Sunday 19th May 2019 - Day Meet - Ben Cruachan

8 attended (7 members and a guest). Shared cars left from the Myre Car park, Forfar at 07:00. Walking started at 10:00, and climbed over Beinn Cuanail to reach the main ridge at Ben Cruachan (1126m). Cloud was over the tops all day, so navigation was tricky. The group traversed west to east on the ridge, reaching the second Munro, Stob Daimh (998m), before dropping to the cars at 19:30. Chip stop was in Tyndrum at 20:00, and the group reached Forfar at 22:30!! Long day!

Monday 13th May 2019 - Outdoors meeting

8 attended (7 members and a guest). Held at Reid Park, Forfar at 19:30.
Neil Sangster was crowned the Club’s Girds champion for an unbelievable 8th year in succession. Indeed he has never been beaten, winning every year since he joined the club! Graeme Harris was the runner-up for the second year running. 7 competitors, split into 2 groups, entered what turned out to be an enthusiastically contested event. The group of 4 was won by Graeme, after a close battle with Nicola Hay who pushed him all the way – indeed one of their runs was declared a dead heat. Neil was never troubled in the group of 3 as he cruised to the final. Graeme pushed Neil close in a couple of the runs in the final but ultimately Neil won 3-0.
After the Girds there was a boules competition which Steve Wilson won, beating Bob Railton 3-2 in the final

Sunday 12th May 2019 - Social Meet - Glen Esk

15 attended (12 members and 3 guests). Left from Edzell Muir car park at 09:15 and drove to top of Glen Esk. Started walking at 10:00, and followed the lochside, then the Glen Lee track until the bridge over to the Falls of Unich. We had a break there, then carried on past the falls to climb the narrow glen up to the Falls of Damph, where some clambered down to have a closer look. The route crossed the bridge, and climbed to the crest, where a fabulous view of Loch Lee opened up - worthy of our 2nd break. We carried on along the crest to reach the summit of Cairn Lick (682m) then joined a landrover track which took us down to Inchgrundle (with stops to admire Carlochy below). We then retraced our way along the loch back to the cars , reached at 16:15. (16km, 630m ascent).
Lots of wildlife spotted :- widgeon, heron, curlew, oyster catcher, peewit, blue hare, hairy caterpillar, eagle, tadpoles, newts, osprey over loch?...
2 other members came up later, but couldn't find a parking place, so retreated to Dalbrack and messed about in the river.
8 of the walkers, plus the 2 Dalbrackers were joined by another member for a meal in the Panmure Arms, Edzell.

Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May 2019 - Weekend Meet - Inchnadamph

24 members attended, with 21 booked into Inchnadamph Lodge and 3 in a campervan. Cost was £67 per person (for 3 nights). A continental breakfast was included. Bedding was supplied.
Friday
4 walked up to the caves in Gleann Dubh.
Saturday
Snow overnight continued with occasional showers. Clear spells in between.
3 went to Conival (987m) and then to Ben More Assynt (998m).
4 started from Bone Caves car park went to Braebag (815m) then climbed the north top (718m), then dropped into Gleann Dubh to finish at Inchnadamph.
2 started from Bone Caves car park went to Braebag (815m) then returned via the caves.
4 went to Arkle (787m).
2 explored the ruins of Ardvreck Castle and Calda House.
9 went to Quinag, with 2 returning after Spidean Coinich (764m) to take a coastal drive via Drumbeg. The remaining 7 climbed Sail Ghorm (776m) and Sail Garbh (809m).
Sunday
A similar day with heavy showers coming in but clear spells in between.
4 went home.
3 climbed Cul Beag (769m).
3 climbed Suilven (731m).
8 went to Sandwood Bay.
6 went to the top of Eas a' Chual Aluinn, Britain's highest waterfall.
Monday
A much better day with long clear spells and just the occasional shower.
9 went home.
5 climbed Cul Beag (769m).
2 climbed Am Faochagach (954m).
4 went to the Bone Caves, then 2 carried onto Stac Pollaidh.

Photos to follow.

