The venue for this year’s Christmas Dinner was the Morvich Outdoor Centre; room for 20, and we had 19! An added attraction was Steve Bell’s last Graham, which was Biod an Fhithich beside The Saddle. On Saturday the entire party – of 17 at that stage – trooped up the track from Glen Shiel, and enjoyed a well-earned dram to toast Steve’s achievement; he is pictured above in his moment of triumph. The weather was mixed as you can see from the photos, and no-one went on down the ridge to Shiel Bridge, instead concentrating on preparing enough food for at least 28. It was almost all consumed during a very convivial evening.
It froze down to -8C over Saturday night, and the winter morning ritual of scraping ice and frozen snow off car windscreens and thawing frozen locks was a bit of a novelty after our spell of mild winters. The day was promising, low winter sun sparkled on fresh powder as we gingerly drove a couple of icy kilometres to the car park below Sgurr an Airgid. Kevin, Shona, Kate, Michael and Arthur planned to go up Sgurr an Airgid. Alan and Gina followed the same route to the bealach and then went for Beinn Bhuide.
The day was as promised. Low winter sun, little wind and lovely views. The progress of both parties was hampered only by trail breaking in soft snow and unmissable photo opportunities. Both parties met up at the bealach on the way down and descended with views of the sun setting sun behind Beinn Sgritheall and the hills astride Mam Ratagan. Not a bad day.