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Glen Cannich, May 1997

With Jim, Dave Randell, Dave Gee, Sam, Conrad, (Ruth, Simon Love and Sarah.)

Sat 10 May 1997
Drove up from Dave's, eye-spying on the way, then spent a few hours in the carpark of the Aviemore Tesco waiting for Sam and playing on the train. The cottage was a bit posh for us, with copies of Country Life and bits of deer all around the place.

Sun 11 May 1997
From Glen Affric, up to Tom a Choinich
and Toll Creagach . Cloud lifted through the day. There was plenty of snow on the tops and a nice glissade down from the first peak. Jim and I walked straight back to the cottage. Red smeg for tea.

Mon 12 May 1997
Drove up to the dam, then walked up Coire an t-Sith and onto Creag Dubh (a demoted Munro). There was a cold wind as we walked across to Carn nan Gobhar [Glen Cannich]
from where the ascent of Sgurr na Lapaich looked a bit intimidating. We carried on regardless and it didn't turn out too bad. We descended the ridge to the south and followed a boggy path back beside the loch.

Tue 13 May 1997
An early rest day. A shopping trip to Inverness, for Conrad to buy some gloves (these were never seen again) and then three rounds of Formula 1. We also drank the barrel of beer.

Wed 14 May 1997
An early rise, to be at Glen Strathfarrar for when the gate opened (9:00). We couldn't understand why they would bother to employ someone to issue visitor permits and then collect them again as you leave (before the gate is locked at 6:00). Spurred on by the possibility of getting locked in we made excellent time (just under 6 hours) on the round taking in Sgurr Fhuar-Thuill,
Sgurr a' Choire Glas, Carn nan Gobhar [Glen Strathfarrar] and Sgurr na Ruaidhe . The weather was windy but mainly bright. Entertainment of the day went to Jim putting cooking oil, sandwich spread and (as a last resort) Red Hackle Whisky on a couple of ticks he'd picked up.

Thu 15 May 1997
Drove round to Glen Affric and did a long day, taking in Mam Sodhail
(M13), Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Cannich] and Carn Eighe (M11). Excellent weather with views of Torridon, Skye, Knoydart, Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms. It was even warm enough for T-shirts. On the summit of Carn Eighe I found a floppy disk bearing the legend "A memory of Bobby" in a plastic bag. Luckily we had a couple of laptops back at the cottage so we were able to read this thrilling story.

Fri 16 May 1997
Excellent weather so we decided to lie around in the sun all day. Jim, Simon and Ruth hired a boat to get to the mountains at the head of Loch Mullardoch and the rest of us drove around to Glen Strathfarrar where we spent the afternoon fighting off the wildlife - ticks, bumble bees, ants, deer and an adder.

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