Edinburgh Mountaineering Club: Meet Report
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Meet Report

2nd to 5th May 2008 - Morvich, Glen Shiel

A small but determined band of three arrived at Morvich campsite on Friday night, undiscouraged by the less good weather forecast for Saturday and also not amongst those lucky, lucky people who were staying up for the week and so could casually eschew the opportunity to spend a day in the rain on Saturday. Saturday however exceeded expectations and Penny and I completed a largely chocolate fudge fuelled traverse of the South Cluanie ridge in clear weather whilst Alan did the brothers and the sisters. Back at base the rest of the happy campers had arrived and we were all up more or less bright eyed and bushy tailed the following morning for ascents of various Corbetts/ Munros - A' Ghlas-bheinn for Penny, some sort of epic including at some point Beinn Fhada for Alan and Beinn Bhan by various routes including via A'Chioch for the rest, to an accompaniment of mist and rain. Despite the mist and poor visibility the Beinn Bhan ascendees all managed to meet up for the descent, arriving at the top within seconds of each other - clearly a magnificent masterpiece of planning. The campsite was a bit soggy when we got back so it was a case of a visit to the drying room, followed by a meal out and a round of that well known party game "how many (occupied) deck chairs can you fit into Kenny and Alison's tent". Monday was a stunning day, Penny ascended Ciste Dubh, Fiona and I ascended the Saddle via the Forcan ridge and several sun bathing stops, whilst Alan added Sgurr na Sgine to this and was back at the cars several hours ahead of us, although to be fair I think he got a 10 min start.


Four people were fortunate enough to have the whole week off following the meet. As the promised good weather materialised on Monday morning we were definitely feeling smug as everyone else headed off for a walk and the long drive home. The weather did indeed deliver all week, as promised. Wall to wall sunshine, amazing views, warm and midge free!

Folks did their own thing during the day - mainly walking and climbing in the Cuillins with a wee bit of cycling (not in the Cuillins!) thrown in for good measure. Evenings were spent relaxing in the sunshine at Glenbrittle campsite.

A fantastic week.

Fiona C