19 members and 3 guests attended. Met at Edzell at 09:00. Started at the top car park in Glen Esk, walked along Loch to Inchgrundle,
then ascended Burnt Hill and Cairn Caidloch. Descent was to Gleneffock farm (lots of hens) and then followed river to the green
footbridge before the last 1km up the road back to the cars. (13.2k, 590m of ascent). Beautiful sunny day with good views (as far as Ben Avon)
with a thin covering on snow underfoot. White hares and red grouse spotted.
About half the group reassembled in the Panmuir Arms for a refreshment and blether afterwards.
11 members attended. Travelled by 3 shared cars to Balhennie. The group contoured round the south side to reach the summit (872m) and
made their descent directly eastwards. It was a clear cool day with strong winds on top.
Many mountain hares, in winter coats, were spotted, along with lots of red grouse and 2 golden eagles on the descent.
The group were out for 5 hours, but still returned home as mid-winter darkness fell.
Held in Forfar Fire Station. The meeting was followed by a CPR demonstration and practicals from a member of the Fire Station.
10 members attended. Stayed at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe, which was very comfortable. There were issues
with their alcohol policy. Meet held in wintry conditions. On Saturday 7 members did a round a partial round to Easedale, reaching Sergeant Mann and descent by Blea Rigg, in deep soft snow.
Fantastic views in snow-showery conditions. Descent at 5pm in dark. 2 members went to Borrowdale for a shorter walk. One stayed in the Grasmere area. On Sunday, 4 headed to Borrowdale to climb Cat Bells.
2 headed east to Housesteads and Hexham, 2 explored the coffee shops of Grasmere and the other two headed home.
3 members and 2 guests attended. Weather misty, but dry. Some patches of snow near the top. Descent made before bad weather arrived.
Held in Forfar Fire Station. A good attendance of members. Following the meeting Linda & Colin Sinclair and Carolyn Smith gave
an illustrated talk on their recent tip to Corsica to walk the GR20.
Annual Banquet and Halloween Party 2016
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.
50 years with the club
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.
Boules Champions 2016
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.
4 members attended on a really dreich day. Only Ben Ledi was climbed.
19:30 at Guide Centre Myre Car Park Forfar. Open Meeting, followed by a talk, "Grassick Gibbon" by Jim Brown.
14 members attended. Travelled by mini-bus. More details to follow.
12 members attended. A walk to climb St. Arnolds Seat. Met at 19:00 at the steading at Goynd Farm (NO447626) and drove up in 3 cars to Redheugh.
A beautiful clear evening, with a bit of a breeze. Back just as darkness fell.
Cancelled due to poor weather forecast.
14 members attended a meet staying at one of our favourite locations, Sail Mhor bunkhouse.
Sat: 5 on An Teallach, 3 on the Fannaichs, 2 on Beinn Dearg Mhor/Beag, 2 on Meal Airigh Charr, 2 walked into Shenavall
Sun: 5 on An F, 4 on Sail Mhor, 5 returned home.
Weather: dry on Saturday but cloud drifting out & in of the summits. Sunday had a good start, but wet and cloud by 13:00.
8 members and 1 guest attended. The route left from Waterhead, Glen Lethnot at 0930. All climbed to the summit of the Shannk of Donald Young and continued to the
Sheiling of Saugh, the other 2 returning to the cars. 7 members joined Mel/Iain/Briar for a meal at the Panmuir Arms in Edzell afterwards.
9 members attended. 07:00 from Myre car park by shared car. Meet changed from Cairngorms because of low cloud. Instead, travelled to
climb both the Easains at Fersit. Weather dry but cloud over the tops.
9 members attended. 4 did the full Tarmachan Ridge, 5 others climbed Meall Corranaich and Meall a' Choire Leith.
It had been 4 years since our first Hampers and Champers. This time, the chosen
picnic spot was the open bothy at Loch Wharral. 27 members and 4 guests attended.
18 members elected for a pre-luncheon walk over White Hill and round to Ben Tirran, meeting
the others at the hut at 14:15. Many thanks to Carolyn and Aileen, our cooks, and Ali who provided
the transport of the goodies. It was a special 86th bithday for Rita Norrie, one of our hononary members. She was given a lift up
in a highly decorated Landrover. The bothy was decorated with streamers in her honour, and a clootie dumpling with candles was presented.
A highly successful social meet.
7:30pm. Reid Park, Forfar. Good turnout - Neil won Girds again, followed by rounders.
Lots of injuries sustained!
Carbost bunkhouse. 19 members attended, 17 in bunkhouse and 2 in Inn.
