Meets Journal 2014-15

Friday 26th to Monday 29th September 2014  
Gillside Farm campsite, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0QQ

First meet of the year at the beautiful Gillside Farm campsite, Glenridding, Cumbria as recommended by Chod.

Nina, Steven, Rab, Cathy and Niall went to Gill crag on the Saturday.  Despite rain, wind and cold temperatures, two teams managed an easy climb each (though Niall did so wearing a belay jacket throughout). The rock was lovely and the gear sparse.  Continuation of the poor weather didn't promote the virtues of second route so they chilled out at the top before descending the grassy ridge back to the car.  Meanwhile Donald headed up a Marilyn; and Chod, Eilidh, Carl, Bounty and Fiona went up Helvellyn and Striding Edge.

 

On Sunday Jude, Jen, Andy Roscoe, Cathy, Sarah and Rab did Helvellyn and Striding Edge; whilst Niall took baby Robin up to Red Tarn via upper Glenridding for a spot of lunch, then went back down via the normal path up.  Chod and Eilidh headed to the pub to watch the Ryder Cup.

 

Liz and Andy also came down, Liz impressively heading to the pub and back on her crutches Friday night (uneven farm track + hill in relative darkness!), then they walked and cruised around Derwentwater over Saturday and Sunday. Good to see ankle not stopping her getting out.  Andy introduced us to some amazing pork pies from the Keswick butcher. More than sufficient sustenance for our Lakes walking and worth remembering next time!

 
 
Mill Cottage

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Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October 2014

Mill Cottage (Bell Memorial), Feshiebridge, Nr Kincraig PH21 1NX

​This is one of 3 MCofS national huts, and is well appointed with 14 bunks / sleeping platform (bring your own sleeping bags) and a coal burning stove. Camping / campervanning also possible if required.  Great for Glen Feshie, the western Cairngorms and autumn colours!  No  blog yet - but was by all accounts a good meet.

 
Geoff at summit
Descending Stop na Broige

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Sat 15th to Sunday 16th November 2014

Dinner Dance at Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe PH49 4HY

 

​It was a late night in the Kingie and the Doss for the advance party who had come up on Friday.  So there were a few sore heads amongst the 20 who set off from near the Altnafeadh for Geoff's last Munro, the back Buachaille - Stob na Broige.

 

Cammie and John led the way, whilst the rest took their time in the great weather.  Was a bit chilly but fine and sunny on the summit, but Charlie's Black Bottle, and a couple of bottles of champagne warmed things up nicely.  We were off in good time as the sky glowed a glorious sunset.  So to the bar with plenty time for a wee drink (tea ...) before kilts and frocks on for dinner.

 

First prize this year went to Mike - a life saving set of stabilisers.  Some great raffle prizes - thanks to The Ice Factor, Oran Mor, Edrington, Cotswolds, Tisos, Di Maggios, and Nevisport.  And finally Scotland's Ceilidh Band put us through our paces on the dance floor as a warm up to the ipod.

 

Next morning we had our last Kingie breakfast surrounded by the memorable wallpaper of the dining room before it gets a welcome facelift next Autumn.

Muir Cottage
Beinn Bhreac party
Evening at Muir Cottage
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December 2014

Muir Cottage, Inverey, Linn of Dee, Braemar

 

A good crowd turned up for December’s meet in the Cairngorm club’s Muir cottage which proved a great hut.   Given the location, Southern Cairngorm Munros were the order of the day and so it was a big team went up Beinn Bhreac in a none too promising forecast.  First tick dispensed with and the weather not showing its teeth, we headed across the endless bog of Moine Bhealaidh to Beinn a’ Chaorainn.  This lump turned out to be a lot smaller, but a lot further away than it initially appeared.  After this a quick descent to Glen Derry and then a long but straightforward walk capped a long 28km day.

 

Chod and Eilidh also went up Beinn a’ Chaorainn, using bikes to take some of the sting out of the walk in and out.  Misleading crag markings on the map led them up onto Moine Bhealaidh earlier than necessary and so they endured the same bog tedium as we did.  The OS were cursed on the rapid descent past the ‘crags’ which with 20-20 hindsight could easily have been negotiated in ascent.

 

The pensioners' peloton (sorry Charlie) cycled up to Derry Lodge where the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue team were preparing for their Christmas dinner.  The peloton dismounted and walked up Carn Crom, forgoing Derry Cairngorm due to time constraints.  On the return leg Rab took a tumble on his bike, injuring his ankle.  Fortunately, though possibly not how they saw it, the rescue team were on hand to offer him a lift out.  Not content that the Langie had caused enough disruption, Alastair then proceeded to fall off his bike, almost getting run over by the rescue team’s Land Rover in the process.  At this point they were probably wishing they had just gone to the local pub for their dinner!

