Sunday, January 6, 2019

Alex MacIntyre Hut - New Year Meet (28 Dec 18 - 2 Jan 19)

15 club members gathered at the Alex MacIntyre Hut in Onich for the New Year meet.

Weather-wise it looked rather wet and overcast for the first couple of days but brighter conditions were promised for the 1st and 2nd.

On Saturday Donald went multi activity with a Park Run at Torlundy followed by a cycle from Corran to Camusnagaul.  Ann and John bagged Tom Meadhoin, a Graham up from the Callert Hotel and Bruce tackled the Ballachulish Horseshoe, starting off his challenge of completing all the Munros before the next New Year meet.






Ann on Tom Meadhoin





View from Tom Meadhoin


Sunday was a wet and cloudy day and with the exception of John and Ann, who somehow missed the rain, everyone was a bit soggy.  Ed and Scuz opted for a long and rough coastal walk in the Morven headland.





Hazel, Derek, Donald, Robert, Judith and Mark on a cross country venture from the Callert Hotel to Kinlockleven. Paths were like streams and with the exception of Robert, there were wet feet all round after a rather pointless river crossing.











                   


How not to get your feet wet





Still a few miles back to the car.













Ann and John headed for two Grahams - Beinn Sgluich and Aird Hill




















Hogmanay's forecast was dryish early, but getting wetter, so folks headed out again some for outdoors and some indoors.

Hazel and Derek went to the Ice Factor for some climbing, and Scuz ran the West Highland Way from Kinlochleven to Fort William.







Ann, John, Joe, Steve M, Mark and Judith ventured up Ardcheal Hill, across the water from the hut. It started dry but on leaving the top heavy rain came down.





An 'interesting' descent from Ardcheal through a very thick Rhododendron forest back to the road.












Donald, Denis and Steve W walked up to the Inchree waterfalls which were looking super with all the rain.














The drying room was certainly put through it's paces that evening.



Happy New Year

After a grand meal of six courses - each course served hourly - we welcomed in 2019.





New Year's day dawned bright, dry and much colder. Hurrah - no more rain.




 Hazel, Derek, Steve W, Steve M and Joe decided on the Aonach Eagach for their day out.






The Steves on their way up to the ridge.






Joe on the ridge






Hazel heading up 








Derek setting up a belay on the chossy chimney just as the snow started





Steve M climbing down a rather chossy chimney






Views along the ridge






Evening coming down at the end of a challenging day out on Aonach Eagach

















Ann, John, Donald, Robert and Judith on the Grahams Mam Hael and Beinn Molurgainn getting great views to Glencoe in the east and out to Mull on the west side.


























Ed and Scuz headed to Glencoe too and went up the lost valley to the three munros in the Bidean Group.  Mark despite a bad cold made it up the Pap of Glencoe.

Tuesday came and it was time to pack up to head home. The weather was getting better.  Hazel, Derek, Ed and Scuz headed for the Ballachulish Horseshoe, Ann and John for more Graham bagging on Sgorr a Choise and Meall Mor and Donald and Joe explored the Oban cycle path from Onich as far as Appin..






Hazel on the Ballachulish Horseshoe



Scuz on the Ballachulish Horseshoe
















Ann and John's venture to Sgorr a Choise and Meall Mor







That was New Year 2018 -19 : another great meet - walking and scrambling, tasty meals and lots of chat and fun.