Frid: 2 on Beinn Dearg Mhor;
Sat: Deep soft snow on tops. 5 on Belig (2 carried on to Garb-Bheinn). 2 on ridge with guide Sgurr Bannachdaich,
Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh, Sgurr Mhadaidh. Rest walked into Coire Lagan/Coire Grunda without climbing onto ridge.
Sun: Better weather. 3 on Glamaig & Beinn Dearg Mhor. 1 on Beinn Dearg Mhor. 3 to McLeod's Maidens, 2 on Ridge with guide to Sgurr Alasdair,
8 allow path from Sligathan to Coruisk (turning back on high point), 2 in pub for lunchtime pint.
Mon: 9 in the Talister distillery for a tour. All headed home in heavy showers with ridge covered with cloud.
18:00-20:00 Legaston Quarry
18:00-20:00 Legaston Quarry. 8 attended.
11 members attended. This meet was planned for a bus from Glen Feshie to Linn o'Dee, but was changed to a car meet to a different area
because of the weather. The group travelled to Beinn a' Chochuill and Bein Eunaich. Good weather with fesh snow on the ground, but
warm sunshine most of the day with any clouds above the tops. Fabulous views of Ben Cruachan.
7:30pm. Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting. Followed by Member's Night. Several members presented theie selection of photos/
7:30pm. Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting. Followed by AGM. The AGM was followed by a talk on "Annapurna, Nepal 2015"
by Mhairi Ferrier, a Forfar Academy pupil.
9 members and 1 guest attended. Stayed at Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel, Glen More, near Aviemore. Weather
was not kind. on Saturday, the group walked into Ryovan bothy then up onto Meal a Bhuailale. They were driven back nearer
the top due to high winds, poor visibility and spindrift. Sunday saw 3 group out, 4 (in 2 groups) headed east to the Lecht area. The other 6 did
a 10k circular walk from Columbridge to Loch na Eilein and back, still in poor weather conditions.
11 members attended. This was a change of plan from the Crianlarich Hills due to the high winds and snow showers. Instead the group of 11 travelled in 4 cars to
Loch of Craiglush. The route took the group up to Mill Dam, then to the top of Deuchary Hill, dowm to Loch Ordie Lodge for lunch and back by Raor Lodge.
16km. 6 hours out. Weather was mixed but required waterproofs all day. There was a brief glimpse of sunshine on the top (with good views) and also
over lunch at Loch Ordie. However, the walk out to the cars was pretty wet with heavy rain. No refreshment stop as all headed home.
7:30pm. Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting. Followed by the annual photographic competition.
The judge was Graham Wilkinson from Carnoustie Camera Club. 13 members entered a total of 65 photographs.
Some stunning photographs were received from all entrants. Best photograph: Willie Mather. Best collection of 5 photographs: Elaine Leong.
All enties can be viewed on Photos
By bus, leaving Sauchieburn Hotel at 08:30. 26 on the bus to the top of Glen Moy. 23 members took a high level route
via Shank Hill, Rough Craig, Hill of Glansie (highest point, 726m), Mount Sned, Hill of Garbet, LaidWinley,
Old Man, Craig of Trusta to meet the bus at Afflochie (17km, 600m ascent). The other group of 3 took at lower level route to
Shank, Craig Mou, Glen Ogil reservoir, Craig Corrie, to Afflochie. (13km, 430m ascent). A total of 37 members and guests took high tea
in Sauchieburn Hotel afterwards, which was delicious, as usual. After the presidents ramblings, Carolyn read out two of her poems, one about the president
and the other about the Sauchieburn Hotel. Superb.
Huge turnout with 5 non-members also attending. Open meeting followed by talk by excellemt talk by
Willie Mather on his recent (Non 2015) trip to Patagonia with Graham Brown.
This was cancelled due to very poor weather.
17 members attended. 4 cars were dropped off at the Clova end of the Minister's Path. One member started there for a shorter walk to the hotel.
15 others started from the car park in Glen Prosen and walked along the Airlie Ridge from the monument and descended by the Minister's Path into Glen Clova.
We had fantastic views north into the snow covered higher tops. A leisurely 5 hour walk. One member started late from the finishing end
and met us on the hill. The group drove to a packed Clova Hotel for refreshments before driving back to pick up the other cars.
9 members and a Brazilian guest attended in 4 cars. A beautiful still cold winter's day with fantastic visibility.
The group climbed Carn an Tuirc and Cairn o' Claise descending by the Sron na Gaoithe ridge.A round trip of around 13km with 650m of ascent.
5.5 hours walking. Abortive trip to stop at Bridge of Cally hotel on way home, but closed.
