High Tea meet - latest

It looks like the bad weather will reach us about lunchtime tomorrow. The bus will still leave at 08:00 from Sauchieburn Hotel, but we won’t be taking the Clachnaben- Mount Battock route, as it’s too committing given the forecast for the afternoon. There is no escape route. There will be a walk however. Looking at a lower level route with easy escapes.

Annual Photographic Competition

It's that time of year again for the annual photographic competition, with prestigious trophies up for grabs, along with 12 month long bragging rights which accompany the titles. The president respectfully draw your attention to the competition rules. See last page of constitution. Could all digital photo files be sent to Colin no later than Thursday 18th January. Graham apologises for bringing forward the date by a week, but the judge wants plenty time to look at them and since it's his first year, it's only fair. Graham's sure that you all have already taken you potential prize winning photos! Colin's email address for those who don't know is colin.sinclair@btinternet.com The results and exhibition of all the photos will take place at the next open meeting on Monday 5th February at the Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. Good luck to all those taking part!

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Monday 8th January 2018 - Open Meeting

19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. 30 attended (26 members and 4 guests). After the open meeting, Graham Brown & Nicola Hay presented “A return to the Greater Ranges”, their account of their very recent trip to Nepal.

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - New Year Meet

Cancelled because of poor weather.

Tuesday 26th December 2017 - Christmas Meet - Glen Prosen

11 attended (9 members, one ex-member and a guest). We gathered at Dykehead car park at 09:00, and travelled in 3 cars to the top of Glen Prosen, just beyond Glen Prosen Lodge. The walk started at 09:35 and headed north on a forest track for 4k, with the mighty Dreish looming overhead. Much of the forest has been cleared recently. After leaving the forest, there was a steep climb up to the Hill of Strone (850m), through the snowline (about 3-4 cm of very dry soft snow), where the strong northerly wind was blowing sprindrift, and providing significant windchill. We turned SE towards Cairn Inks (769m) and found a relatively sheltered spot for a short lunch (too cold to hang around). We continued onto Cairn Inks which gave good views of the Clova Hotel just below. There, we turned south to climb Mount Bouie (585m) and below that, we dropped into the forest again. A very sheltered sunny spot gave us the opportunity for a 2nd lunch break. A forest track then led to Cramie Farm and back to the cars at 14:35. Distance 14.1k, ascent 636m, time 5 hours. We headed back to Dykehead and there was no appropriate place to stop for refreshments, so we all headed home.

Next Day Meet : Sunday 21st January - High Tea Meet

We’ve had a few cancellations because of various reasons. All folk on club & non-club waiting lists have been offered places. We have 35 for the meal. The following are expected for the meal. Please let me know as soon as possible if I’ve got this wrong.

Chicken in Pepper Sauce: Graham B, John McD, Hamish (3)
Beef Pie: Colin, Linda, Neil M, Carolyn, Steve, Ian (6)
Haddock: Clare, Lawrie, John D, Morag, Catriona, Eric, Briar- half (7)
Salmon: Susan, Diane, Bob, Etta (no sauce), Neil S, Elaine W, Nan, Mel, Frank (9)
Moussaka: Janet, Debbie, Graham T (3)
Chicken and Bacon Crumble: Elaine L, Brian, Ray, John N, Rita, Jerry (6)
Macaroni & Cheese: Nicola H (1)

The weather is looking a bit dodgy for Sunday. The bus is booked. At the moment, it looks like we would get over the Cairn o’ Mount to start the walk, but we might run into some nasty snowy weather (though wind from SE, which might be ok).

Main Walk I have the following 19 names for the bus: - Frank, Lawrie, Neil M, Susan, John McD, Graham B, Graham T, Ray, Nicola H, Neil S, Eric Langmuir (guest), Steve, Mel, Carolyn, Debbie, Brian, Elaine L, Diane, Colin Bus leaves Sauchieburn Hotel at 08:00 Penny, Jamie and Jamie’s girlfriend Tash will join us for some of the walk. They will travel by car, and loop back to their car.

Shorter walk There will be a shorter walk, led by Bob Railton. Meet at Edzell Muir car park at 11:00, for a walk up the River Esk (through the blue gates). Names for this are: Bob, Jerry, Nan, Catriona, Hamish, Morag, Elaine W, and possibly Ian & Briar, (9). Bob’s mobile number is: 07779 863664.

The rest So that would leave 7 unaccounted for: Janet, Etta, John, Rita, Linda, Clare, John D. Let me know if you plan to attend either of the walks.

Hotel Details Hotel will be open from 16:00. Meal will be served at 17:30

Note: Because of the uncertain weather conditions at this time, there may be late changes to the main walk. Please check web site on Saturday evening for any late changes. I will also broadcast an email on Saturday evening. See contact details.

Next Meeting : Monday 5th February

19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting followed by Annual Photographic Competition.

Weekend Meets 2018

Booking for the next 4 weekends are now open with details as below. If wanting to book, please drop Neil an email or text (see contact details). Of those who regularly attend weekends, Neil would also appreciate if you can drop him an e-mail to let him know if you're not planning on coming to a particular weekend due other commitments as he knows that some people have holidays booked. This will allow him to judge numbers and try to cancel any unused beds well in advance with the bunkhouses etc so the club doesn't end up paying for unused beds, as we made a small loss at Peebles.

16 - 18 Feb - Lochgoilhead activity Centre, Arrochar
15 booked - booking closed. Good base and accommodation with 2 breakfasts, 2 pack lunches and dinner on the Saturday night included for £65. Food was excellent last time we stayed. See http://www.lochgoilhead.org.uk

16 - 18 March - Mill Cottage - Glen Feshie
2 nights - 14 spaces - £20. (Full cottage booking but campers can share facilities). See https://www.mountaineering.scot/clubs/huts/national-huts/mill-cottage

4 - 7 May - Tongue Youth Hostel 3 nights - 24 spaces - Neil is awaiting details on room cost as not sure if it's bunks or private rooms that have been booked but details of cost will be added to club website when he has them. See http://www.tonguehostelandholidaypark.co.uk/

22 - 25 June - Inverie bunkhouse - Knoydart
3 nights - 20 spaces (full bunkhouse booking)- £59. See https://independenthostels.co.uk/members/knoydartbunkhouse/
Please note Inverie require a ferry crossing from Mallaig. There are several ferries a day including Sundays but last from Mallaig looks to be 18:15 on the Friday for anyone arriving late. Ferry cost per return is £20.

Neil is happy to opening these up to guests closer to the time as suspect we will have some spare places on some of them.

Embroidered Club Clothing

Still available. Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at aquarian@unitelmail.co.uk.

Cottage For Rent

Holiday cottage for rent on north coast, see Torrisdale