13th to 15th January 2017 - Lagganlia Outdoor Centre, Feshiebridge
Writing up this report in late April for January’s Lagganlia meet, I am trying to recall the winter, which has been lacking until this month. My first meet to organise, and typical for Lagganlia, heavy snow on the Friday may have turned this into Lagganliabilty (as per Claire’s ominous predictive text message to me), with one member, who shall remain nameless, sliding into unknown drive ways en route from Kincraig ! However, we all arrived safely.
Saturday was blessed with fair weather and some sunshine. However, the heavy dumping of fresh snow prevent many climbing expeditions, except for the intrepid explorers Keith and Sylvian who had a successful climb in the northern corries (note to self – record what folk did!)
Fortunately, there were two large groups heading out, which is helpful with writing this delayed report: one party opted for cross country skiing around Glenmore Forest. After lunch in sunshine at Loch Morlich, with some hungry ducks keen on our sandwiches, the tour continued to a wee mound south of the Loch. Fiona Reid, informs me that the total route was an impressive 24km. Our second party, including Alison F, Ken and Chris W, had less sunshine perhaps on the compulsory attempt to ascend Sgor Gaoith. Alan H and Fiona C ventured up Carn na Fhreiceadain in fine weather. Keeping up with tradition, Kenny ensured Meall a' Bhuachaille had its annual visit from EMC.
On Sunday, the weather was less favourable - a typically wet, and windy Langanallia Sunday, and thus as custom requires, I headed up a Drummochter munro – A’Mharconaich. Some had wiser options, except Mike and Fiona who considered that benefiting from the trail up Sgor Gaoith was worth a go. Kate, Allan, Emma, Fiona C, Clare A, Perry, Alan, Keith and Sylvian enjoyed a civilised walk around the woods near Dunkeld. Claire and Antti headed up Croidh-la above Glen Tromie and continued further up the glen. I believe Alison, Kenny, Chris and Katrina headed up a nearby Graham (ish) hill – but I’ve no chance of remembering it now! By the time this report is published, it will have been re-measured anyway.
Laganillia always shows the spirit of EMC, whatever the weather we all find something enjoyable to do with good company.