Sunday 8th April 2018 : Day meet - south of Loch Laggan

11 members attended. 3 cars left Forfar at 07:05. One car picked up 2 city members at Dunkeld. We all met up at the car park just east of the bridge at Moy. Walking started at 09:30, where some had difficulty finding the start! 3 walks took place.
* 2 members climbed Beinn a Chlachair (1027m) by ascending the path by the Alt Coire Pitridh, and returned by the same route. (distance 23km, ascent 910m, 7 hours).
* 5 members climbed Geal Charn (1049m) and Creag Pritridh (924m) ascending the path by the Alt Coire Pitridh and returning in a circular route. (distance 21.5km, ascent 970m, 7.5 hours).
* A group of 4 elected to climb Binnein Shios (667m) and Binnien Shuas (746m), including much rough ground, bog and some scary ascents and descents! (distance 18km, ascent 920m, 8.5 hours)
It was a clear day with good views, mostly with broken cloud and sunshine. Light winds, and still a lot of snow on the hills - though soft. Several herds of deer were spotted as well as 2 golden eagles, a male hen harrier, ptarmigan, frogs and frog spawn.
All members stopped at House of Bruar for fish & chips. Last cars returned to Forfar at 21:00.


Monday 2nd April 2018 : Open Meeting - Members' Night

Held at Forfar Fire Station. 23 members attended. The Open Meeting was followed by "Members Night", where members are allowed 10 minutes to talk about 10 photos. 7 members took part. 2 of these 7 actually chose a new format showing a slideshow (with more than 10 photos) over their alloted time period. Everyone made it home as the April snow fell outside.

Wednesday 28th March 2018 : Committee Meeting

The committee met to set the weekend meets for the next meet calendar.
These are provisional (subject to booking) :-
Sept - Torridon; Oct - Clova; Nov - Roybridge; Feb - Glen More; Mar - Corran, May - Assynt; June - Arran;

Thursday 22nd March 2018 - Mountain Mind Quiz

Held in Queens Hotel, Dundee at 19:30. A team of Graham B, Linda & Colin was entered to represent the club. Nicola H was the only fan who came along. The quiz was organised by the Grampian Club and consisted of 3 rounds of 35 pictorial questions (105 marks total). 10 teams took part, and the questions were a mixture of Scottish Munros, Corbetts and Grahams, some English, Welsh and Irish tops, and some from Europe. There were a few flowers, birds and mammals thrown in too. The club team finished a respectable third (if only they hadn't screwed up the first round). 1st: Dundee Mountain Club (92), 2nd: Perth Mountaineering Club (91), 3rd: ourselves (88), 4th: Carn Dearg (84). Get swotting for next year!

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th March 2018 - Weekend Meet - Mill Cottage - Glen Feshie

9 booked. 2 call-offs earlier in week due to injury & family matters. 3 other members called off on the Friday due to weather plus one other member decided to hold off and travel up on the Saturday instead due to potential road conditions. This left 3 in the cottage on Friday night.
Saturday
Woke up to glorious sunshine 3 set off to climb Mullach Clach a' Bhlair at the end of Glen Feshie by the land rover track and if weather improved possibly include Sgor Gaoith. Conditions sunny and clear up to around 800m but bitterly cold as we increased in height. Wind and spindrift blowing over the top made the last 200m of ascent "interesting" with periods of total whiteout on slope but clearer as we reached the top. Any ideas of continuing to Sgor Gaith quickly lost their appeal and we returned by route of ascent.
3 more members arrived on Saturday evening, one with a view to walking on Sunday and 2 for skiing.
Sunday
3 members plus another member who had driven up for the day headed off to climb Sgor Gaoith, with 2 keen to traverse over to Mullach Clach a Bhlair. Conditions mainly overcast and very cold again as we increased in height. The 2 who were planning on taking in both Munros were slightly ahead and turned back at the ridge before Sgor Gaoith due to wind/visibility/cold and met the other 2 just below the ridge and all headed down.
One member headed home on the Sunday morning and the two who had come to ski also headed home as the ski centre was shut. Weather on the tops were full-on winter conditions and challenging.

