Day Meet, Saturday 9th January 2016 to Geal Charn (Cairngorm Corbett)

Present: Peter & Marion, Richard H., Arthur McC., Mark , Michael G., Cerian, Robin (& Albert who joined us later in the day).

Being in an out of the way corner some five miles from Nethy Bridge at the end of an obscure single-track road you might expect Dorback Lodge to be a quiet sort of a place. Unfortunately our arrival coincided with the morning rush hour, comprising a gritter, three excitable ponies, and more Land Rovers than I have ever seen before on one shooting estate (6, 7, 8? – I lost count after a while).

Happily all this traffic was heading in the opposite direction and we were soon striding out on virgin snow under blue skies along an easy landrover track which led us straight to a comfortable and commodious shooting hut (at 570M) perfectly placed for lunch, though our arrival wasn’t welcomed by the local mountain hare community who were using it as a meeting place and promptly ran off in all directions (aside from the one who hid underneath the floor all the time we were there).  Good conditions prevailed until we approached the subdsidiary top Geal Charn Beag (759M) after which things became a bit – well, obscure – white sky, white ground, white everything.  At least most of the peat hags were frozen over.

It has to be acknowledged that the subsequent trudge across the gently ascending plateau to the small cairn adorning the 821M summit – minus the panoramic views of the Northern Cairngorms promised by the clear morning weather – wasn’t the finest part of the day, though Richard and Arthur did a fine job keeping the party on track.  Shortly after this two things happened – one, it stared to get dark; and two, the party began to fragment.

Cerian raced on ahead to fulfil a social engagement, followed soon after by Mark, who’d forgotten his headtorch and was concerned about facing the night walk without it. The remainder holed up for a while in yet another shooting bothy before the cold inside drove them back out into the even colder gathering night for the strung–out trek back to the vehicles, to be warmly welcomed by Albert, who’d arrived late but had enjoyed a stroll to the lunch hut and back again.

One mystery of the hills remains: Cerian had entrusted Albert with a bag of jelly babies to afford the latecomers much-needed sustenance, once they had fought their way over fallen trees (well, one anyway) and forded raging torrents (OK, a smallish river) to regain civilization, but when they got there – no jelly babies to be seen. Did he eat them all himself?


Day meet to Inchbae, 10th December ‘15

Seven of us met up at the old lay-by to the north of Maryburgh.  Richard H (and Skye), Arthur, Ewen,  Michael, Cerian, Pete R and Robin. Although the weather seemed to be better than forecast the cloud level appeared to be about the 3,000 ft mark, and we decided to keep our heads below the clouds and headed off to the Graham, Carn Loch nan Amhaichean (698m) to the north of Inchbae Lodge hotel.

We followed the farm road north up Strath Rannoch to the steading where we bore north east up the Alt a Choire-rainich, crossing it to climb steeply up the west side of the hill to reach the summit.  On the way Pete pointed out a couple of geological features of interest, the first being a brown conglomerate on the stream bed, being Braemore mudstone which is part of the 400 million year old Old Red sandstone group.  The second on one of the two large boulders was a slightly older Inchbae Granite gneiss being 600 million years old.

We had lunch out of the wind on the summit, facing east and overlooking Loch nan Amhaichean and the other Graham, Beinn nan Eun. We had intended to follow the ridge back down the glen but as it started to rain (in accordance with the forecast) we headed down west to the track and back to the cars. We found the Inchbae Lodge hotel open, having just been taken over by a friendly ex-military couple from Devon who were only too keen to serve us. It’s worth noting that the hotel is open again with the owners hoping to attract the hillwalking community.

Although not one of our hardest days, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day adjusted to suit the weather.  RH

Christmas dinner meet to Inver hut, Achnasheen, 27/28th November ‘15

On Saturday Kirsty, Carol and Michael G climbed Fionn Bheinn from Achnasheen.  Conditions were better than expected but the summit was no place to linger; photo attached.

Robin and Steve collected the Grahams Carn Breac and Beinn na Feusaige, descending after dark before heading to the Ledgowan Hotel for a well-deserved pint.

The evening saw 18 members sitting down to a pre-Christmas dinner in front of a roaring fire in the well-equipped Inver hut, which is owned by the Jacobites MC.

The weather on Sunday was poor so most members opted to head home, some via small hills such as the Cat’s Back above Strathpeffer.  The newly-improved boardwalk access to the hut allowed us to get out with dry feet, but come Monday there had been so much rain that the access track from the road was submerged; a narrow escape!

Day meet to Glen Feshie, 14th November ’15

IMC_CMYK-Header-300x266Peter, Marion, Robin and Michael G climbed Carn Ban Mor from near Auchlean.  Robin and Michael then went on to Sgor Gaoith.  Near ‘whiteout’ conditions made navigation interesting.  Refreshments at Carrbridge were required!  MG

Clashgour hut meet 12/13th June ’15


Extremely well attended meet to a beautiful part of Scotland!
Ian Douglas and Michael Garrett, had to make do with there own company, and had a good time. Fiarach and Beinn Damhain were climbed, and there was a lovely walk to Loch Dochard.

