Four seasons in one day at Loch a Bhraoin the Fannichs. 

 

The Bus and the weather on the apply named road of Destitution !

The plan was a day out with the Moray Mountaineering Club Bus Meet to the Fannichs yesterday. The forecast was wild on the tops so I planned an easy day on the lower Grahams! Weather permitting! The photo below shows the sunny spells we had where the great peaks looked incredible in between showers. The rain started with black clouds and o views as we headed North West in the bus, the further West we went the darker the skies got and there were a few changes of plan on the bus for what to do today.

 

A bit wet in the walk in.

In the end most of the group stayed on the bus till the last stop and five others managed a varying of tops in interesting weather. We got of the bus on the “Road of Destitution” at the big lay-by near the end to Fannichs! This is the third time I had been here this winter! I had a managed a few summits in the past and it was a big crowd that gathered to walk to the Bothy and assess the day!

Still happy – Just

They did well in the conditions that were pretty wild in between showers and winter squalls. Winter is still with us on the hills and it was pretty chilly as we left the bus as the rain started again and once we left the shelter of the bus it was full waterproofs on.

Wet walking at times

I was happy not to be on the summits as the winds forecast were big 50 mph on the tops! The walk in to the Bothy is easy about an hour and a bit but the small burns were pretty full on even at this level. The squalls came in every half hour heavy rain, hail and bitter wind. Then the sun would come out and the tops would clear.
We met 3 folk leaving from the Bothy hoods up and we just said hullo they had a wet day and were heading home.

Our walk up the Loch and then up the glen for a bit. We were hoping to get views of the great Munros of Fisherfield –  Ruadh Stac Mor (919m, Munro 273)
A’Mhaighdean (967m, Munro 188)
Beinn Tarsuinn (937m, Munro 239)
Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (1018m, M115)
Sgurr Ban (989m, Munro 157)

The Bothy was a great place to get out the weather and what a bonus thanks to the MBA. Maybe the club may donate to the MBA as we regularly use them to shelter and stop in! I am a member and well worth supporting the Mountain Bothy Association(MBA) We decided to have a wander on but the river was wild and few fancied trying to cross it today.

In the bothy – worthy of a donation from all those who use these great shelters?

We wander up the Glen hoping to get views of the great Fisherfield Hills and the slabs but the path was awful, so flooded by the river and muddy and then the storm came in again (on the video) we decided to return to the Bothy and then at the Bothy it cleared again! Then  in came the showers and it was head down back to the bus!

We had another stop at the bothy the sun was out again but darl crowds were brewing so we had a stop, a sun bathe and then off again.

The bothy!

It was then a wander back.

It was a short 4 hour walk but that was enough soon the crazy three Irish returned from Meall a ‘ Chrasgadh hard-won Munro in big winds.  We were all soaked but got changed dry gear essential on a Bus meet. It was then a tourist visit to Corrieshalloch Gorge at Breamore junction! A spot I know well from my Rescue days and a wee epic in the 70’ s chasing ice with the late Mark “Cheeky Sinclair” involving an abseil in to the gorge while chasing ice climbs! Today it was a great place to visit.

Corrieshalloch Gorge.

We then picked up Stuart at Loch Droma he had climbed the Corbett Ben Enaiglair and walked to Loch Droma where we picked him up.

Loch Droma bothy now no longer is use a few nights spent here in the big walks.

I stayed at the small Bothy on several occasions once for a Christmas period from Valley in North Wales. I also stayed here in my walks after some huge days so that wee hut is etched in my memory!


It was then off for a cup of tea and a beer at the Inchbae Lodge Inn where 20 walkers were welcomed by Richard and Sarah Eaton a friendly place that welcomes all! Thanks for your hospitality!

The bus then head home for an earlier than usual arrival but all fairly happy of a day in the vagaries of a March day.
My gear is soaked and drying out now and a reminder to take plenty of dry clothes for the bus! Ray has only so many spare pairs of socks to loan the damsels in distress!

Ray the sock man.

Yes it was fun, honest.

 

 

We did catch a view of one of my favourite hills. Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (1018m, M115) with its huge slabs a day to remember in the past and Sgurr Ban (989m, Munro 157)

Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (1018m, M115)
Sgurr Ban (989m, Munro 157)

 

About heavywhalley.MBE

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