Forfar & District
Hill Walking Club

Forfar & District Hill Walking Club

Forfar & District Hill Walking Club

2013 Bits and Pieces

This page is not really a journal. It's an incomplete collection of some meet reports, some press reports and some notices, retrieved from early versions of the web site. It is by no means complete. There are huge gaps. See Newsletters for a complete record.

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

Friday 27th December 2013 - Christmas Meet - Glen Clova
This was cancelled on the afternoon of 26th due to a very poor forecast of strong winds and rain/snow.

Sunday 8th December 2013 - Farragon Hill
Six members turned up on another day of wet, windy conditions. Any intentions of doing a high-level through walk over Meall Tairneachan and Farragon Hill were quickly abandoned and the walkers settled for the relatively straightforward walk up Farragon Hill from the banks of the Tay to the south. The walk was not so straightforward at the start as the walkers frequently had the maps out as they tried to find a way through the maze of estate roads before reaching the open hillside. Although the walk started in steady rain, the weather brightened up and the cloud stayed just clear of the top, although neighbouring Schiehallion remained shrouded in mist all day. The forecast wind made its presence felt only at the very top so the traditional lunch stop had to be held a few hundred metres beyond the summit. A different track was taken on the way out and the walkers came across a peculiar “viewing platform” about ten feet high with two seats supported on a metal frame. Explanations as to its purpose would be most welcome.

Monday 2nd December 2013 - Open Meeting
19:30 at Queen Street Tavern, Open Meeting, followed by an excellent illustrated talk by David Sinclair on "The Arctic Circle Trail in West Greenland. A big turnout.

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th November 2013 - Dundee Mountain Film Festival
The club had a stand at the festival, mainly decorated with 50th anniversary material. It was manned in shifts by the committee and Ian and Neil. There was some interest shown by the festival goers.

Saturday 16/Sunday 17th November 2013 - Weekend Meet - Aultguish
Another weekend with thirteen members and guests and another weekend with an unpromising weather forecast. Is anyone superstitious? Saturday proved to be very windy, and ultimately very wet, and the main party which set off for the Fannichs did not reach the main ridge before being blown off their feet, and so they turned back. Four explorers meanwhile made good progress along a good low-level track where they were sheltered from the wind. Two walkers turned back while two reached the summit of Beinn a’ Caisteal in very blustery conditions. Full use was made of the drying room overnight and Sunday saw various groups on Ben Wyvis, Little Wyvis and Fionn Bheinn in improving conditions.

Sunday 10th November 2013 - Day Meet - Beinn Challum
Ten members enjoyed the first clear frosty day of winter. A quick ascent was made from Kirkton Farm near Crianlarich, progress near the top being slowed by deep fresh snow. The clear air afforded excellent views from the top. Return was by the same route.

Monday 4th November 2013 - Annual quiz night
Queen St. Tavern, 7.30pm. Open meeting followed by quiz night. 21 members attended. New quiz masters, Carolyn and Ray entertained us with a challenging quiz. ^ teams (5 of 3 and one of 4) took part. Winning team, Claire, Wille M. and Colin S. Usual chocolate orange prizes.

Saturday 2nd November 2013 - 50th anniversary ceilidh.
Links Hotel, Montrose, 19.30. Almost 100 people (members, former members and guests) attended. An excellent night. - great band (Joyce Ramsay). Great decoration - continuous slide show, banners, bunting A successful raffle raised money for Tayside Mountain Rescue Association, John Muir Trust and Mountain Bothies Association.

Saturday 26th October 2013 - 50th anniversary walk and dinner
Twenty-three members, ex-members and guests took part in a re-enactment of the first club meet in 1963. It was good to see so many people with present and past affiliations with the club turning out, some of whom had travelled a long way or were returning after many years away. The route needs no introduction to anyone connected with the club, starting at Glen Clova and following the Capel Mounth to Loch Muick, following the shores of the loch before climbing steeply to Sandy Hillock and returning by Bachnagairn. 6 other members and former members met the main party at Bachnagairn, including Willie Milne, the first President of the club. A smaller group completed a shorter walk further down the glen. The rain kindly waited until we finished the walk and then came down with a vengeance but this did little to dampen spirits at a very enjoyable evening in the Glen Clova Hotel, where an excellent meal was followed by an interesting and thoughtprovoking speech by the President on the history of the Club, and a short slide show by Mel. Several members stayed overnight at the hotel bunkhouse.
See photos of the day.

Monday 14th October 2013 - Open meeting followed by "Anniversary things"
The first event to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary went well with a large attendance of both current and former members. Extracts from the first press book were read and displayed, followed by slides from the president (1981-1986) and The Norries (1966-2006). Former members were Ian Reith (a founder member and a member of the first committee. 1963-1989), Bob Mitchell (1971-1984), Jean Jaffray (secretary 1980-1983), Sheena Milne (1977-1988) and Lexie Lumsden (1979-1987). This meeting was held almost 50 years to the day after the very first club meeting on Friday 18th October 1963. Extracts from the first press book were read and displayed, followed by slides from the president (1981-1986 era) and The Norries (1966-2006).

Monday 9th October 2013 - Anniversary commitee meeting
Queen St. Tavern, 7.30pm. Last meeting for annivesary arrangements. Committee plus Aileen, Debbie, Linda and Neil.

Social Meet - Sunday 16th June 2013 - Glen Esk and supper at Edzell
Met at Edzell Muir car park (Glen Esk side) at 09:30. Invermark to Falls of Eunich, Falls of Damff
and up to Cairn Lick before coming down the Shank of Inchgrundle. Seventeen members turned out for this social meet in the prolonged spell of settled weather we were enjoying. From the car park at Invermark the group made their way along the side of Loch Lee before a steep climb past the scenic Falls of Unich and, further up the glen, the Falls of Damff. Several members had binoculars and wheatears, meadow pippets and ring ouzels were spotted on the way. A final hard pull up to the top of Cairn Lick was rewarded with spectacular views down to Loch Lee and to the surrounding hills. The day was rounded off with high tea at the Panmure Arms Hotel in Edzell.

Monday 3rd June 2013 - Open Meeting - St. Cyrus Nature Reserve
Outdoor meeting. Link to reserve website
19:30 at car park, OS gridref NO742634. See arrow on map
Remember binoculars if you have them. A large group had an interesting walk and blether. Thanks to Graham for organising this one.

Meeting - Monday 14th January 2013
19:30: Open meeting, Queen Street Tavern, followed by illustrated talk. Willie Mather gave an illustrated talk on his recent trip to Yellowstone National park and the Grand Teton National Park, USA.

New Year Meet - Wednesday 2nd January 2013
4 members attended. Bad weather early on. Group went to Kinnoul Hill, Perth. 13km. Cloudy but dry.