1st to 3rd August 2003 - Ardgour
We have been so lucky with the weather this year and the weekend of
the Ardgour meet was no exception. The sun was belting down on the
Friday evening and this, coupled with a gentle breeze kept the dreaded
midge at bay - it was bliss. Even allowing for all this, only a faithful
few turned up - there were almost as many dogs as people by the end of
Annoyingly, the good weather disappeared somewhat on Saturday with
everyone waking to a rather grey, hazy morning. Undaunted, however,
everyone set out on their various pursuits, ranging from climbing at
Ardnamurchan, a selection of Grahams and of course Beinn Resipol.
Sadly the weather got worse as the day wore on. Only the very top of
Beinn Resipol had clag on it at the start of the morning - by early
afternoon, that clag had dropped down to about 150 metres - not great
really. The breeze had also dropped making the sections through the
birch woods a bit like running the gauntlet where the midges were
concerned - it was really horrendous.
We adjourned to the campsite bar and restaurant that evening for food
and beer but even that became difficult. The place was terribly hot but
if you opened a window, bag-loads of midges then flew in. You can't win!
Next day was better again. Richard piled off to add to his Grahams
total, while Kenny and Alison took the Lochaline ferry to Mull and
climbed the Corbett Dun da Ghaoithe, as well as a Graham too before
Lesley and Jessie