7:30pm. Forfar Fire Station. 18 members attended. Meeting was followed by a talk on "Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance" by Ally Ballingall
(aka Ally Bally from Radio Tay). The talk was enlightening, informative and entertaining. The SCAA acts as a supplement
to the NHS in Scotland (who have 2 helicopters, and one we use for Roy H on Stob Coire Ardair in May 2008),
and it is totally funded by charity. The club presented a donation to SCAA. and thanked the speaker.
Postponed from planned date of 29th November due to bad weather. 2 members attended. Met at Myre at 0815. Arrived at bourach around 1045, just above the snow
line. Turfs were dug and all gaps were were well packed. The 2nd pole (donated by Bob R) which had been carried up
was placed on the SE side to the other side of the path, where the ground was softer. Work finished by 1315. Not a bad day given the weather
had had been before. Blue skies at times, cold wind and snow showers.
The club did not have a stand this year (after having one for last 2 years).
Several members attended. Good reports.
9 members attended. Stayed at Glen Coe Ski Club Hut. Saturday had group of 5 on Stob Coire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar,
and a group of 4 on Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh. Sunday saw a group of 4 on Ben Inverleigh and 3 in Glen Dochart, the remaining 2 eating
their way home. A weather window in glommy November - Saturday wasn't bad at all, but Sunday was gorgeous with snowy tops, blue skies and sunshine.
“Walking in a Winter Wonderland” by Mick Tighe
7:30pm Dalhousie Lecture Theatre 2 in Dundee University, DD1 4HN at 7.30pm
Several members attended.
Planned meet to Brown Cow Hill was cancelled because of the weather. % memers attended an alterhative
with a quick ascent of Ben Tirran before the rain arrived.
18 members attended. 7:30pm. Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting, followed by annual quiz night. 4 teams were drawn randomly.
Quiz master Colin presented 50 questions mainly based on the local Angus Glens. The team led by Graham B won narrowly (though later
proven to be a tie due to dodgy addition)
19 members attended. 2015 Boules Championships was contested and won by HRita and Janet. The annual banquet and Halloween Party followed,
arranged by Carolyn and Nicola. Lovely meal, then games and fireworks. No one stayed over in the hut.
10 members and 2 guests attended. By car from the Myre car park at 07:00.
7:30pm. Forfar Fire Station. Open Meeting, followed by talk. "Camino de Santiago" by Nicola Hay.
11 members attended. Stayed at Kinlochewe bunkhouse. Low ratings. More details about walks later.
3 members and 2 guests attended. The weather was really good with the cloud staying clear of the tops all
day and a cooling breeze most of the time. Creag Mhor climbed first. Dropped to bealach to Beinn Sheasgarnaich
then baled out. Miles of deer fences encountered. Late finish. New car park in Glen Lochay is 1km east of the end
of road and no parking beyond that. Back in Forfar at 21:30.
Good attendance. Unfortunately the planned speaker (Jim Brown) called off. Instead the Mountain
Mind Quiz 2015 slides were shown briefly.
It was decided to postpone this walk. It is hoped that this outing will will take place at a later date.
5 committee members attended. Various ongoing issues were discussed.
By bus from the Myre car park at 07:00. 11 members and 2 guests attended. Good day's walking in fine dry
weather. Cloudy, but summits all clear. Bus back via Ballater and Cairn o' Mount.
13 members and 2 guests attended. We met at NO447626 (Map 44). A Landrover and a car took the heavy gear to NO451630 (Map 44).
Then it was a 1km walk to the falls of Drumly Harry along a muddy track. 2 ropes were set up for abseil. 11 members abseiled to the falls,
some in the gloom as darkness started to fall. Nicola dropped her phone, which she recovered. However, her battery is in the water.
Back to the cars just before 10pm. An enjoyable evening. Thanks to Bob.
This was a resounding success and the select group of six members who turned out for it voted it the best walk in the meet calendar so far!
The esteemed Meet Secretary decreed that we visit Carn Dearg Mor in Glen Feshie and we were blessed with lovely summer weather
with the majority of the party walking in shorts all day!
Great views were enjoyed to all parts and the day was rounded off perfectly with a fish tea at Blair Atholl chippy.
15 members attended. 14 stayed at an old favourite location - the National Trust of Scotland's centre at Morvich.
Saturday saw groups on the Five Sisters, the South Cluanie Ridge, Sgurr Goarsaic, and low level at Ratagan and Glen Elg.
Weather was mixed to begin with, but turned into a lovely afternoon and evening. Sunday saw most folk heading home as overnight rain continued
most of the morning. Weather cleared on the drive south.
