Fannichs day meet, 24 February 2019

The sage of Inverness MC, who also happens to be our esteemed President, tells me that the views from Sgurr Mor on our club meet to the Fannichs on Sunday spanned from Ben Rinnes 69 miles to the east, to Harris 65 miles to the west – a distance of 134 miles – and from Morven in Caithness 62 miles to the north, to Ben Nevis also 62 miles to the south – a distance of 124 miles.

The weather in the preceding week had not been promising. The unseasonally fine weather for most of February had been replaced with strong winds, low clouds, rain and yo-yoing temperatures; the last stripping the hills of most of the remaining snow. However, Sunday dawned fine, with a bit of a chill wind and the fine views described above.

Looking east along the Fannichs – Michael G

We parked at the west end of Loch Droma and Kirsty shot off to pick up the easterly Fannich Munros.  The rest of us strolled up the hydro track to the Allt a Mhadaidh and on to Loch a Mhadaidh.   There we met Shona who had been camping overnight, testing her new tent for her upcoming long distance trip to the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Our rather more modest outing continued by picking up the unmarked stalkers path which follows the ridge from Creag Raineach Mor and skirts round the east side of Meall a Chrasgaidh to the bealach. This is a more pleasant route than flogging up the headwall and gives fine views into the corrie. At the lip of the corrie we encountered a lonely band of snow, over which we cut a staircase of steps – because we could.

Venerable gentlemen taking in the view – Shona M

Catherine set off for Sgurr nan Clach Geala, while the rest of us wandered over Carn na Criche to Sgurr Mor and Beinn Liath Mor Fannaich, meeting up with Kirsty as we descended off Sgurr Mor. A fairly steep descent off the nose of Beinn Liath Mor Fannaich brought us to a hillwalkers path (again unmarked on the map ) and back to the hydro track.

Participants: Shona, Dan, Miha, Robin, Kirsty R., Catherine, Michael, Rob, Arthur, Sharan, Anne and Masoud.