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By fvmc1, Nov 2 2019 02:02PM

Grey Corries Meet 18 - 19th of October progressed well with the usual mix of Four Season Weather. The accommodation was an 'upgrade' to a cottage since they had double booked us at their bunkhoose. It was indeed more comfortable and spacious than what the hostel could have offered.


Much done over the days; Munro Stob Coire Easain, with Allan, Malcolm and Christine, then on to do Corbetts Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse. Following day off with Malcolm and Christine to do Corbett Meall a Phubuill. Four of us went on to spend a couple of days at the Alex Mac Memorial Hut. From the AMMH we did Glas Bheinn, a Corbett wi a view, located 3km north of the west end of the Blackwater Reservoir...a mountain that GG assures me I had been up before with him - and his records showed it, 16 x years ago in the mist!

On Meall a Phubuill wi Malcolm and Christine.
On Meall a Phubuill wi Malcolm and Christine.
Our approach from Kinlochleven toward the Blackwater Reservoir.
Our approach from Kinlochleven toward the Blackwater Reservoir.
...Malcolm's strong pace was too much for the bridge.
...Malcolm's strong pace was too much for the bridge.
...it's a remarkable dam - and their not too keen for you to traverse it!
...it's a remarkable dam - and their not too keen for you to traverse it!
A fine view from the dam.
A fine view from the dam.
From Glas Bheinn, Stob Soire Easain cloud capped behind and grey Sgurr Inse
From Glas Bheinn, Stob Soire Easain cloud capped behind and grey Sgurr Inse

By fvmc1, Oct 10 2019 02:55PM

Beinn Eunaich and Beinn a' Chochuill from north east end of Loch Awe. Rarely have I seen the Met Office forecast change so much on the run up to a Sunday Day Walk...however a 'window' presented itself for AR, EP & CS to venture forth - but MM's 'window' had been battered by rain at 06:00hr so he and the dog declined, an even rarer event. In the end it was as the Met Office had predicted, but with poorer visibility, so I had to raid Allan's Facebook photo archive of 31/05/14 to let you see what we couldn't on 06/10/19!

Keep smiling...BR, CS & AR in the mist on our way down from Beinn Eunaich
Keep smiling...BR, CS & AR in the mist on our way down from Beinn Eunaich
...and the mist lifted, if it felt like it - looking out to Loch Awe - EP.
...and the mist lifted, if it felt like it - looking out to Loch Awe - EP.
...and on the other side we have Loch Etive - BR
...and on the other side we have Loch Etive - BR
We are almost getting a squint at Beinn a Chochuill - BR.
We are almost getting a squint at Beinn a Chochuill - BR.
Ahh...a clearer, drier and warmer day back on 31/05/14 - Ben Chruachan - AS
Ahh...a clearer, drier and warmer day back on 31/05/14 - Ben Chruachan - AS
On our way to Beinn a Chochuill in 31/05/14 - AS.
On our way to Beinn a Chochuill in 31/05/14 - AS.
Looking back to Beinn Eunaich on 31/05/14 - AS.
Looking back to Beinn Eunaich on 31/05/14 - AS.

By fvmc1, Oct 2 2019 01:28PM

A dozen members gathered at Fylde Mountaineering Club's Stair Hut in the Newlands Valley near Keswick, making this the best attended regular weekend meet for quite some time. The venue was rebooked following an enjoyable stay in the spring of 2018 which saw quite a few fells tackled. It was the same this time round with fabulous warm sun and wall to wall blue sky Friday and Saturday. Sunday was grey and drizzly but there are plenty of low level ''rambles'' to be had in the area. Monday was brighter and breezier.

Skiddaw and Blencathra were popular options, the latter by the slightly tricky Sharp Edge scramble.

Scafell Pike was climbed by the Corridor Route from the head of Borrowdale and five fells round the head of Newlands Valley were gathered up - Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson. Cat Bells also saw ascents as did a couple of the Coldale Horsehoe fells.

One slightly odd feature of the Saturday was erratic wind speeds in fairly close proximity to each other. It was windy on Scafell Pike, breezy around the Newlands fells and positively gale force on Causey Pike, so much so that the summit was unattainable!

Three members put in a good low level shift on the Sunday, walking from the hut, round Cat Bells to Grange on Derwent Water, climbing up to Watendlath and back again. The footpaths from Rosthwaite round Castle Crag were followed as was the route up to Watendlath from the village. Some smaller rambles were also had from the end of the public road in Newlands Valley.

Many thanks to Fylde MC for the use of the hut. This one could become a regular feature going forward as it is so popular.

Pix: Skidddaw and Blencathra from Maiden Moor, Buttermere fells, Newlands Valley.

By fvmc1, Sep 14 2019 12:07PM

Four FVMC members on a grand day oot on Sunday 1st of September to the Graham Beinn Dearg from Glen Artney. Spoilt by both guid weather and scenery. An enjoyable and varied horseshoe ridge.

Beinn Dearg from the starting point at farm.
Beinn Dearg from the starting point at farm.
Off down the track.
Off down the track.
Corrie seen through the long grass.
Corrie seen through the long grass.
Tiny mushrooms.
Tiny mushrooms.
Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich dominate.
Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich dominate.

By fvmc1, Aug 8 2019 04:07PM

The weather for Sunday the 4th of August 2019 looked less than promising...but the walk up the Corbett Beinn Dearg, from Innerwick in Glen Lyon was going to be short - and suitably engineered to fit in with the opening times for the Post Office Café.

