The Crianlarich meet was justifiably popular, with eighteen folk making the trip south to an area where there are more Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and other lumps and bumps than you could possibly hope to encounter in a weekend elsewhere. I should confess at this point that I am just a little biased, since this was my old stomping ground before heading North to Inverness.
As if to make my point the weekend was rather extended, with one pair arriving at Inverardran on Thursday, eight people staying on until Monday and one committed soul staying on for the rest of the following week. Objectives over the weekend ranged from the Bridge of Orchy Munros, which saw a massed assault of eight people on Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh; forays into the Arrochar Alps by Peter B and Barry; sundry Corbett bagging efforts involving Meall an Fhudair, Beinn Chuirn, Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh, Creag Mac Ranaich, Meall an t-Seallaidh, Beinn nan Imirean and Beinn Vrackie; and a couple of Grahams – Meall Buidhe to the east of Glen Ogle and Meall Odhar; as well as the wet weather option of walking a couple of stretches of the West Highland Way.
It is fair to say that weather gods over the weekend were a bit fickle, presenting us with a full – and random – menu of weather: wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail and sunshine. Ben Vrackie was decided on in a coffee shop in Aberfeldy as one damp party headed homewards. Then the sun came out and we thought we really should go up a hill. It was only slightly embarrassing to be be walking up the Beinn Vrackie path in our full hill kit along with the tourists, dog walkers and toddlers.
There is still a lot of unfinished business for some club members in this area, so I suspect that we may see it on the meet list again sometime soon.
Participants: Cerian, Kirsty R, Peter M, Marion, John, Sharan, Daniel, Kirsty G, Michael, Dougie, Robin, Shona, Ellie, Peter B, Arthur, Caroline, Ewen and Barry.
Welcome to Sharan who joined the IMC after the meet, and welcome back to former member Barry who rejoined while on the meet.