 

Alma, Paul and Geoff went up Carn Bhac which avoided the walk into Derry Lodge and marked the start of Geoff’s second ‘round’. Others enjoyed the scenery on valley walks.

 

After the usual eating, singing and odd light ale on Saturday night, Sunday dawned with heavy snowfall.  Most just drove home tentatively over the snowy Glen Shee pass.  A few however decided to stretch their legs before joining the Southerly migration.  Jude, Simon (up from Englandshire) and Graham walked up the Corbett, Morrone, with the Braemar crowds, whilst Steven and I enjoyed a quiet ascent of Carn na Drochaide from the Linn of Quoich.

 

 
Members wearing mad hats
Dancing at Nethy House
Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February 2015

Nethy House, Nethy Bridge PH25 3DN

 

A welcome return to this excellent bunkhouse for our Burn’s supper. Wood panelling, pool table, piano, great kitchen and a superb bar for our barrels of Cairngorm beer! Unfortunately excess snow and wind kept outdoor activities to a minimum.  So we just had to party all night instead - both Friday and Saturday for a change!  Although a large possie did make an excursion into Abernethy Forest for some snowball fights and fresh air on the Saturday.  Awaiting full blog from Carl!

 
Station Lodge Tulloch

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Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March 2015

Station Lodge, Tulloch Station, Roy Bridge PH31 4AR

 

We had a good weekend in this warm and comfortable bunkhouse, a real train enthusiast’s paradise and a big hit with Andy.  Twenty people attended this club meet including our new member Paul.

 

Despite the awful weather (rain turning to snow at 1,000ft ) everyone ventured out on the Saturday.

Willie led a large group up the north face of Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin with a few folk abandoning this direct route due to lack of crampons and the lure of the rugby match  showing in the  pub.

Donald ticked off Meall Laidh Mor in his attempt to complete the Marilyns.

Alasdair and Jim interrupted their ‘gourmet eating weekend’ to climb Craig Pitridh but only made it to the caves for a spot of lunch. (Smoked salmon, grapes, and dark chocolate with cranberries )

Chod and Eilidh abandoned their attempt on Stob Ban for a long wet walk up to Laraig Leacach bothy only.

Trish, Bob and Bracken went for an easy walk up 'Glen Bogle' and saw some crossbills.

 

With the drying room full of wet gear and everyone fed and watered we spent Saturday evening around the fire which Willie kept ticking over (!), Chod played guitar and we sang the whole of the song book!

Sunday saw a continuation of the poor weather so we all headed home. On the way down Steve took New Paul into the doss and showed him around.  

 
 
Port a Bhaigh campsite
Cul Beag party on summit
Friday 3rd April to Monday 6th April 2015

Port a Bhaigh Campsite, Al Tandhu, Achiltibuie, Ullapool IV26 2YR

 

9 / 11 of us headed to Achiltibuie for the Easter Meet.  Michael and Cammy headed up a day early and tackled some deep snow on Glen Affric hills (Tom?/Toll?) en route, showing signs of a day in the sunshine when they arrived at the campsite.  Donald and Waneata were in attendance for both the Langie and the kayak club. 

 

On Saturday a party of four headed to Conival and Ben More Assynt, contending with soft snow, mud and smirry rain up to the bealach.  We turned straight back soaked after the first summit and headed for the dry warmth of the Am Fuaran bar shortly after dinner.  Jim kept the Black Prince legends alive with tales of previous stints in the area.

 

On Sunday the sun appeared and a group of us + Jay had a great walk up Cul Beag, clear views of the Sutherland hills, Torridon and over Achiltibuie to the Western Isles.  Some then headed back south while most stayed for another night in the Am Fuaran.

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Applecross campsite

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Friday 1st to Monday 4th May 2015

Applecross Campsite, Strathcarron IV47 8SW

 

We return to this superb campsite, with it’s “Flower Tunnel” communal area and cafe and award winning Applecross Inn nearby (http://applecross.uk.com/inn/index.htm). Great for Applecross, Torridon and Achnashellach hills and climbs.

Sligachan campsite

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Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May 2015

Sligachan Campsite, Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye IV47 8SW

 

It’s been several years since we’ve camped at Sligachan, which is well located for some of the classic climbs and walks of the Black and Red Cuillin. Not a bad pub (with it’s own micro brewery) and restaurant next to the campsite, either!

 
Ballater Caravan Park

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Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2015

Ballater Caravan Park, Anderson Road, Ballater AB35 5QW

 

Again, it’s been several years since we’ve camped at Ballater, with the River Dee and facilities of Ballater adjacent to the campsite. Good for Lochnagar, southern Cairngorms and Glenshee hills.