How hot is too hot? It was 29oC in Aviemore on the day before the meet, dropping to a mere 26oc as members drove down Glen Feshie to the Glen Feshie Hostel the next day. This was bordering on unpleasant, there wasn’t a breath of wind and even the midges had gone into hiding. It was many years since TMS had stayed in Glen Feshie and the hostel was under new ownership and whatever minor shortcomings it had were more than made up for by the setting amongst the pines and meadows of the glen.
Keen to make the most of the conditions a mixture of Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and a Marilyn were climbed on Thursday and Friday. There was some heavy rain during the evening with the promise of cooler more unsettled conditions the next day, which proved to be ideal conditions for the arrival of the midges.
Saturday was windy and overcast but by Munro Society meet standards it was actually quite good!
Colin Walter was the only person to climb Munros - Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a’ Bhlair. Otherwise there were many different outings, which included Meallach Mhor, Meallach Bheag, Carn nan Tri-tighearnan, Lurcher’s Crag and Ord Ban. A few explored the Inshriach Forest and Alan Haworth travelled to the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie. That evening Robin Corlett cooked a meal for the group, assisted by his team of willing and capable sous chefs. Broccoli and celery soup was followed by roast venison and home grown rhubarb crumble. It was a fantastic evening with magical light in the glen. Sadly the hordes of midges ensured we were not able to sit outside and enjoy it.
The next day the forecast was good and everybody needed a good walk to burn off the excesses of the previous evening. As a result Munros were back on the agenda with a bagging fest completed by many of the party. In addition more Corbetts and a Graham were summitted.
Monday was going home day and many took the opportunity to climb more hills on the way back.
So it was another successful meet with a large variety of hills climbed with visits to the local tourist attractions thrown in for good measure. I think the midges enjoyed it as well.
Attendees: Ann White, Irene Leckie, Alan Hinchcliffe, Charles Murray, Eleanore Hunter, Gill Nunn and Marley, Mary Coventry, Elsa Yates, Oliver Bartrum, Robin Corlett, Colin Walter, Alan Haworth, Alan Brook. Anne, Bill and Ralph Butler stayed at home in Aviemore and drove down to meet up with the group each evening.