The forecast was for blue skies, and with snow capped peaks I
felt the need to get out and about. I did not have much time so I wanted to
choose a peak close to the road that would not take up too much time (I was
also due out the day after too so did not want to tire myself too much!).
However the only down side was going to be the wind – 40-50mph
and 85mph gusts on exposed ridges and summits!! It was forecast to be coming
from a south easterly to easterly direction so a bit of searching through books
and maps and I decided on Garbh Bheinn near Kinlochleven. I planned to ascend
up the WNW shoulder hoping that I could keep out of the wind if need
I left the car just before the bridge at around 09.00AM and it
was a little gusty but not too bad. I headed up Torran nan Crann – trying to
keep my feet of the water ice and on the grass to stop me slipping (was not too
bad – not enough for crampons yet!!). I quickly reached the snow line at Torran
and the views over to the Mamores from here were brilliant. The white peaks
with clouds scudding by was awesome. Stob Ban looked particularly close.
Looking west I could see down Loch Leven into Ardgour past the Pap of Glencoe.
The route levelled out a little here but I could see it was going
to be a steep pull for the rest of the way!! I headed up toward Stob Coire
Sgoite going past two or three little rocky outcrops (which were easily skirted
round). The wind was not too bad, but every now and again I’d be hit by mini
“snow Devils” which were probably being caused by down winds coming over the
summit perhaps?? Anyway there were quiet impressive – you could see them coming
down the hill like mini tornadoes towards
Looking up I could not see the summit and there were a few false
summits on this walk. The clouds were whizzing over the top so I knew that when
I reached the top it would be very windy. My main concern at this point though
was “the stiff scramble” when reaching Stob Coire Sgoilte. It looked a little
daunting when I reached it, but I traversed to the right (south) of the crag and
gained the ridge via a short steep gully. The top was now in sight and the wind
was certainly picking up!!
I reached the top took some pictures and video and about turned!
It was now 1145. It was taking me longer than expected. I think this was due to
the powdery snow which covered the loose rocks which made the going a little
tough with crampons on L(that’s my excuse
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