Àite Cruinnichidh hostel (12 places). Cost £34. Fully booked. Final details will be circulated by email.
At Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. Open Meeting followed by indoor games night.
By shared car, leaving Myre carpark at 07:00. Details to follow.
3 members attended. The weather in the Crianlarich area was for blanket low cloud, frequent showers and high winds. Because of this, Colin has decided to move the meet to the east side of the country, to An Socach from Glen Clunie. This hill was scheduled for the February 2018 meet, but changed because of deep snow at that time. 2 members left from the Myre car park at 07:10, meeting up with another from Deeside at the track end. Walking started at 08:30 and we headed up the landrover track to its end. From there we climbed towards the bealach, and stopped just below it at 11:00 for a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Day. After a snack, it was up onto the ridge and the walk out to the main west top, reached at 11:45. We headed back to the east top (12:30), then headed south east down the ridge stopping for another snack. Reached the cars at 14:45 and back in Forfar at 16:00. Distance 16.5km, ascent 700m. Blanket cloud down to 600m. Strong southerly wind (cold on ridge). Cleared for a couple of minutes on the summit, but rained most of the way out after the 2nd snack, very heavy at the cars. Saw a snow bunting, 3 ptarmigan, 2 ravens, 2 white hares, some red deer, 4 other folk and a dog!
3 members attended. The group obtained permission to drive to the end of the forestry road. They then carried sacks and straw up to the bourach, where they patched various gaps. They also placed a notice, warning that it was unsafe to enter. no further work is required at present.
33 folk (members and guests) attended this Open Meeting held at Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. The meeting was followed by an illustrated talk, “New Zealand” by Willie Mather, an excellent account of Willie's trip to New Zealand in early 2018.
Congratulations to Ian Shand and Steve Wilson
22 members attended the event which was held in the Carn Dearg Hut. The rain fell in sheets and the wind roared, but 16 folk competed in the
annual Boules Championship. Members were drawn randomly into pairs and then played in 2 pools of 4 pairs each. The winners of each pool contested the final, where
Ian & Steve defeated Mel & Rita by a score of 3-2, to become champions for 2018.
As the meal was being prepared, a game of "Guess who I am" was started (post-its placed on each person's back with a name), set by Willie. Two main courses were provided for the meal - vegetable curry and chilli, followed by some excellent desserts. Penny held a logo quiz, before the judging of the best neep, won by John N, and the fancy dress - 3 categories - won by Neil M (best costume), Nicola H (scariest) and Briar (cutest). Three teams then contested a "pass the sausage balloon" game - firstly passing the balloon down a line by the knees then by the neck.
Then it was outside into the rain for the fireworks lit by the president - very impressive, 2 big Lidl blocks. Then it was time to tidy up and head for home. No one stayed overnight this year.
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