Edinburgh Mountaineering Club: Meet Report
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Meet Report

1st to 3rd December 2001 - Blair Atholl (Dinner Meet)

This year, the Atholl Arms at Blair Atholl hosted our annual Dinner Meet - the Club's one "posh do" of the year. 26 arrived on the Friday night and congregated in the bar (as usual). In fact, I think we were eventually politely asked to leave, to allow the staff to close up.

On Saturday morning, after a great breakfast, made doubly appealing by the fact you didn't have to cook it yourself, and even allowing for the fact the weather was somewhat grey and damp, with many of the high tops covered in clag, people disappeared off in all directions, to enjoy days on (Munros) Beinn a'Ghlo, Beinn Dearg, and even Meall Corranaich and Meall a'Choire Leith. Corbetts too were climbed with quite a gang climbing Beinn Mheadhonach where Albert's GPS saved the day in establishing for certain where the actual summit was on a very flat, gloomy plateau. Fiona and David cycled 12km up a tarmac road before finally climbing to the summit of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir.

Six more folk arrived on Saturday night, bringing the total number to 32. From 7pm onwards, members started drifting downstairs in kilts, spangly tops and high heels (thankfully not all worn together by one person!!) - not a trace of fleece or a pair of Ronhills to be seen. Dinner was extremely good with the proceedings being rounded off by an excellent speech from the Club's President, Cathy Cook. After that it was back to the bar.

In complete contrast, Sunday morning, although misty in the valleys, turned out to be an absolutely fabulous day with stunning views in all directions. One group went off to climb Ben Vrackie; Cathy and Hywel cycled up Glen Tilt to climb Carn a' Chlamain (that's Hywel down to 6 Munros left to climb); others climbed a combination of various Munros at Drumochter where views as far north as Ben Wyvis and the Strathfarrar Four could quite clearly be seen. Keith and Nicola went down to Loch Tay and climbed Meall Garbh and Meall Greig and due to Nicola having a bit of a hangover, ended up taking longer than they meant to and got back to their car in the pitch dark at 5.30pm!

Lesley and Jessie