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April 6, 2015


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 Cu...

March 2, 2015

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.

  • Allasdair 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 choco...

December 5, 2014

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 c...

November 15, 2014

We parked at the car park between the Lochan na Fola & Altnafeadh. The plan - to head up the Lairig Gartain  to the path onto Buachaille Etive Mor, next to Stob Coire Altruim. The objective - Stob na Broige, the back Munro of the mountain. The week before had seen high winds and torrential rain, much the same as the attempt last year to coincide with the annual dinner dance. Last year the wind was so bad by the time we reached the top of the Lairig (at 400 metres the gusts were in the range of 50 to 60 miles an hour) it was decided it was not worth the effort and we would try again this year. Geoff’s last Munro, the second attempt, the third year in a row there had been a last Munro day by members of the club coinciding with the annual dinn...

November 15, 2014


For my final Munro, we were blessed with really settled, fine weather which was in sharp contrast to  my previous attempt on Stob na Broige (the back Buachaille) a year before. We were rained upon and blown off on that attempt.


As I walked up the coire I thought about when my Munro round started. I think my first Munro was in 1982 when I was on an Outward Bound course at Loch Eil. I think it was Stob Ban. But I can't remember if we got to the top. I've been up it since (honest).


It occurred to me not to bother finishing. The pointlessness of the whole thing had been on my mind for a while. I'd done my penultimate hill about 3 years before and I seemed to have lost the need to be complete. However people had made an effort and it was a nice...

September 29, 2014

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 b...

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