on Corrour Weekend
Friday 27 - Sunday 29th February 2004
At last I'm on my way to Corrour. Having heard so much about it from those who have been before I'm really looking forward to it. We drive to Tarbet and park the car. A quick couple of drinks in the Tarbet Hotel and then we get on the train. We arrive at 9.15 and have a reasonably early night. Just as well as we are woken by three early birds at about 5 o'clock, or was it 4 o'clock?
We try to go back to sleep and re-awake at around 7 o'clock. A quick breakfast and Shirley arrives on the train from Fort William. Six of us (myself, Alison, Stevie, Caroline, Peter & Shirley) set off to do the two Munros to the south of Loch Ossian. We walk along the track towards the Youth Hostel and then along the south shore of the loch. A little bit of confusion as someone misses the path (no names!) for Peter's Rock and we have to eventually cut across the open hill to meet it. From there we head east on to Meall na Leitire Duibhe. At this point Peter decided to turn back. After getting some practice with his ice axe and crampons he eventually met up with Kevin, who was walking around the loch.
And so the five of us continued on to Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre. Brief consideration was given to doing the top of Sgor Choinnich but we decided to contour round it, although given the depth of snow we encountered we might have been quicker doing the top instead!
As it was only 3 o'clock as reached the east end of the loch I made the decision to include Beinn na Lap. Most of the others had already done it previously, so it was to be a solo walk. I made good progress along the track on the north shore eventually heading north west through the forest. Initially I followed footprints left by Hamish and co, but managed to lose them after a mile or so. The trees eventually became thinner and I hit the open hill. This led to the base of Beinn na Lap. From Corrour station this hill has a nice gentle slope, but from the east it is much steeper and scrambly mountain. It was a long climb, not helped by a couple of false summits. The very last bit involved kicking steps into a steep snow covered slope where I found an ice axe cover which turned out to belong to Tom, one of the earlier group whose footprints I had apparently picked up again!
A quick photo of the cairn at the top just to prove I'd been there and then down the aforementioned long slopes back to the track near the Youth Hostel and eventually to the bunkhouse at 6.10pm just in time for a shower and dinner at 6.30pm!
The next day was a much more leisurely affair, setting off just before 11 for the Corbett Leum Uilleim and adjacent top Beinn a' Bhric. Five of us (the same group as yesterday minus Shirley) did it clockwise up the steep north east ridge while Jacqui, Pat and Gillian set off anti-clockwise. We made good progress, although it was somewhat icier than anticipated. The views from the top were superb with a full 360 degree panorama including Glencoe, the Mamores, the Nevis Range, the Grey Corries round to Loch Treig, Loch Ossian, Schiehallion and the Bridge of Orchy hills. We returned to Corrour Station for a relaxing couple of beers followed by hot chocolate and cake while we waited for the train to take us home.
View a panorama shot from Leum Uilleim (taken by Steve Morley) - this is a big file (260k) and may take a few seconds to load.
Photos: Jacqui Miuir and Steve Morley
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