1st to 3rd July 2002 - Fort Augustus
I think this meet will win the prize for least attendance with a
select few arriving at the campsite, 6 in all. On arrival we were told
as part of a group to go and camp in the dip! This was hidden from the
rest of the site and was actually a very pleasant dip despite the fact
we felt we being segregated! Not sure what they thought we'd get up to?!
... and we didn't.
We didn't actually get locked in the Lock Inn but we didn't manage
to extricate ourselves till the early hours, partly due to the excellent
'oldies' they were playing. Mind you, Jen had a musical knowledge that
belied her age and gave Richard and Lesley a run for their money in
'Name that tune'. When we did escape the campsite seemed very far away!
Breakfast next day was a rather unsociable affair with everyone
sitting in respective cars to escape the rain! However having come all
this way we decided to make the best of the day. Lesley, Hywel, Jen, Tom
and Jessie headed for a Corbett at the end of Loch Arkaig, not a drive
Jen is eager to repeat. Richard, now on his second round of Munros after
having completed his Corbetts last weekend on Mount Battock, went off to
Loch Quoich and Cathy to Glen Shiel. The day was pretty wet to start
but the sun came out to varying degrees in the afternoon depending on
where you were.
Some of us had an excellent meal in The Bothy where the seafood was
fantastic. Hywel had a seafood platter which even he didn't manage to
finish despite off loading some of it to others. We then adjourned to
the Lock Inn again where Richard eventually joined us. He'd completed
his first two munros by 3.30 pm. thought he'd get back too early and
did Sgurr a' Mhaoraich as well, just for good measure!
Sunday dawned wet again, Tom headed home to watch the football, Jen
headed home and Cathy and Hywel set off with a walk in mind but were
easily deterred by the wind and lashing rain, as was Lesley. Richard
however battled through wind and rain to do a Graeme called Cnap Cruim
and did admit to getting soaked, him and Sophie both.