by Zoe Pickering (Club Chair):
My decision to go on the Scottish Winter Meet this year was somewhat last minute and it was not without reservation either - the last one I went on was around twenty years ago - it rained all week and the memory, as they say, is dark. However, I bit the bullet and bagged my place and found good conditions, sunny views and plenty of snow, even if it was only down to a few hundred feet below the summits.
The meet was fully booked and it was good to see friendly faces old and new, pursuing a wide range of wintery activities including radical intrepidness from Max and Will on the North Face of the Ben (I bumped into them at the top at lunchtime and they'd already done three routes), baby steps in snowy gullies and on classic ridges such as Ledge Route from Ben and myself and brave endeavours from everyone else on a range of walks and climbs including Curved Ridge on the Buchaille and ascents around Stob Coire Nan Lochan.
There was also a mountain biking contingent who made full use of the many cycling options in the area, including the Nevis Range mountain biking tracks and Sustrans routes out along Loch Linnhe to Stalker Castle. The weather was kind, although surprisingly warm, the pubs and craic were, as always, good and there are already plans for next winters' trip - hope to see you there!