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Meet Report

23rd to 25th February 2007 - Rucksacks Bunkhouse

It is a while since we stayed at Rucksacks bunkhouse but we were soon back into the swing of Friday night at the Fyfe Arms. The weekend coincided with an Edinburgh ski club weekend so the joint was jumping although it wasn't very clear what they were going to ski on. Saturday was a bit grey and claggy. Most were Graham and Corbett bagging apart from early risers Tim and Ewan who headed off to Beinn Mheadhoin.

There were some grumpy old men around on Saturday night, the main targets being a missing basket at the end of Martin's walking poles and the purpose of lettuce.

The Alpine bunkroom had big plans for Sunday. A mass attack on Lochnagar - black spout gully and pinnacle gully. Passing up the delights of the Saturday night disco, alarms were set for 6am (myself, Ewan and Kenny) and 7am - Alan, Martin, Ron and Tim. The first party duly left in mild tempartures, drizzle and low cloud. Half way to Ballater we turned back and then turned back again when Ben Avon briefly cleared. Nothing like a bit of indecision to while away the day and use up some petrol. When we finally reached Ballater on the second attempt it was pouring. So, after sitting in the village carpark for a couple of minutes we turned back again and headed off to the Glenshee munros. Enroute we passed the other 4 driving to Ballater. It was still pouring when the late risers got to the same car park in Ballater and they also turned back to do An Socach and a demoted Corbett. With no indecision, Gillian and Alison W did a couple of Grahams and Fiona drove home. I am not sure what Bill and Eileen did but the bunkhouse was more or less deserted by 8am on Sunday - unheard of.

Alison C