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The Lui group

30-31 January 2016
Storm Gertrude arrived and brought some extremely wild weather, but was there a possible window on Saturday and Sunday ? Richard was leading our two days around the Ben Lui area, here's his tale...

Mountain hare We met up in Tyndrum on Saturday almost as planned to discover there was too much snow to drive to the station carpark so headed into a cafe to regroup as the winds where still roaring and the snow was getting heavier. Our plan had been to walk into Glen Connonish and see if we could work our way up onto Beinn Dubhcraig and see how we faired. Unfortunately the winds had strengthened again over night and after some discussion over a hot cup of coffee we binned the day largely due to the low level winds never mind the summits. It was agreed everybody was happy to go and explore the area or play in low level snow as options of trying a hill weren't appealing and we would meet up on Sunday and have a go for some of the summits then… The forecasts were much better on Sunday and those of us who made it to Tyndrum to go for a walk enjoyed a very pleasant winter day. I headed out along Glen Connonish with Charlotte and Kim looking to see what the lower slopes looked like to decide which mountain to climb. As we walked through the snow covered landscape and half buried trees there were patches blue sky overhead and we began to warm up very quickly. By the time we reached the farm and decision time it seemed the most sensible play was to head for the lovely Beinn a'Chuirn, which is a great winter hill and if the weather did lift of the summits the views of Ben Lui are the best to be found.

On A'Bhuidheanach Bheag We set off through the deep snow on the track happy to make use of the trail another group had broken to reach the southern flank of the mountain. It was steady going as we climbed up the hillside trying to seek out the path of least resistance and watching the clouds and snow showers whip over Beinn Dubhcraig. The sun lit up our snow covered hillside momentarily to encourage us upwards only for the cloud to engulf us moments later as we navigated around the top of the impressive Eas Annie waterfall. We met the other group on their way back down in the cloud and snow leaving us to explore the winter wonderland all to ourselves. Their tracks had already filled in anyway as we headed up to the summit ridge dodging the hard wind scoured ice along the way. The view was hidden on our arrival and the wind was strengthening so we didn't linger long before descending much more quickly through the pristine deep snow having a lot of fun in the surprisingly deeper drifts! As we reached a relatively sheltered spot near Eas Annie we enjoyed a late lunch before trying to slide some of the way back down the hill to pick up the track back out. It was a nice walk back out though the cloud had followed us down making the Glen look very mysterious indeed. We were soon back in Tyndrum in time for a hot drink and snack before heading our separate ways for home. Our plans had been flexible and changed well away from the original, but we enjoyed a classic winter day out on a really good summit.

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