News from previous years

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

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

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All 59 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.