May 25 th Day 17 – North – South Scotland Blackrock Cottage Glencoe – Meall a’ Bhuiridh, , Clach Leathad, Stob A’Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar – Bridge of Orchy Station!

Passing the Buachille

It was hard to leave such a comfortable bothy as Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe and even worse as the day started with heavy rain. We walked up the deserted White Corries Ski lift a depressing place on a wet day yet in the winter sun a wonderful place to be. The bags were heavy and the 1976 waterproofs were very basic and we were soon soaked.  

Wet start.

The ski tows were looking bleak and with the wind and rain it was a plod going onto the hill. The industrialization of the place at the end of a busy winter season  in the rain is to me depressing but so many enjoy  the skiing in winter it is a small price to pay for the sport. The summit of Meall a’ Bhuird 3661 feet a big hill was gained and then the weather broke and the rain went off. These are big hills complex ridges and some of the peaks are remote. These are big hills and I enjoy them it is hard walking but the weather changed and we started to dry off.  I enjoyed a two-day walk with a bivouac a few years  before in the summer and these are impressive peaks I climbed them all in a wonderful weekend walk camping high during a great spell of weather. I will never forget that weekend even though we carried a Blacks Mountain Tent all the way!

 The views of Rannoch Moor and its lochans sparkling in the sun are a great sight but we got the waterproof’s off and set of along the ridge to Clach Leathad and then the big descent and pull to Stob a ‘Choire Odhair  and then out onto Stob the Ghabar at 3565 feet. This hill has a history of winter climbing with the Upper Couloir first climbed in 1897 an early foray by the pioneers of winter climbing. I had a wander and looked at the cliffs for winter adventures in the years to come. This is another great pair of hills and again the views of tomorrow’s hills at Bridge Of Orchy were excellent, we had dried off by now and had no bothy for tonight so after a good look at the winter crags we descended steeply down to Forest Lodge at Victoria Bridge.  From here it was a long road walk to Bridge of Orchy and the pub and then with no bothy we stayed at the railway station! Not the way to end a long day but it was all we could get and the photo sums it all up! We stayed here the night. We were getting our railway stations in. We did not rush out the pub but we managed to sleep on the station at least out of the rain. 

1976 May North South – Jim and Heavy Bridge Of Orchy Station, cooking!

Distance 19 miles and 5886 feet of ascent. 4 Munros a big day. Total 53 Munros so far.

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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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