June

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Unfortunately there's no Log Book for 2000!

But here's something from the August issue of "Club News" written by Mark Setford ...

The June day walk was to Glencoe on Saturday 10th and the weather remained dry for most of the day.  A large group was dropped off just past Kentallen and then walked up Glen Duror through the forest behind Beinn a’Bheithir and down Gleann an Fhiodh to Ballachulish village.  Bidean nam Bian and Sgor na h-Ulaidh were also climbed.

The June weekend was to Altbeithe YH in Glen Affric.  The main group travelled up to Cannich on the Thursday night (22nd) and on Friday took a boat ride up to the head of Loch Mullardoch.  From here Beinn Fhionnlaidh was climbed in the pouring rain.  The route continued over Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail to the YH.  Saturday was a big day for Andy McGowan, with everyone joining him on his last Munro (An Socach).  Well done to Andy.  The sun shone brightly for the walk out on Sunday.

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Andy recalls:

I remember the June weekend well!  On the Friday I traversed Beinn Fhionnlaidh to Carn Eighe as above, then followed the twisting ridge back to Tom a'Choinich and on further to Toll Creagach West Top, then returned to Glen Affric where Gwen was waiting in the car.  I had to collect these summits so that my final Munro would be An Socach the next day!  We then made the three-hour walk-in to Alltbeithe, arriving around 9pm, ready for the final Munro the next morning.

Andy's last Munro .. in the clag on An Socach!

The Highland Cross flew by Alltbeithe as we were on An Socach, and the clean-up team were leaving there as Gwen and I arrived back.  They kindly offered to carry my heavy sac .. not quite so heavy as on the walk-in as the Cava bottles were now empty .. out to the Affric car park in their quad-bike trailer.  Three hours later, we picked it up by the roadside just before the car .. it was a tough weekend!!

Willie recalls:

After the An Socach celebrations, those staying at the hostel headed west along the ridge to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan and carried on to the west top. Descending from there we came out of the clag and could see Sgurr Gaorsaic was clear of cloud and decided to include it in the days walk to give us a full days outing.  The hostel was not busy so cooking and showering was not the usual rush.  As I rejoined the others in the common room after finishing my ablutions, Iris greeted me with the words "Look! A clean Willie!"  Was it a fair assumption or an accurate observation?  Some things are better left to the imagination.

Descending from Sgurr Gaorsaic

A leisurely walk out on Sunday in good weather (dry) was finished with a refreshment at the Slater's Arms where the owner insisted we all have a go on his bouncy castle and flung off the local kids to leave us with no excuses.  We duly obliged and enjoyed every bounce.

On the leisurely walk-out  Reverting to childhood at the Slaters

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