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Sail Mhor Croft, Dundonnell

posted 26 Aug 2018, 09:19 by Simon Li   [ updated 26 Aug 2018, 09:22 ]
An Teallach (taken by Iain)
17-19 August 2018

We made the journey up to Dundonnell on Friday evening after work – excited with anticipation for our first meet with DMC. We arrived to the hostel and were warmly greeted by the friendly bunch. A glass of whisky (Highland Park) was pushed in front of us making us feel immediately welcome and part of the gang.
With high winds forecast our initial plan for the An Teallach traverse were put on hold and a large group ramble up some of the central Fannichs was instigated, with only two of the bravest soldiers ( Joe and Phelim) risking the winds on the traverse the next day.

Saturday arrived and a relaxed morning saw us donning our waterproofs and gaiters around 9.20am to ascend our first munros. Our equally relaxed approach to navigation saw us crossing the path of a river requiring a particular level in acrobatics to cross with dry feet ( I am sure Berenice will testify to that.) After this Miguel stamped an early claim as the weekends resident speed champion, whilst others (Iain) veered off with masochistic tendency to grab all the nearby Corbett’s, Corbett top, munro tops and so on. With everyone reconvened at the summit of Sgurr Nan Each lunch was had with percy pigs and Kendal mint cake flowing all around.

We set off to bag the our other summits of the day, and was off the mountain by 17.00 to allow Bruce time to prepare his Sainsbury’s sponsored stew ( other grocers available) which was well received by all. The night rolled on and our attempts at a sing along, quickly made us realise why it was Paul Simon that was earning the big buck and not us.

With the forecast looking good for Sunday – An Teallach was now back on, and it turned out to be an absolute cracker of a day. With sun cream applied we were ready for a great day on the hills. With all the pinnacles climbed and everyone still alive we descended to reach the Dundonnell hotel for a celebratory beverage.

We met with Simon and Phelim who had been in search of climbing near anthrax island (Gruinard island). With their symptoms checked over and cleared from contamination Phelim was eager to get home. They set off with petrol light flashing and 50 miles to the nearest petrol station… Actually has anyone heard from him since…?

Anyway, with the summer of high pressures evidently starting to dwindle and the autumnal weather we know and love trying to poke its way back into August it can’t stop the Dundee mountain club from continuing to explore the majestic mountains of Scotland and beyond.

Thanks everyone for a great weekend and I hope to see you soon for more action on the hills.

- Dave
- Present: Dave & Caitlin (newbies), Joe, Phelim, Miguel, Katrina, Iain, Andy H , Greg, Fergal, Berenice, Bruce, Amy, Simon & Andy B

An Teallach (taken by Iain)
Another excellent weekend! I can't add to the great report from David, but perhaps try to capture something in a Haiku...

Northwest adventures
Fannaich to Forge, ancient rock
new friends; Taylor Swift?!!

- Iain