July - 2013

Upper Ward Mountaineering Club

 

 

 

Walk Report - July 2013

 

 

Upperward Mountaineering Club – July 2013

 

For those of you with good memories (not too many in the UMC given our average age at present) you will remember that the corresponding week in July last year was a complete washout with heavy rain and gales the order of the day. What a difference a year makes with the club meet in Torridon blessed with warm dry weather and ample amounts of sun on the summits.

Fifteen members enjoyed the excellent facilities of the SYHA in Torridon village over the weekend and took advantage of the good conditions to rack up their Munro account in a spectacular setting.

Over the full weekend all 7 of the Torridon munros were conquered – Liathach (2), Ben Eighe (2), Ben Alligin (2) and Slioch, with not a spit of rain anywhere. It is very difficult to find anywhere in Scotland to compare with the sheer grandeur of the Torridon mountains, apart, perhaps, on the Skye Cuillin, especially on good clear days. Additional hills climbed over the weekend either on the way to Torridon, or the way back home, were Fionn Bheinn at Achnasheen and the Brothers Ridge in Glen Sheil.

The hostel facilities over the weekend were shared with another walking group from Linlithgow who had within their number their own resident musicians. An impromptu band formed between the two groups provided much appreciated entertainment for all the hostel users and very quickly tables and chairs were pushed aside to allow for a good going ceilidh dance, as well as the community singalong. Following the Do-in-the Dome while at Skye in May, the Ceilidh-in-the-Kitchen at Torridon was equally enjoyable.

On the personal front, Ann & Rob continued their headlong race to climb all of the Munros and are now less than 50 away from compleation, whilst John continued along his road to recuperation with a few more Munros climbed this weekend. New recruits to the club, Colin & Yvonne, survived their first weekend with us without too many scars showing at the end – at least not visible scars, although there may be a few mental ones.

 

 

 

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