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JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

February Scottish Meet 13th Feb - 21st Feb

This year, we had a successful winter meet in Aviemore, that stretched over two weekends. Whilst winter conditions on the West coast are great when they get them, they are much more reliable on the East side, so I think it's a safer bet when looking for snow and ice. 

I am planning to caravan at High Range, Aviemore  with the kids for the week in Feb 2010, as it is half-term up here, so would be available to walk/climb both weekends, and  also in the week. Folks can do as many days as they like this way.

Whilst the 'all in one place' format works well when there are facilities that can take us, I am yet to find anywhere sufficiently close to the town  to be convenient. So I thought maybe we could follow last year's less organised format, where we arrange our own accommodation, but meet up for meals, evenings and walks/climbs?

Personally, I feel tent camping in Feb is only really doable for a couple of days, as your gear gets damp etc, and a warm, dry haven to get kit sorted makes it a more enjoyable experience. That said, I wouldn't mind a snow-holing or bothy trip for one night.......

Places to stay could be Aviemore SYHA, High Range chalets, Pinebank Chalets (excellent, have stayed twice, and reasonable if you fill them), Aviemore Bunkhouse etc. If you don't mind being out of town, there is plenty more, but it makes having a drink a pain.

I would be planning on walks or climbs of varying lengths/difficulties depending on who came, in the Cairngorms, the Monadhliath and Creag Meagaidh, as well as around Glenmore itself.

If we get lucky with the weather, it is a winter wonderland. If not, it's wild, raw Scottish conditions at their best.

What say you?

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dolly

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dolly says:

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my plans are, walk sunday..meall a buachaille?? perhaps?? or maybe drive to an easyish munro cause will have child in tow that day. snowboard monday tuesday, animal park for childs benefit on the wednesday at kingussie- happy to take others kids- or adults hehe, anyway, i wanna see the polar bear!!, walk thurs, johnathan i fancy the drummochter four with ya, walk/ climb friday - fiaciall ridge please johnny?? and dunno bout saturday yet, see how i feel, cafe cake beer and nachos maybe hehe!!!!

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Andy Say says:

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dolly said:

my plans are, walk sunday..meall a buachaille?? perhaps?? or maybe drive to an easyish munro cause will have child in tow that day. snowboard monday tuesday, animal park for childs benefit on the wednesday at kingussie- happy to take others kids- or adults hehe, anyway, i wanna see the polar bear!!, walk thurs, johnathan i fancy the drummochter four with ya, walk/ climb friday - fiaciall ridge please johnny?? and dunno bout saturday yet, see how i feel, cafe cake beer and nachos maybe hehe!!!!

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The reindeer feeding trip from Glenmore is quite good value for kids (and adult kids!) if you have a lunch period to fill.

 

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dolly

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dolly says:

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andy i already got my mate lined up to take her there so i can sneak out to play for a couple days hehe

lakeswalker

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lakeswalker says:

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Whats your plans Johnny re family stuff/walking/climbing? I've only got 3 full days so looking to make the most of it.  

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Mayaculpa

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Mayaculpa says:

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I'm happy to join in any walks/climbs and can arrive a day or so earlier if anything unmissable is planned.
If conditions are favourable i'd like to do the CMD arrete. Any one else interested?

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow. <(^_^)>
trish1968

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trish1968 says:

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Mayaculpa said:

I'm happy to join in any walks/climbs and can arrive a day or so earlier if anything unmissable is planned.
If conditions are favourable i'd like to do the CMD arrete. Any one else interested?

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I am but it depends on the conditions and as I relativly slow I'd want to start at the crack of dawn.

How long do you reckon it would take?

lakeswalker

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lakeswalker says:

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Thought the CMD Arete was Ben Nevis?

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trish1968

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trish1968 says:

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It is that's why it would have to be crack of dawn start if not even earlier

JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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When we have the Glencoe Meet again, I want to do Ben Wyvis.............

Seriously, it's about 90mins drive, maybe a bit less depending on the weather, and in current conditions, it would be about at least 9 or 10 hours car to car. That would be without strong wind or deep snow. With either of these, it's a no-no imo.

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trish1968

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trish1968 says:

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Ok I'll go with your expert knowledge Johnny I'm happy to leave it for a Glencoe meet

JohnnyW

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lakeswalker said:

Whats your plans Johnny re family stuff/walking/climbing? I've only got 3 full days so looking to make the most of it.  


 

Why did your reply get 'Moderated' Steve?!

I will be able to walk/climb Mon and Tues at least. Sun I will probably do Meall a Buachaille with Dolly and the kids - It's a lovely walk in it's own right btw, and can be continued along the broad ridge.

That will mean I can sledge with family sat afternoon, and then have Weds with them maybe.

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JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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trish1968 said:

Ok I'll go with your expert knowledge Johnny I'm happy to leave it for a Glencoe meet


 

Not trying to put you guys off - It's a wonderful route at this time of year. Just want to make sure you appreciate the scale.

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lakeswalker

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lakeswalker says:

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JohnnyW said:
lakeswalker said:

Whats your plans Johnny re family stuff/walking/climbing? I've only got 3 full days so looking to make the most of it.  

 

Thats strange never had that before. Cant see any offensive words unless LFTO dont like the word 'climbing'


 

Why did your reply get 'Moderated' Steve?!

I will be able to walk/climb Mon and Tues at least. Sun I will probably do Meall a Buachaille with Dolly and the kids - It's a lovely walk in it's own right btw, and can be continued along the broad ridge.

