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Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of November, 2017, Weekend Meet, Annual Dinner, Pitlochry.

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Ladies' Scottish Mountaineering Club Hut, Milehouse, Kincraig.

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of October, 2017.

Looking south from Creag Dubh

There is an expectation that all meet reports begin with a weather forecast: in summary, mixed. The mood, however, was not dampened by this prediction. Having taken the Friday afternoon off, Andrzej and I arrived in Newtonmore and had a couple of hours nosying around Creag Dubh and scrambling up the scree boulders to the right. We then headed to the Milehouse hut for about five, loaded with dinner and even some beer, where we proceeded to get the fire going and settle into this excellent accommodation. Others arrived during the evening, including two more prospective members. There was a very relaxed atmosphere in the evening and the story of the flooded bunkroom was repeated a number of times with great relish.
The forecast for Saturday was for wind early and rain later, causing the party to schism. Five of us went off to tick Braeriach, which was one of my dwindling number of Munros. We decided on the route via the Chamlain Gap from the Sugar Bowl. This was predicted to be a trudge up, followed by a chocolate bar in the wind and a trudge down, but the weather actually turned out to be much better, with good views lower down of Lurcher's Crag and out to Aviemore.
The more sensible group decided to head for the Corbett Geal-charn Mor, on the other side of the A9 from Aviemore. The party enjoyed superb views of the Cairngorm range and were convinced they could see their fellow club members getting a drenching.
Saturday evening was excellent fun, with a wide variety of dishes cooked, including a superb chocolate tart. Entertainment was provided by Catherine and Kenny, who brought Bananarama with them, a sort of distributed scrabble. This was excellent news for the convener, as everybody else was concentrating on their puzzles whilst he relaxed with a beer and a magazine.
Sunday had similar weather, but despite this, three of us determined to head into the hills again. Susan, Andrzej and I set out for the hills on the eastern side of the pass of Drumochter. Despite the threatening rain, we had clear views to the south on A'Bhuidheanach Bheag. Unfortunately, the weather closed in on Carn na Caim and we missed the clear line of fence posts to the summit. This gave us an opportunity to practice our compass work, with satisfying results. Several others attendees were much more sensible and had a walk up Glen Tromie to enjoy the autumn colours, turning round when the rain got heavier. We returned to glorious sunshine in Perth. Sigh.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable meet with great company, great food and beautiful surroundings.

Other photographs from the meet:

Looking south from Creag DubhAscending Braeriach - Lurchers CragLurchers CragDescending the Chamlain GapAt the summit of A'Bhuidheanach BheagAt the summit of A'Bhuidheanach Bheag (credit Susan Morag)Tea break on BraeriachAt the summit of A'Bhuidheanach Bheag (credit Susan Morag)

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