Autumn at Loch Ossian - Mid-week Mountain Walk 3
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One of three consecutive mountain day walks from Loch Ossian hostel, on the edge of Rannoch Moor. An amazing location at any time of year, but the autumn benefits from being after the midge season!
Each walk (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week) will be dependent upon the weather conditions, but there are lots of Munros and Corbetts, countless streams and lochans, with so many options for fun days out.
This is the deal. Sign up for each day walk - book and pay for your own bed at Loch Ossian hostel. Organise your train travel to and from Corrour station. The hostel is 1.1 mile from the station, accessible on foot. Some food is available at the hostel, but be prepared to bring everything you need for the whole trip, and carry it in on your back from the station to the hostel!
NB If you're booking the hostel and you don't have SYHA membership, contact the event leader first.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
You need to bring all your own food and drink for the whole event. There is a small shop at the hostel selling snacks and a few ready meals.
There is also a restaurant (for dinner) and cafe at Corrour station which should be open. See their web-site www.corrour.co.uk and click on station house.