Richard on Ben Avon - Iain Macleod
15th to 17th July 2002 - Ballater
The prospect of yet another wet and miserable weekend seemed to
deter most members from attending this meet. By the time we adjourned
to the local pub on what turned out to be a pleasant (and midge free)
Friday evening, only Richard, Iain and I had turned up. Matt and Phil
arrived later to make the numbers more respectable.
We woke on Saturday to beautiful sunshine - so much for the forecasts!
Richard, Iain and I had a fabulous, but long, day on Ben Avon and Beinn
a'Bhuird. On the walk out, we were regretting having left our bicycles
at home. Matt and Phil opted for a shorter day on Lochnagar, returning
to Loch Muick by the Dubh Loch.
Keith and Nicola turned up on Saturday evening, and joined the rest
of us in the pub where we were 'entertained' by (and were also the
subject of entertainment for), the local country and western singer.
On Sunday, Keith, Nicola, Matt and Phil went off to Mt. Keen and got
the best of the weather. Iain did some of the Munros at Glenshee.
Richard and I had a fairly miserable (but thankfully short) walk up Mt.
Blair in the mist and drizzle. I wimped out after that and left Richard
to bag another Graham on Dundray Hill.