A group of 12 Ventures, Rovers and Scouters from the 23rd Limerick recently travelled to the Glencoe Region of Scotland for a long weekend of Winter Mountaineering.
We arrived in Glasgow on Thursday afternoon where we met Paul who would be joining us for the trip and Gordon, a local Scout Leader who was kind enough to lend us tents for our stay. We then travelled north to the Red Squirrel campsite where we would be staying for the next few days. That evening we went to the Ice Factor in Kinloclevn where we met Isi and Jamie, our guides, and got kitted out with our snow boots, crampons, helmets and Ice Axes.
Early the next morning we met our guides and began our first hike in the twin peaks of the Buachaille Etive Beag. The snow and ice was a huge change to what the kind of hiking we’re used to but the group set an impressive pace up to the saddle. Our first peak was Stob Coire Raineach (925 m). For several people on this trip it was our first Munroe. After having lunch at the summit we returned to the saddle where we put on our crampons and began our ascent of the second Munroe- Stob Dubh (958 m). This was a longer and more challenge ascent but it was worth the effort.
On Saturday the group split in two. Jamie took one group up Stob Ban (999 m). Meanwhile Isi lead an attempt to climb Ben Nevis (1,344 m), Scotland’s highest mountain. Unfortunately adverse weather conditions they were unable to reach the summit. Well done to Brian, Thomas, Conor, Diarmuid and Steven who reached an impressive 1,050 metres. The two groups came together at the Ben Nevis Inn.
On Sunday morning we returned to the Ice Factor to try out their impressive indoor Ice Climbing Wall. Some of the group even made it to the top of the 15metre ice wall. We returned our gear and said our goodbyes to the staff and headed north to see Lough Ness (unfortunately no sign of the monster). That night we packed up most of our stuff before heading down to the Clachaig Inn, our local for the week, for one final time.
The next morning we packed up the tents and headed back towards Glasgow, stopping at the Green Welly for breakfast. After returning the tents to Gordon, we said our goodbyes to Paul and headed for the airport.
The Ventures and Rovers would like to thank their leaders, especially Mark, for organising this trip. We’d also like to thank our Scout Group for supporting us, Jamie, Isi and all at the Ice Factor, Gordon for sorting us out with tents and to the staff of the Clachaig Inn for putting up with us.