6th to 8th December 2019 - Aite Cruinnichidh, 2 miles east of Roy Bridge on the A86
Chris, Chris and Martha did Stob Ban (Grey Corries) on Friday. Weather was better than forecasted, even had a bit of sun and hardly any drizzle. They saw a ptarmagan bum close to the summit which helped with the quiz on the Saturday night. I believe the highlight was the dilapidated bridge crossing - would microspikes really have made it any easier??
In advance of the meet I'd had to warn people not to do anything epic on the Saturday which might interfere with communal evening meal and an evening talk about mountain weather and a quiz, hosted by Mountaineering Scotland's Safety Officer Heather Morning. We know a lot more about lightning and who best to have on our quiz team now!
In defiance of the advice, Neil was determined to tick off 3 of his 4 remaining Munros. I joined him on Sgurr A'Mhaoraich and was quite happy to leave him to tackle Gleouraich and Spidean Miallach via the NW ridge from the aerodrome; he reappeared 3 hours later at the car a soggy but smug individual after a diversion to avoid a swollen burn. I'd used the time wisely to change into warm dry stuff and inspect my eyelids as the rain pelted off the windscreen!
Kate and Allan went up the Corbett Carn Chuilin beside Glen Doe following the route described in Walkhighlands, which starts from a layby then along a nice new path to join the windfarm road. Before the rain set in there were nice views from the summit.
Thomas G, Will and newbie Clare (another one!) trudged up the east ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn and did the only proper mountaineering of the weekend. Alan, Anne and Kenny had a local walk up a Graham on the opposite side of the river/railway line from the bunkhouse. Susan, Chris, Chris and Martha did Carn Dearg and Leana Mhor on the east side of Glen Roy and peeked at the parallel roads. All enjoyed Scottish weather with drizzle and rain for most of the day. Nigel continued his conquest of Marilyns and if the photos are to be believed got some great views across to Eigg and the coast from some unpronounceable lumps.
Most folk decided that retreat was the valourous option on Sunday and the bacon roll/cake emporia in Fort Bill and Dunkeld/Pitlochry would have done well out of us as the rainfall continued!