Cannich Meet

The meet was attended by 10 campers arriving on the Friday evening. Dave arrived first to guard the area of the campsite that had been set aside for us by the warden. Alan and co. arrived soon after and Alan widened the access a little by brushing the side of the van against the fence post. We were soon joined by Angus, Ken and Alan Forrester with son Fred.

Our camp was well sheltered on the windward side by a group of stored caravans and Dave found a quiet ‘glade’ formed by caravans on three sides. Lindsay having tried a few places which were a little low lying and damp opted to lift her tent and disappeared completely amongst the throng of caravans. It did not take long to set up camp and thanks to Ken and Angus a picnic bench found its way through the adjacent stand of trees, climbed the embankment and relocated itself conveniently in the middle of our camp. This formed the hub of the camp as kitchen, dining table, bar and social centre and was much appreciated  by all.

Lawrie, John and Janet were trying out new tents at this meet and Angus was also trying out a ‘new’ 30 year old tent before making an offer to purchase it from its owner and boosting his collection to four.

Saturday morning was heralded by Ken rousing the campers bright and early and in no time kettles were boiling, breakfast prepared and gear made ready for the day’s excursions.

Alan (D) and Dave set out to add to their tally of corbetts by tackling Beinn a’ Bhathaich Ard from Glen Strathfarrar. Ken and Angus were joined by Alan (F) and son Fred on the ascent of two munros, Tom a’ Choinich and Toll Creagach, via Gleann nam Fiadh off Glen Affric. Lawrie, John, Lindsay and Janet set off to tackle the munro, Sgurr Fhuar–thuill by way of the stalkers’ path from Glen Strathfarrar then along the ridge to the second munro, Sgurr a’ Choire Ghlais, descending south and west to contour below Gob a Chairn and back to the path. The weather stayed dry for most of the day with only an occasional shower. Cloud base was high and visibility good but the wind was stronger than forecast making the going more difficult at times on the tops. All returned safely and pleased with the day’s work. Soon preprepared meals were being heated by the chefs and contents of tins heated by the others while Alan (F) put us all to shame by producing full steak dinners on his camping stove. Thanks of course to Janet for her lemon drizzle cake which was enjoyed by all.