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Alex MacIntyre Hut, Onich (Glencoe)

posted 4 Nov 2019, 04:25 by Simon Li

11 - 13 October 2019
DMC October 2019

Another great DMC weekend started with an assault on the Mamores, a group of mountains south of Ben Nevis which contains 10 Munros plus other peaks. A group of runners started at the west, a group of walkers started in the middle and a third group started on the east. Berenice formed the link between groups 2 and 3 when she met Iain and Andrew on the ridge up Binnein Mor. Unfortunately the runners had poor conditions and descended early; just a couple of km further east we were blessed with great views, magnificent rainbows and Brocken spectres. A full day out in a big range of ridges and peaks, where every step reveals a changing view of dramatic cliffs and sweeping glens.

On Sunday two groups started in completely different places but were able to wave to each other across Glen Creran. From the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh the others could be seen climbing the Ballachulish horseshoe ridge between their two Munros.

Some members stayed an extra night and spent Monday scrambling up Bidean in Glencoe.

- Report by Andrew

Inver Cottage, Achnasheen

posted 6 Oct 2019, 03:53 by Simon Li

20 - 22 September 2019

DMC Achnasheen 2019
September is a month where you could expect to get pretty much any weather. Luckily for the club the weekend picked for the meet this year was warm and sunny.

Saturday saw three different parties leave the hut heading for different goals (plus a fourth party who had stayed at more luxurious accommodation). Berenice and Andrew were joined by Justyna to head up Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a Chaorachain. Bruce, Iain and Marcus headed for a scramble on Liathach. Greg meanwhile persuaded Sandy, Rosie, Toni and Janis to join him up An Ruadh Stac. Me (Dom) and Amy headed up Slioch on a warm sunny day. After everyone's journeys all returned to the hut, me and Amy arriving just in time to see Justyna before she headed home. Given the warm day and the fact the sun hadn’t set yet it was decided the loch looked a good place to finish the day. Some (me and Amy) were more prepared (or wimpish) and donned wetsuits before going in. Others took a more traditional approach to swimming enjoying the cold water on their skin (for a much shorter time). The heavy rain the week before ensuring the September sun had not done too much to raise the water temperatures.

Berenice produced a delightful stew for the diners that evening, and we soon got round to discussing plans for the next day round the fire before the Dobble cards were brought out.

Sunday promised to be another good day and a variety of plans were hatched. Berenice continued her bagging mission heading to Maol Chen Dearg, not a popular choice for those who had done the neighbouring hill the previous day. Greg left early to bag a corbett from StrathConnon close to the hut but a long drive round to start point of walk. Fionn Bheinn above Achnasheen was an easy target for those worn out by the previous day’s exertions. The rest (including the author) heading for a planned two corbett day behind Beinn Eighe. On reaching the first viewpoint where both summits were visible (Ruadh Stac Beag and Meall a’Ghiuthas) it was decided who ever wrote the Corbett book had strange ideas about joining peaks and that Meall a’Ghiuthas alone would make a much more sensible walk for the day. Ruadh Stac Beag being much better linked with the other summits of Beinn Eighe. This shortened the day and ensured we managed to return to the car park just as the rain began so avoiding getting wet.

- Report by Dom

Muir Cottage, Braemar

posted 4 Oct 2019, 06:49 by Simon Li

19 - 21 July 2019

DMC in the Cairngorms

Meet report on the way, in the meantime enjoy the photos.

Deeside Source to Sea

posted 18 Jul 2019, 16:41 by Simon Li

29 June 2019
DMC Deeside Source to Sea

Deeside Source to Sea - an attempt to follow the River Dee from it's source to where it meets the sea, under our own steam.

The team met at the Braemar chippy on Friday night to stock up with calories for the next 24 hours. Whilst waiting for his meal Dom whipped out his stove to prepare a second dish! After dropping off the kayaks at Invercauld Dom and Amy joined the rest of the team to walk (and in Iain's case, attempt to cycle) from Linn of Dee via Derry Lodge to our camp site near Corrour bothy. A beautiful evening, it was warm and light enough to walk without torches right to camp at 11.30pm. Straight to bed, no time to drink the 'crate' of beer that Bruce had heaved up the hill, for the expedition required an early start.

