Fraochaidh a grand Corbett with great company superb views and lots of clegs.

I needed a hill day as I have been down visiting my sick sister. It’s never easy seeing someone you love ill and trying to help. It makes you appreciate life and your health so much.

My pal Terry Moore from the days when I was fit was up to climb some Corbett’s.Terry is an exceptional Mountaineer we did a West to East in winter in 1977 when I was fit we had been pals for many years.

We could maybe meet and he was happy to meet me early in Ballahullish Near Glencoe I left Ayr at 0530 it would be a long day.

The traffic was easy the Loch Lomond road quite and every lay-by had vans parked.The forecast was good but warm before a storm and heavy rain came in.

Ben Lomond early morning.

We met at the jetty in Ballahullish and I wanted to climb the Corbett Fraochaidh at the back of Beinn A Bheither. I thought I had not done this before. Terry was okay with this despite climbing this Corbett on a sailing trip in May.

My plan was to go in from Duror and according to the Guide Steve Fallon his advice is always good.

“Fraochaidh in Appin (Corbett) – Steven Fallon

Routes up the Corbett Fraochaidh in Appin. Fraochaidh is fine hill with a long summit crest situated in Appin. … Approaches to Fraochaidh can be made from Ballachuilish to the north-east, Loch Creran to the south and Duror to the north-west.”

Terry just before we climbed the hill !

We followed the the cycle track from Duror and then onto the hill by the forestry track for about 3 ks. It’s then up the hill where the trees have been felled. I found this hard going Terry who guided for Big trips in the Himalayas took it all in his stride.

Rough ground through forestry.

I was finding it hard going the clegs were awful following me and attracted to the yellow top I was wearing. Yet it was great to clear the mind and Terry kept the chat up and with a few stops to look at the incredible views.

Terry in Guide mode.

All the big hills were in view all day old favourites and memories came back.We were soon on the ridge in the breeze and away from the Clegs. The views got better.

We were soon on the top on the way up I recognised certain features. I had been on the summit before. My memory must be hopeless as the last time was Dec 2016 from Ballahullish how could I forget that. Terry was in disbelief of my incompetence also I had done it many years before from the Beinn A Bheither a huge drop .

Summit again !!!

We had some lunch it all came back to me and then headed back . Terry had another Hill to do Beinn Trilleachan in Glen Etive.

The descent was hard going but then back into the clegs and back to the van.

Terry headed of to Glen Etive I had a 3 hour trip home. It was a great day,grand hill and enjoyable day.

Thanks Terry sorry for you doing another Corbett again yet it’s a great hill recommended.

Today’s tip yellow tops attract clegs.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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