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Kintail Meet

posted 25 Nov 2016, 12:50 by Dominic Williams   [ updated 26 Nov 2016, 02:00 by Allan McCulloch ]
18th-20th November 

A cold, snowy weekend with some sun saw 11 DMCers drive up to Kintail for a weekend of fun.

Amy has written about what she got on to on both days of the meet on her blog here and here.

Daniella has submitted a report of her two days.

Saturday, Kintail loop on MTB
My Saturday started at 6:00 am from Dundee. Inspired by Paul’s report on the DMC site
I decided to give the loop around Beinn Fhada a try. Mine was only half of the route the guys did back in March. I was hoping to be able to complete it in 7 hours and get back not too long after sunset.

Their route description was accurate and helpful (thank you!). Easy ride up to Glen Licht hut on forest road, then steep and rocky single track uphill past gloomy waterfalls. I pushed/carried my bike most of the ascent. On the plateau the path was covered in snow. Finally a bit of descent so I could again get on the bike and have some fun. I reached Camban bothy at 2 pm. At that point it was already getting foggy and it started to snow. Short of time and short of good weather I remembered Niall's advice, so I gave the second ascent up Gleann Gniomhaidh a miss and instead, turned around. After a few minutes I met a group of hikers. Miguel, Montse and Nacho are MTBers from Madrid who were on foot that day. We chatted about routes and they kindly offered to help me push the bike back up to the top. From there, slightly mad downhill track, on wet, frozen rock. Thanks go to Lena for a much needed hot tea when I arrived cold and tired back at the hut. Also thanks to Jim and Roos for yummy curry and pear pannacotta.

Sunday, Forcan Ridge, grade II, solo O/S

Forcan Ridge is listed in Walkhighlands, so I planned to have an easy day on Sunday walking and enjoying the snow. It turned out to be the hairy-est walk I’ve ever done! Later on I found out that UKC too lists Forcan Ridge. In winter it is a grade II winter climb :)

Very proud to say that I solo-ed the ridge and topped out with just one walking axe. The weather really helped, I had bright sunshine the entire day. I did get benighted later on though (lovely sunset from Sgurr na Sgine!). I scrambled down in torchlight and got back safe to the car at 7 pm.

On Monday at work I got a call from a police officer in Kintail. She wanted to make sure I was alright, because someone reported that my car was at the trail head after dark. The police officer said that in the future, they’d like us to leave a note in the car saying where we go and when we plan to get back.