DMC Deeside Source to Sea
Up before 6am, too early to eat breakfast, and in Iain's case no fuel for his stove ;-) We all set off travelling as light as possible up the Lairig for the stiff climb up the UK's second highest peak. Fantastic views and great to be on the summit so early, although the sun was already quite high in the sky. After a group photo the runners set off - no time to dawdle if we were to get to Aberdeen for a beach bbq. First stop though, the Wells of Dee, some magical springs on the high plateau where the river begins its journey. Rather than follow the river directly over the cliffs we ran between the four Munro summits, over Angel's Peak, Cairn Toul and the Devil's Point, which amazingly took less than 2 hours. The latter summit had the most incredible view of the Dee stretching ahead of us. A quick descent back to camp where we picked up our sleeping bags and started the run alongside the Dee back to the Linn. Thanks to the walkers in the team for carrying leftover tents!

DMC Deeside Source to Sea
Having only eaten a cheese roll for the last 35km I was starving at this point so I took some time to have lunch while Dom and Amy set off on their bikes. Iain and I then set off together to meet them at Invercauld as they were preparing to get into the kayaks. All was looking good so we continued to Balmoral where we would pick them up. Unfortunately by that time the most intense storm I've ever experienced was rolling in. Incredible lightning displays were followed immediately by huge thunderclaps. The storm was all around us! However we set off on the bikes for Aberdeen as the rain seemed to come and go. By the time we got to Aboyne the rain was most definitely more come than go and the lightning was hitting the ground around us. Calling it a day we retired to the local Indian where we were able to celebrate Amy's birthday in some style (and Dom nipped out to cook a second meal whilst waiting ;-)).

- Report by Andrew
- Participants: Dom, Amy, Andrew, Berenice, Fiona, Caitlin, Bruce, Iain

GSG Hut, Elphin

posted 1 Jul 2019, 14:14 by Simon Li

14 - 16 June 2019
DMC Elphin meet

Deciding to take a break from having a camping meet for midsummer the club headed north instead to the land of late sunsets for a June meet to Elphin. The long drive from Dundee did mean the last party did still manage to arrive after sunset.

There had been some discussion of caving before going but a reasonable forecast saw everyone head to the hills on Saturday. Suilven proved the most popular hill, but the author headed to the three Corbetts of Quinag with 4 others. With Pete having only managed to climb the first one due to wind at the last DMC meet to Elphin we headed up the central peak first. Reaching the summit, we were glad of our hill choice as hills further south and west all seemed cloud covered (including Suilven). We continued along a spectacular ridge to the furthest away peak a handy lunch spot. Returning back to the car via the Southern summit for four of us we nearly but not quite managed to avoid the rain which soon stopped once we reached the shelter of the car.

Returning to the hut the sun soon returned with most of us sunning ourselves in the conservatory. Drawn back out by the sun me and Amy went for a quick swim (in wetsuits) first in Loch Borralan which proved too shallow then in Cam Loch which proved to be a better option if rather cold. Eventually the others returned from various adventures in the mist and an excellent tea with cheesecake was had by all.

Sunday saw some caving adventures. This started with much kit faff working out what kit we had for people with some (me) not doing the crucial try on to check it fits step. After getting sorted a short drive saw more faff followed by an awkward walk in too many clothes to get to the start of the cave. Being glad to not have to walk any further in wellies distracted us from the fact that Andrew had stopped us near a rather small dark hole in the ground. One by one we descended through the narrow hole. I was personally relieved by the large number of handholds meaning we would hopefully be able to easily climb back out the hole we had slithered down, but first some exploring to do.

This started with a series of short trips away from a large central chamber slowly getting us used to different bits of caving. The drier weather meant that previous warnings about caving being cold and wet were not true and I was rather too warm in my winter kayaking thermals. The final challenge of the first half of the cave exploration was a short wire ladder down to a river where we could see the line madder people than us had used for their cave diving. A rather stiff rope provided some difficulties when being used for safety but everyone managed to safely navigate the ladder. Fired up no one at this point announced they wanted to turn back before the second half of the cave system with a warning of a narrow entry passage. Reality however soon hit and after some wavering only 5 of the original 7 managed to make it through the others resolved to wait for us to return. After slithering through a narrow gap the cave did slowly get wider and a few awkward scrambles presented themselves. The lore of a waterfall drew us on but one traverse reduced our numbers to 4 (someone decided to wait no one fell). The knowledge of a narrow slither out meant I never quite relaxed in this second cave and so was quite glad to be turning back when we reached the end. A slightly different route was taken to return and thankfully Villo had not been kidnapped by goblins so we were able to return safely to the others and the wonderful daylight and air on the surface. Caving was interesting but there are probably many other things higher on the list of hobbies to do above it…

Returning to the car and showers of the hut was easier as a downhill walk out and the long drive home beckoned…

- Report by Dominic

DMC Elphin meet
Sunday was the day I was waiting for a long time, I never went to any caves and always was wanting to do it. Finally we had a chance as Andrew was so keen to take us down under the earth.

