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Mountain Mind Quiz - Wednesday 8th March
A team consisting of Graham, Carolyn and Colin finished 4th with a score of 87, behind Perth MC (97), Grampian MC A (94.5), Grampian MC B (91.5). There were 13 teams in total. Our reserves of Linda, Willie and Nicola got a respectable score too as spectators.
AGM Monday 6th March
A good turnout. Minutes of last AGM approved. Treasurer's Report approved. President's report and Meet Sectetary's reports were presented. Committee same as last year, except Colin replaces Neil as Meet Secretary. New auditors appointed - John MacDonald and Steve Wilson. The meeting was followed by an excellent illustrated talk by John Norrie on Whitehaugh, the former club hut.
Open Meeting - 6th March
The president announced Colin Sinclair is to be made an hononary member.
12 members attended. The club had aready stayed several times in this excellent bunkhouse. Friday started with a 7pm ferry crossing for a pub meal in the Inn at the other side. Unfortunately Saturday's weather wasn't kind :- low cloud, drizzle, and occasional showers. However 5 groups were out :- 2 climbed Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor in challenging conditions, 2 climbed both peaks of Buachaille Etive Beag, 2 walked to Steal falls then took the ferry over to Ardgour for a short low-level walk. 2 did a longer low-level walk just across the ferry, 4 went to Ardtornish Castle and had a low-level walk to Ardtornish Point.
Sunday's weather was just as poor. 5 went home. 2 walked up Glen Righ. 5 found better weather at Dalwhinnie and climbed the Fara and took an interesting descent to look at Dirc Mhor and Dirc Beag (glacial meltwalter channels - the best examples in Britain).
Sunday 12th February
8 members attended. 5 did a round of Sgraineach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain and A' Mharconaich. 3 turned back at Sgraineach Mhor. Conditions were soft snow underfoot. It was a cold clear day when we set out from the side of the A9 and it did not get windy until we were higher up but stayed dry all day.
Sunday 22nd January
19 members and 2 guests walked over the Fungle Road from Aboyne to Tarfside in Glen Esk. Bus left Sauchieburn Hotel at 07:15. 3 members walked to Charr bothy and then climbed Clachnaben. 6 members walked from the Blue Gate to the Rocks of Solitude. Weather - cold, cloudy but clear with some snow flurries. 34 members and 3 guests attended the following high tea in Sauchieburn Hotel. As usual, a splendid feast was provided.
Halloween parties were part of the club's social calendar for many years, held at the club hut, Whitehaugh. The club gave up Whitehaugh in 2002 so Halloween parties couldn't continue. However in September 2010, a social "banquet" was held at the Carn Dearg hut and the first boules tournament took place. Only 9 members attended. In 2011, it was moved to the end of October and became a boules/banquet/Halloween event and 18 attended. It was held again in 2012 with 18 attending. It was removed from the calendar in 2013 due to the 50th anniversary celebrations, but came back in 2014 and 2015 with 19 attending each. This year, there was a record number of attendees for the modern era - 42 members, ex-members and guests. The reason was the 50th celebrations for John and Rita.
Congratulations to Rita and John Norrie, who have been club members for 50 years (1966-2016). They joined only 3 years after the club's formation. At the recent social gathering, Rita and John were honoured by the president and presented with a book of memories, consisting of photos and anecdotes supplied and written by club members.
The annual boules tournament was held on Saturday 29th October at the social gathering at the new Carn Dearg Hut in Glen Clova. As usual, it was keenly contested. The winners were Janet Coull and Nicola Hay and they were presented with the new trophy.
Monday 6th March. 19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting, followed by Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by an illusatrated presentation, entitled "The history of Whitehaugh", by John Norrie. Whitehaugh was the club hut in Glen Clova (1968 - 2002).
Sunday 12th March - Stuchd an Lochain, Glen Lyon
By shared car, leaving Myre car park, Forfar at 07:00. Stuchd an Lochain is at the head of Glen Lyon. Length of walk is 9km with 730m of ascent and should take 4.5 to 5 hours. Bring your ice axe and crampons Colin in his capacity as the new Meet Secretary is unavailable, so Willie is looking after the walk so let him know if you're planning on coming.
The club is now taking bookings for the 2nd weekend meet of 2017:-
17-19 March 2017
Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken in the Galloway Hills (Fri & Sat nights)- 10 places booked @ £34. The club has had 2 previous visits there. There are also various other activities on site if people want to try their hand at other things.
Currently 7 members are booked, including Alex Smith who is going to complete his last Donald on the weekend. There is still 3 places available. If anyone else wants to join us for this weekend, let Neil know by Friday 10th at the latest as if no takers, he will see if he can cancel the extra beds.
If you want to book, e-mail or text Neil and he'll reply to let you know he has your booking. After that either pay Clare online or send her a cheque remembering to reference what weekend you're sending money for.
Still available. Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday cottage for rent on north coast, see Torrisdale