Edinburgh Mountaineering Club: Meet Report
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Approach ridge emerges from mist - Claire H Enguerrand playing catch-up with the advance group - Claire H
Approach ridge emerges from mist - Claire H

Meet Report

14th to 16th May 2021 - TBC

Camping meet - Roybridge

Clearly there was an appetite to restart Club activities again - 14 folk booked themselves independently into Bunree Campsite, plus a few peripherals were spotted in the hills too. 

On the Friday Claire, Chris Re and Duncan went for a leisurely stroll up Beinn Sgulaird while Martha tackled Chno Dearg and its unpronounceable neighbour. Neil had near-impeccable weather for his run traverse of the Mamores from Upper Falls, starting at the western end but came back without his bobble hat. There was a heroic wild swim/lowering of bottoms into the River Spean by myself, Chris Re and Martha at the end of the day. 

The campers were all woken up at 4am by the energetic dawn chorus, and by the Harley Davidson group in the field next door departing, while those of us in vans or wooden pods slept soundly through.

A large group set off for the Corriechoillie road in convoy joining a host of other vehicles. David T went up the Innses and struck up a conversation with another walker who was evidently very impressed with David's mountaineering exploits - you can read her account here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=104996&fbclid=IwAR2W9BJeQEAA4SWbDfZ2Ym0uuQtBDqd67yZgCxI8APjmpy10BWaEGIMilsM  

Myself, Chris, Martha, Enguerrand and Kamila made up the advance Grey Corries group while Pauline and Dave leapfrogged a large group of blokes who were also out on the popular ridge that day. Enguerrand joined me for the Munro Top outlier of Stob Coire Claurigh - a lovely scramble - and we tottered along the partly snowy ridge, eventually catching the rest of the group again at Stob Coire an Laoigh for belated lunch. We crossed over to Sgurr Choinnich Mor and I nipped out to the other outlying Munro Top - Sgurr Choinnich Beag. We enjoyed some superb bum-sliding en route back to the main ridge before the heavens opened but it wasn't a bad dousing. 

Neil was climbing with Will in Glen Nevis and was quite glad not to have to walk far after his big day on Friday. Nigel went up his last 600m Marilyn in Glenfinnan, taking him another step towards his conquest of all of the UK's peaks. Fiona and Mike were out on Beinn a Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh and bumped into Alan R who was out running with a friend. 

We were joined on Saturday evening by overworked academics t'other Clare and Chris Wo who headed for evening meal at the Stronlossit while the rest of us had varying success with stove-cooked meals (and Lochinver pies) and we occupied two picnic tables in the middle of the site thus achieving government rules on group size. Candles helped the chat to go on to 10pm and then some. 

On the Sunday Martha bagged her Munros 6 and 7 of the weekend on Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean, Chris Re left early in the morning to climb Beinn Fionnlaidh. David T headed up a Graham whose name roughly translates from Gaelic as "rough knob" or similar. Neil and I did some chilled out climbing at Craig Varr near Kinloch Rannoch on our way back down the road and got climbers' tan which was unexpected! T'other Clare and Chris Wo went up the Beinn a Chlachair trio and Enguerrand headed for a run up to the CIC. Nigel climbed another 500m+ Marilyn Doire Ban which is sandwiched between the Mamores and Glencoe; Fiona and Mike went to Glenfinnan to do the horseshoe parking at Mike's colleague's place for the cold beer he'd promised Mike (Fiona was on coffee) and also to gather photographic evidence he still exists.      

Attending: David T, Chris Re, Pauline, Dave, Martha, Nigel, Fiona R, Mike, Neil, Claire H, t'Other Clare, Chris Wo, Kamila (PNM) and Enguerrand (PNM); peripherals - Duncan, Will, Alan R. 

Claire H