Galloway meet, August 2018

The Galloway Hills were damp and misty for the IMC Loch Ken camping meet.  Nevertheless, the summits of a variety of Grahams, Corbetts and Donalds were trodden by various individuals and parties of the nine people on the meet.  Amongst the delightfully named summits were Cairnsmore of Fleet, the Merrick, Shalloch on Minnoch, Meikle Millyea, Corserine, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and more prosaically, the easterly hills of Tinto, Hart Fell, White Coomb and Broad Law. 
Dougie and guest Caroline had the best of the weather on these easterly hills – above – earlier in the week.  The weekend itself was fairly wet with low cloud, and it is a moot point whether Saturday or Sunday was the wetter day.  On Saturday  two parties summited Corserine by different routes, with some detailed navigation on unfamiliar ground.  Sunday saw people on The Merrick, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and Broad Law.  
Fortunately, we had the luxury of a dry, warm and sociable yurt – top photo – as our base camp for the meet.  My exhortations to bring some camel dung for the stove to provide some Mongolian authenticity went unheeded, but the firewood was a good substitute once we got it going.
Peter, Marion, Robin and Ewen wisely forsook the hills on Sunday and had an interesting day exploring the cliffs and stacks along the Galloway coast, south of Castle Douglas.  At times, the sea could only just be glimpsed from the top of the very impressive seacliffs at Airds Point!
The rain stopped north of Stirling on our journeys back home.
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