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11 attended (10 members and a guest). After leaving the Myre car park in Forfar at 07:05 we made for the Spittal of Glenshee (at 08:15) to find the snow gates open, and made our way to Linn of Dee where the temperature was registered on a car at -12c. We left from the car park at 09:25 and made our way up through deep heather and powdery snow to Carn an 'lc Duihhe (630m). From there, we crossed a very wet area of ground with a few members getting wet feet, to Sgor Dubh (741m) where lunch was enjoyed with fantastic views all round but especially the Cairngorms to our north. It was then a ridge walk to the summit, Sgor Mor (813m). After a short break there, we made our way down to meet the Glen Dee path which led us past the Chest of Dee where we saw the tracks of an otter, then on to White Bridge and back to the cars at 16:45. Although the air temperature was well below freezing all day because of the windless conditions and unbroken sunshine it was very pleasant day to be out.
Forfar Fire Station, 19:30. 16 attended. Afterwards, all took part in an indoor games night. They played Jenga, Uno, Guess Who? and Connect4. Everyone enjoyed it.
11 attended, staying at Kailzie Bunkhouse, near Peebles, which we shared with a
group of Northern Irish mountain bikers.
Saturday: A fine clear day, but a strong westerly wind. There were 3 groups out.
A group of 4 stayed local and tackled the longest walk of the day: - the Dun Rig horseshoe from Peebles. Left from Peebles at 09:30 and climbed Kirkhope Law, Birkscairn Hill, Dun Rig (744m), Glenrath Heights, Hundleshope Heights and descended by Preston Law to Newby Kipps. That included 3 "Donalds". One of the group even had a detour to climb another Donald, Stob Law, managing to catch up with the others on the descent. They got back to Peebles at 17:00. (20.5k, 940m, 7.5 hours). Before returning to the bunkhouse, the group headed to Sainsbury's where one of the group made a navigational error and went out the wrong door!
The rest headed south on the A708. A group of 5 climbed past the Grey Mare's Tail to Loch Skeen, onto Firthybrig Head, Firthope Rig and onto White Coomb (821m). They retraced their steps to Firthope Rig, and dropped into Rotten Bottom (Google "Longbow" for some history), making their way to Saddle Yoke and dropped to the car at Capplegill. (15k, 920m, 6 hours).
A group of 2 completed the classic Black Hope Round starting from Capplegill. They climbed to Swatte Fell, then out to Hart Fell (808m), rounded to HartFell Riggs and then returned via Saddle Yoke, where they met up with the White Coomb group. (13.5k, 940m, 5.5 hours)
Sunday: A fine frosty morning with brilliant visibility. A group of 7 headed to Yarrowford. They passed the old Broadmeadows youth hostel, and climbed to the Three Brethren ( 3 massive cairns - see photo). This is on the Southern Upland Way. The Tweed Valley Ultra running event was being held that day and the group observed some of the competitors tackle the 40 mile route as they passed the Brethren. The group's route then went west following the Way until Brown Knowe (523m). They descended by Wallace's Trench (historical) to the Minchmoor Road (an ancient road) and followed this back to Yarrowford. (13.8k, 550m, 4.5 hours).
Meanwhile, a group of 4 headed up the Tweed from Peebles. They crossed an old arched railway bridge after investigating a long and very dark railway tunnel. They returned down the north bank under the precarious looking Neidpath Castle. (5k).
Walk off that excess food! More details to follow.
19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting followed by an illustrated talk. “A return to the Greater Ranges” by Graham Brown & Nicola Hay. Their account of their very recent trip to Nepal.
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.
Given time of year and that 4 weekends have all been opened up at once, there is no need to pay immediately (DO NOT PAY BEFORE 1ST JANUARY, as that's when the club bank account is audited for 2017)
but please remember if you book a space you will still need to pay if it can't be filled by someone else.
16 - 18 Feb - Lochgoilhead activity Centre, Arrochar
16 spaces - 2 nights - £65. ( we will have a lodge to ourselves) Good base and accommodation with 2 breakfasts, 2 pack lunches and dinner on the Saturday night included on this price. 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 - 16 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.
Still available. Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at email@example.com.
Holiday cottage for rent on north coast, see Torrisdale