1st to 3rd February 2003 - Crianlarich
The forecast looked stonking as we headed North on Friday evening.
Not! Wind, rain and high temperatures all featured heavily for Saturday
according to Heather's weather. Well, Heather was right, and
subsequently this was probably the poorest meet in terms of things
done on the hills for quite some while. I had an interesting rucksack
incident, which involved Steph returning to Glasgow to pick it up. She
did manage to couple this with a sleep before returning. Alan and I
made for Glencoe. We navigated from the road to the lay-by and then
decided as we were still dry in the car we should stay there, so we
promptly headed for Fort Bill and direct to Nevis Sport, West Coast
Leisure, the bike shop and even birthday present shopping.
On returning to the hostel we found many other folks had also
decided on the non hill/climb option. Lindsey however managed the
Buchaille and Kenny and Alison had set off up to Ben Udlaidh on
Saturday morning (though it materialised that Kenny ended up on
Cruach Ardrain and Alison went shopping in Killin?) Fraser, Alison
and some other folks (sorry - forgot who and where) managed something
in the surrounding Crianlarich Hills.
Sunday saw much better weather in the morning. Steph and I headed
to Ben Vorlich (Ardlui) and had a great day out in clear crisp weather
in the snow. The usual Corbett and Graham baggers headed off and Alan
headed for West Gully on Beinn an Dothaidh, conditions being softish.
Conditions were 100% better than Saturday!
Alistair and Steph