That will mean I can sledge with family sat afternoon, and then have Weds with them maybe.


 

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lakeswalker

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lakeswalker says:

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Maybe Johnny, subject to conditions, Monday for a climb then. I'll have a look in the guide book for a route unless you have something in mind.

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JohnnyW

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lakeswalker said:

Maybe Johnny, subject to conditions, Monday for a climb then. I'll have a look in the guide book for a route unless you have something in mind.


 

You get looking mate. I have my thoughts, but we can compare notes over a pint. The Runnel II is on the list, as is Jacob's Ladder I, both well within our capabilities, but both can be popular, so Monday would be better than the weekend anyway. Some pics here - http://www.climbpreston.co.uk/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album13

...Or Fiachail Couloir.... or.......Invernookie..... or........ steady lad, steady. One step at a time.........

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JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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lakeswalker said:
JohnnyW said:
lakeswalker said:

Whats your plans Johnny re family stuff/walking/climbing? I've only got 3 full days so looking to make the most of it.  

 

Thats strange never had that before. Cant see any offensive words unless LFTO dont like the word 'climbing'

 


 

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jonathan

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jonathan says:

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Would love to do CMD but its too far to travel, so we've saving that for May/Summer!

Another consideration is getting to the start of a route. Been looking at some trip reports on scottishhills.com for a take on the conditions and seems like the Balsporran car park is completely snowed over (thats the usual start for Drumochter4). Looks like the laybys on the A9 are ok.

We're staying at N's mums in 'Well on Fri night so we can get a walk in on Sat. Originally planned for Ben Chonzie or Shiehallion as both are shortish walks and "en route" but access to both is via minor roads. If they're snow/icebound then will prob give 'em a miss. Thinking now a back up would be Sow of Atholl and Meall a Leitrach from Drumochter summit! If anyone is around Sat they're more than welcome to join us. Johnny - whats your take on road conditions??

Happy to join you guys for a Sun walk over Meall a Buachaille and we'd likely carry on over the ridge. Mon/Tues - looks like a walk one day and climb the other is a good compromise for all. Dolly - Drum4 on Thurs is ok for us.

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JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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jonathan said:

Would love to do CMD but its too far to travel, so we've saving that for May/Summer!

Another consideration is getting to the start of a route.

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All the main roads are OK, but you're right, the minor roads are difficult. I know the shepherd up Glen Turret, so I have left a message for him to give me some sp. Will let you know.

 

Have you done Ben Vrackie from Pitlochry? That's a real nice short one en route, and if you can get as far as Moulin, it's a breeze.

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dolly

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dolly says:

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just bloody wrote a post and it didnt send!!!!

anyway...im all excited now...like butterfly tummy excited hehe....

should we arrange to meet somewhere sat night do you think so anyone up early part of the week can all arrange what we doing?? and obviously have some...many...beers?? johnny? where? somewhere that the kids can be after eight!! pain in the arse that on half term week!!

johnathan, looking forward to that mate...so johnny, fiaciall ridge?????? friday???

weather all dependant of course?

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kreid says:

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ah you lot are making me jealous just had to have a look at what you were planing for your trip wish I cold have made this one. never mind hopefully next year and theirs always may to look forward to

I hope the weather is kind to you all, and that you enjoy it as much as we did  last year all the best ken

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jonathan

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jonathan says:

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JohnnyW said:

Have you done Ben Vrackie from Pitlochry? That's a real nice short one en route, and if you can get as far as Moulin, it's a breeze.


 

aye, thats one we'd considered. Its certainly a better looking mountain than the other two which are just lumps! But then I wouldnt get two done (like Im ever going to compleat the Corbetts!!) and it lets us see what the conditions are like for the Drum4. We'll prob plan for either and suck it and see on the Sat driving up.

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jonathan

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jonathan says:

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kreid said:

I hope the weather is kind to you all, and that you enjoy it as much as we did  last year all the best ken


 

cheers Ken, shame you cant make it this time. Mind you the form you're in at the mo you'd probably be wanting to traverse the whole Cairngorm plateau in the day!

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kreid says:

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jonathan said


 

cheers Ken, shame you cant make it this time. Mind you the form you're in at the mo you'd probably be wanting to traverse the whole Cairngorm plateau in the day!

no be fair now the traipsing through deep snow last year darn neer killed me,it's easier in the summer mind I need to start building sum stamina for may I'm hoping to be up in sky for around a week see how Meany I can fit in

 

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trish1968 said:
Mayaculpa said:

I'm happy to join in any walks/climbs and can arrive a day or so earlier if anything unmissable is planned.
If conditions are favourable i'd like to do the CMD arrete. Any one else interested?

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I am but it depends on the conditions and as I relativly slow I'd want to start at the crack of dawn.

How long do you reckon it would take?


 

That makes two of us then!

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JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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Just done Beinn Sgritheall again today guys - A lot of the snow has gone over here in the west, at least above 700m. That above, (which will be most of the Cairngorms of course), is consolodating nicely, with some low temps forcast next week, and little extra snow to make it hard work. Good news!

Dolly - The best pub for the kids is the Wood Shed or the Winking Owl. Not sure about post 8pm situation, but Jordan will be able to stay with my kids, so shouldn't be a problem for us to make it the Cairngorm, as we're not far away.

For everyone to co-ordinate, my mob. no. is 07967 002260

I will be arriving late morning, so may be watching rugby in pub somewhere, prior to the week's exertions!

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