16th - 19th June:

Present: A Chatburn, A Crowther, S Goodier, C Goulden, R Grayson, R Harris, J Hood, M Johnson, M Peppit, R Peppit, M Pierce, L Stout, J Vessey.

Leaders: J Vessey & S Goodier

Twelve members arrived Thursday evening by various means – car, train, local bus, with a 13th member on Friday.

 Friday was dry but with low cloud on the tops. Five walkers (Martin, Bob, Jon, Chris, Jason) went to Kinlochleven and onto the Mamores walking from W to E.

The climbers went to Glencoe and Buachaille Etive Mor and the NE Buttress which was just below the cloud – dry but cold. Mainbrace Crack (150 feet HVS 5a) was ably led by Mike P, followed by Rob and struggled up by Syd with a tight rope on the crux! Shackle Route (280 feet Severe) followed, more easily (!) after an abseil descent from the previous route. Descent again by two abseils.

Tony, Axel, Mike J and Richard had an early start and went to Mull via two ferries, hoping to see the sea eagles – but as luck would haveit – only two Golden Eagles! Tobermory was visited whilst there.

Saturday was brilliant – blue sky – warm and sunny. Mike and Rob went off to the North Face car park and walked up to the Ben, having Carn Dearg Buttress in mind. The classic and ‘Hard Rock’ Centurian (630 feet HVS 5a) was duly completed with return to the hut around 11.30 pm (as expected!) after some waiting on the route and helping somebody with a sprained ankle during their return to the car park.

Syd had opted out of delaying the climbers and went walking instead with the others from Ballachulish village, traversing over Sgurr Dhearg and Sgurr Dhonvill. An excellent traverse and descent over the two Munros. Meanwhile Tony and co walked the West Highland Way near Kinlochleven.

On Sunday, most headed home with all the tops in thick cloud and a little drizzle, followed by very heavy rain for some on way south. We were very well fed by Jason who did all the excellent catering, many thanks.