Crianlarich meet, 12/13 March ’16

A full house of 10 IMC members had a good weekend in the well appointed Ochils MC cottage at Crianlarich.  The trip started early for Michael and Cerian, who did Beinn A’Chuallaich near Kinloch Rannoch on Friday.  Cloudy conditions on Saturday led Robin, Richard H, Ewen, Peter and Marion towards Creag Gharbh to the south of Loch Tay.  A more energetic team of Cerian, Kirsty, Michael and Arthur climbed Meall Nan Tarmachan from near  the Lawers Dam  in cloud and damp, then scurried off down to the coffee shop in Killin.

On Sunday the ‘A’ team of Kirsty, Arthur, Cerian and Michael ascended An Casteal from Glen Falloch, with Kirsty and Arthur going on to traverse Beinn a Chroin, meeting up with Cerian and Michael on the new hydro scheme track back to Glen Falloch.  There were fine views to be had of all the Southern Highlands hills.  Interestingly, almost every suitable watercourse  seemed to have a new run of the river hydro scheme; from An Casteal, five could be seen in Glen Falloch.

Beinn Donachain in Glen Orchy was the chosen destination on Sunday for Steve, Richard and Ewen who were rewarded by good views from this rather out-of-the-way Graham.  Marion, Peter and Robin conquered Fiarach near Crianlarich.



Geal Charn meet, 27 February ’16

This was arguably the best day of the winter – blue skies all day and barely a breath of wind – carefully planned by Kirsty for her day meet to Geal Charn and A’ Mharconaich.  A team of 7 (Robin, Ewen, Cerian, Michael, Arthur, Wendell, Kirsty) met at 9.30am at the Balsporran cottages and followed the ‘motorway’ up to the top of Geal Charn, pictured above.

We were all feeling very warm going up given the unusual presence of sunshine and lack of wind.  Ewen showed off in his snow shoes, walking up the slopes with ease.  Crampons came out as the slope eased and it was an easy wander to the summit for spectacular views.  We descended to the bealach and enjoyed lunch with views in all directions (picture below), then it was a steep pull  up to A’ Mharconaich where we met some skiers also making the most of conditions.  

On our way back to the car we caught up with a familiar looking figure – Albert had walked up Geal Charn and come down a path from the bealach.  Albert and Lizzie joined us as we headed to the pub in Newtonmore to buy Wendell a birthday pint.

Group with Ben Alder MG

Roy Bridge bunkhouse meet, 19/20 February ’16

Cerian, Arthur, Kirsty, Mike G, Robin, Mel and Ewen enjoyed a very sociable meet to the Grey Corrie Bunkhouse, which is attached to the Roy Bridge hotel.  Sadly, the weather didn’t co-operate; as there had been several avalanches the week before, and the risk was still Considerable, we had two low level walks.

Invermallie was the objective for Saturday; conditions were OK at low level, and we walked to the top of the glen and back with a stop at the bothy – pictured – in each direction.  We were pleased to see that the MBA have kept the bothy in good condition, and the walk of 23km was enough to justify an excellent meal in the Stronlossit hotel, with some well-kept beer too.

On Sunday, we went east to try and avoid the bad weather coming from the west.  The tactic didn’t work this time, but we had a very pleasant wander from Dalraddy caravan site up to the Duke of Gordon’s memorial.