Ben Lomond

Today Euan, Nettle and I chased the good weather across to Ben Lomond’s North-East Coire. We’d intended to climb Lomond Corner, but Euan climbed then down climbed part of the first pitch having decided the turf wasn’t suitably frozen on this route.

Euan starting up our second pitch of Solo Buttress.

We then moved higher in the coire and climbed what we think was Solo Buttress on B Buttress. It’s a complex crag, it was a new crag to all of us and the descriptions in the old “Arran, Arrochar and the Southern Highlands” guidebook are a little vague. We think this line may have also been climbed on the 26th November and recorded on UKClimbing as a new route called Turf Dance. This line gave us three pitches of pleasant climbing in a stunning situation although gear and belays weren’t great.

Nettle topping out with A Buttress and the summit of Ben Lomond behind.

This crag is heavily reliant on turf for climbing and protection and it’s important the routes are only climbed when the turf is well frozen.

Ben Lomond

Mick and I had a good day today taking a wander up Ben Lomond from Rowardennan and descending via Ptarmigan.

Me and Mick in cloud on the summit of Ben Lomond.

Me and Mick in cloud on the summit of Ben Lomond.

The hill was generally dry and we didn’t have any rain during the day, but we were in cloud from around 800m and the terrain was wet where in the cloud.

Beinn Narnain and A’Chrois

I was out today in the Arrochar Alps with a Falkirk Community Trust High Tops Team of Billy, Claire and Imran. Starting from Succoth in fog we climbed up Beinn Narnain and through the cloud in to sunshine and a beautiful cloud inversion, which lasted most of the day.

Ben Lomond above a sea of cloud.

Ben Lomond above a sea of cloud.

After the steep ascent of Beinn Narnain we headed out over Creag Tharsuinn and up to the top of A’Chrois. We descended the South ridge of A’Chrois, which is rough and pathless in places before returning to Succoth.

Billy and Imran on Beinn Narnain with the Luss Hills behind.

Billy and Imran on Beinn Narnain with the Luss Hills behind.

Once above the clouds we were in glorious sunshine all day with only the odd light breeze. Suncream, sunhats, shades and plenty of liquid was the order of the day.

Imran, Claire and Billy on the summit of A'Chrois with Beinn Narnain behind.

Imran, Claire and Billy on the summit of A’Chrois with Beinn Narnain behind.