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Meet Reports

Pitmedden Forest

Thursday 29th of June 2017.

Rob heading off

Directions: Carpark is on the Strathmiglo Road from Abernethy, signposted Pitmedden Forest on the left just before the top.
The year’s mountain biking meets got off to an inauspicous start, with rain all day leaving the trails a healthy mix of wet roots and bog. Rob led the way and I lagged at the bag, practicing falling over.
I didn’t manage to get any photos of the really scary bits (for me) as I was too busy holding on.

Other photographs from the meet:

Rob leading the wayRob heading off

Naismith Hut, Elphin

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th of June, 2017.

At the summit (Credit Andy Greig).

Who could resist the prospect of spending a weekend in this comfortable, well kept hut, with great views (sometimes!) of Suilven & Cul Mor and easy access to so many of the most iconic hills in Scotland? Not me! Although the weather forecast was poor, the list of attendees pointed to a sociable weekend, with some great hill time despite the weather; and so it proved.
Saturday morning dawned with evidence of the rain and strong winds that were forecast, so low level options were considered. We decided to follow a suggestion of a walk along the Postie’s Path starting at Blughassary. We took the diversion to look at Dun Canna, sitting in a peaceful spot with great views, as you would expect. By now, most of us had resorted to waterproofs.
Back to the main path, we ascended in further showers and wind viewing the wild rocky terrain through which the path lay ahead of us. We found a sheltered spot for a bite to eat before agreeing that there was little enthusiasm for walking further in the rain and wind. An afternoon in the local metropolis was called for. Once in Ullapool, navigation skills were tested as we made our way to Tesco’s car park!
With a slightly better forecast for Sunday, we were all keen to get out on the hills. Glas Bheinn was on a Corbett bagger’s agenda. A plan was hatched to descend either to Inchnadamph or eastish to a stalker’s path that joins the path from Inchnadamph eventually heading back round to Loch na Gainmhich. From the A894 we crossed the moorland and climbed steeply up a boggy path onto the NW ridge. With the cloud well down, bearings were taken to bring us to the wind shelter on the summit plateau, which was needed as much on this visit the last time a PMC party had been on that hill! Some more compass work led us to the top of the sharp E ridge, which we descended to meet the stalker’s path at the bealach. The views opened up, revealing the wonderful wild landscape to the East. Beinn Leoid and more distant hills; lochans at differing altitudes in the foreground and a long waterfall dropping into the valley opposite us. Quintessentially Sutherland This is what we came to Elphin for.

Other photographs from the meet:

Elphin (Credit Andy Greig).Elphin Paddling (Credit Andy Greig).At the summit (Credit Andy Greig).Paddling (Credit Andy Greig).Coast (Credit Andy Greig).Seal (Credit Andy Greig).Lunch Break (Credit Andy Greig).

Hawkcraig, Aberdour

Wednesday 7th of June 2017.

Paul on Urmi as the light fades ( Credit Tim Storer)

A miraculous weather window of blue skies in a week of rain allowed for a long evening of climbing at the Hawkcraig, Aberdour (the last climb finished close to 11). Tim, Wendy and Susan deliberately stuck to lower grades, completing Fish Head Arete and Welly Wall. Keith and Paul completed four routes, finishing on Urmi in the gathering gloom.

Other photographs from the meet:

Susan on Welly WallPaul on Urmi as the light fades ( Credit Tim Storer)Perfect Evening over Aberdour (Credit Susan Morag).Canoeists Round the Headland (Credit Susan Morag)Tim on Fish Head Arete (Credit Susan Morag).Tim and Wendy on Fish Head Arete (Credit Susan Morag)Tim heading up Welly Wall (Credit Susan Morag)Keith on unknown line at Aberdour (Credit Susan Morag)Wendy topping out the second pitch of Fish Head Arete.

Glen Clova Hotel, Glenshee

Saturday 10th to Monday 12th of December, 2016.

A total of 13 members and guests met at Alasdair’s old family house in Glenshee. An enjoyable social event with a Corbett (Monamenach), a Graham (Mount Blair) and 4 Munros ( Glas Maol, Creag Lecach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and Carn a’Coire Boidheach) summited. We also enjoyed scrambling up the gorge in the garden by torchlight on the Saturday evening.

Other photographs from the meet:

Glenshee Meet - at the Summit