9th - 11th November 07
Me, Richard Hakes, Mark Pierce and Robert Cooper travelled up on Thursday night to arrive at Achintee Farm hostel late. Friday we took the car to Fersit and ran over Stob Sgriodain, Chno Dearg and Bein na Lap before catching the train at Corrour. Unfortunately the cafe/bar was closed as it would have been a welcome cup of tea but we made up for it in Nevis Sport back in Fort William. The conditions were cold and snowy with good views !! Link to Richard Hakes photos on Flickr
Stob Sgriodain Rest in the valley bottom
Chno Deag from Bein na Lap Corrour Youth Hostel (also closed) !
Saturday - we planned to run from Glen Nevis to Fersit. We set off at 6.20 in the dark up Ben Nevis. The weather was rainy and claggy and most of the snow had gone. The descent off was slow onto Carn Mor Dearg and then we dropped out of the clag towards Aonach Mor. Its a pleasant run to Aonach Beag. The descent down to the col caused much discussion and I'm not sure if we got it right - I think I'm going to look at the "cairn" option next time.
The weather was lovely for about an hour before the winds picked up, they got so strong that making the top of Sgurr Chionnich Mor was an effort. We carried on dropping and hit the winds headlong - I was going backwards a fair bit of the time. We all crawled to the top of Stob Choire Claurigh and made the decision that it was time to bail out. Descending down we contoured round to the pond below Stob Ban and followed the stream to the bothy. A few minutes rest and then a long trek back in the valley - but we were all glad we were off the tops by then. Richard's comment of "I feel like I've been in a fight" summed it all up.
Sunday - typically the shortish day and the weather was glorious. I wanted to look at contouring the Devil's ridge so we climbed Sgurr A'Mhaim from Glen Nevis and then dropped to the col below Stob Ban. Not sure about this shortcut really.
View across the Mamores from Sgurr A'Mhaim