3 members attended. This meet was rearranged with 24-hour notice. The original trigpoint tramp to Beinn Vuirich was not possible
because of the weather (the whitewash would be washed off). Instead the 10km walk left from Midtown, up to the ruined watermill at Buckies,
over to Glen Moy, and then back via a forest trail to Horniehaugh and then a track back to the car at Midtown. Lots of wild life :- 6 black grouse, a pair
of long eared owls, a kite as well as roe deer, lapwing, curlew, mistle thrush and cuckoo. Some heavy showers.
8 members attended. By shared car from the Myre car park at 07:00. Good day weather-wise.
Lots of big snow fields. Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil ascended. No bike mishaps reported.
Colin and Janey took roles as leaders on various walks.
13 members (and Clare's parents) met at the Myre car park at 7:30pm, on a dreadful night of wind and rain. Sarah (Mel's sister) was the organiser and was
ready with her team (consisting of her partner, her friend and both of her parents). We decided to go ahead, despite possible flooding on the roads.
What followed was an extemely interesting and challenging hunt - several A4 pages of challenges, questions. The route took us out to
the east and north-east of Forfar and ended up in the Stag Inn. The event was won by "Debbie's Nightmares". A great night. Thanks to Sarah and her team. We think
it's the 3rd treasure hunt that she's organised for us.
10 members and 2 guests attended. Left Forfar ar 06:00 to catch 08:46 train to Courror. There were 3 walks.
A group of 2 climbed Beinn na Lap. A group of 3 climbed Beinn na Lap, Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain (missed the 18:26 train
by 5 minutes) and walked back out to the cars, reaching them at 23:00. The remaining group of 7 climbed Carn Dearg, Sgor Gaibhre and
Beinn Pharlagain, and walked out to the cars by 17:00.
12 members attended. Held at Graham's Farm, Reidhall near Edzell. Graham demonstrated basic maintenance of a bike.
He said most mountain bikes are "hauled oot o' the nettles" just before they are used. i.e. not very well maintained.
The bike maintenance night had been planned to take place just before the annual cycle meet. (this year 14th June to Culra)
This is because of various mishaps in the past, some due to poor maintenance of members' bikes. Graham started by showing the
tools and spares that he takes on a trip. He then moved onto transmission, cleaning up a chain with a cleaning tool and
cleaning fluid. Later he showed how to lubricate a chain. Next was puncture repair - how to remove from front and back. The back
wheeel is tricker to remove. Unfortunately the president's spare tube also had a puncture itself. Then onto brakes :-
caliper (older), V-brakes and disc brakes. Various adjustments were demonstrated. Tightening cables was demonstrated
(brakes and gears). Graham reckoned fine-tuning of gear adjustment should be left to the bike-shop.
Lastly chain splitting was shown with a tool. If going out in a party, at least one should carry a chain splitter tool.
The evening was completed with a cup of tea/coffee and one of Carolyn's fabulous cakes. Thanks to Graham for hosting and demonstrating.
And to Carolyn for the lovely cake.
11 members and 2 guests attended. Set out in 4 cars from Edzell Muir car park at 10.00 for the short drive
up the Dalbog road to the quarry at the bridge. Then an anti-clockwise round of the the Wirrens (16km, 725m ascent), via Craigangower,
Hill of Wirren, East Wirren, Hill of Coratho and The Crannel. Rather windy and chilly on top, but dry and clear with excellent views.
On return at 17:30, the group were met by one other member for a most enjoyable meal at the Panmure Arms Hotel, Edzell.
14 members attended this meeting in the Reid Park Forfar at 19:30. Before starting, Colin presented
Willie Mather and Nicola Hay with the plaque for "Incident of the Year" for their "Brief Encounter".
13 competed for the girds competition on a knock-out basis. Neil and Linda reached the final which Neil won 2-0, and
becomes champion again - 4 years in a row! Well done.
This was followed by a 7 a side game of cricket (with a tennis ball, 6 balls each) won by Steve's team 24 to 17. Thanks to Steve
and Graham for organising equipment and the match itself.
The night was rounded off with a game of French cricket.
19 members attended, with 14 in the bunkhouse (excellent accomodation), 2 in a camper van, one in a tent and 2 in
Bed and Breakfast. Saturday was breezy, but sunny with high cloud and great visibility. 6 different groups were out:-
2 walked locally near Lochinver, 4 on Beinn More Assynt and Conival, 4 on Quinag (all 3 tops), 3 on Cul Mhor, 1 on Canisp (from the west!),
2 on Stac Pollaidh (with 1 cycling back), 3 wandered near Suilven.
Sunday was very windy so no-one on the tops:- 15 went to Sandwood Bay for a sand-blast, 2 went to Inverkirkaig and Achmelvick, 2 went to Achmelvich.
