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Glencoe trip report

  


posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-11-23
Destination: Glencoe
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Apologies for the delay in publishing this report, but I wanted to make sure as many people as possible had sent in photos and wrote their experiences of the trip on the forum! Many thanks to Sarah, Marguerite and Jenni for the photos.

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Everyone on the summit of Na Gruagaichean. Photo © Sarah Roberts.
As always, the trip was a great success, despite the decidedly damp and drizzly nature of Saturday in particular. The three minibuses arrived at the campsite at varying times on Friday night, and we all retired to the Clachaig once the tents had been pitched. Jez brought his fiddle along and entertained us with a few tunes, which were greatly appreciated, especially by a merry group of Scots in the corner who noisily insisted on "one more tune" whenever he stopped playing.

Darren's walk at the col on the Ballachulish Horseshoe. Photo © Marguerite Walley.
The rain set in for what seemed like forever that night, and we woke to a very typical Glencoe view of cloud, rain, and general greyness. A few spots of blue did start to appear as we were having breakfast and sorting gear out though.

Sarah on the snowy ridge on Binnein Mor. Photo © Sarah Roberts.
Three walks were on offer: Darren lead a group up the two Ballachulish Munros; Jim headed inland to the Mamores and up Binnein Mor and; Mark, Jenni and Andy had the Pap. I decided on Jim's option, hoping for a bit more snow.

Unfortunately, the Mamore Lodge hotel that we were hoping to park at (knocking off 200m of ascent) has shut down, meaning we had to park in Kinlochleven itself. By the time we'd walked up Coire na Ba however, the rain had all but stopped. A vertical bog took us up to the col between Stob Choire a' Chairn and Na Gruagaichean, and we headed easterwards over Na Gruagaichean and Binnein Mor. There was plenty of snow about and the highlight of the day was a great little scrambly ridge on Binnein Mor.

Scott MacDonald on the Saturday night. Photo © Sarah Roberts.
That evening, Scott MacDonald entertained us with what was described on the Clachaig's website as "laidback tunes", but turned into lively and energetic dancing (on our behalf anyway). As always, it was a fantastic evening, possibly helped by a particularly nice dark wheat beer they had on. We retired to the minibus after the pub - what happened on the minibus stays on the minibus...

A bit of dancing! Photo © Sarah Roberts.
 
A bit of fun on Steall Bridge. Photo © Sarah Roberts.
Sunday morning was a lot brighter than Saturday! Jim and Alex lead a walk onto Stob Coire Nan Lochan, Darren up Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Richard up Buachaille Etive Mor (though no one picked Richard's walk so he was on his own!). A few of us went to Morrison's for breakfast, and had a wander up to Steall Hut in Glen Nevis.

We set off home at around 4pm and got back to Lancaster not much before 11pm, after the obligatory stop off at Lesmes on the way home. All-in-all, another fantastic Glencoe weekend - I can't wait until next year!
Going up the Pap on Saturday. Photo © Jenni Lynn.