The first arrivals at the Caving hut in Elphin were met with a need to dig out the track to the hut – thanks, guys – and all assembled on the Friday night full of anticipation for a good day on the hill. The SMC contingent ascended Cnoc Breac at the back of the Naismith hut on Saturday in deep snow, and thanks are due to Mike the snowplough. Others went on a photographic trip down the Cam Loch.
Michael headed out early on Saturday for Cul Mor followed by Shona, Jim, Richard and Robin, who caught up with him about halfway. The fresh soft snow slowed progress considerably – see above – but conditions underfoot improved with height and crampons were donned for the final 200 metres to the wind blasted summit cairn. There then followed another long exhausting trudge through yet more deep snow to regain the road and the hut. Thankfully the superb views made it all worthwhile.
The snowshoers had a brief trip up the south ridge of Quinag. Great conditions – snowshoes on from the road and bright sunshine – but Andreas’s culinary duties meant a short day on the hill, returning via the not-to-be-missed pie shop in Lochinver. The haggis towers – see below – were worth the effort, and all 18 attenders had a very convivial evening with a huge choice of culinary delights.
The weather on Sunday was poor, so everyone decided to bank their gains from the previous day and go home, some calling in at the cafe on the seafront at Ullapool for coffee and lunch.