Beinn Dubhchraig and Ben Oss

We left the car park in the direction of Ben Lui with Beinn Dubhchraig and Ben Oss in our sights: two new munros for Alan and I. Taking this track, however, would require a very steep ascent of the south-east shoulder of Beinn Dubhchraig and the crossing of a very tired old bridge. Zig-zagging our way up the slope would have been more of a chore without the fabulous views of a snow capped Ben Lui.

The ground eased off from the top of the shoulder and it was a good walk to the summit. The views of the Arrochar Alps were quite stunning and after a bite to eat and a cup of coffee it was time to head for Ben Oss. This looked simple enough, but we could see the clouds getting darker and some steep broken ground to navigate, a long snow slope to ascend, as well as 40 mph winds, made this a bit tougher.

Ben oss 3

Dark clouds over the Arrochar Alps

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Loch Lomond in the distance

Gaining the summit was a relief, and after a quick “well done” and the obligatory summit selfie, it was time to retrace our steps to a bealach east of Beinn Dubhchraig. Here, we dropped down into Allt Coire Dubhchraige, moving through marshy ground and into some beautiful forest. The ground continued to be rather boggy, and upon seeing a terrible excuse for a bridge, we chose instead a short river crossing before picking up a land rover track back to the car park, thus completing another great day out.

Big thanks to Alan Mackay for company and mountain chat.

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