15th to 17th November 2001 - Inverardran Cottage, Crianlarich
After a relatively quiet Friday night in Inverardran Cottage, Saturday
morning didn't look too promising. Most us wandered about in clag doing a
variety of munros and corbetts. It was a day to be as high as possible.
The best weather seemed to be on Stob Binnein where Kenny claimed he was
sunbathing whilst watching a brockenspecter and blankets of white cloud
below on the way over from Balquhidder. Most impressive feat was Alistair's
solo traverse of 5 Munros starting on Beinn Chabhair. Vague murmurs of
concern were beginning to be expressed when it had been dark for over 2
hours and Alistair still hadn't returned but as if on cue he appeared at
the door at 7.
After the drink ran out we retired to the Rod and Reel where there was live
entertainment in the form of Crianlarich's answer to the Corries. The
quality of the show seemed to increase in direct proportion to the amount
of alcohol consumed. Whereas at the beginning there was muted applause and
shouts of "rubbish", at the end the Corries were getting standing ovations
and mass encore requests. The Corries benefited from percussion
accompaniment by various club members and in particular the club President
who had earlier confided her bitterness at being discriminated against in
musical examinations for being tone deaf. The Corries
operated no such discriminatory practices. As Cathy gave it her all on a
pair of large yellow bongo drums, the barman was heard to mutter to another
punter, "I take it she's not musical then". At this point, there was a
brief interruption when the table that the maraca player was dancing on
collapsed and he dived headfirst towards the pool table missing it by
inches. Sadly the Corries and Cathy could do no more encores and it was
time to go home.
Sunday was damp and drizzly. There is only one
confirmed report of a hill being climbed. Kenny had to walk back over
Cruach Ardrain to collect his car.