Edinburgh Mountaineering Club: Meet Report
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Martha and Claire had an award- winning day out once! g - Claire H above one layer of cloud, at least - Rhi W
Martha and Claire had an award- winning day out once! g - Claire H

Meet Report

24th to 26th November 2023 - Killin Hotel, Killin (Dinner meet)

On Friday, Nicola, Rhi and Claire enjoyed a wintry but blowy and therefore bitterly cold run on the Carn Mairg horseshoe. Mike & Fiona went up Meall Corranaich & Meall a'Choire Leith – it was windy there as well, but nice views! Neil was on the Fiacaill and Pygmy Ridges in the Cairngorms before heading south. Alan did a round up Ben Ledi and down Stank Glen whilst Anne went for a dander, and James and Martha did pretty much the same, just a few hours later.

The log fire in the bar in the Killin Hotel warmed up everyone again whilst more and more members got together for drinks, dinner and lots of chats and route planning for the next day.

 

Saturday was a stunner of a day – a dusting of snow on the hills, cold, crisp and blue skies were enjoyed by everyone.

Ken, Pauline, Dave and Perry went up Beinn nan Oighreag from the Glen Lochay side. Helen, Balandino, Nicola, Rhi, Claire, Neil and myself had a stunning day on Meall nan Tarmachan. Alan & Anne went up Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh, An Stuc, Ben Lawers from Tombreck, where they bumped into James who ran the Ben Lawers 5 – and lost the sole of one of his fairly new Mudclaws just after the fifth Munro (needless to say, he didn’t enjoy the second half of his run particularly much). Duncan D, Tim D, Alison C and former club member Anne C had a good day on Stuchd an Lochan. Fiona & Mike enjoyed glorious conditions on the very busy Carn Mairg horseshoe. Keith, Margaret, Gillian, Kate, Shireen, Cathy and Gill were on Cam Creag in Glen Lyon. Victoria explored Callander, Alison F cycled from Dunblane train station with a stop at Mhor84, whilst Clare A adopted some chickens.

Post-walk/pre-dinner swimbles were enjoyed by Rhi, Helen, Claire and Nicola just behind the hotel, followed by slight frustration as the aurora, which was even visible from Edinburgh (!) was blocked by Meall nan Tarmachan. The disappointment was short-lived however as members congregated for the dinner. Special shout out to Sloe Steve who definitely had made the most effort and looked tremendously dapper. A tasty 3 course meal was served by the hotel staff before President Mike commenced his speech. He noted the past year’s compleations (Munro rounds for Keith, myself and Steve, Graham round for Mike & Fiona – which also means they have now completed the SMC Full House – congrats!) before proceeding to the club awards. This year’s Martin Day Award went to Duncan I, Claire and myself for the link up of Meall Horn, Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh; the Poulet d’Or went to Claire as well for mistaking a rock for a ptarmigan – not a small feat for an ecologist!

 

On Sunday morning, the weather wasn’t quite as glorious as on the previous day, but most groups at least got a partial break in the clouds. Alison F returned by bike to Dunblane train station, and Kate and Steve had a nice stroll down to the Loch. James enjoyed his run on Sron A Chlachain & Meall Clachach. Ken, Perry and Shireen went up Meall nan Subh from Glen Lochay. From the same side, Balandino, Nicola, Rhi, Claire, Neil, Tim D, Alison C, Fiona, Mike and myself linked up Meall Ghaordaidh with Beinn nan Oighreag. Helen, Duncan D and Keith made it halfway up Beinn Ghlas but turned around early as Keith had lost his wallet. In the meantime, Alan had found Keith’s wallet at the Ben Lawers car park and called Keith – but Keith thought this must be a pocket call and didn’t pick up the phone (an early contender for next year’s Poulet d’Or perhaps?). Anne & Alan had a good walk on Beinn Ghlas & Meall Corranaich, whilst Margaret & Gillian had a brief glimpse of blue sky on Creagan na Beinne on the south side of Loch Tay.

 

Thanks to everyone who came along and made this such an enjoyable meet – and special thanks to the Killin Hotel staff for looking after us so well.

Martha