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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am
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Nottingham Indoor Wall Monday 16th October 4pm
Skye = Very wet, very windy and just a little cold!
Day 1 - Friday
After a very early start of 8am the minibus was packed and MPS was once again on the road travelling to Scotland, with radio 1 leaking out of the speakers, for the annual meet on the Isle of Skye. However the first weekend was spent in the LAMM location of Loch Assynt in the far North West of Scotland.
Day 2 - Saturday
Some idiot decided to play the bagpipes at 5am in the morning, which if I had my way he would be permeately playing them out of his arse! After eventually getting back to sleep everyone got up at 9am after those doing LAMM were well gone. Sophie, Andy, Andy, Vince, Steve, Dave and Ali went on a double bag of Ben More Assynt and Conival. A long glen walk in was followed by a grade 1 sramble ridge walk up onto Ben More Assynt and then fairly easy walking up to Conival and back to the LAMM centre.
Saturday evening consisted of more midgies, food, chatting to random people who also couldn't be bothered to do LAMM, and bed. O yeah not forgetting the pub!
Day 3 - Sunday
Vince gets up early to scramble up a random crag
Sunday afternoon/evening was spent packing and driving to the not so far North Isle of Skye where camp was set up and then dinner cooked, which Steve managed to spill the entire pan of chilli all over the floor. Which we immediately started to scoop back into the pan hoping no one would see it, only to realise everyone was actually in the tent watching and weren't to pleased about the extra protein. Damo not liking to see food go to waste then commenced eating the remaining chilli off the floor along with grass, dirt and spilt petrol. O yeah and the rice was burnt!! (not steve's fault!!)
Day 4 - Monday
After a late start, Chris decided to lead a group up on the Cuillin that consisted of Steve, Dave, Ali and Andy (none of us had ever been on the Cullin before). After practicing prusiking off the back of the bus they set of at 11am to tackle Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Mhic Coinnich and the Inpin. Slowly navigating along the ridge with use of both the map and guidebook Sgurr Mhic Coinnich and Sgurr Alasdair were bagged and the bottom of the Inpin reached.
Chetta, Sophie, Vince and Andy went climbing (discuss here)
Day 5 - Tuesday
Chetta, Sophie, Andy and Vince decided to attempt the full ridge traverse (discribe here).
Everyone else took one look at the weather and decided that this was stupid and decided not to go anywhere near the ridge due to the horizontal rain caused by the very strong winds. After tieing the Matt Rose tent down we all jumped into the mimbus to go and investigate the Old Man of Storr. Quick stop in Portree afterwards and then into the pub in Sligachan in plenty of time for the England match. At least 3 hours early i think! Damo took one for the team by pulling up to the pub door so we didnt get wet before parking the bus and running before getting soaked. Chetta and his group were already there a few beers up after their failed attempt of the ridge due to the weather.
Day 6 - Wednesday
Woke up to more of the same horrible weather, and the campsite supervisor took pity on us and allowed to temporarily move into the garage. This time everyone decided not to go up on the ridge and we all headed off to Dunvegan castle only to realise that it cost £6 (or just under 3pints) to get in and as we were thinking about taking the cheaper options of the gardens it started to piss it down again, so of to Dunvegan hotel for afternoon tea and scones. A quick walk to a lighthouse was decided on and after parking in a farmers yard we walked the 2km to the lighthouse - but it was rubbish - just a box with a light on, walk was a laugh tho.
Steve, Vince, Andy and sophie went off in the minibus to find wood for a fire on the beach. Pity it was so windy that you couldn't feel the heat from the fire.
Day 7 - Thursday
Chris, Dave, Ali, Andy, Martin went up onto the ridge to do Sgurr a Mhadaidh, Sgurr a Ghreadaidh, Sgurr na Banachdich and the In Pin again (except Dave who thought he'd save time by sitting at the bottom of the In Pin). Met Andy G and Vince on the In Pin. The sun nearly came out for about and hour but alas, no, we descended to Glen Brittle in the mist.
Day 8 - Friday
Up at 6am to pack the bus and get on the road, slow trip through Scotland due to bloody tin shed's (caravans) been all over the roads. We finally dropped Franco off in Stirling and Steve somewhere on the A66 and made it back to nottingham.
Song of the week = Voodoo Child by Rogue Traders
Best parts of the week:
Pictures from the week can be found on Steve's website
(there were 2 andys on the trip - unfortunately i can't remember surnames - can someone fill them in? and also the sections i missed out? and anything else? - steve)