Rum 3 – 6 May.

This is the long weekend and Rum is always a popular destination. We will be camping, £6 p pn, but there are eight places available in the camping pods, approx £40 for the weekend. Pods are first come first served and I will cancel the reservation if there are not enough takers a couple of weeks before the meet.

If you have not been there before Rum offers excellent walking, with several Corbetts and lesser hills, superb rock climbing and it’s great for wildlife too.

Getting there is part of the fun, mainly with Calmac but the option of a faster rib service from Arisaig on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

See https://rumbunkhouse.com/getting-here/ for details.

Names to Simon as usual please, simon_jacyna@hotmail.com , and let me know if you want a place in a pod.

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17th March March 2019 Bus Meet to Drumochter

Drumochter – Sunday, 17th March 2019
O.S.Map: 42
Bus Stop: Balsporran and/or Dalnaspidal
Est. time of arrival: 9.30/9:45
Time of departure: 17.00/17:30
Pick up points: Elgin (7:00); Forres (7:20); Nairn (7:40); Inverness (8:00)

Since there was no winter skills at Cairngorms on the last bus meet then, with the prospect of cold weather and snow returning, this bus meet should give you the chance to tackle some of the most accessible munros and get some practice at navigation and ice-axe/crampon use.
The bus will go down the A9 to Drumochter and will try to park at Balsporran Cottages. If the car park is full, then we will continue down to Dalnaspidal and park there for the day. Both of these locations are suitable for attempting the 4 westerly Munros (Geal-charn, A’Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor) the 2 easterly Munros A’Bhuidheanach Bheag and Carn na Caim).
If there is any interest, then the bus could divert via Kingussie, Newtonmore and Dalwhinnie to give further walking options.
On the return journey, we will have a refreshment stop at Newtonmore, and hopefully, this time, we will have more time to relax!

Contact Gordon by email, phone, text, Facebook by 21:00 on Wednesday 13th March to book a place.

 

Ariundle – Strontian weekend. 5th- 7th April

This meet is based at the bunkhouse at the Ariundle Centre in Strontian. OS Landranger sheet 40.

This offers the Ardnamurchan peninsula, rock climbing on Garbh Bheinn and numerous Corbetts in a remote part of the country that we do not visit very often. It is also well located for kayaking on Loch Sunart, Loch Shiel and Kentra Bay and Loch Moidart. In addition there is a lot of local history and natural history and also plenty of opportunities for mountain biking.

The bunkhouse is very comfortable and has a restaurant next door for those not wishing to cook. Price to be confirmed but probably £40 for the weekend. There are still a few places left. This is usually a popular meet, so book soon please.

Bus meet – Cairngorms – 17th February 2019

The bus will be leaving Elgin at 7:00, with the normal en-route stops at Forres (7:20), Nairn (7:40) and Inverness (8:00) and should arrive at the Cairngorm car park by 9:30/9:45.
Hopefully there will be plenty of snow about, and this will be an opportunity to practice your winter skills in the company of some of the more experienced members (Ray and Heavy) of the Club. A number of topics will be covered including the use of ice axe and crampons, and some navigation. You will need to bring all your winter gear. If you would like to take advantage of this sharing of knowledge and experience, then please mention this when you book the bus. If you do not have an ice axe, crampons or a helmet, there will be a limited number of sets available on the day. It is likely that, after some practice, the group would then proceed to the summit of Cairn Gorm and its northern corries.
There are plenty of high-level and low-level options available in the Cairngorms, for a great day out. However, do check the MWIS and SAIS websites for weather and avalanche risk and plan your day accordingly.

Other possible walks include:
Meall a’Bhuachaille via Ryvoan Bothy;
Bynack More;
Lairig Ghru (to Pools of Dee and back);
Plus numerous low level walks around Loch Morlich.

There is also the opportunity to do a long distance walk back to Forres!

You can of course go skiing, either downhill or cross country.

The bus will be leaving the Cairngorm car park at 16:30/16:45, with a refreshment stop in Aviemore.

Please ensure that you have checked that your crampons fit onto your boots before venturing out on the hills!

Names to Gordon Eccleston, either via email, Facebook or phone/text by 17:00 on Wednesday 13th February.

