ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Mon, November 27, 2017 20:45:07
Here are the Ballachulish maps that were part of the presentation at the 25th Anniversary Walk and Lunch on Nov 25th 2017: some of the C and C+ walk candidates for the weekend 21-24 Sep 2018.
Region showing Ballachulish.
Walks in red circuits (C and C+ except for Pap of Glencoe)
Ballachulish village and hotel
Ballachulish peninsular and slate quarry trail
National Trust Glencoe Visitor Centre
Signal Rock, Clachaig Inn, Orbital Path
Glencoe Lochan (Hospital Lochan)
Grey Mare's Tail, Kinlochleven
Pap of Glencoe (B or B+)
Lots of A and B walks available.
ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Sun, November 05, 2017 00:26:34
On a sunny mild morning 21 ramblers set off from Pendreich Car Park to climb Loss Hill and Dumyat, led by Aileen McLay.
Data: distance 13.6 km, total ascent 657 m, elapsed time 5.5 hr.
The route was followed in a clockwise direction.
Departure at Pendreich CP, note the ample parking space and the long shadows: this is post BST, now back in GMT.
At Cocksburn reservoir we decanted for an early coffee break: Ailsa tried very hard to lose her plastic sitapon in the res. followed by Ailsa, requiring a steep ascent up the res wall back to safety. This blue sky was new to many of the party who had stayed in Scotland this summer.
Fences were crossed with varying approaches and difficulty: marks given for style and technical skills.
At a small forest stand, clouds were showing now.
Loss Hill negotiated over tufty grass, followed by a simple descent towards the Menstrie Burn running out of the Lossburn Reservoir.
Rainbows were in evidence; a full rainbow picture was also taken that was too big to show in this WR.
Note the dry runoff channel from the reservoir and on the horizon 2 diminutive figures (plus another 2) that had escaped from the main group: they were reducing their walk.
At the summit of Dumyat, the sun was powerful but the cloud behind menacing.
Descent from Dumyat, shadows long; sunny and reasonably clear sky.
Then the hailstone mini-storm hit us: note the Wallace Monument mid distance and the meandering R.Forth on left. Wet gear mandatory. Very uncomfortable and painful.
Hailstones hurt, but our Leader survived.
After the hail storm had passed, we emerged back to the CP in peaceful weather again, a final nice end to the day. We found two of the four who had taken a short cut awaiting our arrival. So Aileen only lost 2 of the 21 members, acceptable losses due to extenuating circumstances.
Thanks to Aileen for careful stewardship both of the route to minimise wet conditions underfoot and of the walkers to maximise their enjoyment.
ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Sat, August 05, 2017 21:24:05
Thirteen ramblers led by Matt Millar embarked on a new route from the north side of Loch Earn near to the Loch Earn sailing club. Unusually there were more men than women on this walk, done in warm sunny conditions but with a heavy shower interlude.
Data: Distance 16.1km, Elapsed time 4:40, Total Ascent 487m.
Quickly we started up the wide track that would be our guide almost throughout.
Soon we could tun around and view Loch Earn below.
A number of small streams crossed our path: our great Leader was of course sure-footed.
Evidence of the hydro work was here, perhaps why our track was so wide, to accommodate big construction machines.
Shortly after turning around from the Northerly point, we had an early lunch: here the walkers diving into their food containers for the anticipated sitdown.
The return section, still on the wide track, allowed us to see, looking South, Loch Earn again and Ben Vorlich towards the right.
Now the weather changed and dumped showers upon us, so on went the wet gear.
The sky reflected the weather that's our Scottish summer!
Entering an estate,
we see the reason for the gate. Unsure whether the shooting is against Ramblers, Grouse or Dogs, which is the most expendable? Don't answer that.
Now we joined the old railway path parallel to the main road and loch, in sunny conditions again.
This bridge, explains the Leader, was one of the first concrete bridges to be made.
The single track railway path is attractive through woodland, now with improved weather once again,
but Alan Thomson was testing the path terrain, his knee and maybe required a comfort stop.
One of the existing bridges required modern support, from which the view to the stream below was about 100 ft.vertically down. No wonder the railway never made money.
