Kinloch Rannoch meet, 28 September 2018

The squally autumnal weather did not deter the thirteen club members on the Kinloch Rannoch meet. A healthy number of Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and a Marilyn or two were climbed over the weekend. A fairly determined fight against the elements saw Masoud’s barbeque deliver delicious Iranian spiced chicken for dinner. Evidence of Maskelyne’s 18th Century pendulum deflection experiment on Schiehallion was sought and a rather fine example of a cup marked slab from an earlier period visited. The cyclists amongst us avoided the long walks in to remote Corbetts; one less scrupulous member being aided by Hosea Libby’s inventiveness.  Tea and cakes were taken.
Friday afternoon saw the most of party arrive at Kinloch Rannoch Outdoor Centre at the same time from different directions, taking advantage of decent weather to take in a hill or two en route to the meet. Dougie, it has to be said, had an extended journey having started at the head of Glen Lyon and worked his way through the hills between there and Kinloch Rannoch over the preceding week.
Because stalking was in full swing, the Lawers munros and Tarmachan saw several parties on Friday and Saturday, leaving the Glen Lyon munros until Sunday, when no stalking was planned. The three Corbetts to the North of Loch Rannoch saw visits from several parties over the weekend and though stalking was taking place no problems were encountered (although Dougie had a longer walk than expected to Beinn Mholach following the advice of friendly stalkers).
Ewen, Masoud, Marion and Peter sought out the sites of Maskelyne’s Pendulum Deflection experiment to calculate the mass of the earth by measuring the gravitational pull  of a mountain on a pendulum. Schiehallion was chosen because of its isolation from other mountains and symmetrical shape. Two observatories and a bothy were built to conduct the experiment which calculated the mass of the earth to within 20% of what it is believed to be today.  
More significantly for hillwalkers and mountaineers, it was during this experiment that the idea of contour lines to link up points of the same height was hit upon. Where would we be without that idea?
Meet participants: Michael, Kevin, Nell, Steve, Peter, Marion, Dougie, Cerian, Masoud, Ewen, Albert, Lizzie and Arthur.