Monday was equally windy and wet to start with - 2 walked into Glendhu bothy. 2 walked some way along that track. Others went home.
A good weekend with good accomodation, good food, good company.
19:30 Osnaburg, Forfar. 5 of the committee attended. Tasks allocated at the last meeting (booking of weekend meets and speakers) were reviewed,
All was in order. Just one weekend meet to confirm. The day neets were set. There will be 3 bus meets and possibly a shared meet with
19:30 Fort Hotel, Broughty Ferry. 9 members attended to support this event to raise funds for their new hut (which we hope to use in October).
The Norries and the Simpsons fomed one team. The Sinclairs, Carolyn, Graham and Nicola formed a team, that managed to finished 3rd our of 13.
No bad! If only we watched more soaps!
19:30 Osnaburg, Forfar. The whole committee turned up. The weekend meets, social meets
and meetings were provisionally arranged. Each of the committee members was tasked with
organising one or more events. A 2nd meeting was arranged to follow up and set day meets. Provisionally
Monday 27th April.
11 members attended in 4 cars. Snowing on the way up to Loch Moraig, with
snow lying on the road. The whole group climbed Carn Liath, then split up. The leading group of 6 climbed
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain then went totp Carn nan Gabhar, then dropped to the path from the bealach
before Airgiod Bheinn. The remaining group climbed Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain then retraced their steps over Carn Liath.
There was low cloud to begin with, bit by 1pm the weather changed with clear skies, but a strong and chilly NW wind.
Good views. The group ended up in the cafe at the museum in Blair Atholl, some having food, some having a coffee or tea.
Gone are the days when we had a pint!
19:30m Fire Station. Open Meeting followed by our 3rd annual Members Night.
At the Open meeting, Clare Stewart was adopted as treasurer.
10 members presented photographs, and one member presented a soundtrack of frogs at the
pond at the entrance to Glen Prosen. An enjoyable evening.
Cancelled, due to an insufficient number of interested members from both clubs.
9 members attended. Staying at the railway carriage.
As you may know, 2015 is the club's turn on the rota to organise the quiz. This is being
held in The Plough, Market Street, Forfar at 7:30pm. There have been a few folk who have
volunteered to help out. The main organising group is going at 6pm to set up the equipment.
Can all volunteers be there by by 6:45, so we can make sure we are covered in all roles and
to explain what the programme is, and who does what. There is a charge of £2 on the door, to be
presented to Tayside Mountain Rescue Association. We can't force volunteers to pay an entry,
so it's up to you. Anyone else is welcome to join us on the night.
We're also holding a raffle and raffle prizes are required. Please contact Carolyn if you can supply a prize.
Attendance: 8, by shared car.
Forfar Fire Station, Strang Road at 19:30
Open meeting followed by the Annual General Meeting. No time for the short film show.
New committee is President: Colin Sinclair, Secretary: Carolyn Smith, Treasurer: Steve Wilson
Meet Secretary: Graham Brown, Assistant Meet Secretary: Neil Sangster, Ordinary Member: Debbie Kenward
Slight change to constitution was accepted to have a second award for best 3 photographs in a submitted collection.
Planning for Mountain Mind Quiz - session 5. Run-through of final version of quiz. Chez Sinclair 19:30.
Done. Just small details to sort out now.
8 attended (9 on Friday night). Stayed at the Scout Association's Lochgoilhead Outdoor Centre (12 places).
Saturday : 1 cycled down near Carrick Castle The other 7 climbed "The Brack" from the Centre. Climbed up through the forest into a snowy world. Deep at times, but soft
ground underneath. Strong wind, a couple of showers, and lots of spindrift on top. Good views. Dropped to the bealach
below Beinn Donich and returned to the centre via a forestry track.
Sunday: Everyone headed home in dreadful weather.
Planning for Mountain Mind Quiz - session 4. Run-through of first version of quiz. Chez Sinclair 19:30.
Done - all 3 rounds completed.
Attendance 15, by shared car. A clear winter's day, but with a strong wind..
Queen Street Tavern, 7:30pm. 40 questions for each of rounds 1 to 3 selected from the short list.
Forfar Fire Station, Strang Road at 19:30
Open meeting followed by the annual photographic competition, judged by Graham Wilkinson,
Carnoustie Camera Club. 12 members entered a total of 57 photos. The winner was David Sinclair.
See all photos on the club web site shortly.
Queen Street Tavern at 19:30. Planning for Mountain Mind Quiz - session 2.
3 committee members were joined by 4 others to
select questions from our own quizes 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Now just to select the final bunch!