Little hole and we are in. Was so quiet up there and water running sound was so different that ever heard. Bit scary, to crawling few metres with almost no space to move the feet felt so great when you end up in different chamber and than couple of traverses above few metres drops.... Hmmm. So exciting! After we have been back I am more for caving again soon I hope one day I find a prehistoric bones or a diamonds. Wish me luck!

- Report by Sylwia

A few midges....
A few showers.....
A few beers....
A little sun burn....
A portion of lentil curry....
A little gas...!
A stroll in the hills...

- Report by Paul

Skye Meet 2019

posted 28 May 2019, 03:50 by Dominic Williams

9-13 May 2019 

Skye Adventures…..!
“Squirrel Suits, Cheese Rolling and the Gulasch-und-Strudel Wagen….”

The trip to Skye always generates extra excitement and so Friday was duly exchanged for Bank Holiday Monday, and six of us managed - after about 300 emails - to coordinate two cars to travel up on Thursday eve. Anton offered to drive and like me has a Skoda with many miles under its belt, however when he suggested we could fit 5 plus bikes I was a bit sceptical…. I duly arrived to witness roofbox being loaded with goodies, including food for the Sat night, and bike rack – no problems! A quick diversion to get Sylwia with a second bike, then north, Anton being mainly concerned the bikes were secure, whereas I was wondering if any unplanned heavy braking would result in 5kg of Gulasch cascading down the windscreen, not to mention the fate of the Apple Strudel balancing on the back seat… Needn’t have worried however, and the food on Sat night was superb!!

Arriving Sligachan campsite just before midnight exposed the ‘hard’ truth of what had been forgotten this time, in my case a Thermarest, substituted instead by an uncoiled 60m rope and a borrowed blanket. At least I remembered a sleeping bag and a tent…

Friday saw 10 of us head off up Coire na Banachdich, conscious that some were making their first visit to the Cuillin, and we’d just had a very cold week with lots of fresh snow further east. A showery day full of ‘atmosphere’, some of the atmosphere consisting of hail and snow, it didn’t last, but added a bit of extra spice, when you can’t quite trust the gabbro 100%. Everyone made the top of Sg na Banachdich, a real achievement given the conditions, and 8 of us managed to press on to An Dorus via Sg a Ghreadaidh, a fleeting Broken Spectre one of the highlights. Simon & Phelim had other ideas, exploring/getting lost in the dripping recesses of Sron na Ciche – didn’t we do this last year as well?? Some cracking photos though.

The now traditional DMC weather arrived for Sat along with the Friday nighters (i.e clear and sunny - whoever arranges this every year deserves a medal), and we had several people on the Inn Pinn, Ghreadaidh, Banachdich, a visit to Raasay, and a group of 7 aiming for the northern 3 Cuillin Munro’s, Bruach na Frithe by the NW ridge, Am Bhasteir including the ‘bad step’, and the West ridge of Gillean. The summit of Am Bhasteir is one of those places where the exposure is absolute and has a great feeling of ‘space’. You can understand (if briefly) the attraction of Base Jumping with a Squirrel Suit…. casual Google search reveals:-
“” – base jumping equipment, – how to start Wingsuit flying!, closely followed by “wingsuit /”, then “Wikipedia: list of fatalities due to Wingsuit flying….”
Staying firmly on the ground we pushed on up Gillean, roping up for the tricky bit and revelling in the fantastic situations. It’s a long way down the (very much tongue in cheek) “Tourist route” to the pub however (quicker with a squirrel suit ).

