Members of the youth section of Inverness MC – Ewen, Michael, Robin and Arthur – loaded up the car with their best winter gear for the first club expedition of the New Year. Unfortunately, the crampons remained in the car boot and the axes were never removed from the sacks on what proved to be one of the milder days of an already mild winter. Nevertheless, the mist lying in the glen gave Strathconon a delightfully surrealistic feel. The day was a pleasant one, punctuated by many pauses to take in the views, put the world to right or discuss snippets of history and science. Such wisdom is rare in those of this age.
On Sgurr a Mhuilinn we came across the site of a lightning strike: disturbed soil and rocks with the strike earthing in a characteristic star pattern. Arthur had already found a similar strike on Meallan nan Uan on a previous visit. So, beware of these hills on a stormy day. Two large groups of ptarmigan vainly sought the camouflage of the few snow patches on Sgurr a Mhuilinn. We sought refuge in the Lovat Arms in Beauly.