2015 DAY 14 ( 14th MAY )
THE BLACKMOUNT TRAVERSE
Graeham and Penny are attempting the Munros in 100 days. The weather is not so good for the weekend so they had some big hills days in the last two days.
I was back parked at Blackrock cottage again it has a superb viewpoint . I had intended a early start today and awoke to strands of sunlight coming through the small gaps in the windscreen covers it was 5.45 so up and breakfasted kit ready undid the bike from the rack and off at 6.30
along the extremely rough first section of the WHW, up up up and eventually to the high point and then a easy run downhill to Forest Lodge beside Victoria Bridge found a secluded spot and locked the bike up. The route follows the river W ( past Joes crash site feb 2013) to as far as the Clashgour mountaineering hut then N up the side of the Allt Toaig as far as the stream coming out of the corrie then steeply up the Zigzag path and onto the bouldered summit of Stob a’ Choire Odhair. By this time there was high cloud screening the sun but it was bright and clear way out west and hopefully coming my way. Descend W to point 668 and up steeply at first to reach long ridge of Stob Ghabhar along its snow edge and onto the top, it had a thin layer of cloud on top but nothing to bad , bite to eat and drink and then follow the corrie rim for a short stretch and basically NNW to Glas Choirean then steeply over the bealach and up onto the final ridge to Clach Leathad , due N and the part I was worried about the whole day was the E ridge clear of snow for the steep descent to Meall a’Bhuiridh luckily just and no more than a few patches .
A quick out and back to Creise then down the ridge and onto the final summit of the day . By this time the skies were blue ,and now for the fun part a 350 m perfect snow descent to the corrie floor and the not fun part the rubbish path down to the ski centre and back to the van. Wildlife a bit scarce today , a pair of cuckoos while cycling just before Forest Lodge and a few pairs of ptarmigan on the hill .
Drive round to pick up my bike go find fresh water for the van and into Fort William for some supplies.
2163 m ascent
37 Munros to date
2015 DAY 15 ( 15th MAY )
B and B and B -Bidean Nam Bian – Buachaille Etvie Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor
Which basically means Bidean Buachaille and Buachaille . After reading Hamish’s Mountain Walk I was intrigued by this route and having seen MWIS forecast for Saturday and Sunday it looked as though it could be 2 no walking days . So sitting in the van the night before i worked out a plan to combine 2 outings into 1, I was under no illusion it was going to be easy and today’s weather was high winds and rain arriving mid afternoon so a very early start was required . Hamish of coarse didn’t have to go back to the starting point so this and the 2 extra munros made it a considerable bigger day .Parked up for the night down Glen Etive at a small car park beside Dalness alarm set for 4.30 quick breakfast and away at 5 it was just before daybreak . Started off basically due N heading for point 778 up a extremely steep slope in fact when my watch bleeped at 1 mile I had ascended 625m , by this time the mountain slopes were glowing red with the first sun rays of the day. Onwards and onto the snow capped summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach it was just below the cloud level unlike Bidean in the distance, down up down up and onto the snowy ridge to the top it was 6.50. Reversed the route back to the 788 point and picked my way down to the high point of the Larig Eilde . Another steep slope up the E face and onto Stob Dubh then along the NE ridge to the col and easily onto Stob Coire Raineach , back to the col and down to 380m on the Lairig Gartain, a rest a drink and something to eat before starting the next slog up to the col and a out and back to Stob na Broige ,up and over Stob na Doire and the long ridge before the final summit of the day the famous Stob Dearg . Had a good look around before reversing my route over Stob na Doire AGAIN and back to the col and the final descent of the day a SW traverse down to the Glen Etive road and a final 3 mile walk back to the van , I was fair puggled.and finally (OMN ).
Job done hardest day so far .
19.76mls – 3310m ascent
9 hrs 21min
43 Munros to date – what a man and Dog!