2020 News

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Sunday 17th May 2020 - Day Meet - Coylumbridge to Linn o' Dee

Meet cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation and government guidelines.

Monday 11th May 2020 - Outdoor Meeting - Girds and Games

Meeting cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation and government guidelines. At least, Neil didn't win the Boules yet again!

Thurs 7 May 2020 - Lockdown Stories and Photos

5 Photos. The shore at Westhaven, by Carnoustie – 10 minutes from the house. Two different days, two different moods on the same stretch of beach at the same time of day – around 6 p.m. No hills. Flat walking for coast dweller me!
On Saturday 2 May – breezy and very chilly with rain coming in from the west down the estuary, while looking east towards Easthaven and Arbroath, blue sky and sunshine.
Yesterday, Monday 4th May – sunny, warm, calm and pleasant all around – looking SW across to Fife, and E towards Easthaven and Arbroath.
Birds spotted: Gannets and terns diving for fish, pair of Shelduck, Eiders, Mallard, Heron, Oyster Catchers, Curlews, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank, Pied Wagtail, lots of crows and starlings. Speugs on the way home.

1 photo. Noctilucent clouds over Crombie Country Park (from the farm).

2 Photos. Mon 4th May -View of Linlithgow Palace from path near house. Sat 2nd May - Sunset from a field 500m out of Linlithgow. He identified all the hills: left to right, they are Beinn Chabhair, Beinn a'Chroin, Beinn Dubhchraig (far distance), Stuc Odhar, Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain, Ben Ledi, Benvane, Stob Binnein, Ben More.

7 photos. Frid 24th April. East and West Lomond - stopped on commute home from work in Kirkcaldy to Arbroath.

2 photos. He has been doing lots of cycling and watching the snow gradually disappear from the Angus Hills. Great view of Schiehallion from Bowriefauld to Craichie road on Tuesday 5th. Stopped to forage for wild garlic and made pesto. However this is not wild garlic (as in Ransons), but another garlic called Few Flowered Leek! Still tastes good.

From home in Forfar, he climbed Lownie Hill, and carried on along the ridge to Dunnichen Hill, returning via Burnside and Foresterseat

From home in Kingsmuir, climbed Lownie Hill with his partner, Alison. His report, "Great views, no one in sight!!"
10th May 5 photos: He goes over "Bummy"(Balmashanner) a lot with the bike and walking. He and Alison have also used path networks to go over to Restenneth Priory and because it was so dry we got through the reed beds to Lunanhead without getting their feet wet! Another favourite is Chester's path to Foresterseat and then over by Burnside House and back along the road. Noticed a little fresh snow on the back hills this morning!

Graham T
2 photos from Auld Reeky. Prestonfield Golf Course and Portobello beach.

10th May - 17 photos, all taken around home in Aberlemno.

12th May - 5 photos, around Kirriemuir. Heaps of beaver activity. Bogbean on the pond beside Kinnordy Loch. Lots of water lilies and yellow flag to bloom soon. Lots of swallows darting about overhead. Broody sky looking towards Craigowl.

13th May - 1 photo, from the window of the small ward he was confined to at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was there for 7 nights of which 2 nights were in intensive care following his heart bypass surgery. His walking was restricted to a 2m walk to the window and a 6m walk to the bathroom! Followed each time by a rest! He also had 4 nights in the cardio ward at Ninewells before the transfer to Edinburgh, where he was diagnosed with a minor heart attack (and severe heart disease). Since getting home on Sunday 26 April, he has started the slow process of recuperation. He is now getting out of the house each day for a short walk, albeit a very slow amble. He's been told he should make a good recovery, although he has to stay isolated in an effort to avoid the dreaded Covid-19 virus. But certainly feeling better than he was a week or so ago.

1 photo of his dogs, Rebus and Lava, bird watching near the farm, looking for dippers.

See all photos here

Friday 1st May - Monday 4th May 2020 - Weekend Meet - Carbost, Skye

Meet cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation and government guidelines. Now moved to September 2020.

Sunday 12th April 2020 - Day Meet - Bridge of Orchy

Meet cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation and government guidelines.

Monday 6th April 2020 - Opening Meeting followed by Members Night

Meeting cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation and government guidelines.

