Monday, 30 June 2014

Winter meet March 2015

I have various proposals for March 2015 and would welcome your view.

1. We could stay at Slochd Bunkhouse  just off the A9 after Aviemore - Very comfortable, luxurious even and is £20 per night. This opens up Cairngorms and further North. They also have Nordic Skis for hire should there be adequate snow.

2. Culdees Bunkhouse , Aberfeldy.  £18 a night and is a little closer - Loch Tay.

3.  SMC hut below Buchaille Etive Mor   £10 per night

All have pros and cons -  Let me know your preferred option and also dates in March. It will be subject to hut availability!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Meet Report 1st June 2014

The Grasmere based Sunday walk was attended by the usual threesome - they went up Steel Fell, Tarn Crags & Blea Rigg and experienced sunny weather for a change.

Spring Bank Holiday Meet, 23-27 May 2014 at Forest Way bunkhouse, Inverlael.

Seven members made their way North on Friday, overnighting at the independent hostel at Slochd; Dianne and Martin climbed a Corbett to the East of Dromochter summit, en route.

On Saturday, Jake and Chris climbed the Corbett “Breabag”; Sarah climbed Ben Dearg and two of the adjacent Munros; Ross climbed two Grahams in Strath Connon; some members finished the day at various tea shops.  John re-joined the group again having traversed the Ben Mor Coigach group in a mixture of low cloud and sunshine and having mopped up all of the remote Northern Grahams over the intervening fortnight since the Glen Etive meet.  One of the ridges provided about 2 km of scrambling opportunity along a narrow airy ridge.
Sgurr an Fhidhleir Buttress (left), from Ben Mor Coigach
Sunday was beset by low cloud.  Dianne, Jan and “Cam” the dog navigated around three of the Fannich Munros in very low visibility.  John climbed the Graham Ben an Eoin in similar conditions (on a “size for irk” ratio, one of the most irksome Grahams, being beset by extremely arduous terrain underfoot).  
Sign at start of access to Ben an Eoin!
Jake and Chris had a long day climbing the challenging Beinn Dearg Corbetts in the Fisherfield Forest.  Martin and Sarah climbed on the Ardmair buttresses but were restricted on route choice by the weepage down many of the routes.
Monday, Jake and Chris set off back home with a view to climbing a Corbett off the side of Drumochter Pass. John climbed another Graham, Meall Dubh (“black hill”, an appropriate name for the peat and the socked-in cloud!). Ross part-cycled his way to two Grahams beside Ben Wyvis – a long day with an arduous peaty moorland crossing to the second one and back.  Martin and Sarah climbed a challenging ridge (also managed by “Cam” the dog (84 equivalent years old now, poor old fella)), up on to Cona Mheall and round onto Am Faochagach, involving a tricky river crossing at the end and suffering torrential downpours in the latter stages.  Having had a demanding day on Sunday, Dianne and Jan visited the Inverewe gardens, near the coast, experiencing glorious sunshine!