12th to 14th May 2006 - Roy Bridge
We had a week of beautiful weather leading up to the meet so it
was no surprise to find that the warm spell was due to break just before
the weekend. We turned up on Friday night to find that the cheap site
at Inverroy recommended by Kenny was actually rather nice as well.
We sat around chatting until well after 11pm when the cold finally got
too much. Overnight it got much colder and in the morning several people
were muttering about down sleeping bags not being warm enough. My
summer-weight bag was far short of warm and I can report that at
4.30am all the tents were frozen solid.
We woke to blue skies, sunshine and a fantastic view of the grey
corries. With a good day in prospect we were away from the campsite by
8.30 - Kenny & Alison went to do Gulvain and a Corbett whilst Tim D,
Anne C, Gillian, Margaret and I tackled the grey corries. We summited
Stob Ban and got fantastic views of all the hills to the
South & West (including the Paps of Jura, much to Anne's disgust). As we
climbed up to Stob Choire Claurigh we stopped to chat to some people -
one of them stared fixedly at Margaret before asking if she was Margaret
from York. He turned out to be
a former colleague from 15 years ago and apparently Margaret 'hasn't
changed a bit'. We were unsure if this was good or bad! Meanwhile,
Anne and Tim were someway ahead on the main ridge. Anne left her map
behind on Claurigh but rather than go back for it she trusted
that the guy behind would bring it along for her - he did. At the end
of the main ridge, I stayed behind to sunbathe and admire the views
whilst Gillian and Margaret went on to
Sgurr Choinnich Beag. Meanwhile, rather than climb back up Easain after
Sgurr Choinnich, Anne & Tim decided to contour round and drop down into
the glen - definitely not recommended. After a quick shower we headed
off to the pub - Margaret & Gillian either felt their 11 hour day on the
hill wasn't enough exercise or they were desperate for a pint 'cause
they walked the mile to the pub.
Saturday night was a lot warmer and we woke to good views again.
After a leisurely breakfast in the sun we debated which hills we would
attempt that day with many being discounted as not being attractive
enough for such a nice day. Nearby corbetts & munros were finally
settled on and the weather stayed fair to give us another good day.