Sunday 11th March 2018 - Day Meet - Beinn Chabhair

6 members attended. The scheduled meet to Stob Binnien and Ben More from Balquidder didn't take place because of the weather on the previous day. The meet was moved to Beinn Chabhair from the A83. The groups met in the Drovers Inn car park where the president presented Nicola Baillie with the Norrie trophy (for winning best photo collection in the 2018 photo competition). They then set off along the road, made their way through Beinglas farm and on up by the waterfall to the lochan. They then made their way up through snow and low cloud. However, they climbed through the low cloud into sunshine on the ridge, from where they had a fantastic view of the tops of several other mountains including Ben Lui and Ben More. A real temperature inversion. Crampons and ice axes were deployed for the final ascent to the cairn of Beinn Chabhair (933m). The group returned by same route to reach the cars around 5pm. Those going back to Forfar enjoyed a fish supper in Comrie.


Monday 5 March 2018 : Open Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Held at Forfar Fire Station. 25 members attended. The Open Meeting was followed by the AGM. Afterwards a short film was shown of W H Murray’s winter ascent of Tower Ridge with climbing partners Dr. J. H. B. Bell and Douglas Laidlaw (re-enactment of a 1939 climb) - Part2 of "The Edge" BBC series from 1994.

Monday 5 March 2018 : Annual General Meeting

Last year's AGM minutes were approved. Annual reports were presented by the president, the treasurer, and the meet secretary. The accounts has been approved by the auditors.
There was discussion about winter hillwalking, including equipment and skills. It was felt that no change needs to be made to the constitution.
The following committee was elected :- President: Graham Brown, Secretary : Carolyn Smith, Treasurer: Clare Stewart, Meet Secretary: Colin Sinclair, Assistant Meet Secretary : Willie Mather, Ordinary Member: Penny Lockwood. The president thanked the retiring Ordinary Member, Debbie Kenward for her work over the last few years. Debbie will continue looking after the Facebook page.
Steve Wilson and John McDonald were re-elected as auditors.
Chris Coles was awarded the "Event of the year" trophy for his tumble in the water on the May day meet.

16-18 February 2018 Weekend Meet - Lochgoilhead Activity Centre, Arrochar

Stayed at the Scout Association’s National Outdoor Centre in 2 chalets, with full board.
16 attended (14 members and 2 guests), though only 14 stayed.
Saturday
Fairly good day with cloud drifting in and out of the tops. Light winds.
Cnoc Coinnich (762m)
A recently promoted Corbett, just above Lochgoilhead. A group of 7 followed the Cowal Way up through Glen Donich, then cut up to the hill. Good views on top right down the Clyde estuary. Thoughts of a longer ridge walk went by the way, due to deep soft snow, so the group circled back via a westerly ridge. 10.5km, 820m ascent, 6 hours.
Ben Vorlich (943m)
Another member and guest arrived in time for breakfast, then a group of 6 drove round to Inveruglas, left 09:30, back at cars at 17:20. Clear all day on the hill. Deep snow. 13km, 990m ascent.
Loch Goil Coastal Walk
A group of 3 headed south down the track towards the end of the Goil peninsula. A long walk 16km, 700m ascent. One member did a bit extra by climbing to the Duke’s pass – an extra 5km and 300m ascent. Left 9:40, back 15:15 and 16:45.

Sunday Weather closed in. Very low cloud and much warmer. Rain spread in by 13:00.
Loch Goil Coastal Walk
A group of 5 headed south for a few hours.
Beinn Luibhean (858m)
One member climbed this. No views and a tricky descent in fog/snow. 6km 800m ascent. Left 9:30, back 13:20.
Dumgoyne (427m)
2 members went to Dumgoyne, the bump on the end of the Campsie Fells. Left 12:00, back 13:20. 4km, 420m ascent. No views, up in the clouds. And a visit to Glengoyne Distillery shop!
The other members headed home.