Bus Meet January 2019: Loch Laggan

When: Sunday 20th January 2019
Where: Creag Meaghaidh / Luiblea
Pickup points: Elgin (7:00); Forres (7:20); Nairn (7:40); Inverness (8:00)
Est. time of Arrival: 9:45/10:00
Time of departure: 17:00 (from Luiblea)
Cost: £15

First of all, a Happy New Year to everyone in the MMC.

Our first bus meet of the New Year, will take us to Loch Laggan. The main options for the day:
1. getting off at the Creag Meaghaidh car park and taking the classic route via the “window” to Creag Meaghaidh. There should also be plenty of good winter climbing opportunities on Creag Meaghaidh. The circuit of Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Adair is also possible.
2. getting off at Luiblea and tackling Creag Pitridh, or Gael Charn or Beinn a’Chlachair or any combination. For a shorter day there is Binnein Shios and Binnein Shuas.

There are other walks possible if you want dropped off at any point from Newtonmore to Luiblea.

The bus will leave Luiblea at approximately 17:00 to allow us time for a refreshment stop in Newtonmore.

Please contact Gordon Eccleston via email, phone or text by 16:00 on Wednesday 16th January to book a seat on this bus meet.

 

Newtonmore Weekend 1st-3rd February

The next meet is to the western Cairngorms/Monadliath area staying at the Strathspey Hostel in Newtonmore. http://www.strathspeymountainhostel.com/

This is for the weekend of 1st-3rd February. This venue is ideal for walking with a good range of hills nearby and also for ski-touring if the snow comes. In view of low numbers for recent meets I have only reserved 10 bunks but the hostel sleeps up to 18. Bookings to me as soon as possible please. Prices in the order of £40 for the weekend but possibly less if we can fill the hut. Some options for private rooms too.

The following meet is to the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel at Corrour for the weekend of 8th-10th March. This meet is always a bit of an adventure as access is by train, or a long walk in over the hills. This one is already filling up so names soon please to reserve a place.

Christmas Meal Bus Meet to Newtonmore – 16th December 2018

We will be having our meal at the Balavil Hotel, Main Street, Newtonmore. The meal will served from 16:00 and I would anticipate that we would be leaving the hotel by 19:00 at the latest.
If you are going by car then there is a car park immediately opposite the Hotel, and hopefully, the coach will be parked there too.
The two likely walks for the day are: The Wildcat Trail and Creag Dubh. I’ve attached maps and likely routes for these 2 walks below. However, you are of course free to do whatever you like – just make sure that you are at the hotel by 15:45.
The pickup points and times are Elgin (8:00), Forres (8:20) Nairn (8:40) and Inverness (9:00). Even with some roadworks at the Slochd we should arrive at Newtonmore by 10:00/10:15. I am anticipating that those wishing to do the Wildcat Trail will be dropped off on the Main Street in Newtonmore and those wishing to do Crag Dubh will get dropped off at the car park beneath Creag Dubh. The coach will then return to the car park across from the Hotel.
You should aim to be in the hotel between 15:45 and 16:00. The meal will deserved from 16:00 and will be followed by the presidents speech and our annual awards. We would then leave the hotel at 19:00 at the latest, to enable us to get back to Inverness by 20:00 and Elgin by 21:00.
I’ve previously emailed out the maps/routes and menu choices.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you are going and your menu choices by Sunday 9th December. (It would be a disaster if I had to cancel this bus meet due to lack of interest!)

Hogmanay Meet 30th December -2nd January 2019 (three nights)

The New Year meet this year is based at the Kintail Outdoor Centre, owned, by the National Trust at Inverinate in Kintail. This is a comfortable, spacious and well equipped bunkhouse and we have stayed there before for several New Year meets.

It is conveniently located for many Munros and also offers a choice of low level walks, cycle routes and wet weather alternatives, including the Falls of Glomach.

We have booked 15 places for the meet and there are still a few not yet taken. For this meet we require a £40 deposit. Cost for the meet to be confirmed as the Club traditionally subsidises the cost but it will not exceed £75 per person.

Bookings, preferably by text or email to Simon please.

More details on this link. https://www.nts.org.uk/Holidays/Downloads/Welcomepack/kintail_outdoor_centre000002.pdf