March - 2014

Upper Ward Mountaineering Club




Walk Report - March 2014


Upperward Mountaineering Club – March 2014

Buchaille Etive Beag


The weather forecast for the day was anything but encouraging with winds expected in the region of 70mph gusts. Even at low levels the MWIS forecast suggested that walking would be difficult and that rain would be persistent. However, the 9 hopefuls who left the car park in Carluke on the Sunday morning were given signs of hope as they travelled north towards Glencoe with more than a glimpse of sun and little or no rain. A comfort stop at The Green Wellie allowed the group the opportunity to discuss the options available but the decision was made to carry on and see how things were when Glencoe was reached.

The target for the day was Buchaille Etive Beag – the Wee Buckle – and apart from the UMC group there was only one other car in the car park at 10.30. Perhaps all the other walkers who would normally be crowding into Glencoe at the weekend were wiser than we were and had listened to the weather forecast more closely.

So, kitted up and ready to go, the group set off up the excellent new path with the wind less severe than expected and still no signs of rain – would we be lucky? By the time the col was reached at 750m, the winds were still not too much of a problem and the group took a short stop to refuel before turning north to ascend the last 175m to the summit of Stob Choire Raineach. From this vantage point a lone figure was spotted on the deep snow slopes to the south of the col. This was one of the members of the SAIS taking readings for the avalanche forecast – brave man. Amazingly, when the summit was reached it was still clear of the mist that seemed to be shrouding all of the other peaks in the area, including the southern end of the mountain which was completely hidden. Even at this point the winds still did not prevent the group from taking in the views around them particularly as it was a first for a few members, including our new president Linda. Let’s hope that this is a good omen for future walks under her guidance.

On the descent a number of new snow holes were spotted on the slopes up towards Stob Dubh and these were duly inspected before glissading down the slopes. This area is regularly used by groups such as Glenmore Lodge and Plas-y-Brenin practicing their winter walking skills

The next walk in April is to the Galloway hills with Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells being the target. The pre-meet will be in the Woodpecker on April 16th at 8.30pm.



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