18 travelled by bus to Glen Tanar Lodge and walked over the Firmounth Path, in real wintry conditions of snow and a strong north wind,
to be met by 2 others on their descent. They left Sauchieburn Hotel at 07:00. 6 folk took a walk from Edzell to the Falls of Solitide and back
(swelled to 8 on the return). 4 other members did part of the Brechin walks network.
In total 38 members and guests attended high tea at Sauchieburn Hotel, Luthermuir at 07:00, including young Briar at 5 weeks old.
23 members and 2 guests attended. The meeting was followed by an excellent presentation by Blair Wilkie,
Tayside Wildlife Officer, Police Scotland, Blair presented the role of her job and the various areas that her role tackled, in a
illustrative manner, involving lots of interaction with the audience. An excellent talk.
Queen Street Tavern at 19:30. introductory meeting for
planning for Mountain Mind Quiz 2015.
12 out. 10 climbed to Little Glas Maol, with 2 others reaching Monega Hill. Cloud with sunshine coming and going in the
strong wind. Snow underfoot. Coffees in Glen Isla Hotel afterwards. A group of 3 long-liers climbed Cat Law from Balintore.
14 members and a guest turned out for a glorious day, in hard frost, snowy tops and clear skies.
Left from Clova Hotel. Some ascended by the Snub, and some directly to Green Hill, where they regrouped for lunch.
The group then walked across the plateuu to Ben Tirran where the chilly wind got up a bit. Descent by Loch Wharral,
then cross country back to the Clova Hotel for a coffee.
Planned meet to Brown Cow Hill was abandoned due to wintry conditions on roads, and a poor forecast.
7 attended. Glen Clova - Corrie Fee and Mayar. Decided against Dreish due to strong chilly wind. Ray's water
bottle had ice inside!
18 members, one guest and 2 potential new members attended. The open meeting was followed by an illustrated talk
by Andy Malcolm. The talk started with the daily life of a stalker in Glen Esk, followed by his exchange with a South African keeper, to a
game reserve in NW South Africa. A fantastic talk!
For the 2nd year running, the club ran a stall. We displayed a digital display
of the club's 50th, lots of photos from the recent 12 months, some meet calendars and newsletters.
We attracted some interest from members of the public. Thanks to those that ran the stall over the 2 days -
Neil, Carolyn, Penny, Colin, Steve and Ray.
11 members attended. Stayed at "By the Way" bunkhouse. Weather disappointing but all 11
out on 2 days.
8 members and 3 guests attended on a perfect day. An excellent day of clear blue skies after all the rain.
Climbed Glas Tuillaichan from Dalmunzie Hotel, following the route of the old railway track to Glenlochsie Lodge.
From there it was a fairly short descent and reascent to Carn an Righ from where there were
excellent views of the snow-dusted Cairngorms.
Return via Loch nan Eun and the rather boggy descent into Glen Taitneach.
14 members and one potential new member (Nicola) attended, this the 2nd meeting in our new home of the Fire Station.
The short meeting was followed by the annual quiz night. Ray and Carolyn were quizmasters
for the 2nd year and provided the 4 teams with a variety of questions and photographs.
The team called Pointless (Neil, John McD, Colin) won the chocolate oranges.
17 members and 2 potential new members attended.
Bob & Colin volunteered for the Carn Dearg work party to build a new path to the new hut. It was
a productive day and the squad of 15 or so made good progess. Bob produced a gift of a signed Chris Bonington poster from the
club to the Carn Dearg, and Colin presented this to Casey, the Carn Dearg president, at lunchtime.
The 2014 boules competition was keenly fought over in the car park at the front of Scott Lodge. 5 pairs played
a round-robin competition with each match consisting of the best of 3 ends. Rita and Linda won 3 out of 4, and they
are declared 2014 champions.
A banquet followed with the committee providing 2 main courses. All members provided desserts to be shared on the table.
Then there followed a brief Halloween party, with Linda, Willie, Neil Steve, Colin and Iain dooking for apples, and Mel, Brian and Colin
going for the syrup (Mel) and treacle scones.
The evening conclded with a short firework display.
Unusally, no one stayed the night in the hut.
A good day. Thanks to all.
2 members and once potential new member attended. The low attendance was due to the weather - a forecast of gale
force winds, with low cloud and rain in the west meant most folk opted to stay put. The planned destination of the top of Glen Lyon was
abandoned in favour of a more local hill in the east to avoid the worst of the weather. It was still pretty windy.
19 attended this open Meeting, followed by talk by John Arnott, MBA. "What the MBA does".
Held at the new venue - Forfar Fire Station, 4 Strang Road, Forfar. Very comfortable.
11 attended. By bus, 07:00 from Myre car park. Awaiting details.
stayed at SYHA. Awaiting details.