Sun saw a whole heap of different things accomplished, running the Trotternish ridge (Dom&Amy and Lu), running some of the Skye trail down to Portree (Andrew, Berenice, Villo and Simon), Cycling down to Talisker Bay and round to Glen Brittle (all from Sligachan) Anton and Sylwia, plenty of folk headed off to do Blaven, and I, well I resorted to the Red Cuillin, there being a Graham and Corbett as yet unclimbed. Worth it for the experience, great views but the descent off Glamaig is an unrelenting 600m 40deg nightmare of loose scree and grass…. and they run up and down here every year…? The record I believe is 44mins – by one Finlay Wild, he of Cuillin ridge in 2h59m22s fame, not only that, he took 32 mins to get up, and 12 MINS to get down…!!! The only comparable thing which springs to mind is the carnage unleashed by the annual Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire.. maybe that’s why these Cuillin are red…

Report by Iain

More photos can be seen on yogile album here

Inverie, Knoydart

posted 20 Apr 2019, 10:49 by Simon Li   [ updated 21 Apr 2019, 13:24 by Dominic Williams ]

12 - 14 April 2019

Inverie, Inverie, that's where the mountains meet the sea.
Every laddie kiss your lass, everybody raise your glass,
and let's hear a shout o' Inverie. (Inverie)

DMC Knoydart
And now for the latest installment in the DMC adventure series…. “18 go to Knoydart Island”

OK, not an island exactly but a superbly remote area, part of “The Rough Bounds” which means uncompromising (unshaven?) terrain, and makes for long ‘km’ and big ‘metres’…. as we were to find out.
Sgurr Coire Choinnichean is the sharp peak which looms above Inverie on the approach on the Ferry from Mallaig (and featured in Greg’s Mountain Mind Quiz a few weeks ago) – and is a good indication of what to expect, a sea level start, brutally steep, bit rocky and with fine ridges. This was the ‘plan’ for Saturday, start here, follow the long ridge beyond eventually leading to Ladhar Bheinn, then pick our way down to the north and circling back to Beinn na Caillich before a long walk out and back to the Bunkhouse. We soon learned that those who arrived for a full day on Friday had taken 10 to 11 hours to do Ladhar Bheinn (Konrad, Maddy and Stef) and Luinne Bheinn plus Meall Dearg (Berenice and Andrew).. maybe we were being a little optimistic??

All assembled on the Friday eve, some sampled the Old Forge seafood menu and real ales (locally brewed – yes even Knoydart now has its own micro-brewery.. “Remoteness” 3.8% abv – and not a bad pint…), others worked out how to share a single ‘3 working hob’ cooker in the bunkhouse (with beds for 24), and some (one?) who’ll remain nameless resorted to Pot Noodle at the campsite…

DMC Knoydart routes
Saturday brought terrific clear conditions and loads of contenders for the next DMC Photo comp but pictures belied the true conditions with a fierce easterly wind and bitter wind chill. 4 seasons in 20 minutes, gloves on, gloves off, suncream on, sunhat off, shades on, down jacket on…. Dom&Amy and I pursued our mad round, and set about gently pushing back our target time for each summit, so 1pm leaving the top of Ladhar Bheinn became 2.15, and 5.20pm for the top of Beinn na Caillich.. with a mere 9km back to base. Whisker under 12 hours all in and a memorable day, especially the icicles and verglas encountered descending the north side of Ladhar Bheinn… Everyone made a Munro or Corbett - Ladhar Bheinn, Luinne Bheinn and Meall Bhuidhe all featured and we even came up with the new activity of wild paddling, the loch in question being too shallow for wild swimming..

A storming evening meal courtesy of Berenice, Andrew and Maddy, replenished tired bodies, and a combination of alcohol, Munro Top Trumps and Dobble frustrated tired minds, and set us up for Sunday’s adventures. Undeterred by even colder, windier conditions, Sandy and I traversed the length of Beinn Bhuidhe, whilst Dom&Amy took in Meall Bhuidhe. Some of the others opted for low level runs, and some cragging back on the ‘mainland’. Phelim, Katrina and Sandy stayed on for the Monday – has anyone heard from them since??

Sad to leave, another fantastic weekend and can’t wait for the next Chapter…

- Report by Iain

A ps from Sandy

Nice one Iain for writing the report.... Just to confirm, Phelim bivvied out on the beach Sunday night and left on the Monday morning ferry. Whilst Katrina and I set off for Our Mary, (lady of the sea) on the hillside before returning home to Dundee about 9pm. Ready for a new week after a very fine weekend!


posted 3 Apr 2019, 05:04 by Simon Li

24 March 2019

Meall nan Caorach - Meall Reamhar
Teamed up with Suzanne on Sunday to do Meall Dearg, a Graham north of Amulree. We timed things for an afternoon start to allow a front through but got hammered by the wind for most of the 19km circuit achieved. Weather and wildlife marked the outing with some horizontal hail, warm sunshine and a little snow; geese, mountain hares and a deer hassling sheep! A satisfying half-day.

