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The Connoisseurs Mountain Marathon

LAMM 2003 - Update 3
7th June 2007

The LAMM 2007 venue is the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchtertyre.

From Crianlarich, travel NW on the A82 for 4 miles. You pass a sign on the right to Kirkton Farm and will soon see a yellow LAMM sign. Slow down and give plenty of warning to following traffic that you will be turning right as this is a fast road. A yellow LAMM sign will indicate where you turn right. Follow the signs and you will be directed to one of a number of parking areas. Those who arrive first will walk furthest to the Event Centre but this should not exceed 400M. If you are only stopping temporarily to register, please tell the marshal and you will park closer to the marquee and registration. Please only park as directed.

If you are leaving Auchtertyre after registering, please follow the one way system on the track that passes Kirkton Farm and then rejoin the main road.

Travel from Glasgow Queen Street -> Upper Tyndrum. Trains leave Glasgow at 12:38 and 18:21, arriving Upper Tyndrum at 14:51 and 20:29 respectively. Telephone 07836 384853 to request a lift to the Event Centre.

The best place to stay at a LAMM is on the LAMM campsite but if you feel you can't cope with two nights in a tent, accommodation can be found in Tyndrum, Crianlarich and Killin.

Auchtertyre is also home to Strathfillan Wigwams. These are all booked for Friday night so please don't pester Rena with requests for accommodation. On any other weekend, consider staying here in one of the sturdy insulated wooden camping cabins. Strathfillan is an ideal base for a Munro bagging trip or family holiday. The farm shop has all the necessities plus local food and supplies - milk and dairy products, tea/coffee, tinned food, biscuits, fruit and sweets.

After the remote far north in 2006, this year will be quite different and not only in that it's much easier to get to. There is quite a change in the terrain from last year's area, where only deer and geologists roamed, to this year which is rather special, being a hill walker and Munro bagger's paradise (not to mention the scattering of Corbetts on the map for the real aficionados). The hills might be more accessible than last year but they are bigger and just as distinctive and big mountains mean some serious route choice. The planner, Angela Mudge, has planned courses that will require plenty of thinking and decision making, so don't always jump to the seemingly obvious route. It can be a considerable climb over mountains, but also a long way round. Make careful choices!

The terrain is typical of the high mountain areas away from the north-west Highlands, generally not as rocky, but with big grassy slopes, scattered crags, superb long ridges, big glens (and some landrover tracks) and big climbs. It's not all fast running since, like any hill areas in Scotland, there are plenty of areas of bog, tussocks, heather and bracken to slow you down, though overall you will be able to travel faster than last year.

Hopefully this year the weather will be good enough to appreciate the excellent views from the high tops and ridges, but, anyway, look out for the golden eagles in the northern and western parts and deer everywhere. To sum up, it's a great area that will easily live up to the standards set in previous years for the connoisseurs' Mountain Marathon !

A word of warning, with the map based on the OS 1:50,000, not all crags are marked accurately and many small streams are not marked, so be wary of using
these features for fine navigation. Just remember it is not a purpose made orienteering map, but a map for travelling through mountains and gives you exactly the information you need for the LAMM.

Martin Stone
Event Organiser

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