The swollen Garbh Uisge
The weather forecast was dire, storm force winds, heavy rain and flooding but that didn’t stop Chris and I from heading for the Coireachrombie car park just north of the Pass of Leny on the A84. It had been a sunny morning but by the time we started walking at 10.05 am it was clouding over. There was a clear path all the way to the top so navigation would be easy if the weather got bad. Early on there were vies to Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument at Stirling, and the Ochils. Above us the craggy east face of Ben Ledi rose into the clouds that were fast descending but we just followed the path into the mist. Lower down we were sheltered from the wind but once we were on the south east ridge the full force of the wind hit us. It was far from storm force though and the rain wasn’t too bad, the worst being the boggy nature of the path. We reached the trig on the summit at 12.10 pm, 2 hours and 5 minutes after setting off. It was windy, cold and raining on the top and we only stayed for 5 minutes. Shortly after starting the descent the rain came down heavily and the descent was grim and unpleasant. At least we were sheltered from the wind once we got off the the south east ridge and we reached the car at 1.55 pm, a total of 3 hours 50 minutes. We had lunch in the car and whiled away the weekend by looking around the shops in Stirling.