Arriving at Ben Hiant.jpg - Kate W
25th to 28th March 2016 - Corran Bunkhouse, Onich (Easter)
Having been completely spoiled at the previous meet in Glencoe where we had all enjoyed without a doubt the best weekend of the winter, and possibly any winter the forecast for the Easter weekend was er more normal. With the best day forecast for the Friday, Claire, myself and Anntti met up at Polldubh and made our way running/walking past Steall and then over some very boggy ground to Binnein Beag. Martin had yet another ascent of Stob Binnein and quite a few other folks had a day on the hills on the way to Corran. By the time Alan H arrived at Corran playing with his siren the weather had deteriotated and by Saturday morning it was minging.
The general mood was to not do very much but eventually people stepped outside the front door, Mike, Fiona and Alan H went to get muddy at the mountain bike trails at Nevis Range, Fiona M and Alison went to the newly re-opened ice factor and had all day on the climbing wall and I mean all day, they were followed by Claire, Gordon, Antti and Keith but they took a slightly more relaxed approach. Allan, Alison F, Kate & Fiona C had a walk up to the Blackwater dam and myself and Martin had a wee run up and around Cow Hill followed by coffee and cake. Saturday evening saw us all jump on the ferry and head across the water for beer and food at the Ardgour Inn. Given the weather it was useful to be able to look out the window of the pub and see when the ferry was on its way back, maximising the opportunity to stay dry.
Sunday was slightly better but had turned a lot colder with fresh snow down to around 450m and everybody headed out to a variety of hills with the best weather found in Ardnamurchan on Ben Hiant where Alison F, Allan S, Alan H, Kate & Fiona C found more sunshine and less rain and snow than the rest of us. The hills along the Glenfinnan road were a popular option, myself & Fiona on a couple of Grahams above Fassfern, one step further west were Mike & Fiona on Gulvain and further west again were Claire, Gordon & Antti on the Corryhully horsehoe following the fenceposts but getting the occasional view. Kenny, Alison & Martin were on Beinn Bhan and Chris and Katrina hopped on the ferry to climb the graham Sgurr an Eachanie.
Monday saw the improvement continue with a lot of sunshine and fresh snow and was a good end to the weekend, Beinn Bhan, Stob Coire Sgriodain, Chno Dearg, Stob Coire a Chearcaill and plenty other hills were all covered in the sunshine and snow.