Day Meet 9 August 2020, Glen Carron and Ben Avon

Our Covid-19 day meets continue. We are organising meets so that we have a number of small parties on different hills or doing different things to comply with meet up rules. Also, because we are not car sharing, we try to avoid a large number of cars turning up at the same car park.  One group of three went to Glen Carron, another group of four tackled Ben Avon from the north and two others also cycled up Glen Avon.

Robin, Anne and Brian had a good day on Sgurr na Feartaig, albeit slightly longer than anticipated.  The views all round were fantastic, taking in Beinn Eighe, Liathach and numerous other mountains, with the Cuillin ridge – pictured above – and the Sgurr of Eigg both visible from the top.  There was a good breeze on the ascent and along the top which kept them cool, but on reaching Coire Leiridh they lost the breeze and the temperature quickly climbed as they descended.  To keep spirits and energy levels up on what turned out to be a very hot and sweaty trek back out to Craig, Robin produced a packet of Jelly Babies from his rucksack which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Beinn a Bhuird from the summit tors of Ben Avon

The bike and hike crowd – Carol, Michael, Jim and Arthur – biked in along the good estate road from Tomintoul to just past Inchrory.  They took the stalkers path past Carn Fiaclach to East and West Meur Gorm Craigs and on to the summit (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe) in fine weather with superb views. Jim wanted to visit all the original Munro tops and so took off on that mission, while Michael, Carol and Arthur retraced their steps back down the stalkers path.

Ewen and Catherine also biked in, with Ewen going further up Glen Avon on a reasonable track as far as Faindouran Lodge. Catherine indulged in a bit of wild swimming in the cooling waters of the Linn of Avon, and both met up later for a sociable cycle run back and a coffee in Tomintoul.

Tors near Clach Bhan, Ben Avon

Participants: Robin, Brian, Ewen, Catherine, Michael, Jim, Arthur with prospective members Anne and Carol.