1st to 3rd October 2002 - Muir of Inverey
I am pleased to report that this meet was full with all 18 places
taken plus 2 dogs, Sam and Jessie. We arrived on Friday night to
appreciate the warm glow of the stove lit by Lesley. Surprisingly
no-one stopped at the pub on the way there.
Saturday didn't look too promising and we knew there would be a lot
of snow after the recent fall but all set off eagerly to the hills.
Anne and Ian did Carn Bhac and Beinn Iutharn Mhor, William and
Katherine set off to do this but were deterred by the knee deep snow
and headed to Derry Lodge via Carn Liath where they met Owen. Lesley
did a Corbett, Morven, again wading through knee-deep snow. David and
Fiona spent hours wading through snow to the base of Lochnagar but
didn't get to the top of anything, I think Kenny and Alison had a
similar experience. Albert and Judith and Sam had a low level walk due
to Albert's sore knee, but probably a good call. Hywel and myself
cycled into White Bridge to do An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir.
We were walking in snow as soon as we left the track and then soon we
too were knee/thigh deep in it. Also witnessed an impressive avalanche,
fortunately Hywel had chosen an avalanche avoidance route! The weather
was glorious and the views fantastic. The cycle back was much easier
as I fastened my rucksack more loosely and could actually breathe this
Sat evening was spent fighting for a place by the stove, as it was
pretty parky. Alison also entertained us by practising her first aid
bandaging on Lesley, ably guided by Nurse Judith.
Sunday did not look promising but a group set off to do a Graham
(Creag Bhalg) by Linn of Dee, Anne, Richard, Kenny, the two Alisons,
Ian and Gillian. William and Katherine in their own words 'wimped out',
as did a few of the rest of us after a trip to the 'gear shop'