A strong team of 10 ventured down to Strathspey, ably organised by Steve Bell. The remnants of a hurricane were forecast, and the plan was to ascend old favourite Meall a’Bhuachaille from Forest Lodge.
A sunny walk to Ryvoan bothy, pictured above, was followed by an increasingly breezy ascent of the hill track. The forecast for winds of 45-60 mph was amply justified and no-one felt like doing the ridge walk along to Craiggowrie, all settling for the descent of the north ridge – below – and return through the Caledonian Pine woods to Forest Lodge.
The day was rounded off with a visit to the Bell holiday home for much-appreciated tea and cakes. A good sociable day, and an interesting way down a well-known hill.