Succouth Lodge is set in among the trees and a fantastic location and a different way to approach these Four Munros. My father had climbed these Munros in 1938 and loved them and when I first climbed them in 1972 I was not disappointed, it was winter day and long way for a young lad. This was another special day and a high walk in summer weather with Ben Lui with its huge Corrie and the famous Central Gully a splendid expedition in winter. This mountain is a classic on its own and always gives a great day. In winter it is exceptional, the shape of the corrie make it a classic and many easy routes abound for a winter climber to learn their craft and I was to climb here on many occasions in the future. At times a huge Cornice can be tricky and even on the summit in a winter day care should be taken. This corrie also has the remains Lockheed Hudson Mk.III T9432 / ZS-B of No.233 Sqn RAF, crashed on Ben Lui near Tyndrum in Central Scotland during the evening of the 15th April 1941. The aircraft struck close to the summit of the snow-covered mountain in poor weather and fell onto the south-eastern flank of the mountain, ending up close to the 3000ft line. It was wreckage I used often with RAF Team Members to search for, it is in on steep ground and a care should be taken if looking for it. It is best to pick some good dry weather if you visit. Today it was a lovely ridge walk and from Ben Lui we saw Ben Lomond in the distance and what a great sight, we were nearly there and had a spring in our steps as we charged across to Beinn Oss and Beinn Dubchraig.
The weather was great and we really enjoyed the day, we were moving well, the weather was fine and we were very fit. As we descended we were each in our own thoughts. I was to be involved in many call – outs on these hills on 27 November 1979 a Jaguar aircraft crashed in this area it took 3 days to find and a huge searchers involving many teams.
I was flown in from North Wales where I was part of the RAF Valley MRT and we assisted the RAF Teams and the local Killin, Lomond and SARDA on this huge search. We passed Connish Farm and the old Gold Mine and the Corbett Beinn Chuirn with its classic ice climb Eas Annie. This is another classic in the area and it forms right by the entrance to the Gold mine a wild setting. The end of the walk was near and an easy walk into Crainlarich and a night in the Ochil’s Climbing Club Bothy was a great end to the day. We stopped at the shop for some bacon and rolls for breakfast this was luxury after a superb hill day and 4 more Munros !
The hut was empty and we were on our own in the hut and enjoyed the space and the comfort and I fell asleep after tea reading all the climbing magazines in the hut a great day again, only two more days to go. We met no one on the hills again on these past two days! I wonder how many you would meet now! I took the opportunity to use the phone box when passing through in Crainlarich and called home to Mum and Dad, they were glad we were still alive and had been praying for us every day! We were being watched from above! It was great to talk to Dad about his day in 1938 on these great hills and how he always enjoyed them.
Distance 19 miles Height 5850 feet of ascent. 4 Munros