Friday, 30 October 2009

23/24th October 2009 A Fair Scunner

1 Corbett

The weather finally cleared up enough to head on up to the van. Arriving on Thursday night, plans were laid to grab the 2 peaks east of Loch Trieg. This would have given me two Munro’s, two Tops’ and 1 no longer classified. Kirsten would have bagged her first Munro’s. Ah well, the best-laid plans and that. We arrived at the starting point at the hamlet of Fersit got our boots on and YES. A Muppet had forgotten to take his sticks. And HE can’t walk distances without them!!! What to do? Back to the van and get them was the only answer. Back at the van a new plan was hatched. With the cloud right down to around 900m over the Cairngorms, Meall a' Bhuachaille would have to do. This hill always seems to be our fallback if the weather is too bad to go for anything big but also can give great views of the Cairngorms if the clag does lift. Kirsten would also get her first Corbett. This was duly bagged and for a change we decided to go over the top and try and find a path to Glenmore Lodge. In this we were moderately successful and found ourselves about 1 km for the lodge. Unfortunately we were too early for the bar to be open but in fine time to meet my cousin Niall on the train from Inverness. He was fresh from an interview in Inverness. Have not heard how that went but keeping fingers crossed.

Come Saturday the weather was even worse with storm force winds forecast for the high tops and constant heavy rain We decided to have a stroll up to Lochan a' Choire and see if it was worth going on up to the window. The rain just did not let up so it was decided to head back to the car,civilisation and scone hunting.

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