13 attended. Colin, Mel, Wille M, John McD, Brian F, Debbie, Penny, Brian C, Janet, Bob R, Clare, Neil and daughter.
Met at Reid Park at 19:00 armed with GPS and walked up to Balmashanner. This time, we were given grid references!
Mel set a course of 5 sites. 5 groups set out and all returned just as darkness fell. There wes a varied success rate but
2 groups managed to find all 5. It just proved that many of us don't know how to use there GPS.
5 attended – Linda, Mel, Elaine W, Bob R and Roy.
Set off at 10.05am from car park on east shore at north end of Blackwater Reservoir – followed road to Glenhead Farm, then track to Hole, climbing on to wide ridge at Bad Buidhe and following broad ridge to The High Tree where we had our lunch stop.
Great views all round – Glen Prosen and the Clova hills – Dreish and Mayar, Hill of Strone, Mount Blair, probably through to Creag Leacach, south to Craigowl and the Lomonds, of course. Plantation at Kilbo end of Kilbo Path has been clear-felled – an ugly scar - and there is work afoot on the burn up White Glen – Roy thinks the estate is building a small hydro scheme.
Retraced steps to just below cairn on Bad Buidhe, and headed SW on faint track into Glen Damff and following track back round to Glenhead Farm and back to car park.
Good weather – sunshine, only a light breeze on top, so midge attacks lower down when we stopped for a break.
All enjoyed a good walk.
6 attended. By car, 07:00 from Myre car park. The planned Glenmore to Linn o'Dee meet was cancelled due to high winds,
high river levels and missing bridges (after the recent downpours). The meet was changed to the Ochils, starting from Tillicoultry.
Craighorn, Ben Buck and Ben Cleuch (721m).
Coffee and cream scones at Tormaukin Inn aterwards. Not a drop of rain.
14 members attended the first evening meeting of the new calendar, climbing Turin Hill (252m)
on a windy, but dry and clear evening.
This was Kate and John's last club event before they depart for an extended stay in Australia. They were presented
with an embroidered baseball cap each (to be worn everyday), and a year's digital subscription to the Scot's Magazine, which we hope
will remind them of Scotland. Best Wishes for your new life down under, from all!
Sheila and Bill Simpson.... It’s quite an achievement –the Munros, the Corbetts, and now the Grahams.
Doing them all together is quite something special!
9 attended. Glen Doll. Bob R. paited the bourach door. Rest went
over Tom Buidhe and Tolmount. Good day, good views.
Missed all the localised thunder showers.
11 attended in 5 cars. Group followed tourist track from Moulin to the summit. Clear day, good views (The Bens of Lomond and Nevis were spotted).
Cool NE wind. Descent by lochan, to bealach and back to Moulin. All the group ate in the Moulin Inn afterwards.
14 attended. Saturday - disappointing weather. Three groups out - 8 on the north Loch Mullardoch ridge (out by boat). 5 on Carn a' Chuilinn,
near Fort Augustus, including a walk out to the Eagle Statue at the Doe dam, and a visit on return trip to taste some local Ness Brewery ale. One on bike
up Glen Affric where he was surrounded by the hordes from the Highland Cross.
Sunday: 1 biked up Glen Strath Farrar to Monar Lodge. 1 went west to Kintail. 1 went to Loch Laggan. 3 headed south to better
weather at Drummochter to climb Meall nan Leitreach.
15 attended in 7 cars. Set off at 9:45 amidst a midge attack.
11 stopped cycling after 7k and climbed the south ridge. 4 carries on cycling for another 5K.
Lovely views on the summit where a group photo was taken by a passing explorer.
Group stopped at Dunkeld on way home for beer/chips.
13 attended. Met at Reid Park and walked to Balmashanner. Problem :- there were nop grid references on the sheets - so the event
is postponed until September. Intead, the group went for a walk to the abseling quarry, then returned via the viewpoint
to Lour Road and Reid Park.
12 members plus 2 guests attended. The planned "Glen Feshie to Coylumbridge" was abandoned for the 3rd time due to rain and low cloud
Instead the bus dropped the party at the Sugarbowl Car Park on the Cairngorm ski road. The party set off at 10:00 in wet cloudy conditions for Braeriach, reaching
the summit at 14:15,where the clouds parially broke for a few minutes. Steps were retacedto the Lairig Ghu path and the group walked out through the wonderful Rothiemurchus
to Coylumbridge, reaching the bus at 18:30. There was no refreshment stop on the return withthe bus reaching Forfar at 20:45.
At the Mountain Mind Quiz, Colin volunteered club members to help with path building around
the new hut. Unfortunately, Sunday clashed with our day meet. Not sure if anyone attended.
