Burns Supper meet to Elphin, 20/21 January 2017

Seventeen members attended this weekend meet, with most members staying in the Caving Club hut and the rest at Naismith’s further to the west.

Saturday’s weather was fantastic, with a cloud inversion for most of the day.  Richard, Shona, Arthur, Jim, Kirsty and Michael left a cold car park at Inchnadamph to climb Conival and Ben More Assynt in what proved to be a marvellous climb above the cloud.  Unfortunately one of the party was taken ill and was accompanied back to the hut by Arthur.   While the others continued, Arthur was able to return and climb Beinn an Fhurain (861m) and visit the Anson crash site and war grave.  Unfortunately he also found the body of a missing springer spaniel.

Andreas, Ewen and Gina went for the lesser height of Beinn Fhuarain (499m) and were rewarded with a wonderful brocken spectre.  Alan in the meantime had scaled Cnoc an Leathead Bhig to take photos.

Peter, Marion, Andrew and Louise took the path beside the Cam Loch in the direction of Canisp.  The sun eventually broke through to reveal the dome of Canisp and the dramatic dark spike of Suilven appeared above the cloud, and they too saw brocken spectres and an interesting, steeply-curved white ‘cloudbow’.  They returned by the same route in sunshine, with great views across the loch to Suilven and Cul Mor.

The Burns supper was a success once again with excellent food, the much anticipated verse from Robin and a bit of a sing song with Gina and Andrew playing the guitar.

Sunday started cold and plans were less ambitious.  Peter, Marion, Andrew and Louise met up with  Alan, Gina and Michael by the lighthouse at Rhue point, watching shags and seals.  Marion and Peter then walked on round the cliffs overlooking Isle Martin, before they all resorted to the Ceilidh Place.

Robin treated Shona to the delights of caving with a visit to the Cnoc Nan Uamh caves.  In the meantime Arthur went up Cul Mor.