Edinburgh Mountaineering Club: Meet Report
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Na Gruagaichean ahead - Martha Extending the forest walk - Martha
Na Gruagaichean ahead - Martha

Meet Report

13th to 15th September 2019 - Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut , North Ballachulish on A82

For Alexander, David T and Harsh the meet already started on Friday morning. David T and Harsh went up Beinn a'Chrulaiste and enjoyed great views of the Buchaille Etive Mor. Alexander did the 2 munros of Beinn a'Bheithir, and only got a little bit wet.

Over the course of the evening everyone congregated at the Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut, enjoyed their dinner and good chat. Once everyone had gone to bed, Marlene headed out to her car for a phone charger, wrote down the access code wrongly, and managed to lock herself out of the hut. Prolonged banging against the door alerted Emma C and David B who came to Marlene’s rescue and let her back inside.

 

A glance out of the window on Saturday morning confirmed that the predicted rain and high winds unfortunately had become reality. David B went to Skye and found even worse weather. Pretty much everyone else joined Alexander and Kate on what originally was proposed to be a 5km forestry stroll at Inchree; in the end it developed into an 18km walk, involving a red squirrel, a massive hairy caterpillar, plenty of mushrooms and an impressive waterfall in spate.

Fiona M’s mountain fever was unswayed by the weather, and she went up Sgorr a'Choise and Meall Mor, two Grahams (originally aiming for only one, but as the weather wasn’t “too bad” decide to bag the second one, too).

 

Sunday presented itself with much better weather – mainly cloud-free, mainly rain-free and mainly strong wind-free. Alexander returned to Edinburgh. Kate and Allan S went up the Corbett Fraochaidh from Duror taking advantage of the new forest path before a steep stretch through long humpy grass. On the way down they had a sunny picnic overlooking Loch Linnhe.

Fiona M had a nice and easy day bagging yet another Graham above Loch Leven.

David B, David T, Harsh, Thomas G, Emma C, Marlene and myself went up Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean. We had spectacular views in all directions, and thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic ridge leading up to Na Gruagaichean.

 

Martha