Sunday 11th February 2018 - Day Meet - Glen Clunie

2 cars left from Forfar at 07:10, meeting up with another car at Spittal of Glenshee. The promised dump of fresh snow hadn’t occurred (instead falling further south), so the A93 was open. However, the planned meet to An Socach was cancelled due to the soft snow conditions. Instead a circular ascent of the Corbett, Creag nan Gabhar (834m) was done from Auchallater car park. The group left at 08:50, and headed up the landrover track to Lochcallater Lodge, where a short break was taken in the MBA bothy. The route then climbed to Bealach Buidhe and over the flat top. Going was hard in deep soft snow and a biting NW wind. There another break was taken among some peat hags with spindrift filling the sandwiches, as there was no shelter beyond this point. It was then a short pull up to the summit, where the views were stunning. However, it wasn’t a day for hanging around, so the group dropped down the long north ridge to Sron Dubh with fabulous views northwards to the Cairngorms. We reached the cars at 15:00. Distance 13.5km, ascent 530m, time: 6 hours 10 minutes. A fine clear day with good views. Very cold NW wind with a lot of spindrift. Many mountain hares and large flocks of grouse spotted. The group headed to “The Bothy” in Braemar for refreshments afterwards.


Monday 5th February 2018 - Open Meeting

19:30 at Forfar Fire Station. A big turnout. After the open meeting, the results of the annual photographic competition were presented by judge James Anderson. 57 images were received from 13 entrants. The winner of the best collection was Nicola Baillie, with a selection from her recent trip to Peru. Nicola was absent, but will be presented with the Norrie trophy. The winner of the best photograph was Linda Sinclair, with a stunning sunset over the Skye Cuillin. Linda was presented with the Brian Coull Trophy. Graham thanked James for his work and presented him with a collection of Brewdog beer.
See all entries and winning photographs in the following links. Note that to get information on the photo (who took it, date etc), click the "i" circle in top right of the photo. Only JPG files carry extra information. PNG files have no information. Photos have been uploaded at a lower resolution than originals to save space and quicken viewing. Apologies for failing to enter Clare’s photos into the photo competition. Her email got lost amongst all the high tea emails. Sorry, Clare. However, her photos have been added to the list all entries, so you can view them too.
All entries: view here

Linda's Winning Photo

Nicola's Winning Collection : 1

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Sunday 21st January 2018 - Day Meet - High Tea

38 attended in total. 35 for high tea (33 members and 2 guests), and 3 others (2 members and a guest) who did part of the main walk).
The main walk was arranged to be from Bridge of Dye to Glen Esk via Clachnaben and Mount Battock, but was rearranged because of the dire weather forecast. 18 people (17 members and a guest) were on the bus at Sauchieburn Hotel at 08:00. The bus headed to Afflochie, where the group were met by 3 others. The walk took us to the top of Pinderachy (514m) - a first ascent for all - possibly a HUGH (tick :-)). Then we dropped steeply into Glen Ogil, where the reservoir was found to be frozen. We descended to Redheugh, where we split up. 18 carried up over St. Arnolds Seat (494m), where they climbed the massive cairn. They carried onto to Naked Tam, before dropping into Glen Queich and has a break at Buckies (an old water mill). The 3 who broke off at Redheugh joined the others there. All carried on over into Glen Moy, where the group of 3 separated and walked down the public road hoping for a lift back to their car at Afflochie. Meanwhile the other 18 were led through a frozen bog to Kinrive Farm where they dropped into Glen Clova. A short trek north saw them reach Gella Bridge to meet the bus back to Sauchieburn Hotel.

Meanwhile a group of 5 had gathered at Edzell at 11:00 for a shorter walk up down to the wiggly bridge then up to the blue gate, and then a walk up the banks of the North Esk. Distance 10km in good conditions. Afterwards they retreated to the Panmure Arms where they met members an Abberdeen-based hillwalking club, who had turned back from a reverse of our original route!! (ho ho)

Another 2 members took themselves out on the Airlie Ridge to work up an appetite.

So in total, we had 28 out for a walk!! The groups gathered for aperitifs in the bar of the Sauchieburn Hotel, before being served with yet another marvellous meal. The club president was unfortunately unable to attend, due to illness. However he did manage to send his "speech", which was read out to the assembled masses!

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.


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