On Friday afternoon after soup at Bruar, Jim and Ian ascended Beinn a Chullaich in bright sunshine and wind. On arrival at the Raeburn Hut they found Bill busy in the kitchen preparing Saturday’s dinner. The SMC were represented by 7 of their members (3 more than had booked), while we were 3 short as the Lecht was too tricky in the snow.
View from the door of the Raeburn hut - photo Jim Bryce
On Saturday we set off in groups of two.
The Pinches for Carn Liath. They encountered trees on the line of their path.
Marj and Joyce for soft snow and good views on the Sow of Atholl.
Jim and Ian for Meall Na Airse from Garva Bridge also with some deep snow.
Bill and Gordon for Geall Charn from Garva Bridge. There was a challenge of deep snow.
A snowy Geall Charn taken en route from Garva Bridge
At our meal we were joined by some of the SMC members who wanted to know if we regularly had communal meals. Bill’s meal had an Alpine theme in respect to the winter snows which had arrived as predicted in the newsletter. The Menu was Goulasch soup made with tomatoes, peppers and meat seasoned with paprika and caraway. Tartiflette a dish from Savoie region made with potatoes, Reblochon cheese, ham, cream and white wine served with either green salad or vegetables, and a lemon tart for pudding. There were toasts to our Chef Bill and absent friends.(Roger).
On Sunday Jim, Alex and Ian battled strong winds on Meall Na Leitreach and a short white out. An easy Corbett in summer became a challenge, and Alex admitted the conditions would have been worse on a Munro. Others left for Bruar
and relatives in Stirling.