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posted 7 Aug 2013, 18:45 by Allan McCulloch
19 July - 21 July 2013 

A weekend of fine weather but just a little too hot for comfort!

Arriving at Kinlochewe by Friday lunchtime allowed a satisfying walk to climb Ruadh-stac Beag from the visitor centre (8 hours), highlights being the walk up the river gorge, sensational views of Beinn Eighe from the summit and a long contouring traverse back out to the trail path.
At the Ling Hut we had the company of 3 SMC members for the Friday night. Saturday saw another early start, sloping off before the sun and others were up. Headed up onto Beinn Liath Mhor and took in the corbett tops on the main ridge before descending to the Lochan Uaine and onto the Sgurr nan (corbett) bearing its name. Sensational views all day but too sweaty and tired to contemplate Sgurr Dubh (the other corbett). A long descent finally returned me to the comforts and cool of the hut and sunny breeze outside (10.5 hours). Others had been on Liathach, Beinn Eighe or cycling (Coulin Forest and Applecross).  The lion's share of us enjoyed a bolognaise/casserole mix with Yumiko's salads and some chocolate cake before an early night. Awoke early again on the Sunday and simply headed for home as plans for two further days on the hill melted in the prospect of more scorchio, scorchio and sore feet.

 - Greg Cox

There was also lots of other action that weekend despite the crazy temperature including lots of insane mountain biking activity and a classic traverse of the Liathach.

  

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Here's one of Paul H's signature summaries of the weekend:

Faffing in Dundee
Chips enroute
Moonlight walk in
Alpine bunk funk!
Cleg dead
Rough track ahoy
Cleg dead
Streamside sanctuary
Cleg dead
Tough trail
Cleg dead
Boulder push
Cleg dead
Hot hot hot
Cleg dead
Grade 1 Scramble with bikes!
Cleg dead
Shade required
Cleg dead
Fishy snack
Cleg dead
Rough decent
Cleg dead
Slabtastic technical
Cleg dead
Real mountain biking :)
Cleg dead
Melting in the heat
Cleg dead
Troll patrol
Cleg dead
Blueberry picking
Cleg dead
Heat stroke broke
Cleg dead
Diversion excursion
Cleg dead
Single track push
Cleg dead
Hail the forest trail
Cleg dead
High speed cooling
Bridge of plenty
Cleg dead
Road trundle into head wind :)
Puncture!!
Cleg dead
Cleg dead
Refreshing stream plunge for some
Cleg dead
Cider & great communal meal
Great banter
Alpine bunk funk!
 
Alpine bunk funk!
Cleg dead
Ship shape and Bristol fashion
Cleg dead
Topless car fun
 
(minimum death count 26)