On the summit of Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse
A Lochaber Wild camp –
A heavy head (self inflicted from the night before!!) had me dithering on whether to head out or not. I had planned a wild camp and bagging the two Innses and then a bike and hike was planned with my brother the following day. Surely I’d get my “fix” from the bike n hike…mmm
In the end I decided to head out and by two pm I was leaving Corriechoille and soon passing the Wee Minister – he was scary enough at this time of day!!!
I was thinking of heading up Cruach Innse and pitching the tent then heading out to Sgurr Innse before returning. However common sense eventually found its way through the cobwebs and I headed for the Bealach and dropped the pack and headed directly up Sgurr Innes. A cracking little peak with great views to Stob Ban and co J I was soon heading back to the bealach to pick up the camping gear…. The ascent up Cruach Innse was harder as expected with the weight of the camping gear – however no rush and no midgies to chase me up the hill – the joys of camping a little later in the yearJ
I soon found the top just after Five and set about getting the camp set up before dark. The spot wasn’t too bad with fine views over Glen Spean and across to the Grey Corries. No sunset though as a shower headed in just as the sun was setting and also as I was having me tea! Tea in Tent L However there is something therapeutic about the sound of rain on the tent (when dry and inside!!). Good news was that the rain eventually went off and I ventured outside into the dark…. To my surprise there was a large moon and lots of starsJ-Not too sure how to take night time shots so I then spent lots of time experimenting with the camera – some of the results below…….
After a reasonable nights sleep I woke to a benign morning. As always the coffee tasted sooo good on the summit. After my caffeine boost- I headed down to the car and off to meet my brother in Perthshire for our next day of fun J
In my opinion this wee hill gives the grandest views in Glencoe, especially of The Buachaille anyway.
I have been up it a number of times and have always fancied trying the “Pink Rib” scramble. Today I ticked that box with Gerry and Mark. The weather had been torrential rain for the 12 hours before heading up and it was still torrential on the journey up. However arriving at the Jacksonville car park, things looked a little better. A short day was planned and after talking about Curved Ridge and D Gulley Buttress we actually decided on the Pink Rib of Beinn a’ Chrulaiste as none of us had done it before….
A short walk across the heather saw up quickly at the Rib, just as the rain started again. Just as quickly we were at the top of the rib. Some nice easy scrambling and an ideal place for a beginner to scramble perhaps ….. The views as always from here were tremendous and the Buachaille dominated the landscape – an amazing mountain.
On reaching the summit of Beinn a’ Chrustaille, we had a lunch and then headed west, descending with grand views all round. We were soon back walking back along the road and returned to the car just over 2hrs after leaving it…. A grand short outing.
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...