Spring Bank Holiday Meet, May 2013

Present: Tom and Jenny Greenwood, Adrian Hall, Peter Lilley, Neil Hutton, Steve Skelton and Rosie the dog.

Venue: Gairloch and Carnmore, North West Scotland

The Grits – Calderdale Chapter

No climber worth his salt would avoid a visit.  The Fisherfield Forest is said to be the last great wilderness in Britain.

The team assembled at the very good campsite of Strath in Gairloch on Saturday 25th May.  At this stage the weather was very unsettled.  JG had nailed her colours to the mast by walking most of the way from Corrour Station to Gairloch the previous week.  NH ascended Beinn Eighe to test out his new boots whilst the rest of us sorted out our gear and checked out the area.

By Tuesday the weather had settled and we set out to plod to Carnmore; in we went led by Rosie. NH had sneaked in the previous evening to begin his exploration of Fisherfield.  The day was absolutely splendid and we set up camp near to the lodge.  NH arrived back at 10.00 pm, goodness knows what he had been up to.

Wednesday was equally splendid and rounds of the remote Munros were done and Red Slab was ascended by TG and NH.

We really only scratched the surface at Carnmore, the crags are huge and steep. On Thursday we de-camped after a circuit of Dubh Loch which was far from “dubh” and sparkled in the sunshine. Its ten miles out to Poolewe but several pairs of very hot feet made it by six o’clock, pretty good going as combined ages reached towards 360 years!

The pub at Gairloch had sold out of real ale and stopped serving food at 8.00 pm so the meet co-ordinator drank Irish cider, got a slight hangover and opened a tin of chilli con carne!

Tom Greenwood

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