18th to 20th January 2013 - Nethy Station, Nethy Bridge
NETHY STATION BUNKHOUSE
18th-20th January 2013
Despite a poor forecast and blizzards on the A9, 15 members got to the Nethy Bridge meet. The hostel was comfortable and early arrivals received a warm welcome from the owner, Richard, who turned up with a few bottles of whiskey to give everyone a dram. The lack of shower curtains in the male and female showers was a source of some hilarity but it was generally thought to be a good venue.
There is a saying that the world is divided into two sorts of people - those who divide the world into two sorts of people, and those who don't. Well, on Saturday the EMC was divided into two sorts of people - those who climbed Meall a' Bhuachaille and those who climbed Geal-Charn Mor.
Ian, Claire H, Clare A, Carla, Patricia, Allan, Paul and Tim set off from the bunkhouse and walked through the lovely Abernethy Forest to Ryvoan Bothy, from where the ascent of Meall a' Buachaille was completed. Allan, Tim, Carla and Paul returned by the route of ascent, while Ian, Claire H, Clare A and Patricia devised an alternative to make a circular walk back to Nethy Bridge.
Chris, Anne C, Alan, Anne R, Martin, Sarah and Pete made their way to Lywilg from where they climbed Geal-Charn Mor, descending the south-east ridge and returning along the farm track.
Newtonmore was a popular choice for Sunday. Ian and Claire H (joined by Allan for part of the walk) climbed Carn Dearg, enjoying the delights of heather-bashing in snow. Martin and Anne C climbed A'Chailleach while Sarah and Pete topped out on Carn Sgulain.
Elsewhere Chris and Tim did Creag Mhor, enjoying a late lunch in an igloo which had been thoughtfully built on the site of the former Bynack Stable. Paul, Clare A and Patricia did Bynack More, while Alan and Anne R did Beinn Teallach from Roughburn. Carla did a 15 mile run along the cycle track from Aviemore as part of her training for the Connemara marathon.
On both days there were strong winds on the ridges and summits, but overall the weather was good and everyone had an enjoyable meet.