Tulloch Station Lodge; Deighton's Winter Munro
Once again we used Tulloch Station Lodge as our base and very good it was too! This year for various reasons the party size was reduced to 18 of which 11 were SOC members---then another 5 were unable to go because of accidents and illnesses!
A full programme however was enjoyed by those who did make it!.
Day 1 (going up to Tulloch)
Those east of the Pennines climbed Ben Vorlich (943m) following the south ridge which was very alpine in nature. Weather good and snow conditions perfect. We descended steeply to Loch Sloy and followed the road from the dam to the cars just before darkness, then bashed on to Tulloch.Tim and party climbed Glencoe's Stob Coire Sgreamhach via the Hidden Valley, then Bienn Fhada via an "interesting ridge" followed by belaying down the headwall into the Coire and abseiling from a snow bollard.
Rain forcast in the west so Tim's party went east to Monadh Liath range and did its 3 Munros (16 miles) in a whiteout. Highlight was jumping through a cornice of Cairn Dearg followed by a long glissade into Glen Balloch. Len's party were in the same area and did the most westerly munro Carn Dearg (945m). Alan, Eric and I went north west and had a few rain showers but nothing serious. We climbed Bienn MhicCedidh - up a long ridge and over the top. We returned down steep snowfields in good condition. Richard and Trevor did local peaks Stob Coire Easain (1116m) and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin (1106m)
Tim's party did the remote Gulvain (987m) following the ridge up in near whiteout. Weather improved as the day progressed. Most of the remaining party went to Creag Meagaidh (1130m) doing the scenic walk-in then climbing through heavy snow to the Window and up onto the peak where it was a near "whiteout". We navigated past the very heavy cornices above Coire Adair and eventually got out of the mist and descended good snowfields to reach a track, a bridge and the car park at Aberarder.
Day 4 (on way home)
Tim and Co attempted to get to Stuchd an Lochan at the head of Glen Lyon but the road was blocked just past Ben Lawers Visitor Centre so they climbed Meall Corranaich (1069m) from the road. 2 hrs up and down in crampons. Frank, Jon and I climbed a Corbett just north of Tyndrum, Bienn Odhar (901m) which was very pleasant and took just over 2 hrs. Len, Bruce and Richard did Cruach Ardrain (1046m) always a lovely mountain!
An excellent trip with, once again, good weather. We still have not arrived at any conclusion as to the best Single Malt whisky in Scotland, despite trying ever so hard to do so---maybe next year!
Thanks to all for a good trip.