The September holiday weekend saw 11 members of the Club arrive on bikes, by
foot and by car to gather on Friday afternoon/evening for the weekend at
Strawberry Cottage, the An
Teallach Mountaineering Club hut at Athnamulloch in Glen Affric. In this very
well appointed and equipped hut a comfortable weekend was enjoyed by all.
Due to stalking activities around the glen most of the group
undertook the same hills over the 2 days.
On Saturday on a warm but windy day all but one spent the day
enjoying a visit to one of the most remote Munros, Beinn
Fhionnlaidh, after crossing over Mam Sodhail with its massive
hollow circular cairn, within which a couple of members enjoyed
lunch out of the strong wind. Also on the way, Carn Eighe was
‘bagged’ by everyone along with various ‘tops’ and over long
ridges on ascent and descent.
Deer watchers bothy on Mam Sodhail
Satej on top of the world
An early lunch at the Mam Sodhail Cairn
Ben Fionnlaidh from Carn Eighe
Beinn Fionnlaidh summit
Carn Eighe (left) and Mam Sodhail (middle) from Beinn Fionnlaidh
Loch Mullardoch from Beinn Fionnlaidh
The other member of the party enjoyed visiting Coire Leachavie
and Coire Coulavie where he observed the stags vying for
position for the upcoming rut.
Sunday saw a change in the weather for the worse with heavy
showers and high winds restricting the group to undertaking less
ambitious routes than planned the night before.
Seven, in various groupings, made the summit of An Socach with
the youngest member of the weekend party also ascending into the
cloud to bag Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, a fine effort. Others
enjoyed (as much as they could given the weather) walks to the
Alltbeithe Youth Hostel, into Coire na Cloiche and to Camban
Bothy under Beinn Fhada to ’inspect’ the success of the recent
Walking towards Alltbeithe
906m top from An Socach summit
Three of the party left for home on Sunday afternoon with the
rest enjoying a late night with a few drinks and plenty of
Monday dawned another dreich day and after all the ‘tidying’
chores were completed all were happy to head out during the
morning, A fine weekend and hopefully it won't be too long
before the Club again stays at this great cottage.