Mon 24th JuneStob Coire an Laoigh OS Grid reference NN240725
Stob Choire Claurigh OS Grid reference NN262738
Stob Ban OS Grid reference NN266724
This was really our main day our objective was to walk the impressive summits forming the Grey Corries.
In particular we looked forward to a good ridge walk.
We followed the track from Corriechille lodge we were chatting rather a lot and missed the turning for the disused tramway! Instead we carried on up the track until we arrived at a rather haunting figure carved from wood known as the Parson. The Parson is supposed to bring good fortune to mountain walkers. Realising our mistake we retraced our steps and reached the turn off for the disused tramway path. It is possible to drive a car up the track from corriechoille lodge and park at the turn off. The walk along the disused tramway was fascinating, the tramway was used to service the Aluminium smelter at Fortwilliam
We started out a little misguided but with the luck of the pastor, things could only improve!
The clouds gathered as we proceed along the ridge, we were spared the rain but presented a rainbow.
Happy with our day of fine summits we descended to the bothy in Lairig Leacach and sat a round for a while before starting the 5 mile return to the car.
Tues 25th JuneSgurr Choinnich Mor NN227714
Bright and sunny this was a relatively easy day perfect for following on from our previous day.
Wed 26th JuneBeinn a Chlachair NN471781
Geal Charn NN504812
Creag Pitridh NN487814
Setting off from a parking area on the A86 we headed along a trackway to attempt this group of three summits. As we approached Beinn a Clachair, known as the stone masons hill was covered in a crown of cloud. We walked along the Allt Corie Pitridh, crossed the burn and headed south and up the slopes of Beinn a Chlachair. The main summit was quite interesting and as we crossed the broad ridge we encountered a couple of people who told us about their rather cold night bivvying out on the mountain.
The ridge ends with rather an abrupt and steep section of ground there was an easier descent which headed North and we picked through this relatively steep section of rocks and grassy ground with care. From the valley there was a well defined path which we followed to the summit of Geal Charn. By now the weather hat brightened up and it was a most pleasant day. We followed the path around onto the final summit which was Creag Pitridh.
Thurs 27th JuneStob a Choire Mheadhoin NN316736
Stob Coire Easain NN308730
This day started out quite dreary and misty but we were quite fired up and had already had 3 excellent days. Besides, we had decided not to be soley fair weather munro baggers. We parked the car at Fersit and started by following the track which proceeds along the side of loch Treig. Not far along, was another track which goes up fairly steeply up the hill side. Through the mist we could see curious looking monuments on the Meall Cian Dearg, these are the objectives to make for as we attempt to gain the main ridge.
Once on the main ridge we continued steadily through the mist to the summit of Stob a Choire Mheadhoin we continued through the rainto the summit of Stob Coire Easain. The descent route was quite interesting because it commenced from the col between Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain. It was rather steep but we were able to easily pick out a well defined route. As the mist cleared we enjoyed the views of Coire Laire and the surrounding mountains of Sgurr Innse, Cruach Innse and Cnapp Cruin. These mountains are not on our Munro baggers list but they do look most inviting.
Once again as we returned to the valley the weather brightened and it was quite a pleasent eveniing. We finished our route by walking along another section of the old tramway.
Fri 28th JuneBeinn a' Chaorainn NN386851
Beinn Teallach NN361860
This was a day of rain but it certainly did not stop us from having fun! Once again we ascended through the mist and rain to our first summit. Descending Beinna Chaorain via its north westerly ridge was a little confusing it was quite broad and very easy to follow the wrong line down. Eventually through the mist we spotted the cairn that had been marked on the map, this was a welcome site. At this point we had also taken advantage of a GPS to ensure that we were exactly where we thought we were.
The second summit Beinn Teallach started with a rocky ridge and by this point the weather had eased up somewhat. Once again the cloud cleared a little, there was a pattern here.
We had enjoyed five excellent days out on the hills and by the end of it we felt rather fit too, good preparation of our respective planned adventures.