- report by Greg

Glencoe Independent Hostel

posted 22 Mar 2019, 08:16 by Simon Li   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 09:02 by Dominic Williams ]

15 - 17 March 2019

glen coe
One of the most beautiful locations in Scotland – Glen Coe! I was looking forward to the meet, leaving Dundee on Friday afternoon with Suzanne and Paulina, sun was shinning and it was looking pretty good...

Rainy, grey Saturday morning... more than slightly disappointing but what can you do!! Berenice, Steph, Simon, Dom, Iain and I headed off and made a few good hours out of it, after a 'rainy & snowy walk', and exploring the loch, part of the group (Steph, Berenice, Simon and I) ended up with an unexpected afternoon shopping trip to Fort William. Some other afternoon plans involved climbing at the Ice Factor (Paul and Sandy), skiing (Suzanne, Paulina and Sandy), watching Six Nations Rugby 2019 at the local pub, and the new people checking out DMC club went for a run...

It was Chimed’s last meet before leaving Scotland, sad to see him go... all the best with new adventures and I am sure many great memories and stories of DMC and Scottish Munros will be taken away.

We celebrated this weekend with a 3 course Dutch communal meal, which was fun and an experimental task to prepare dinner for a group of 20 people following the recipes for the first time. Finished off with delicious Bailey's and Maple syrup cheesecakes (17th March is St. Patrick's day) made by Chimed.

Tim, who came to DMC meet for the first time, happened to have a bottle of Dutch Gin, this was a perfect occasion for the Dutch Gin bottle to come out of the storage cupboard after being there for around 20 years.

Sunday turned out to be sunny and clear, Glen Coe Mountain Resort was packed with skiers, snowboarders and people who came to enjoy the views, a very beautiful day. Other groups went Munro bagging.

Regardless of the circumstances DMC always manages to find ways to have fun and make the most out of the day. New people are very welcome and for those whose time have come to a change will be missed.

- report by Ilze

glen etive beinn nan aighenan
March meet to Glencoe saw a contrast between the different days. Quite a lot of snow falling in the lead up to the meet had made some excited for skiing and others worrying about avalanche conditions on the hills. Saturday was forecast to deteriorate so those aiming for the hills were up early 6 people set off for Sgurr Elide Mor with the rain in the car park soon turning to snow as height was gained. A decision by 4 of the 6 was made that Loch Elide Mor was a suitable alternative target for the day given weather conditions. The others carried on up and discovering the weather didn’t deteriorate higher up pressed on for the summit. Crampons being left in the car and ice under the snow on higher slopes further reduced the party so Iain summited alone. Returning to the hut early afternoon we found the other group heading for Munros had been no more successful turning back on school house ridge cutting short a planned circuit of Ballachulish horseshoe.

A trip to the Clachaig soon ensured to console the disappointed walkers and was everyone up again. The evening saw a fantastic three course meal served to mark Chimed’s final meet before he runs away to the Netherlands (he will be back to visit I am sure).

Sunday the forecast was for a better day so Berenice’s proposed walk to Beinn nan Aighenan proved a popular choice with 8 heading up there. Thankfully the cloud was higher today so the way up to the col was visible from the road and looked like the route up the valley was the best option and not subject to bad avalanche risk. My early dreams of bagging extra Munros on the return journey slowly faded long trek up the valley reached the snow line and progress slowed. After nearly 3 hours of walking we finally caught sight of our destination summit and had a celebratory lunch stop. As always seeing the top is not the same as climbing it and it took a while longer before we reached the final summit. This day I took my crampons (having decided I would be sad if I didn’t make this summit) but with only a very short icy section on the top didn’t put them on. Descent saw good use be made of a snow filled gully to quickly lose height the snow was poorly bonded together, so the predicted considerable avalanche forecast was probably correct. We got down with no issues and eventually returned to the cars after 6pm quite late for a Sunday to start a drive back to Dundee.

Another great weekend with a great bunch of people.

- report by Dom

Devils Ridge Glen Nevis
Wow!, a great selection of reports already in, and as the recent inaugural winner of the DMC Scribe award I feel like I need to sharpen my pencil!

