I’m a bit late to the party with reviewing last year but December was such a busy month (and I still have not caught up with all my trip reports).
However, 2015 was an epic year for being outdoors. It was dominated by hills, hills and more hills with less running or cycling than in previous years as weekends away in the Bongo presided over any other plans.
After the fantastic Five Sisters walk, Ally and I were still following the weather all over the Highlands. Glencoe was looking good, and we fancied an easy hill after the long day previously. After our previous sorry story on Buachaille Etive Beag / The Wee Bookil, this fitted the bill.
On the Saturday night back at Newtonmore Hostel, my friend Ali and I checked out the forecast for the next day. Sadly it was even worse than the constant heavy rain formerly predicted. Winds of up to 55mph, severe wind chill, persistent snow, possibly thunder and lightening.
My friend Ali and I had booked a weekend at the excellent Newtonmore Hostel in Newtonmore. Once or twice a year we get away for the weekend to get into the hills and the plan this weekend was to tick off some of the Drumochter Munros. I had also noticed the Corbett The Sow of Atholl could be included in Saturday’s walk of the Munros Sgairneach Mhor and Beinn Udlamain, so added that to our plans.
After last weekend’s failed trip, we had managed to order the new part for Bertha (the Bongo) and book her in to a friend’s garage near Forres to get fixed. On Friday night we dropped her off up in Forres and headed down the road towards Newtonmore. We had been invited to Glen Etive by the 45 Degree Mountaineering Club for the weekend, but due to the journey, we planned to break it up by stopping in Newtonmore for the night (at the excellent Newtonmore Hostel) and going to Glen Etive the following night.
The following morning turned out quite a stunner – I was very surprised because it was way better than what was forecast. Our plan was to walk up the two Glen Spean Munros, Beinn a’Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach, before heading to Glen Etive.