EMC on Monaliadh - Alison C
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
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
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
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.