Pop-up Climbing Meet, Sunday 30 July 2017

“Summer” pop-up rock day three was once more affected by the weather.  Notwithstanding the rain and midges, George, Anush, Ellinor and Andrew loaded up the sacs and left the car, intent on squeezing what they could from the day’s offerings.

The approach to Raven’s Crag, seldom bone dry, was on this occasion a virtual paddle.  However, having made our way round to the Dark Slab end, George and Andrew scrambled up to set up anchors for a top rope, the rock being more than a little wet, and thus secure climbing was accomplished.

By lunch time the weather showed signs of an improvement – full waterproofs could even be discarded and the morning’s midges had even given up.  We moved round to the front face and all enjoyed a 30 metre climb on rock which was drying as the afternoon progressed.  Although the line chosen was of variable quality with a few short challenges, 4 happy people made it to the belay at the top and then abseiled back down to the sacs.

We even walked out in the afternoon sunshine and so back to Kinlochewe, where Anush – pictured above – invited us into their house for tea, coffee and goodies.

Well content.

Ellinor, Far Post

Pop- Up Climbing Meet, Saturday 8 July 2017

The second of these real rock meets was again agreed to have been very enjoyable.  Chris and Andrew – photo above – were joined by Rhona and Callum for a day at Ardheslaig, a near the roadside crag of excellent Gneiss, a few miles west of Sheildaig, Torridon.

For Rhona this was a reintroduction to discover the pleasures of trad. climbing in a secure environment – see below – whilst Callum confessed to being a little rusty, having  done little climbing for a number of years.  We all enjoyed three or four routes of 35 metres – Callum took photos from an adjacent route at times.  Although the rain arrived a little earlier than forecast, the quality of the rock matched the enthusiasm of the participants and the last climb was happily completed, before we retired to the Tigh an Eilean in Sheildaig for “warm down”.

It was a very contented and excited group which headed homeward, discussing where to go climbing next.

Atholl Adventures, 23-26 June 2017

Inspired by ‘Eastern Promise’, Michael set off from Blair Atholl Station on Friday accompanied by a large rucksack! After making camp to the south of Carn Liath, he spent 2 days exploring Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar initially in some fairly windy weather.

On Saturday, Mel and Lisa began their trek in ‘The Bothy Bar’, where they enjoyed a warm welcome and excellent food.  Later, they walked in to the Allt Sheicheachan bothy and ascended Beinn Dearg on Sunday morning.  Mel continued over Beinn Mheadhonach towards Glen Tilt while Lisa returned via the Allt S. (below), meeting back at Old Bridge of Tilt in time to nip into ‘the Watermill’ for tea and cake before driving home.

Michael completed his adventure on Monday morning!

By Michael G, Mel, Lisa and Daisy dog.

Weekend Meet Report 9-10 June, Torrin Outdoor Centre, Skye

We had a very enjoyable meet on Skye, staying at the Torrin Outdoor Centre on Loch Slapin.  Showery, blustery weather meant that low level options predominated.  The hardier amongst us tried a bit of paddling, cave exploration and wild water swimming.

Mike, Gina and Alan arrived early afternoon on Friday and walked up Ben Cleat from Elgol, descending to Glen Scaladal and then back along the coast path to Elgol.  They had great views of the Cuillins from the hill and also the best weather of the weekend.

On Saturday, Michael and Juliet chose to circumnavigate Beinn na Cro by Strath Mor and Strath Beag.  Shona ran the same route in reverse after she, Andreas and Annie found the wind a bit fresh for kayaking.  Arthur, Richard and Robin indulged in a spot of retailing and lazed in a tea house until a brightening allowed them to dash up Ben Aslak. Later consideration informed them that it had been demoted from Graham status!  A late lunch was enjoyably spent watching the ferry and other boat traffic coping with the Kyle Rhea tidal current.  Gina and Alan had the most productive day visiting Dun Ringill, exploring the Spar Cave and braving the Allt na Dunaiche for some wild water swimming.  Andreas and Annie headed for Spar Cave too after paddling.

Annie organised and cooked an excellent group evening meal with assistance from the group.

The weather didn’t improve much on Sunday.  Andreas packed up the kayaks and headed off.  Gina and Alan ended up walking out to the lighthouse and sandy beach at Point of Sleat in almost continuous drizzle.  The rest of the group set off to check out the new bothy at Camusunary; photo above.  The bothy is fine, although disappointingly without a stove as is the case nowadays.  It had an selection of graffiti in several languages – fine to hone your language skills whiling away stormy days.

The walk along the coast to Elgol was cut short as the club’s senior office bearer took a tumble, saved only by heather roots.  We were not far from the bothy, so regrouped there. The combined wisdom of a hospital consultant, a  nurse, two cave rescuers and a veteran mountain rescuer was that we should dope him up with painkillers and keep him walking.  Which we did.  We then resorted to the delightfully quirky tea shop in Elgol to recuperate.  We never found the dog over which the victim claimed to have tripped.