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Weekend Meet : Kinlochleven

Meet cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation and government guidelines.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 - Mountain Mind Quiz 2020

This event was cancelled by the organisers because of the Covid-19 situation.

Sunday 8th March 2020 - Day Meet - Clachnaben and Glen Dye

10 members attended. The meet had been moved from the top of Glen Lyon due to the weather. Left Myre car park at 08:00 and Edzell at 08:30. Walking started at 09:10 from the north car park at Bridge of Dye. Sunny but windy conditions. There was just a little snow on the path towards the summit, but otherwise the walking was good. It was very windy for those that scrambled up the top. We had a short break here in the shelter, then headed west to the Hill of Edendocher before following the path south to Charr bothy, reached at 13:00. It was very pleasant there, eating lunch in the sun sitting on the dyke outside. We then took the high track back towards the cars, reached at 14:10. 16.5km, 650m ascent, 5 hours. We had a couple of showers, but otherwise sunny and clear and windy. Alex spotted a crossbill near the start of the walk, and there were a dozen or so peewits spotted on the walk out.


Monday 2nd March 2020 Open Meeting and Annual General Meeting

At Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. 25 members attended.
The AGM took place after the Open Meeting. The annual reports were given by the president, treasurer and meet secretary. Linda Sinclair was elected as the new president. Ray Campbell was elected as the Assistant Meet Secretary. All other posts are unchanged.
A small amendment to section 7 (Data Protection) of the constitution was agreed. Further proposed changes to the constitution are to be discussed further by the new committee, then taken back to the club at an EGM or the next AGM.
After tea/cakes, 3 short films of Scottish Mountains were shown.


Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd February 2020 - Weekend Meet, Great Glen

8 members attended, 7 staying in the Great Glen Hostel, and one in a campervan. The venue was changed because of storm damage at the Saddleback Mountain Hostel.
2 members climbed Meall Fuar Mhonaidh (699m, a “Graham”) up a muddy path, then into deep soft snow, and just a little icy on the top 100m. There was a very strong westerly wind, and heavy hail showers made the going very difficult, but good views were had between showers (8.5km, 500m ascent, 4 hrs).
The remaining 6 members opted for a lower level route along the Great Glen Way. They started on the south side of Loch Oich and followed the old railway. The original destination was intended to be Fort Augustus, but this was found to be impossible because of works on the canal path at Bridge of Oich, so they opted to return on the north side and ended up in Invergarry Hotel for refreshments (13km, 400m, 4hrs 30). They were joined by the other 2 members and the campervan driver kindly ran everyone back to the hostel in two lifts.
All members set off from the south side of Laggan locks to climb Ben Tee (901m), in very wet sleety conditions. After 800m, they reached the foot of the hill, where there was a rebellion! 7 abandoned the walk, leaving one member to climb Ben Tee on his own. Because of the deep snow, it took over 3 hours to reach the top. Again heavy snow/hail showers blew through, but he was awarded with clear conditions on top (11.5km, 870m, 5 hrs).
One member headed back towards Glasgow, but as conditions were better further south, climbed Dumgoyne and Earl's Seat (570m) in the Campsies (10km, 700m).
The rest headed towards the A9 in tricky road conditions. 4 stopped to climb the Sow of Atholl (803m), but were defeated 100m in height from the top because of blizzard conditions (6km, 300m).
The other 2 headed to Blair Atholl and started a walk from the Old Bridge of Tilt, visiting the Balvenie Pillar then proceeded by the rifle range to reach Gilbert's Bridge and return by the raging River Tilt (10km, 300m, 2hrs 30).
A very enjoyable social weekend - even played cards without the "Big 3".


Sunday 9th February 2020 - Day Meet - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tuaichean

Meet cancelled due to the bad weather forecast : Storm Ciara

Monday 3rd February 2020 - Open Meeting - Annual Photographic Competition

Held at Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. 25 members and a guest attended. This was followed by the annual club photographic competition, judged by James Anderson.

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Results as follows:-

Photograph of the year - the Brian Coull Memorial Trophy
1. David Sinclair
2. Clare Stewart
3. Willie Mather

Collection of the year - the Norrie Trophy
1. Jackie Arbuthnott
2. Fleur Baxter
3. Nicola Baillie & David Sinclair (equal)

The best photo, best collection, and all entries can be viewed here.


