23-25 May 2003

Mountain biking was the main activity of this meet with all but three of the members and guests taking cycles along. The weather for the whole weekend was fine with the occasional heavy shower that fell as rain or snow depending on the altitude of the place that you were at the time. All members managed to get a good soaking at one time or another. Birthday celebrations were held for Andrew on Saturday night and prematurely for Donal late on Sunday night.

Activities: Nigel and Ged travelled up to Braemar three days prior to the meet and did some wild camping in Glen Ey and Glen Quoich. Mountains climbed were Beinn Lutharn Bheag, Glas Tulachean, Carn an Righ, Mam nan Carn, Beinn Lutharn Mhor, Carn Bhac, Beinn Bhuird and Ben Avon.

Saturday: Donal, Ann, Rob and Helen took bikes on a circular route past Derry Lodge and on to just below the Devil's Point, then following the Dee back to the hut. Peter and John climbed Eagle Ridge (Severe) on Lochnagar. Nigel walked up Mount Keen after dropping Ged off at Aberdeen station. Simon and Carmen cycled past White Bridge up Glen Dee, then walked up Glen Geusachan on to Monadh Mor (where it snowed for a while) and Beinn Bhrotain. Margaret walked up Sgor Mor via Derry Lodge. Gordon and Tim cycled up Glen Ey and did Beinn Lutharn Mhor and Beinn Lutharn Bheag.

Sunday: Donal, Anne, Rob, Helen, Andrew, Duncan, Peter and John took part in a 25 mile linear cycle ride from the hut to Blair Athol via Bynack Lodge and Glen Tilt. They returned to the hut by car via pub at Moulin. Donal, Andrew and Helen did a short walk up Carn Mor. Simon and Carmen cycled up Glen Ey to the ruined lodge and then walked up Carn Cruinn, An Socach, down to Loch nan Eun, then Mam nan Carn and Beinn Iutharn Mhor. Margaret walked up Gen Quioch to Beinn Bhuird. Nigel went bagging around Glen Muick taking in Lochnagar, Carn a Choire Bhaidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn. Gordon and Tim cycled Derry Lodge and then walked up Beinn Bhreac.

Monday: Peter and John walked up Beinn a Bruird. Simon and Carmen had another long day climbing Eagle Ridge then walking on to summit of Lochnagar. Margaret walked up a mountain with two names: Top of the Battery and Carn Damhaireach. Nigel did more bagging on Carn an Tuirc, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe, Cairn of Claise, Glas Moal and Creag Leacach.

Tuesday: Peter and John went climbing on the Pass of Ballater, taking in routes: Jumble Blocks Crack, Ping Pong, Aftershave and Giant Flake. Simon and Carmen cycled to Derry Lodge, then walked up Beinn Bhreac, across the Moine Bhealaidh to Beinn a' Chaorainn Bheag and Beinn a' Chaorainn.