We parked at the car park between the Lochan na Fola & Altnafeadh. The plan - to head up the Lairig Gartain to the path onto Buachaille Etive Mor, next to Stob Coire Altruim. The objective - Stob na Broige, the back Munro of the mountain. The week before had seen high winds and torrential rain, much the same as the attempt last year to coincide with the annual dinner dance. Last year the wind was so bad by the time we reached the top of the Lairig (at 400 metres the gusts were in the range of 50 to 60 miles an hour) it was decided it was not worth the effort and we would try again this year. Geoff’s last Munro, the second attempt, the third year in a row there had been a last Munro day by members of the club coinciding with the annual dinner dance get together. For Geoff, a programmer, this would be his first attempt as he only counts 0 then 1!
Twenty of us assembled at the car park, some of us with only ‘slightly’ sore heads from the night before in the Kingy taking it easy before the up and coming day. The day was clear with just the tops covered in mist but dry and calm. Some headed off a little earlier to set their own pace. The path was in good condition, some of us having walked the full length the year before to pass the time after the aborted attempt. Walking through the Royal Forest of dead tree roots, we crossed the river to ascend the gully on the well laid out path, with a little fun scrambling on the rock near the burn. Andy was having more fun scrambling in the burn; he said the rock was cleaner in there. The top of the col was reached below Stob Coire Altruim, with a clear view of the objective.
Heading on enjoying the spectacular outlook to reach the top, Geoff summitted just as the sun broke through – great for the photos at the top. The bottle of Black Label I had kept from the year before was opened and passed round in a toast. A couple of champagne corks popped and glasses were passed around. In the southern lee of the top it was almost quite warm – or was that the whisky taking effect.