Monday, 24 August 2015

The Path Less Travelled

Bill Crombie, Jim Reedie & Jim Shankland were the successful, and generous, winning bidders  at the Rotary Club charity bash for a donated Simply Epic day out at a location of their choice.  They picked a grand day out in Glencoe!

After some chat and a check on the weather, Curved Ridge and Aonach Eagach were not really suitable and the Zig Zags was plan A...as everything eventually is of course!! :)

So Craig and Bill cruised up in the other Bill's 'gangsta' pimped Q7 and we were off in dampish but pretty decent weather really.   The guys are generally Munroists but fancied something different with a little hands on.  The Zig Zags of Gear Aonach are tricky to find if you don't know the way but it is a lovely way up to Stob Corrie nan Lochan on an easy scramble, avoiding the sweatfest 'hurt locker' of the corrie path.

The guys were great on their feet getting up the ZZs and thence to the summit of SCNL for a pleasant lunch.  Onwards to Bidean nam Bian and down the Beallach Dubh to the Hidden Valley saw a fantastic day out for the guys on terrain which stretched, but never really challenged, them.  The chat was great and the company exceptional - a memorable day for all.

Hopefully they bid big again later this year for another Simply Epic day out; great company and a great cause for several local charities.  Well done guys.

Some pics from the day...

A rest on the Zig Zags

A pleasant walk up

Screamach in the distance

SCNL cliffs stripped of winter garb

The older members of the team... 

With the youngster.....

Well deserved lunch on the summit of SCNL


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