Sunday 7th April 2019 - Day Meet - Achallater to Loch Muick

11 members, and 1 guest attended. The hired bus left the Myre car park at 07:00, and dropped the group at Achallater. From there we walked as a group in low cloud and reasonable visibility to Lochallater Lodge where we stopped for a break before heading up to Carn an-Sagairt Mor (1047m). It was very cold and windy at this point and it was decided to split the group with six carrying on high in difficult conditions with map, compass and GPS to keep us right in zero visibility to Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach (White Mounth 1110m) and on to Cac Cairn Mor and finally Cac Cairn Beag (Lochnagar 1156m)). From there we made our way round the top and down over very icy conditions to the path below the Meikle Pap and on down to the Spittal arriving at the waiting bus at 17:05. 22.5km, 1150m ascent.
The other group of six headed off down to the Dubb Loch and on to the path by Glas-alt-Sheil to the car park at Loch Muick arriving just before 17:00. 21.5km, 850m ascent.
No wildlife were seen on the hill but Ptarmigan were heard at one point calling in the mist!
The bus then stopped in Ballater where most had fish and chips and a light refreshment before the bus delivered us back in Forfar around 20:20.

Monday 1st April 2019 - Open Meeting - Members Night

20 members attended. After the business meeting, "Members Night" allowed members to present photos for a 10 minutes spell. 6 members presented their photos.

Frid 15 -Sun 17 March 2019 - weekend meet - Corran Ferry

9 members attended. Of the original 16 booked, 2 had called off in advance, with another 3 calling off closer to the time. Unfortunately 2 of the late call offs were the drivers, so their passengers also didn’t make it, leaving 9 on the weekend.
Saturday
With a poor forecast and even poorer weather, 7 headed off by way of the Corran Ferry and walked to the foot of Sguurr na h-Eanchainne with thoughts of climbing it and Druim na Sgriodain. With constant rain and no visibility, 2 decided at this point that enough was enough and did a lower level (and fairly enjoyable walk) to Loch nan Gabhar. Another in the main group turned back shortly after starting the climb and then walked to the mast above the ferry. The remaining 4 continued until around 400m and then decided to bail out and return to the hostel. The rain did not stop all day.
The other group of 2 had decided on a lower level walk to Inchree Falls, a good walk.
Saturday afternoon was a combination of shopping in Fort William and watching the rugby.
Sunday Decent weather, forecasted to improve as the day went on – 2 headed home, 3 went to Inchree Falls, 2 went to Steall Falls. The remaining 2 members decided that we should do some hillwalking and did a ridge traverse from Kinlochleven, over Beinn Na Caillich. The ascent of the south ridge was varied slightly to avoid the avalanche debris. We then continued to Mam na Gualainn (796m) and descended to Callert House. A fantastic walk with clear views all day over the surrounding hills and Loch Leven. The mist was just skirting the higher tops but coming and going. Weather mostly sunny with the odd hail shower.
The bunkhouse was excellent and has been extended since the club last visit. Everyone was extremely impressed by the hostel and hospitality.

Sunday 10th March 2019 - Day Meet - Glen Moy

2 members attended. This was scheduled to be a walk on the Monadhliaths, near Newtonmore. Because the weather forecast was for snow and wind, a decision was taken not to travel to Newtonmore. One left Myre at 07:10 and met the other at Dykehead. From there, we decided to go up Glen Moy as snow and wind was not far away. Leaving the car at Glen Moy farm the sun was shining and we heard a dawn chorus from Red Grouse, Oyster Catchers,Lapwing,Curlew and Snipe. We also saw Several Black Grouse and a Buzzard. We followed the track up past the Shank and the modern lunch hut on the hill, then on to Manywee (685m) at which point the snow and mist moved in, from there we headed south west along the fence line before heading off and back by the Shank having our lunch in a grouse butt and then then back to the car in the mist and snow at 12:30pm

Monday 3rd March 2019 - 56th Annual General Meeting

This followed the Open Meeting. 18 members (and a guest) attended. President Graham Brown presided, and annual reports were given by the president, treasurer and meet secretary. Because of the 4 year rule, Carolyn Smith stepped down as secretary and was replaced by Mel Shand. Also because of the 4 year rule, Clare Stewart stepped down as treasurer and was replaced by Steve Wilson. The position of ordinary member was contested and a vote was taken. Carolyn Smith was duly elected into this position. The auditors for next year are to be Clare Stewart and Ray Campbell. Graham thanked Carolyn and Clare for their contribution over the last 4 years, and Penny for being the ordinary member for a year. He also thanked Bob Railton for his work as bourach custodian for many years. Graeme Harris took over that role in May. Graham continued by thanking Debbie for her work on the club's Facebook page, and thanked Neil for being weekend coordinator. Both will continue in these roles.
Colin brought up the subject of using more buses for club meets to enable more A-to-B walks to take place, feeling that would attract more folk out on walks. Willie brought up the subject of moving meets to Saturday, if the weather was to be better than on a Sunday. The new committee will look at both ideas during their calendar planning.
The meeting ended with the presentation of the "Incident of the Year". There was only one propsal and the award was given to president Graham Brown, for a certain incident (involving a dog bowl) which took place at the Knoydart weekend in June.

