Bidein a` Chabair.

24th March 2012.

I traversed Glasgow to pick up Bob at 5.50am and headed up to Strathan at the end of the Loch Arkaig road.

Loch Arkaig road end.

Loaded up the bikes and headed in to A`Chuill bothy . A pic of myself cycling in to A`Chuill with Bidein a`Chabair looming in the background.

Biking into A`Chuill bothy.

We dumped our sleeping gear,food and firewood,had a quick coffee and then continued on the bikes another couple of miles until itย  became quicker to walk.Walking through the forest with Bidein a`Chabair in the distance.Further away than it looks I can tell you ๐Ÿ™‚

Bidein a`Chabair from Glendessary.

It was warm for March as well.We stopped for a spot of sunbathing at the end of the forest and this is where Bob discovered he had left his water bottle in the bothy and inadvertently brought along the one filled with vodka and coke.I wasn`t sure if this was a genuine mistake as some of you will know that he has “previous” in this department ๐Ÿ˜ฎ He was being a good boy today however and refused my offer of orange juice,pronouncing in fact that he would now forego hydration for the day and be for ever known as Cactus Bobย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  A couple of stags admired his inner strength…



We took our separate ways,as usual, up the nose of Meall na Sroine and on reaching the top Bidein came into view in the distance.Zoomed shot of the distant summit…..

Bidein a`Chabair in the distance.

Bidein a`Chabair in the distance.

We followed the ridge around lochans and over crags for what seemed like ages.Well,it was ages if the truth be told ๐Ÿ™‚ Eventually we got closer.Bob is a spec to the upper right of the lochan here…

Bidein a`Chabair still in the distance

Bidein a`Chabair still in the distance .

A couple of pics looking back along to Sgur na Ciche..

Sgurr na Ciche.

Sgurr na Ciche.

Sgurr na Ciche from Bidein a`Chabhair.

Sgurr na Ciche from Bidein a`Chabhair.

Oban bothy and Loch Morar from the summit….

Oban bothy.

Oban bothy.

…..and performing a balancing act with it, Sourlies bothy down the opposite side.

Sourlies bothy.

Sourlies bothy.

I`d read on hillwalking forums that most folk don`t venture out to the outlying Sgurr na h -Aide because they are usually knackered by now.Of course,When I mentioned this to Cactus Bob he decided that we`d fly the flag for our clubs mountaineering tradition and sally forth ignoring the fact that the day was getting on.Bidein was one of the few hands on summits in Scotland…so was it`s near neighbour.I suspect you`d get your moneys worth on this trip under good winter conditions.

Cactus Bob on the ascent of Sgurr na h-Aide…

Scramble up Sgurr na h-Aide.

Scramble up Sgurr na h-Aide.

Bob on the summit of Sgurr na h-Aide…

Sgurr na h-Aide summit.

Sgurr na h-Aide summit.

Passed this nice perch for a tent under the main summit on the way back.A flat pitch,a water supply and a view to die for…

The perfect pitch.

The perfect pitch.

One of the curses of sticking to our clubs mountaineering tradition is that in following it`s rules you end up out in the dark and it was now after 5 o`clock and we still had to get down and find our bikes in the forest where night falls early.Cactus Bob had a fortifying swig of vodka and coke and we headed back along the ridge.To save time we descended directly into the lonely Gleann an Lochain Eanaiche.Well at least I did.Bob stopped half way down and decided to traverse on a higher level where I`m sure he partook of further fortification ๐Ÿ™‚ We met up again at the start of the forest and started looking for our bikes in the fading light.Found them easily enough as Bob had the good sense to mark the clearing which they were hidden off by a couple of acornsย  ๐Ÿ™‚

On with the headtorches for the run out only to be saddled ( ahem …forgive the pun ) by a mechanical embuggerance with a chain which took about 20 minutes to sort out and shortly afterwards we reached A`Chuill bothy about an hour after dark.

Mechanical embuggerance.

Mechanical embuggerance.

A convivial night in the bothy as usual along with seven others including a German guy on his way to Cape Wrath who had that day discovered what the word “bog” actually meant ๐Ÿ™‚

A long day out especially for Bob as this was his first hill day after being knocked down by a van shortly before Xmas.The van driver was too busy focussing his attention on his sat nav to notice that the lights on the pedestrian crossing were at red.The driver was subsequently charged by the police and hopefully banned.

A last view out to the Rum Cuillin behind Sgurr na h-Aide.Picture of myself by Bob.

Rum from  Sgurr na h-Aide.

Rum from Sgurr na h-Aide.

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14 Responses to Bidein a` Chabair.

  1. Hi Alex, I was wondering where you were – hopefully the mystery virus is all cleared up now and you’re raring to go again. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looked like a long day out this, but couldn’t help thinking how many nice spots there might be for putting a tent up!

  2. All better it seems ๐Ÿ™‚ Just had my first hill days since May on a long weekend in Patterdale.I`ve been scared to look at other blogs in case I succumbed to to bouts of extreme envy but I`ll get round to the backlog shortly I promise.
    I now know how you felt when laid up with a broken leg Chrissie.!

  3. Ken Brown says:

    Good to see you back Alex ๐Ÿ˜€ . You wouldn’t have attempted that wee amble for your first outing after a long break…would you? ๐Ÿ˜† Some impressively rugged terrain in the photos…my legs quailed at the thought. Hope the nasty wee bug has gone for good!

  4. Too true Ken.! I went down to the soft underbelly of the country for a long weekend in the Lake District to break me back in again ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looking forward to seeing you and your new dog out and about in the hills in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. McEff says:

    I thought for a while you’d disappeared without trace, Alex. Welcome back amigo.

  6. Paul says:

    Great report and photos as ever, is the hands on summit doggy dooable ? this hill has been on my hit list for some time and I like my canine company with me.

    • Bidein a`Chabair itself is ok Paul as you can weave in and around the rocky bits if you want.Sgurr na h-Aide did require a wee bit of scrambling but only about 10 feet or so.I didn`t look for an easier way though.The whole ridge took a lot longer than we thought as it is typical Knoydart ups and downs ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ‘Mechanical embuggerance’ ! I’ll remember that one!

    I was a bit worried about the scrambling pic until I read your comment reply above. Looks a helluva steep drop down both sides! I hope I can do those two one day from another night in A’ Chuil.

    • My pal was in the Pioneer Corps and that`s where he learned the phrase.I like it ๐Ÿ™‚
      You won`t have a problem with it at all Carol….absolutely no exposure and that`s guaranteed.The pic was taken on the subsidiary top which is further on than the main summit.It`s a cracking hill.!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Good to hear you’ve recovered Alex. An enjoyable report and some lovely photographs. We did this grand hill on a hot summer’s day then drove back to Fort William, cursing ourselves for not bringing the tent or bikes. It did seem a long way back to the car park!

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