9th to 11th March 2018 - Mill Cottage, Glen Feshie
Work, weather and illness reduced the group that arrived at Mill Cottage to nine: those who ignored the bad weather warning. The first arrival was Kenny, who shovelled off the thickest snow from the lower steep part of the track and had the fire going well. The rest arrived to find a warm snug bunkhouse. Two cars and a camper van made it down to the bunkhouse and easily back up with just a touch of the exhaust on the snow. Two cars and a camper van were left at the upper car park. The gap between first to bed and last was over four hours.
The weather forecast for Saturday was very bad; this was correct for high up but low down things were not as wet as forecast. Ned managed to get to the Aviemore ski slope to practice his skinning and skiing. However the wind forced him to retreat to Aviemore. Kenny showed a hill could be done by a walk over Meall a' Buachaille. Bob remained in the bunkhouse doing admin and keeping the cottage fire burning. Tony lead Bea, Dave, Pauline, Shireen and Allan S up Glen Feshie past the cascade on the Allt Feanmagan to the bothy Ruigh Aiteachan. The stove in the bothy was still warm. The bothy was a comfortable lunch stop as a rain squall ran past. The weather can be judged by more photos being taken inside the bothy than outside that day.The bothy has recently been done up and is worth a visit. There was still builders notices and some rubbish out side. Later everyone adjourned to the Loch Insh bar to watch the rugby.
Sunday was overcast still and mild without the glorious sunshine forecast two days before. Kenny went towards Sgor Gaoith getting just above the cloud. Bob and Bea went up Sgor Gaoith. Ned and Tony had a very successful day on the Fiacaill Ridge with perfect snow conditions, great views, no wind and they were ahead of the crowds. Dave and Pauline went skiing across the Cairngorm plateau in clag. Shireen and Allan S had a lovely day on Geal-charn Mor with no wind but below the cloud.
This meet report was kindly prepared by Allan and Pauline's in Paul's absence. I am very grateful to you both!