LAMM 2008

Arthur Clare-Hay and I did the B class in the LAMM 2008 on the w/e of 7/8th June. We were the oldest team in the B class and the A and the C... The event this year was based around Glenfinnon, this boasts the oldest concrete viaduct in the world (what about the romans?) and features in the Harry Potter films. Very picturesque, especially when the Hogwarts Express steamed over the viaduct during registration (how did you manage that Martin?).

The weather was ideal on Saturday, dry sunny intervals, cool. Unfortunately it was ideal for the midges too! How does something so small irritate so much? We set off in the general direction of CP1 without marking up the map to get up and out of the midges range quickly. That worked in that we got away from the midges, but we then messed up finding CP1 and lost at least 30 mins meandering about. Time to wake up and concentrate! You can check our day 1 route on the route gadget on the LAMM site. One more route cock-up you'll see. My fault again, I didn't notice there were 2 cols close to each other and headed for the wrong one. Anyway, we got to the camp and we were not last.

Midges were lying in wait at the camp too, little buggers...

Overnight camp was also very picturesque, being on good grass beside a river with views across a wide glen. Much intake of calories and liquids ensued...

Sunday dawned a bit damp after some overnight rain. Low cloud and drizzle as we headed off for day 2's CP1. On the other side of the river! Nice one Martin, wet feet straight-off! CP1 was a tiny re-entrant on the map, but the reality was very different, very complicated ground, much meandering to find it. Our day 2 route is also in the route gadget. Some interesting route choices, and some pretty tough contouring - very hard on the ankles. Our only problem on day 2 was CP7 described as "on stream bend" - looks easy on the map. Until you get there and discover the stream feeding the lochen that you'd intended to follow up to the bend was dry and had been for so long there was little evidence of it on the ground. More meandering...

On doing the final stint into the event centre Arthur decided it wouldn't look good walking into camp and took off. Blimey, he's going quick! A bit of a struggle to keep up. We made a couple of places on day 2, so we were definitely not last. Wilf's bean stew was woofed down, yum, yum, then it was back to reality...