoigh (Ben Lui). With no-one to share the trail breaking on any Grahams, John returned home early.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Culra Bothy Closure

The MBA have just announced closure of the wooden hut bothy at Culra, allegedly due to an asbestos hazard.  More information can be found at  This bothy provided a good base for the remote Munros around Ben Alder. (Editor's note:- I am fairly certain that there is also a stone/rendered adjacent building which I have used in the past). Ben Alder Cottage is perhaps the nearest alternative (free) base, otherwise it's Loch Ossian SYHA (very basic, no showers, no fridge, just like a bothy, really.......except bothies don't need a fridge, they often are one).

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Away Meets

Crianlarich is coming up soon. Still a couple of places available, let me know if you are interested.
The weather is improving! - Winter climbing and Winter munro bagging to be had.

After Crianlarich is the meet in Glen Etive  at  the hut Inbhirfaolin -  basic hut but lovely setting -  Book now.

Early notice for  the second bank holiday  in May 2015 I have booked 8 places at Mar Lodge  bunkhouse for 4 nights . It is a bit more expensive but a special place. £18 per night .

Climbing Wall
A big thank you to the team who have been re-routing the wall.  I hear good reports and will be down soon to try them out.

Sarah Kekus