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Roy Bridge trip report

  posted by Andy McCormick and Sam Harrison on 2014-03-12

A few weeks ago the Club ventured to Roy Bridge. This gave Andy and a few others the opportunity to bag the Munro of Beinn na Lap from Corrour railway station (the station most famous probably because of its feature in the film Trainspotting). Here is Andy's report from the day:

Five of us had a great day in above knee deep snow in places on Beinn na Lap (935m Munro) from Corrour Station at just over 1300ft elevation (the highest station in the UK) on Rannoch Moor on Saturday, we got the 08.02 train from Roybridge had a pleasant half hour journey past Loch Treig up to Corrour which was snow covered at platform level then had a mile walk to the start of the ascent to begin bagging the Munro - we had debated whether to get additional Munro's on the east side of Loch Treig but the depth of snow and avalanche risk on east facing slopes made a single climb of Beinn na Lap on SW facing slopes the safest option - we had got a return train ticket anyway as checking the avalanche information service Friday had warned of dangers on east facing slopes.

Corrour railway station in the snow
After getting to the summit - in a whiteout and strong winds we took a few mins to be sure we were on track for the small cairn which was nearly buried in deep windslab. We then descended getting great spectacular views west to the Grey Corries, Ben Nevis, the Mamores and over towards Glencoe to Loch Ossian YHA where we had our sandwiches then had a wander alongside the Loch before returning to Corrour to get the 15.21 train back north to Roybridge. An excellent day was had by all topped off by a pint in the pub on our return to Roybridge.

Coming back through Glencoe on Sunday was spectacular with snow to quite low levels stopping to take a few photos en route including an excellent 'calendar view' of Buachaille Etive Mor in full winter glory!
Buachaille Etive Mor looking spectacular in the snow.

Congratulations to the new Exec!

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2014-03-04

A big congratulations to everyone who got elected to be a part of the Hiking Club Executive Committee for the next year. Leading you through the next fun-filled twelve months will be:

  • President: Dominic Cozzi
  • Vice President: VACANT
  • Secretary: Holly Smith
  • Treasurer: Ben Paske
  • Safety Officer: Tom Roethenbaugh
  • Gear Officer: David Thomas
  • Social Secretaries: Sam Daft and Alex Norton (temporarily)
  • Publicity Officers: Ellie Berry and Harry Golding (temporarily)
  • Web Officer: Me
We still need a VP, and nominations are open at foyer. If you think you'd be interested in the role, come and have a chat. No one stood for Web Officer and so I'm carrying on for the moment at least, but likewise, if anyone's interested, come and have a chat.

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