Winter was back with a bang and the wind changed suddenly to the east on Saturday with heavy snow which produced pretty widespread windslab and considerable avalanche risk, so managing to get to a summit was an unexpected bonus. The amount of snow above 700m was quite a surprise, and the original plot with Simon to tackle the Aonach Eagach on Sunday was quietly dropped, the idea of trail breaking along a sharp edged ridge with fresh windslab everywhere didn’t appeal... instead we opted for the Mamores, Sgurr a Mhaim and round to Stob Ban with the added excitement of the Devils Ridge, which ended up trail breaking along a sharp edged ridge with fresh windslab everywhere....

For those who know, in summer this is an exhilarating knife edge but mainly a walk with a couple of scrambling steps. Having done it before in winter in my formative years I was quite confident it would be a fun day out and a fitting adventure to cap Chimed’s time with the DMC. Just as well we couldn’t see the ridge from the top of Sgurr a Mhaim... we negotiated the first narrow section and the little step around the pinnacles where you drop a few feet off the ridge in an exposed position and I then headed up to a curious bulge of snow on the ridge crest. Breaking through this my heart sank - what should have been a straightforward path on the crest of the ridge - and maybe a cornice on one side, had been transformed by the variable winds into a Mr Whippy sculpture of teetering soft snow, spectacular but unnerving. Plan B was to traverse along the west side below the crest - firm snow but a really exposed steep slope and not on the original itinerary - some 'on the job training' for Chimed. Safely negotiated and surfing on adrenalin we regrouped on the broad col beyond. Master of understatement - 'I was a little bit out of my comfort zone' no S**t!

Such things are memories made of...

- report by Iain

Glencoe Independent Hostel
The popularity of a Glen Coe venue meant we spilled out of the Alpine Bunkhouse to take some space in the main building where the cosy fire was enjoyed by many of us. Saturday was dreich and a bit blowy at times with only 2 folk managing hill summits mainly due to the snow conditions. The skiers had limited visibility and later took refuge in the new Kingshouse.

Others ended up in the Clachaig Inn & The Ice Factor. On Saturday evening we celebrated Chimed's last meet with us with a hearty dutch meal of Soup, Wurst, Sauerkraut with lashings of Potato and Chimed's home-made Cheesecake (somewhat later!). The evening concluded with several group games played. On Sunday the weather gradually improved and we were blessed with blue skies and views. The skiers returned to see where they had been the day before and Berenice took a party to Beinn nan Aighenan. Chimed got his Munro tally to 50 via Sgurr a'Mhaim, the Devil's ridge to Sgurr Ban with Iain & Simon. Comrie chipper & Tyndrum Real Food Cafe were utilised on the way home - yum.

- report by Greg

Inverardran Cottage, Crianlarich

posted 25 Feb 2019, 04:16 by Simon Li

15 -17 February 2019

DMC Crianlarich In the rain
It was a wee bit wet (!).

Actually what was left of winter was running off the hills, but undeterred, three groups set off on Saturday heading for Beinn Narnain and Ben Ime (Berenice, Ilze, Paulina and Sandy), Beinn Chabhair (and onwards on the Steve Fallon round...?) for Dom, Amy, Konrad and Andrew H, Barry & Bob headed up Ben More for an early finish, leaving myself, Chimed and Anton to head for Ben's Lui, Oss and Dubhcraig - the long walk in past Cononish and up the NE Coire, which was the only place with any appreciable snow. Luckily it was quite sheltered until we pulled over the top, the snow ended, and we were blasted by the wind which quickly reminded you that windchill still bites even if the temp is well above freezing!

It was on stepping round the back of summit cairn that I discovered Ben, slightly distressed but still able to explain that he had been there for 5 days and was looking for someone to take him onto some more Munro's. He was quite well equipped and in a dry bag but we agreed we would make sure he got back safely.

Now at this point i should point out that Ben is a travelling (teddy) bear, has done 57 Munro's to date and been on lots of adventures going by his Facebook page!

He was duly fed and watered back at the hut and taken up Ben More by Chimed and Andrew the following day, in truly atrocious conditions... Other hills were also done however, Berenice to Beinn Mhanach (bagging...), Me, Sandy, Konrad and Anton for Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh (bagging...), Dom and Amy for a run and an MRT 'assist', Ilze and Paulina off on the bikes.

So despite being close to home, plenty of good hills to go for and enough collective enthusiasm to get up them even when it's mingin' outside...

- report by Iain

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