17th to 19th March 2006 - Mar Lodge
Despite one or two close encounters with the hundreds of deer that
were grazing at the roadside, everyone arrived in time for a few
sherberts on Friday night. With large amounts of snow around, a good
day seemed in prospect for Saturday.
It was an early start for most with Kenny & Alison the first away
by 7.30am and almost everyone out by 8.30am. Alison W and Fraser did
their usual big day out (An Socach plus 3 Munroes above the
Cairnwell), Kenny & Alison had a ten hour day climbing over at the Dubh
Loch near Lochnagar. Martin was also over at the Dubh Loch but did a
different climb (I think!). Dennis & Jenny attempted a circuit of
Glen Quoich which descended into very wet snow and bog but offered
excellent wild life opportunities - eagles were spotted as well as a
flock of capercaillie. Myself, Richard H, Tim D, Clare & Sara climbed
Derry Cairngorm whilst Gillian had an interesting day negotiating poma
tows on a snowboard. All had an excellent day out with plenty of snow
decent views, some sunshine and some clag.
There were a lot of very tired bodies on Saturday night and so it
was a quiet affair with a number of early retirements.
Sunday was more of the same weather wise with most people doing a
shorter day. Kenny, Alison & Martin did the demoted Corbett Sgur Mor,
myself, Richard, Alison W, Gillian, Clare & Sara did the Corbett Creag
nan Gabhar. Tim D climbed Glas Tulaichean with the help of a pair of