a day on the mamores
Fri, Mar 4, 2011
Last weekend I met up with my oldest and bestest pal, Allan, aka Penguin. I booked a couple of places at the Alex MacIntyre Memorial hut at Onich for some winter luxury and we had a fine old meal at the Onich Hotel up the road on Sunday night. Saturday we parked at Mamore Lodge and headed up Coire na Ba, making for Stob Coire a’Chairn.
Most of the snow on the west coast had disappeared during the previous week but it had snowed down to about 600m on Saturday night and The Ben was plastered and with it down to -5 at Tyndrum on Sunday night, we were expecting crampons to be used on the ridge. In the end the snow was very soft and deep but the path up Coire na Ba took us up fairly quickly above the wide coire.
At about 550m the ground levels into a small plateau before the path swings north to bypass the crags and I spied a wonderful looking snow slope heading up to the bealach between the two summits of Na Gruagaichean. We stuck to the path though and above the plateau it swings round above the crags and becomes a fantastic balcony path. One point was a bit hairy where it had drifted over and frozen hard and we had to down climb a snow bulge above an iron hard chute that led 100m down onto the plateau - great stuff!
Once on the ridge we headed towards Stob Coire a’Chairn with the impressive backdrop of Na Gruagaichean towering behind us. Looked fantastic.
It’s at Stob Coire a’Chairn the Ring of Steall comes in and we could see some bods scrambling down An Gearanach, flanked by Ben Nevis and Aonach Beag.
Penguin’s been off the fags for a year now but that meant pie munching problems had put a spanner in his works and we stopped around 900m to just admire the view and natter on about life and everything. It was a grand day to be out, warm sunshine and a cool breeze.
You can see all the pics here.