Glen Derry Camping / Bothy
01 Jun 2018 - 03 Jun 2018
Braemar hosted the club at two locations, Linn of Dee and Braemar SYHA. The weekend's weather report was for thunderstorms. Flashflooding in Ballater and elsewhere on Friday meant only the intrepid 7 who had taken up Braemar SYHA's offer of lightening and rain proofed accomodation attended.
The meet stretched to four days, with some of the club arriving early Friday leaving Monday. Allegedly not all of that extra time was/will be spent in tea rooms.
Friday - Alan, Janet, Lawrie, Lindsay and Vania met and completed Monamenach at the head of Glen Isla. They reported that from the summit there are good views towards the Caenlochan Glen. Scott and David met up with them on Friday evening. Take note everyone - eating options in Braemar at the moment become very limited after 19.30. Thankfully the Scotmid is open late.
Saturday - This was a big day for everyone. We all sensibly ignored the weather forecast, elected against lightening conductors because of weight, but took good waterproofs just in case. Thunder rolled around the mountain tops and in the glens throughout the day, but nothing too exciting. It was exceptionally warm so when it did rain, it was a welcome relief.
Alan, Davie and Vania set off for Sgur Mhor and Sgurr Beag, Corbetts located between Glen Luibeg and Glen Dee, renowned for their fine viewpoints and outstanding. It took me a little while to realise that Davie talking about the magnicent Chest of Dee was not just him boasting.
Scott took on Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird from Invercauld no bikes just shanks' pony. He did not do the whole Beinn a'Bhuird ridge walk as the combination of lingering low level cloud and threat of thunder and the numerous corries eating into the ridge was a little too much for his nerve. That said North Top and Ben Avon combined to give a 45k walk made, a very satisfying day out.
Lawrie Lindsay and Janet took off to Beinn Bhreac and Beinn a Chaorainn. This pair of Munros lies between the Beinn a'Bhuird/Ben Avon massifs and the main mass of the Cairngorms. The pinewoods of Glen Derry provided them with a fine approach whilst the paths are excellent. Travel was by bike and foot. This lead to Lindsay telling a tale about cycling and storm drains.
Saturday evening saw us all happy having achieved our various goals for the day. The evening meal was happily sociable, plans were laid for future meets, and Mr Dow happily accepted cake which he shared to mark a chronological event that ought to be marked. The hostel users too were sociable with many nationalities represented, and unlike Callender, all guests were able to sleep as soundly as one can expect after an exceptional hill day
Sunday - Lawrie Lindsay and Janet tackled Ben Avon but from Linn of Quoich, hoping to enjoy the magical tors. I wonder if they would have seen just to the south east on the smooth heathery dome of Culardoch and Ben Liath the spritely forms of Alan, Davie and Vania? Or were those three too busy admiring the views of Aberdeenshire to be seen? All six completed their goals. Scott took a successfully managed to stroll to the mountain gear shop and resisted the temptation of the tea room.
Monday - Can I write this up before it happens? Well anyway the plan of the team currently is the corbett Morven.
All in all a corbett and munro success of a weekend