Only Dougie saw blue sky on our trip to the Monadhliaths and he has a photograph to prove it. The rest of the group saw nary a sight of blue sky, or much else for that matter.
Our first meet after the New Year took us to Glen Banchor to the west of Newtonmore, where we parked at the road end and discarded our crampons and winter boots. The temperature driving down the A9 had been well above freezing and that was to continue on the hill.
Dougie, in Corbett bagging mode, shot off to Carn an Fhreiceadain via the Munros of A’Chailleach and Carn Sgulain. Following the blue sky sighting, above, he described the rest of the day as “very cold, dreich and clagged in, necessitating a wee bit of navigation.” He was later found, at the end of the day, ensconced in a bar in front of a roaring fire in Newtonmore.
Three dogs set off along Glen Banchor to check out the hut marked on the OS map at Loch Dubh in Gleann Lochain. They were accompanied by Ewen, Rob and Fiona who duly reported back that the hut was no more, its remains scattered in the peat hags near the Loch. They returned over Carn Macoul, and were interested by the features described below.
The rest of the group also headed along Glen Banchor to Carn Dearg by Carn Macoul. Narrow, rocky sided meltwater channels from the ice sheet of the late Devensian period breach the ridge, south and north of Carn Macoul. The mist limited any views, with only the remnants of cornices fleetingly glimpsed en route to Carn Dearg. The group descended via Glen Fionnndrigh in the gloaming, joining up with the rest of the party in the aforementioned bar in Newtonmore.
Despite the weather, it was a very enjoyable and social outing. Participants: Shona, Nell, Michael, John, Daniel, Arthur, Ewen, Kirsty R., Dougie, Wendell, Rob (members). Tanya and Fiona (potential members).