Log 6 Sept 2009

SKYE WEEKEND 4-6 SEPTEMBER 2009

Despite heavy rain and severe gales forecasted for the weekend, a brave group of 11 travelled to Skye on Friday 4th Sept. bright and early to make a walking day of it.
Most started walking in the afternoon and the weather was reasonably fair.
Kevin, Laurence and Craig climbed a couple of hills (BEINN NA CAILLICH - 732m and BEINN DEARG MOR - 709m) a few miles from Broadford whilst Stuart, Jimmy and Stephen went to climb SGURR MHIC CHOINNICH.   
Donald climbed a couple of Marilyns (BEINN NA CRO and GLAS BHEINNN MHOR) near Blaven, whilst Dave and Koon climbed the Clach Glas route to BLAVEN (not the best climbing conditions as the rocks were wet and slimy due to two months of non-stop rain!).
Malcolm and his brother Norm were doing a bit of island hopping earlier in the week and made their way to meet the rest in the Skyewalker hostel which has improved somewhat according to those who have been previously.
Most of us didn't get back to the hostel until 9 pm and therefore had no time and were too knackered to go to the pub which is very unlike the MMC!
 
Come Saturday morning, any attempt on the Skye ridge was completely out of the question because it was throwing it down and the trees outside the hostel were lying almost horizontal!   
The majority decided to climb a couple of Marilyns (the MacLeod's tables - HEALABHAL MHOR and HEALABHAL BHEAG) under the influence of guess who, Donald of course and to most was tougher going than the Cuillins as it was an extremely boggy walk for about 6 hours but this didn't stop Donald taking in a third Marilyn (BEINN BHAC GHLAIS) whilst the rest retreated to the comfort of a change of dry clothing back at the car!
Malcolm and brother Norm decided on a lowland 7 hour walk round Portnalong to Fiskavaig and along Glean Oraid towards Carbost and back to the hostel, whilst Stuart and Stephen went to climb BRUACH NA FRITHE.
After a well deserved meal, most went along to the pub at Taigh Ailean and got soaked once again on the way back to the hostel!
 
Sunday faired marginally better than Saturday.
Stuart, Jimmy and Stephen headed for a small walk up BEINN NA CRO whilst the rest had a tourist-type day (a bit overdressed mind you!) by going up north to visit the Quirang and the highlight of the day was a sighting of a golden eagle (well it was just a black spot in the distance but according to a couple of bird watchers, it was definitely a golden eagle!).
Malcolm and Norm were thinking of doing more island hopping but wisely decided to travel back home!
 
Well what can one say?   Another wet and windy weekend in Skye and it's a coincidence that it was also September that we were there two years ago under similar conditions.  
There's a demand that we change this meet to a different time of year and that it should be on the programme every year!
 
Report by Koon Morris

P.S.   Last time we went in June, we abandoned the ridge at noon on 15th due to snow.  (Editor)