9 attended. The group gathered at the south end of the Tay Bridge at 09:30. They then travelled in 3 cars via the back roads
of Fife to Lower Largo. Walking commenced about 10:40 and followed the Fife Coastal Path eastwards, before striking north
to Upper Largo, where the route climbs gently then quite steeply to the twin summits at 290m. There were fabulous views of the Forth
estuary, but the distant mountains were rather hazy. The group retraced their route to Upper Largo then descended by the den to
Lower Largo. Refreshments were taken at The Crusoe Hotel. A short but satisfactory day.
10 attended, at the Reid Park, Forfar. The 2014 Girds champion is Neil, beating Colin in the final.
That's 3 in a row for the athlete from Arbroath!
The 2013 Boules tournament was run (as none was held in 2013 due to the anniversary events). 5 teams of two in a round-robin,
Bob/ Neil and Colin/Steve both won 3 matches each, but Bob/Neil had the best points difference and are therefore crowned 2013 champions.
The 2014 tournament will be held in October on the social weekend in Glen Clova.
12 attended. The wild side of Knoydart. Our 3rd visit as a club. 11 walked in from Kinlochhourn (some early, some middling , some late).
Bob accompanied the gear/food on the boat (Peter Fletcher), which was carried up to the White House by tractor .driven be Craig the local ghillie.
Weather on walk in was fair. Saturday was a very good day, warm, clear and fairly calm :- group of 6 on Ladhar Bheinn via Coire Dhorrcail. Group
of 5 on Sgurr a Chorre-bheithe. Bob looking after vase camp and gathering mussels. Sunday - very wet with low cloud :- 2 on Luinne Bheinn, 3 on
Luinne Bheinn and Meal Buidhe, 4 into Coire Dhorrcail, 2 to the beach, Bob managing base camp and gathering mussels. Fine weather for the walk outon Monday.
Communal evening meals went down well :- easier to manage, more sociable. Something to think about for future meets.
19:30 at Queen Street Tavern. 4 attended. Day meets, social meets and meetings/events were set.
19:30 at Queen Street Tavern. 5 attended. Weekend meets were set and allocated to committee members to organise.
12 attended this bus meet. Bus left from Balmoral and climbed past Gelder S
heil to the north ridge of Lochnagar.
3 brave souls made it to the top, the remainder contoured into the lochan and then up to Meikle Pap.
19:30 at Queen Street Tavern, Open Meeting, followed by presentation to our nominated anniversary charities,
then members night.
Each member was allowed to bring 10 photos each (on paper or on CD/DVD, or camera card, or USB memory stick).
They were given 10 minutes to talk about their photos. 7 members submitted photos and a good night was had by all.
No one attended due to the bad weather.
Graham, Carolyn, Colin win the quiz. It's the 3rd year in a row as winners. We are on the rota to organise for 2015.
5 attended, by shared car. A wet, cold, cloudy day with a bit of navigation required to reach the top of Beinn
19:30 at Queen Street Tavern, Open Meeting, followed by the AGM and then a short film (20 minutes),
"Dovedale Groove", featuring Chris Bonnington and Don Whillans in 1986 repeating a route first
climbed by Whillans and Joe Brown in 1953.
17:30 at Queen Street Tavern. Meeting to discuss AGM proposals, likely contenders for posts, and planning for presentations to the three
anniversary charities at our next meeting
10 places booked, but in the end only 3 attended because of the poor weather forecast. Saturday - three went to Sgurr Eilde Mor, with one member
reaching the summit. Sunday - low level walk at Victoria Bridge.
10 attended. An attempt was made to reach the summit of Meall Buidhe (the Corbett) from Pubil, but
deep snow and poor visibility forced the group to turn back.
Open Meeting, followed by the annual photographic competition. The judge was
Graham Wilkinson from Carnoustie Camera Club (6 years running now). A total of 8 entries
with 40 photographs in total. All were submitted in digital format, following the rule
change at last year's AGM. A good turn-out of members attended.
20 brave souls ventured out on this horrendous day. The bus from Sauchieburn Hotel left at 10:00.
The route was changed due to the horrendous weather - low cloud, wind and driving rain.>br/>
The route went from Stonyford to The Clash of Wirren over to Tarfside then a walk down
to the museum before being picked up rather drookit. The group had an early entry into
the hotel and an excellent high tea followed for all 32 members.
Open Meeting, followed by an illustrated talk by
Willie Mather on “Travels of a Fermer wi a Bunnet” - an account on last summer's
trip to Colorado including various National Parks and rafting on the Colorado river.
A great turn-out.