Fraser on Meall Chuiach - Fraser
27th to 29th October 2006 - Milehouse, Kincraig
Friday night was a return to the familiar routine of driving North in
the dark. We found the hut okay and relaxed over a few beers. By
10.30pm we were still waiting on Fraser to arrive - after checking the
mobiles we discussed how it wasn't like Fraser to bail without letting
us know. Actually, Fraser had forgotten to print off the instructions on
how to find the hut and so spent an hour driving up & down Glen Feshie.
He finally arrived at 10.45pm.
Saturday morning was extremely wet - Alison W, Fraser, Matt & Iain
set off in the rain to do the Feshie ridge. The rest of us had more tea
whilst we waited on the weather improving. Finally it cleared up so
Kenny & Martin also headed off the Feshie ridge whilst Gillian, Alison C
& myself went to climb Meall a Bhuichaille at Glenmore Lodge. About an
hour into the walk the views disappeared and it started to chuck it down
again. As we descended to the first col Alison C was planning an
alternative itinerary (craft shop, tea shop, gear shop!). It brightened
up however so we continued
along the ridge with the cloud coming and going around us. The Feshie
ridge mob faired less well with more rain & more cloud and fewer views.
The early evening entertainment was provided by Martin & Kenny as
they attempted to light the wood-burning stove. They spent ages faffing
and arguing over the best way to get the fire going - 'just give it another
ten minutes and it will be fine'. The fire finally burst into life after yours
truly flung half a bucket of coal on top of it. Albert, your expertise
is much missed...
After dinner on Saturday we went down to the bar at Loch Insch only
to find that they had shut (it was 9pm!). We persuaded them to serve
us one round but that was it so we came back to the hut for more beer
and the usual Wells cheese-board.
Sunday was bright and dry so we gave up the extra hour in bed in
favour of an extra hour on the hill (definitely not my idea!). Alison &
Kenny were heading to Braeriach & Fraser to Meall Chuiach. The rest of
us had a lovely walk along the Fara ridge with fantastic views along
Loch Ericht and a sunbathing stop on the last top.