Monday 3rd March Open Meeting

Held at Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. 17 members (and a guest) attended. Usual club business was conducted and the bourach repair project was discussed. The meeting was followed by the AGM, tea/cakes, and a 30 minute film, "The Edge-part 1", which showed a re-enactment of Norman Collie's pioneering exploration of the Cuillin of Skye, over 100 years ago.

Friday 15- Sunday 17 February 2019 : Weekend Meet - Cairngorms

12 members attended. Based at SYHA Cairngorm Lodge, Glen More.
Friday
One member stopped to climb Meall Chuaich on way up. One member arrived early, and climbed Meall a'Bhuachaille (810m), continuing along the ridge to Craigowrie before descending. Strong south westerly wind.
Saturday
A group of 5 climbed Bynack More (1090m).
A group of 3 climbed Creag Mhor (895m).
A group of 2 climbed the Hills of Cromdale (710m and 722m), spotting the reindeer herd, several white hares and 3 pairs of golden plover (early visitors).
One went for a short walk round Loch Morlich.
One met up with friends and walked into Rothiemurchus Lodge and reached the fooot of the Chalamain Gap before returning.
Weather was reasonable. Cloud lifted off the tops and only a few light showers. Fairly breezy.
On member headed home after his walk.
Sunday
Weather had changed. The high tops were covered in cloud and there was a very strong southerly wind.
One member felt unwell and headed home.
One member just went home.
One member went shopping in Aviemore.
One member went bird-watching in Abernethy Forest.
A group of 2 left at 07:30 and climbed Meall a' Bhuachaille (810m), continuing along the ridge to Craigowrie before descending.
A group of 5 left at 09:30 and walked into Ryvoan Bothy. One member returned from there. The 4 remaining headed up Meall a' Bhuachaille, with one turning back and 3 crawling to the top, then dropped back to the first bealach and to the hostel, arriving 12:30.

Sunday 10th February 2019 - Day Meet - An Caisteal & Beinn a’ Chroin

8 members attended. Left Forfar at 07:00 in 2 cars picking up the Edinburgh member at Lochearnhead and meeting the Glasgow member at the start of the walk. Weather was clear all the way through to Glen Dochart, and cloud hung about the tops all day. Unfortunately one member forgot to transfer his boots to the shared car, and spent the day walking to Tyndrum and back on the West Highland Way - at least it was his first time on the WHW. The remaining 7 set off at 09:15, following a landrover track for 1.5km, then started climbing steeply up the lovely north ridge of An Caisteal, which has a couple of bumps before the summit. As we climbed through the snow line, the group encountered real winter conditions with patches of solid snow and ice, and crampons were fitted on the upper part of the ridge. We reached the summit of An Caisteal (995m) at 12:15, and dropped to a bealach through mixed crags and snow, stopping for lunch on the descent. It cleared for a while at the bealach and we saw the steep face of Beinn a’ Chroin in front of us. It was a matter of picking our way up through snow gullies to reach the ridge above - the most challenging and exciting part of the day! From there, it was a short walk to the summit (942m) reached at 13:50, and we continued along to the 2nd summit (940m), then drop down the craggy north ridge to Stob Glas Beag, with crampons on until just above the snow line. We dropped into Coire Earb and followed a very boggy footpath for 2km until we hit the landrover track again, reaching the cars at 17:00. Distance: 14km, ascent 1100m, 7hrs 45. Some stopped for fish & chips in Comrie. Reached Forfar at 19:25.

Monday 4th February - Open Meeting and Photo Competition

24 members and 4 guests attended. At Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. The Open Meeting was followed by annual photographic competition, judged by James Anderson.
12 members each entered 5 photos. Results were as follows.
The Norrie Trophy for best collection of photos (3 from 5):-
1st Aileen Pearson (images 3, 4, 5)
2nd Bob Railton (images 1, 2, 3)
3rd Jackie Arbuthnott (images 1,2,5)
The Brian Coull Trophy for best photo
1st Linda Sinclair (image 2 )
2nd Graham Brown (image 5)
3rd Aileen Pearson (image 4)

All 60 entries can be viewed here • Click the link, Select the 3 vertical dots, Select “Slideshow”, Use arrows at the side right and left side to navigate.
• If you want to see the origin of the photo, then bring up the first photo (as above), then Hit your “Esc” key. In the top right, select the “i” in the circle. This displays information about the photo – the file name gives the person who took the photo and a description, use arrows at the side right and left side to navigate.