Inverardran Cottage Meet Report

Meet Report: Crianlarich 13/14th March 2015

10 people arrived at Inverardran Cottage in Crianlarich on Friday night. We had 8 beds in the bunk room and Ian and Mel stayed next door in the ben more lodge.

Steve went up Fiarach on Friday afternoon where he happened upon Alan Dawson on the summit measuring the height.   It has grown since the latest edition of the OS map which shown it to be 652m.

On Saturday Peter and Marion went up Troisgeagh (733m), the near end of a ridge running east from Inverarnan.  A good track for the first mile or so to a power line was followed by an easy ridge with mostly avoidable snow, though one short bank saw Peter resorting to cutting a few steps – something he hasn’t done for some considerable time.  The summit was clear, with reasonable views and a cool breeze.  The challenge of the other tops along the ridge was declined, and a descent made to the south to join the original track back down the glen.

Robin and Steve took a stroll up Beinn Bhalgairean  and Meall nan Gabhar which lie south west of Beinn Lui.   We ascended these from Succoth, which lies south of the A85 close to where the B8074 Glen Orchy road meets it, taking advantage of the new forest motorways.  It was previously necessary to do the hills separately, one from further west and one from Glen Falloch, in order to avoid a very long day.  It is also possible to park at Succoth, which saves a bout 2.5 miles of walking, but note: There are extensive forestry and more importantly hydro works in progress with much heavy plant, so I would avoid weekdays.

Carol, Jenny, Ian and Mel went up Ben More with views up to the col. The top was icy and required crampons (a person from another group had to be rescued by helicopter after falling into the coire).

Lisa and Michael had a very exciting day climbing a G1 gully on cruach ardrain. They were exhausted but thrilled with their achievement when they arrived back, ready for their dinner.

Jenny organised the preparing of veggie chilli for the group tea, and as usual there was far too many options for pudding, with the home made chocolate cake, by Marion, being the favourite.

On Sunday Peter and Marion joined Lisa and Michael in an ascent of Fiarach (652m), from the car park at Dalrigh near Tyndrum, up grassy slopes past a frozen lochan to an excellent little rocky summit with excellent views in all directions, the hills all looking their best in the glorious sunshine.  Tea at the Green Welly rounded off the day.

Steve, Robin, Carol, Jenny, Ian and Mel started from Forest Lodge at the end of Loch tulla. The walk was improved with the recent cold snap turning most of the bog solid underfoot. Meall Tairbh was the first Graham tackled by the group with a  sighting of a golden eagle on the ascent. The sunshine was amazing and the walking being so enjoyable Steve decided to add Beinn Suidhe and a lesser (relative) hill Beinn a Chuirn (569m) (which was not a long detour, and also gave a great view down Glen Stray to Lochawe). He also got two more eagles riding the crags here. The rest of the group headed along Ben Inverveigh back to the Inveroran Hotel where they were treated to an close encounter with some usually very timid creatures.

Braemore Day Meet 1st Feb ’15

Sunday 1st February 2015,

Despite a forecast for high winds and freezing temperatures, ten stalwarts met up at various locations between Inverness and the Braemore junction. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the gentle breeze and picture postcard snow conditions. Read more

Elphin Meet Report 17/18th Jan ’15


15 people braved the snow to arrive at the GSG hut on Friday night. The fire was lit and discussions about the next day were had.

5 groups set off on saturday morning with the hope of clear weather.

Gina, Alan and Michael G enjoyed great views from Canisp, with a very graceful topple near the top from Alan.

Ian D, Ian M, Carol, Anush and Jim were feeling energetic and so trekked from the hut to Canisp (but caught a lift back). The underfoot conditions were good for playing with crampons once they had got over the heather/bog (after turning off the road a bit too early….)

Ewen and Andreas headed to the Bone caves and over Beinn nan Cnaimhseag, Peter, Marion and Robin doing a similar walk in reverse.

Mel and Ian Mitchell went for a wander near the bone caves, practised ice axe arrests and then lunched on the path between loch assynt and Suileag bothy with amazing views of Quinag.

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Glencoe 17/18th October Meet Report

11 people travelled to Glencoe independent Hostel on Friday.

Mel and Michael G managed to get away early to climb Sgorr Dhonuill (of Beinn a’Bhethir). We left the carpark at South Ballachulish at 14.30 and took the tracks and well made path into the bealach between the 2 summits. Luckily the weather was better than expected (less windy) and so we arrived on the summit by 5pm with great views!

Peter and Marion, Helen, Carol and Richard H were already settled in when we arrived. Jenny C and 2 friends from Edinburgh (Candice and Anthony) and Annie arrived later.

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Day Meet Report- Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh

5 people (Michael G, Gina, Alan, Mel and new member Allan) met at the car-park at 8 (ish- Mel was late…) and piled into Alan and Gina’s car.

Our walk started from a midgey car-park at Achnashellach station, through the trees, until the path opened up beneath Fuar Tholl. We were treated to an amazing rainbow when approaching Coire Lair. A well made stalkers path took us up the start of the ascent of Sgorr Ruadh, leaving the path to move up rocky and grassy slopes above the crags to the summit cairn. The shifting weather gave an interesting atmosphere to the views! Read more