Blair Atholl Hills, Sunday 19th August

Having climbed the height of Everest, the team then went on to add the height of Ben Nevis and then Snowdon, and at the same time walked the equivalent of the distance from Inverness to Dundee (11,250m and 220 km, cumulative height and distance for 9 people).  You have possibly guessed  from that introduction that the cloud was down for much of the day for our foray into the Blair Atholl Hills and that this report will not wax lyrically about fine vistas and views of distant mountains. 
“4 auld geezers” (a self description from Dougie, of himself, Steve, John and Ewen) were keen on traversing the Beinn a Ghlo massif – below – summitting the three Munros. Mid-morning saw heavy low clag and associated drizzles and some well sodden ground, but a nice surprise was Beinn a’Ghlo transformed courtesy of some excellent paths now put in place. It was dark and overcast all day yet fairly warm, and made for a nice entertaining day out. 
Michael headed off into the cloud for the long trek into Beinn Dearg and returned muttering about never doing this hill again without a bike. Meanwhile the Librarians and Planners quartet (Nell, Robin, Richard and Arthur) strolled up Glen Tilt to the rather fine old stone bridges over the Allt Diridh and Allt Mhairc.  They ascended into the cloud and rain to arrive at the most indistinct summit and most undistinguished summit cairn of Beinn Mheadhonach and then retraced their steps.
Then we all went home. In person/miles, the day’s travel was the equivalent of a round trip from Inverness to Brussels. 

Mull camping meet, 3-4 August 2018

Five hardy souls braved the inclement weather forecast and the long journey to travel to Fidden Farm camp site on the Isle of Mull. Perched on the beach and overlooking Iona, this must rank as one of the best camping spots in the Highlands.
 
All five IMC members – Dougie, Michael, Nell, Miha and Kevin – summited Ben More over the weekend on two separate days but all failed to get any views, as the low cloud, rain and wind produced typical Scottish summer weather.
 
An attempt was made on the Corbett Dun da Ghaoithe by one member of the party, but they missed the summit by 1 km in the bad weather only finding out on their return when they downloaded their GPS data. They shall remain nameless to hide their blushes!
 
The only decent weather of the weekend was on the Sunday afternoon, when an enjoyable trip to Iona was made to see the abbey and the burial place of the Scottish kings. Kevin also managed to fire up his barbie on Saturday evening, so the weather wasn’t a complete disaster. We’ll be back to Mull and Fidden Farm another year … fingers crossed for better weather.