Inchnadamph Lodge is a large hostel which can accommodate over fifty. The price includes breakfast in the dining room each morning. We were allocated three dormitories, and I chose a bunk in a four-person room. However, my bunk had a hard ridge right down the centre. I tried to pad it a bit with the duvet, but I did not find it particularly comfortable all weekend.
The Lodge is a long drive for the sixteen members attending. Even so, some managed to climb a hill or two on the way north. Alan Brook took in all the tops of An Teallach over two days, i.e. two Munros and seven Tops. Oliver and Catherine Bartrum climbed Beinn Enaiglair, having travelled on the overnight sleeper from London to Inverness. John Green and David Batty scaled MeallGlucTigh-fail (521m), and Gill Nunn was on Càrnna h-Easgainn. Anne White did Morven and Scaraben, while Derek Sime and Bill Taylor ascended Càrnnan Tri-tighearnan on the way up the A9. Colin Walter climbed Suilven, but found the path very wet underfoot.
The weather forecast was for winds of 45 to 60mph and rain most or all day. Most people modified their plans for the weekend, except David Batty, Frank Johnstone and Colin Walter who bravely set out for Conival, Ben More Assynt and its South Top. Given the conditions, this was a fairly tough day, and so it proved because they were last back to the Lodge. Charles Murray, Fred Ward, Elsa Yates and Irene Leckieheaded further north for the low-level walk from Blairmore to Sandwood Bay. This is a very popular walk, since there is now a car park and public toilets at Blairmore. Fred insisted that when he was last there over thirty years ago he could see the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, and sure enough, the top of it was visible from the beach. We found a washed up tree trunk to sit on while we ate our sandwiches, but faced very heavy rain as we returned to the car.
The Falls of Kirkaig attracted another group including Oliver, Catherine, John, Robin Corlett and Gill with her dog Marley. Anne completed a run from Lochinver to Clachtoll Beach and visited Achmelvich. Alan, who is a caving expert, went to the Allt nanUamh Bone Caves and looked at other caves further upstream. The only other members who ventured on to a hill were Derek and Bill who climbed the two Grahams Meall an Fheur Loch and Meallan a’ Chuail. In the evening we drove to the Kylesku Hotel for a very filling evening meal, after which Oliver was surprised to receive a special dessert with candles to mark his birthday.
The weather forecast was for south-westerly winds of 30 to 35mph with heavy showers. More Corbetts were tackled. Robin did Foinaven, while Elsa and Irene went to nearby Breabag. Charles, Fred, John, David and Catherine set off for Quinag. SpideanCoinich was reached by all five, Catherine and David returned from SàilGharbh when the weather deteriorated, leaving John to complete SàilGorm on his own.
Oliver climbed both CùlMòr and CùlBeag and reported better weather there. Gill headed north to Ben Stack while Derek and Bill did the traverse of Suilven, finding the path every bit as wet as Colin had. Colin and Alan opted for the walk to the Falls of Kirkaig. Back at the Lodge, the drying room was again full of dripping garments.
Colin was away early to An Teallach. Alan set off for FionnBheinn in the Fannaichs. Oliver and Catherine climbed Breabag on their way back to Inverness station. Elsa and Irene did Little Wyvis, while Anne had Ben MoreCoigach in mind. Derek and Bill went to ascend Ben Stack, and David and John climbed Beinn Reidh (567m) to the west of the Lodge. The previous occupants of the Lodge had left a lot of food behind, and we were encouraged to help ourselves to anything we wanted. I came away with bags of apples and oranges, enough to last me all week. With all the busy traffic and road-works on the A9, it took me over six hours to drive home to Glasgow.
Despite the weather, the following hills were climbed over the weekend:-
Munros & Tops:Conival, Ben More Assynt and South Top, AnTeallach, FionnBheinn
Corbetts: Ben Enaiglair, SpideanCoinich, SàilGharbh, SàilGorm, Breabag, CùlMòr, CùlBeag, Foinaven, Little Wyvis
Grahams:Suilven, Càrnna h-Easgainn, Morven, Scaraben, Càrn nan Tri-Tighearnan, Meall an Fheur Loch, Meallan a’ Chuail, Ben Stack, Ben MoreCoigach
Others:MeallGlacTigh-fail (521m), Beinn Reidh (567m)