Moorings Hotel, Banavie
Saturday 17th to Saturday 17th of November, 2018.
The 2018 Annual Dinner meet was held at The Moorings Hotel at Banavie near Fort William over the weekend of 17th & 18th November and was attended by 17 members as follows:
Dennis, Irene, Neil, Moira, Alastair, Pam, Wendy, Jeff H, Jeff B, Karin, Stephen, Janice, Ron, Alison, Susan, Hannah & Grahame.
Some members namely Alastair & Pam eager to increase Pam’s Munro count headed over to the hotel at Fort William on Thursday, and on Friday they went to the Glen Sheil and bagged a new hill there.
Irene & I arrived at the hotel on Friday evening where we met up with Pam & Alastair plus Neil, Moira, Wendy, Jeff H & Jeff B.
Saturday saw Wendy, Jeff, Karin & Myself head into Glen Etive to bag Glas Bheinn Mhor which increased my count to 247 Munros completed. Irene who had not been feeling well for several days had not improved overnight, so she decided to spend the day relaxing at the hotel and had a wander up Neptunes Staircase on the Caledonian canal.
Pam, Alastair, Neil & Moira went into Glen Nevis and scaled the heights of Sgurr Choinnich Mor.
Other members travelled to Fort William on the Saturday and explored the hills en-route. Hannah Blair travelled down from Aviemore and virtually ran around The Ring of Steall on the Mamores in 6 hours.
Grahame Nicoll climbed Creag Pitridh whilst travelling from Dunkeld. Janice & Ron who travelled up from Perth scaled 2 Corbetts, Sgurr Innse & Cruach Innse. Stephen Johnston climbed Stob a Choire Mheadhoin & Stob Coire Esan. Alison also decided on a Corbett and headed up the rugged Sgurr an Utha.
Jeff B decided on something completely different. In the morning he summited a Graham called Stob a Ghrianain in Glen Loy. In the afternoon he attended a gathering of members of The Scottish Arctic Club which was held in Fort William where he listened with interest to several presentations. Jeff is intending on going on his own Arctic explorations sometime in the near future.
All those who had been out on the hills reported having an excellent day with clear skies and distant views but also experienced some minor buffeting from a bitterly cold wind.
Susan Black who was staying very local with a family member joined us at the hotel in the evening for the club dinner.
The dinner was followed by the usual awards presentations, and congratulations go to the following members:
The Tom Rix Millennium Award was won by Steve.
The Photographic Award was won by Grahame.
The Boot Award was won by Wendy.
The Des Bassett Attendance Award was won by Wendy.
Sunday 18th was the traditional Presidents Walk. Cow Hill. This was attended by Ron & Janice, Neil & Moira, Grahame, Alison, Wendy, Karin, Jeff Banks, Stephen, Irene & The President. Alas Jeff Harris, Susan Black, Hannah Blair along with Alastair & Pam Dutton were unable to join us due to other engagements and commitments. Having consideration for those members who had travelled a fair distance and were not wanting a long day, I decided on a more unusual choice of hill. Standing at a meagre height of only 298mtrs / 978 ft it would not be every bodies choice of hill, but considering Irene’s ailment it proved to be a good option although It would appear that I mis-read the information and thought it would take a lot longer than it did, but having said that the initial steep ascent up what is called The Peat Track caught a few members by surprise. The route which starts at the Braveheart car park in Glen Nevis is mainly on a well made path, part of which is the West Highland Way. Departing the West Highland Way, we headed steeply up through the woods on the Peat Track which soon opened up into sunshine and blue skies giving distant views all around. At the summit of Cow Hill we sat around for a while taking in views of the back of Ben Nevis and Five Finger Gully. In the opposite direction we had very different views over Fort William and Loch Eil which looked like a mill pond and gave mirror like reflections of the surrounding hills. Whilst lingering at the top we saw a few runners who were taking part in a hill run event. They came running over Cow Hill passing between the group and we felt obliged to give them some support by applauding and cheering. From the summit we backtracked down the hill for a short distance to a point where we could complete a full circuit of the hill whilst at the same time, we had to keep a lookout behind us for some crazy runners skittering past us on the rough uneven track. Although a relatively short walk, it did allow for much leisurely conversation and laughter. Back at the car park we said goodbye to Grahame and Stephen who were needing to dash off whilst the rest of us headed up to the Pinemarten café at The Nevis Ski Range for some warming soup followed by tea, coffee & cakes.
Other photographs from the meet: