2nd to 4th August 2013 - Carrbridge Bunkhouse, Carrbridge
Ten members/PNMs got to Carrbridge and enjoyed a good weekend. Although somewhat cramped when full, with only ten occupants the hostel provided a very comfortable venue.
Despite a poor forecast earlier in the week, by the weekend the outlook had improved and for the most part the weather was better than expected, although on both days there were strong winds and at times it had a distinct autumnal feel about it.
Kenny got the train up to Aviemore with his bike on Friday and cycled the Burmah Road. Plans were made on Friday night for the following day which involved most people going climbing.
Alison, Kenny, Mike, Fiona R, Chris, Lorene, Aga and James were joined by Fiona M for a brilliant day's cragging at Huntley Cave which had everything going for it - steep and exciting climbing, dry rock, shelter from the wind and, despite its reputation for midges, it was free of the nasty wee biting creatures. New members James and Aga impressed with their first trad leads.
Meanwhile Kate and Ian did Beinn Mheadhoin from the Coire Cas car park, reaching the plateau by Fiacaill a' Choire Chas, then descending to Loch A'an via Coire Raibeirt, climbing up to Loch Etchachain, then gaining the summit over the SW ridge. Strong winds, with occasional showers, were a feature of the outing, making topping out on the tor an interesting experience.
An enjoyable evening was spent on Saturday, with James, Aga and Ian indulging their addiction with knot-tying.
Question: How many different ways are there to tie a clove hitch ??
On Sunday, Kate did one of the Glen Feshie Corbetts - Carn Dearg Mor. Lorene made a very early start doing a walk which provided lovely views with amazing cloud formations as the sun rose. Fiona R did Beinn Mheadhion via the Goat Track and Coire Domhain, stopping off to check out the Shelter Stone before reaching the summit, then returning by Loch A'an and Coire Raibeirt: strong winds and occasional showers (one strong) did not spoil an excellent walk.
Alison, Kenny, Mike, Chris, Fiona M, Aga, James and Ian headed for Coire an t-Snechda where Pot of Gold and A Spot of Sightseeing were climbed - an enjoyable day despite cold winds and the occasional shower.
The meet was a great success, Carrbridge was a popular choice of venue, and I am sure we are all looking forward to our next visit there.