Edinburgh Mountaineering Club: Meet Report
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Meet Report

6th to 8th October 2007 - Mill Cottage

Once the key arrived (having been distracted by a fish supper, a visit to the Loch Insh restaurant to see if anyone was waiting there, and a tour up and down the road to Feshiebridge and then around the forestry tracks near Mill Cottage), Friday night eventually saw the hut fully occupied and a toasty fire blazing. Some excitement occurred in the middle of the night when an aspirant member, hungry for a taste of the Scottish mountaineering experience, succeeded in tipping a pint of water over themselves.

Saturday started off with apparently lifting cloud and EMC members dispersed themselves around the Cairngorms by foot and bicycle, most ambitious being a party undertaking a twenty mile tramp via Loch Einich, Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Braeriach. Miserable conditions didn't inspire anyone to add Cairn Toul to the round, despite its proximity, and having entered the cloud at 900m altitude they didn't leave it until below 500m in the Lairig Ghru.

Sunday saw clear blue skies and a mass assault on that perennial EMC favourite: the round of the Monadhliath Munros Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain (for some) and A'Chailleach. This time the line of fenceposts was redundant as a navigation aid, and despite the lateness in the season there was no culmination in a hellish headtorch-illuminated return through the bogs.