The rail path was approx 2 km back to the cars, the VoT given by Frank, and a nice drive home.
Many thanks due to Matt and Charlie, his recce partner.
A nice addition to the portfolio of SR walks.
ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Sat, July 15, 2017 21:58:55
The scheduled walk Ben Chonzie being ruled out by an atrocious weather forecast, leader Aileen decided that to go East was a better option; a Pentlands circular from Harlaw was chosen. Weather was cloudy, slight mist rain, humid, mild. Eight hardy souls joined together on the hike.
Data: Distance 14.8 km, Elapsed time 5:09, Total Ascent approx 580m.
Harlaw Car Park: do we put wet gear on or not?
Soon we were heading up Harbour Hill,with views of the Firth and the new road bridge triple towers in the middle distance (look very hard).
At the top Frank was suspicious of the Space Odessey 2001-type object that landed in the night.
Next on the hill list was Capelaw Hill and then Allermuir Hill.
Joggers there were aplenty.
Finally we get to the viewpoint on Allermuir Hill, the weather closing in, so not a lot to see.
Next on the agenda was Castlelaw Hill. Unfortunately the military had got there first and insisted on letting off their fireworks, or was it firing their guns? Anyway we were not allowed to go into the area by the red flag message.
So we went around Castlelaw Hill instead.
Frank remembered the Earth House, an ancient communal food cellar.
Bob found inside two hikers sheltering from the Scottish summer, eating their lunch.
On a gate memories of small boys and model gliders were ignited, now flown by big dads.
Through Castlelaw and on down to the attractive Glencorse Reservoir.
The final stretch Westwards back towards Harlaw took in attractive fields of (wheat, barley?) and bike riders enjoying the Pentlands like us.
Finally finally it was time for the usual VoT to Aileen, proposed by Anne.
Good decision Aileen NOT to go to Ben Chonzie. Well led, good company.
ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Sat, July 01, 2017 23:02:35
Our leader Iain Walker categorised Stob Binnein from Inverlochlarig CP as an A+ walk.
It was. Iain led 6 reasonably fit ramblers Evelyn, Pauline, Surinder, Archie, Neil, Bob on the challenging but tough circuit up to the 1165m top on a direct steep path running N. from the end of the 10km narrow road from Balquidder.
Data: distance 14.3km, Elapsed time 7:40, Total Ascent 1117m.
Group at the start of the climb.
The welcome refuge at the Inverlochlarig CP.
The steep climb started immediately on a clear winding path.
Iain sensibly gave us regular mini breaks to take the views and recover our breath.
View back down into the main valley with Invelochlarig farm below.
The only way was UP.
The welcome tea break with our glorious leader bring edible goodies to the starving masses.
Onwards and upwards with Loch Doine and Loch Voil down below.
No this isn't the top of SB, but SB is shown in the distance under mist.
Yes this is the top of SB in the mist. No celebratory team photo here.
We aren't sure whether Ian is praying to the mountain gods or just drinking Lucozade.
After a quick lunch out of the strong wind, we descended N towards the beleach,
where our leader pointed out Ben More, behind him, also in the mist.
Now began a tough descent contouring SW with no path to follow, down to the Inverlochlarig Glen running S. to the river Larig glen.
past a big boulder, a clone of the Narnain one.
carefully down to the Inverlochlarig Glen so as to minimise unwanted height gain.
The mist hung over us on the way down, still a tough descent without path.
Now the river crossings, getting wider and deeper as we go down.
until, at last, we reach an easy track and enjoyed the final kilometres back to the main valley and farm.
A team photo, with thumbs up, journey nearly complete.
Past a little Alice in Wonderland house, or perhaps a mini hydro turbine hall who knows?
Civilisation again, well farm cottages and buildings but with a nice new river bridge.
Signposts to Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain or Crianlarich along tracks.
The Inverlochlarig burn, now a significant river flowing into the river Larig.
Neil was trying to hire or buy horses to take us back to the cars. One is the mum of the other.
Our considered opinion was that Iain had made and led a magnificent walk, the VoT being given by all of us. In particular Evelyn and Archie deserve special brownie points for also doing the recce with Iain.