Aileen's winning collection
Linda's winning photo : Traigh Sgurabhal -most northerly beach on Barra-from Beinn Sgurabhal

Sunday 20th January 2019 - Day Meet, The Lomonds, followed by high tea

31 attended the main walk (23 members and 8 guests). Gathered at car park at south end of Tay Road Bridge at 08:15. Started walking from car park in middle of Falkland at 09:15. Followed route past The Stables to Maspie Den, climbing gently to Craigmead and into sunshine. Took track west to the foot of West Lomond where we stopped for a snack. Then it was a climb to the top of West Lomond (522m), sitting above low cloud all around. From there, we dropped steeply to the Devil's Burdens then dropped again into Glen Vale, where we saw John Knox's Pulpit (a sandstone rock formation).
The group split into 2 - 16 headed east to Harperleas reservoir and then to Craigmead. 3 decided to descend by Maspie Den (16.8km 580m ascent), and the other 13 climbed East Lomond (424m) (17.3km, 740m ascent). The other group of 15 headed for Bishop Hill (458m), then dropped to Harperleas and back to Craigmead. Because of time constraints, 14 headed down Maspie Den (19.6km, 800m ascent), and 1 headed over East Lomond (20.1km, 960m ascent). The last of the groups left Falkland at 16:00, heading for high tea in Forfar.
There was a shorter walk around Dykehead. 10 attended (6 members and 4 guests). The route followed went by road to Cortachy village, up the river to the bridge, back to Dykehead, then climbed to Airlie Tower by the cemetery, and took the track from the Scott monument back to Dykehead. Started at 10:30, completed by 14:30. (9.6k, 340m ascent).
Weather was cold, but sunny for the most part. Views were limited because of low cloud to begin with, but clearer conditions arrived in the afternoon. 45 gathered for high tea in the Royal Hotel, Forfar at 17:30 (34 walkers and 11 non-walkers, consisting of 38 members and 7 guests). The meal was enjoyed by all. President Graham Brown gave a speech after the meal.

Monday 7th January 2019 - Open Meeting

27 members and 3 guests attended. Held at Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. Because both speakers had travelled from afar, the evening started with an illustrated talk, by Dr. Nicola Baillie (a member) and her brother, Dr. Kenneth Baillie. Nicola very quickly whizzed through 125 fabulous photos of her recent trip to Huayhuash, near Huaraz in Peru. She ended with several questions regarding altitude, for her brother. Kenneth then talked about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). With illustrations, he described levels of oxygen at different altitudes, the 3 different altitude sicknesses, their effects on the body, touched on drugs, and gave the 3 golden rules of health for high altitude climbing. A fantastic talk, delivered in a way that the layman could understand.
After a presentation and a tea-break, the evening ended with a short business meeting.

Wednesday 2nd January 2019- New Year Meet

11 attended. We met at the public car park at Milton of Glen Isla village hall at 09:00, and drove in 3 cars to the top of the road at Auchavan. The temperature was -6C when we set out at 09:35. We walked in shade on the track north to Tulchan Lodge, where we arrived into the sunshine that stayed with us all day. From there we climbed steeply up to Spying Hillock, where we had a bite to eat. Then it was a steady pull up to the summit plateau of Finalty Hill (905m), where we had splendid views of Lochnagar to Mount Keen. Lunch was taken on the site of the old hut on the east side of the plateau, with sightings of Ben Avon and Bennachie in the distance. We back-tracked a short distance then descended by the Tom Dubh na Cabair ridge, where we found the old grassy track obliterated a monstrous bulldozed motorway! This dropped us down to reach the track at the Glen Cally burn, where another short stop was made. It was only 3km from there down to Dalhally (bypassed because of "Private" sign), and back to the cars at 14:45. Temperature had risen to -2C. Distance 14km. Ascent 590m. Clear and sunny all day with little wind at all. Cold air though. Afterwards, the group was joined by one other member who had done her own thing in Glenshee (Loch Vrotachan & Carn Nan Sac (920m)). We had tea, coffee & beer in the newly refurbished Glen Isla Hotel, where there appeared to be a shortage of milk!




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