...AR has been inadvertently captured by a bird netting device. Photo JW.
...AR has been inadvertently captured by a bird netting device. Photo JW.
This is what it looked like back in January 2013. Photo PB.
This is what it looked like back in January 2013. Photo PB.
...now I was thinking that we might see Carn Gorm from the top? Photo JW.
...now I was thinking that we might see Carn Gorm from the top? Photo JW.
...there's still time! Photo JW.
...there's still time! Photo JW.
...nae chance! A cairn of FVMC members on the top of Beinn Dearg. Photo JW.
...nae chance! A cairn of FVMC members on the top of Beinn Dearg. Photo JW.
...looks like the same magnificent visibility back in January2013. Photo PB
...looks like the same magnificent visibility back in January2013. Photo PB

By fvmc1, Jul 23 2019 12:16PM

The July meet was a long weekend based on the relatively new bunkhouse on Rum accessed via Cal-Mac's MV Lochnevis.

Ten members gathered at Mallaig ahead of the mid-afternoon sailing on the Friday, all eagerly anticipating a meet with a certain ''je ne sais quois'' - that's a nod to Malcolm's French pal Phillippe who joined us on this trip.

Ambitious plans for full traverses of the fabulous Rum Cuillin wered hatched and some came to fruition over the weekend whilst others did not quite come off.

Saturday dawned a bit murky but the cloud lifted by mid-afternoon, Sunday was a blue sky day as was Monday.

In the event hills climbed were Hallival, Askival, Barkeval, Trollaval and Ainshval from the Cuillin group whilst the rather more remote Fionchra and Orval were also tackled successfully.

All in all a successful trip to the excellent community trust owned bunkhouse.

Pictures: Al fresco breakfast, Atlantic Corrie, Hallival, Trollaval (centre) and Skye Cullin from Barkeval.

Report: Allan Scott. Pictures: Allan Scott

By fvmc1, Jul 17 2019 01:40PM

FVMC member CP currently climbing in France at Volricine with his partner. The area is accessed by a short train journey and 15min walk in. Many routes done including one route with 5 pitches and a 3 ab of. Pitches 4a,5c,5b,5a,3c all good if slightly worn holds in places.

CP giving his feet a rest!
CP giving his feet a rest!

By fvmc1, Jun 21 2019 07:21PM

A very active weekend that saw many hills done including some members approaching the Fannich Munros, Meall Gorm and An Coileachan on bike as well as acessing the Corbett Beinn Airigh Charr, from the Loch Maree side . Fab weather for most of the time and great company at Ronnan Cottage with folk telling tales of many walks that also included Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li, Beinn an Eoin, Baosbheinn and many more.

On the way down to Fannich Lodge
On the way down to Fannich Lodge
...IH using the one handed air-brake technique!
...IH using the one handed air-brake technique!
Mr PB at the top of Beinn Airigh Charr
Mr PB at the top of Beinn Airigh Charr
BR & IH looking over Loch Maree from Beinn Airigh Charr
BR & IH looking over Loch Maree from Beinn Airigh Charr
PB & CS on the way to Beinn an Eoin
PB & CS on the way to Beinn an Eoin
At the summit of Beinn an Eoin
At the summit of Beinn an Eoin
The walk into Baosbheinn
The walk into Baosbheinn
CS on summit of Baosbheinn
CS on summit of Baosbheinn
The approach of Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghuibhais Li
The approach of Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghuibhais Li
View from Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghuibhais Li
View from Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghuibhais Li
Where we stayed, the LSCC's Ronnan Cottage, Aultbea.
Where we stayed, the LSCC's Ronnan Cottage, Aultbea.

By fvmc1, May 31 2019 04:56PM

Bright sunshine greeted four FVMC members at Elgol for the 40 minute boat trip into the Glasgow JMCS hut beneath the Cuillin.

First surprise was the lack of running water at the hut courtesy of the drought conditions prevailing - hard to believe about Skye! No flushing the loo either!

Saturday dawned a bit grey but dry although overnight rain had dampened the rocks.

Consensus was for an ascent of the classic Dubhs ridge. Some greasy, holdless steps in the gabbro were a wee bit exciting but we made Sgurr Dubh Beag in good time.

After casting about a bit, Malcolm and Archie located the abseil bypass path and we headed on up the increasingly exposed terrain to the summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor which gave good views of the Cuillin ridge.

Some tricky down climbing took us to Sgurr Dubh an Da Beinn then onward under Casteal a Garbh Coire towards Sgurr nan Eag where we (ie Malcolm) lost the path.

He and a rather weary Paul headed down as Archie and Allan searched for and found the way ahead to Sgurr nan Eag as the weather turned overcast.

They returned to Garbh Coire and made the tiresome and slow descend back to Coruisk and the hut after 11 hours out.

Paul took advantage of a free ride back to Elgol in a friend's boat charter on Sunday while Malcolm went for Bla Bheinn as Archie and Allan went up to Druim Hain and an ascent of Sgurr na Stri. It's famed view was curtailed by cloud but we hung around for a semi-clearance and pix.

Boat back to Elgol was a pleasant way out come Monday after a fine meet.


By fvmc1, May 28 2019 01:03PM

Well, after a really wet forecast for Sunday 26th we changed our walk to the Monday...despite competing forecasts threatening hail, thunder and rain - but a grand day out ensued. We decided to walk along the Rig of Enoch as it was an interesting approach to Merrick, more attractive than a long tedious direct approach...in my opinion!


Merrick top right with Benyellary Hill on left, from Buchan Hill.
Merrick top right with Benyellary Hill on left, from Buchan Hill.
Dumfries and Galloway can be remote, see this view from The Rig to n.east.
Dumfries and Galloway can be remote, see this view from The Rig to n.east.
Loch Enoch, north from the bealach between Merrick and the Rig of Enoch.
Loch Enoch, north from the bealach between Merrick and the Rig of Enoch.
Looking north from Merrick's top.
Looking north from Merrick's top.