Sat 29th Jan - Sun 30th Jan, 2005
Mill Cottage, Feshiebridge, Cairngorms
Attendees: Tony no crampons Gask, Michelle Via Bergen Harvie, Jenny Great Escape Varley, Al turn back at 4pm Metelko, Cath F***All Ridge Sanders, Ann day trip Sanderson, Pete music man Leeson, Sabina ice lips Cosulich, Colin Glasgow kiss Maddison, Craig climbing Tourettes Marsden, Andy I'll drink Dave's as well Croughton, Dave I'm too sleepy to notice Lygate, Julie fancy thermals O'Regan, Sheena touching 100 Hendrie, Mark grumpy leader Garrod.
What a fantastic day Saturday was. Sunshine and wonderful views all day, with not much snow but firm ice above 800-900m. The Cairngorm plateau was one massive chandelier, with amazing ice shapes and patterns. Eleven of us (in 2 parties - why was that?) climbed or walked up the Northern ridges and over to Macdui; a full 6-7 hours with crampons on. Jenny had a more relaxing day from the hut, and Tony got as far as no crampons would allow, then hiked into the Monadhliaths. Colin and Craig, after reports of dubious conditions in the Northern corries (partly true, as Sunday showed) got up very early and had a great outing up Glovers chimney on the Ben.
Saturday night was pretty quiet - could it be everyone was knackered after having to exercise?
Sunday was a bit windier, colder and cloudier, but that didn't deter Dave, Al, Sheena, Sabina, Colin and Craig heading off to the corries for more climbing, and probably even more ice dodging, some of which failed. They have the cuts and bruises to prove it. Most of the others had a wild glen experience. Led ably by Pete, all paths were avoided, trees hugged, and views absorbed.
Thanks to all who came, and made the best of the opportunity. A great mountaineering weekend!
Your next chance to get to Scotland with perfect winter conditions guaranteed. Mill Cottage is a Mountaineering Council of Scotland hut, is well appointed, and located near to Aviemore and the northern Cairngorms (grid ref. NH 844 047). This gives options for x-country and downhill skiing, winter climbing in the northern corries, big walks, and lakeside rambles (plus shopping if you get desperate).
Price for the hut per night was £5.50 last year (yet to confirm if the same this year, but assume it is) payable to me on booking (as ever). We have 12 places booked. It is likely that various members may wish to extend the weekend to 3 or more nights; let me know if this is the case and I can check with the hut warden.
I will endeavour to get down to the pub between now and the meet, but best bet to secure your place is to give me a ring, and follow it up with your cheque.