Eight club members turned out for this meet. That was probably a good number for the Edinburgh JMCS cottage at Balgowan, near Laggan. It meant that there was plenty of room on the alpine hut style sleeping platforms and the kitchen and social area were comfortable.
The weather forecast was not great, but Wendell and Shona set off for the Carn Mor Dearg arete. They encountered rain, cloud, wind and almost no snow. People were walking off the climbs on the North Face as they walked in. They abandoned the plan for the CMD but went up the Corrie Leis headwall, over the summit and down via the Half Way Lochan in pretty miserable conditions.
Michael was nursing a sore ankle so went up the track by Cluny Castle and climbed Carn an Leth-choin at his own pace. Kirsty biked up the same track and climbed Carn Dearg, then went off to Wolftrax in search of coffee and more biking action.
The remaining crew of Arthur, Ewen, Richard and Robin went up Meal nan Eagan and explored the glacial meltwater channels of Dirc Mor and Dirc Beag. The idea of going on to The Fara was quietly dropped as the weather closed in. One significant learning point was that the path from the Raeburn Hut to Loch Caoldair was not the best approach to Meall nan Eagan.
Sunday saw Lisa, Wendell and Kirsty head off to Three Wise Monkeys Climbing Wall in Fort William.
The rest of the team explored the early Pictish fort on Dun da Lamh and wandered along the forested ridge of Black Craig then on to the Graham of Creag Ruadh. The approaching bank of cloud over Loch Laggan made the idea of coffee and cake in the Pottery Bunkhouse on the old Wade Military Road (more prosaically, the A889) very attractive. And so it was.
Cloud rolling in over Loch Laggan – AMcC