Sunday, 2 March 2014

An Irish Treat

Well, some three-four years after finding his camera at the bottom of the NE buttress on Ben Nevis and reuniting him with same, I finally met the man in the flesh...and what a great character Stephen turned out to be.  Typically chatty and friendly Irish dude who even laughed, politely I'm sure, at my jokes.

We had plans to climb something nice but the weather and avalanche forecast worked against us.  However, always having another plan A, Bill and I met Stephen at his bnb in Crianlarich and headed to Ballachuilish for a journey up School House ridge, a lovely alpinesque ridge line to the top of one of the munros towering over the village.

We made the snow line around 600m and breezed the steps, overtaking a youthful, if sedentary group near the summit; I recall there being a cairn of sorts at the summit but this time it is merely a snow mound with Scottish bergschrunds up and down the line of the ridge to catch one unawares.

The weather held fairish for the day and entreated us to some pleasant views on the descent down the north ridge.  Back at the car in jig time, we had a pleasant coffee and cake in the Coe, thence dinner in Crianlarich.

A most pleasant day was had by all; the craic was sound, the walk 'Scottish', steak pie excellent and future plans laid.  The most surprising part of the day was Stephen actually holding on to his camera for a change (I make that number 5! ;) )

New friends, merging paths and the road rising to meet us for our next adventure - and damn soon too I hope.  A stellar Scottish day; thanks for the company Stephen.

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