Sunday 19th January 2020 - Bennachie - followed by Annual High Tea

27 members boarded the bus at Edzell Muir car park at 08:00, and were treated to a beautiful sunrise as we drove north. We picked up a guest at Westhill and carried on to start walking on the B992 near Towmill Farm at 09:30. The new Aberdeen bypass has certainly speeded up access to Bennachie. The route followed the relatively new Gordon Way until the plateau. It was a pleasant and easy climb through deciduous woodend, open areas with gorse, and forestry plantations, where a crossbill was spotted. We then left the Way and headed over to Hermit Seat (478m). The ground was frozen solid making the going easy across boggy areas. From there, we headed to the busier part of the range, crossing Watch Craig (497m) before reaching the highest point, Oxen Craig (529m), where we stopped for our first break, admiring the views all round. Lochnagar and Ben Avon in the west were snow covered. The route then headed east to the shapely Mither Tap (518m) with the ruins of the Iron-Age fort still visible. It was rather breezy on top. A descent through sparse woodland took us to a bealach, where we stopped for our second break. A steep climb took us to the top of Milestone Hill (408m), which again served up superb views. The descent was steep, by a newly built path down through mixed woodland to reach the bus at Donview car park at 14:50. Bus departed at 15:10 and reached Edzell at 16:35. Distance 13.5km, ascent 650m.
3 members had a very enjoyable meet to Sturdy Hill, Glen Esk in good dry conditions. The start of the walk was near Auchmull Farm. Access was through a deer fence gate and keeping to the west track up to Craigancash (542m). The easterly route towards the trig point at the summit of Sturdy Hill (544m) was over rough ground. The descent was over rough ground to meet the track which meanders up and down to link back to the original track down to Auchmull Farm. The walk started at 11:40 and finished at 16:10. Distance 8.5km, ascent 450m.
The 27 Bennachie group and 3 Sturdy Hill group were joined by 5 other members for a high tea in the Panmure Arms (35 in total).


Monday 6th January 2020 - Open Meeting

Held at Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. 23 members, a guest and the speaker attended. Following the short meeting and refreshments, the published talk on “The John Muir Trust", didn't take place. Instead Iain McLachlan, ex-president of the Brechin Photographic Society gave an illustation talk on "Norway". Iain has visited Norway as a young man, spending a summer working on a remote farm. Since then he had re-visited many times over a 40 year period, often staying with the same farming family. He presented photographs from the farm, trips to their summer pastures, reindeer hunting and ice fishing with the family. In addition, he had travelled widely over Norway, sometimes by boat. He included photographs of the Lofoten Islands, and trips in winter to search for the northern lights. To complete his talk, Iain presented a series of photographs of the Angus landscape, taken from a drone, which is another of his hobbies. A very good talk. Thank you.

Thursday 2nd January 2020 - New Year Meet - Glenduckie Hill & Norman's Law

15 members attended. We met at car park at south side of Tay Road Bridge, and took 4 cars to a layby on A913 near Glenduckie. We set out at 9:45 climbing steeply to the hill fort, and then onto the wooded top of Glenduckie Hill (218m). The route then went through thick forest then into more open countryside. We got disorientated for a while here, but eventually found the Fife Coastal Path and stopped for a break just we we started climbing again. Then it was a pleasant walk along farm and forest roads to the foot of Norman's Law, which we overshot a bit. A quick crossing of a field and a steep climb brought us to the top of Norman's Law (285m). Unfortunately the views weren't that great due to the rain that was beginning to sweep in. The group then descended eastwards, down slippery rock outcrops to reach the trees, and don full waterproofs. By now the wind had risen and the rain was stinging our faces. We turned south into the wind and followed a vague track down through a herd of highland cattle to reach Denmuir Farm, and before Ayton turned NW towards the Coastal Path. Before reaching it, we stopped for another break in the shelter of the trees. Afterwards, we headed on the Coastal Path for a while then headed to Glenduckie village and reached the cars at 14:15. 12 of the group ended up in "The Newport" for coffee and beer. We started in dry conditions with a strong south-westerly wind, but unfortunately the weather turned nasty for the second half of the walk. Distance 12.5km, ascent 550m.


Note that the journal is stored in reverse chronological order. Some items may be missing but can probably be found in the Newsletters
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