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Forfar & District
Hill Walking Club

Forfar & District Hill Walking Club

Forfar & District Hill Walking Club


Covid-19

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Upcoming events

Sunday 31st October : Hallow'een Neep Competition

Unfortunately, our annual Hallow'een party won't take place physically for a 2nd year in a row. For newcomers, this was an annual event held in the club hut, Whitehaugh, for many years, but faded away after the hut was abandoned in 2002. It was was resurrected on a small scale in 2010 in the old Carn Dearg hut, and since then has grown in popularity over the years to once more become one of the social highlights of the year, now held in the new Carn Dearg hut.
However, like 2020, there will still be a "lantern competition". By lantern, the favoured type is a "neep", not a pumpkin! We have a judge. Mrs Sheila Mather, wife of the renowned neep grower, will be the judge. Please send photographs of your "lantern" to Neep Photo Collector (colin.sinclair@btinternet.com) by 12 noon on Sunday 31st October. You can send several aspects shots of your creation, if you wish. Sheila will judge the entries. The results will be annouced at the Zoom meeting on Monday 1st November.


Monday 1st November : Easy Fun Quiz

Online by Zoom. 7:30pm. Results of the "lantern" competition. Followed by quiz, set by quizmasters, Carolyn and Ray. Meeting details will be sent by email.


Sunday 7 November - Day Meet - Lochnagar

Details to follow


NEW-ISH! It’s only heartburn….. right?

By Steve Wilson

Main purpose of this article is to highlight the need to get chest pains checked out!

Sunday 15 August 2021 will be a memorable anniversary for me. It will be 12 months exactly since a friend and I climbed Seana Bhraigh after cycling up Strath Mulzie. What was so special about this hill walk that left me with a lump in my throat at the summit on a warm, sunny day with incredible views in all directions? Well, it was 16 weeks after I had heart bypass surgery – six grafts to be precise. And my first serious hill walk after the operation.

My story begins in April 2020, the day after my 63rd birthday. Remember this was in the middle of the first covid crisis when protective equipment, intensive care beds and ventilators were in short supply, and there was great uncertainty and concern about the full impact of the pandemic. I’d been suffering from indigestion or heartburn on and off for about 3 weeks. After a bad morning I phoned my GP. She told me to immediately phone for an emergency ambulance in case it was a heart problem. After an initial examination and cardiogram the paramedics didn’t think I had a heart issue. After all I appeared well, had no obvious symptoms and was not a prime candidate for a heart attack. I was not overweight, reasonably fit, had never smoked and there was no history of family heart problems. After some discussion, the consensus was that I should go to hospital to be checked out.

It came as a shock when 24 hours later, after a multitude of tests and examinations, I was told I had indeed suffered a heart attack – I had been suffering from angina and not as I thought heartburn! The good news, there appeared to be little damage to the heart. The bad news, I was diagnosed with chronic coronary heart disease and required a heart bypass operation as soon as an operating theatre, intensive care bed and ventilator were available. I had my operation 5 days later.

The early stages of recovery were not easy and very frustrating. I was told to give it time and reminded that my body had undergone a ‘brutal operation’. After around 6 weeks I was becoming more mobile but still very limited in my walking capabilities. However, day by day my distances and speed increased along with my cardiovascular fitness. After 12 weeks I took a lot of confidence from climbing Mayar, my local munro. The trip to Seana Bhraigh was planned shortly after. Thankfully I have made an excellent recovery and should be free of heart problems for years to come.

Why am I telling my story? There are 3 reasons:

1. Anyone who has even the mildest chest pains should get themselves checked out. Don’t like me assume it is heartburn or some other minor ailment. If you ignore the symptoms you may not be as lucky as me.

2. Hopefully my story gives hope to anyone who is recovering from or has been told they need heart bypass surgery. You can make a good recovery.

3. Seana Bhraigh via Strath Mulzie is a super outing, particularly on a fine day. I can heartily (sic) recommend it. Although the cycle up the glen and backdown is rather bumpy and you may loosen a few of your fillings on the way!

Stay healthy and enjoy your hill walking.

Steve Wilson - June 2021
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Bird boxes for sale

Bob Railton has made 6 blue tit, and 2 open bird boxes made out of marine ply, which should last a very long time. He's selling them for £5 each, and any monies would go to club funds.

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Embroidered Club Clothing

Contact Debbie & Brian for latest availability and prices at aquarian@unitelmail.co.uk.