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Central Gully, Ben Lui, 21st January, 2020

Attendees: Craig, Catherine, Tina, Tim .
This was an impromptu day out, suggested by Craig.  Both the weather forecast and avalanche reports looked promising and as Craig had suggested an easy and highly rated gully, I was keen to tag along. We met up at Dalrigh at about 9.30 and as I remembered the long walk in on the track, I wondered why no one had suggested bringing bikes.  Apparently, so had everybody else, without voicing it.  Hmm.  We set off under blue skies, immediately bumping into the first of the competitors taking part in the Tyndrum 24 hour race.  Some were already over the 100 mile mark, having run throughout the night. As we passed Cononish we had a clear view of the snow field and gully, which seemed to be in perfect condition.

Dec 2019 Glenshee Meet

Ten members of the club had a sociable meet at the Dutton’s old house in Glenshee. Despite the short day length 4 Munros were climbed on the Saturday including Carn Aosda, Cairnwell, Carn a Gheoidh and Carn an Righ. The latter involving an epic bike ride in snow, ice, water and mud. Two Grahams were also climbed, being smaller hills Duchray Hill and Mount Blair were climbed together.

On the Sunday we did the gorge scramble on wet mossy rock. An interesting experience contrasting sharply with the Christmas climbing wall get-together on the same weekend. The days being short most went home but 5 of us headed to Braemar for a short trip up Craig Choinnich.

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.

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Fylde Mountaineering Club Stair Hut, Lake District

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of October, 2018.

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We had booked 21 places at the Fylde MC at Stair in the Lake District as they only take whole hut bookings. So it was a bit of a shame that only 6 members went. The forecast was for a cloudy but mainly dry Saturday and a wet Sunday. On Saturday five of us opted for a walk round the Coledale Horseshoe and one, having seen the low clouds opted for the round of the Newlands peaks as they are about 100m lower. The five of us ascended steeply up to Causey Pike and got into the cloud which was very damp and mizzly. As we progressed up to Crag Hill, which I know as Eel Crag the mizzle turned to drizzle and as the breeze picked up it went from drizzle to penetrating rain. There was no view to be had and it was rather unpleasant, especially for those not wearing overtrousers. So without needing much discussion we cut the walk short and went down Coledale stopping near the graphite mine for a brief lunch stop.

 

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Kalymnos

Wednesday 26th of September to Wednesday 10th of October, 2018.

Jeff B leading Phineas, 5c, 3 stars at Symplegades, Dennis belaying. Credit JFH.

Eleven go to Kalymnos

t was great to have so many members engaging in our ad hoc meet in Kalymnos this year and also to hear the enthusiasm for the trip and pledges made for a return trip. Though eleven members attended it was a flexible event with some travelling from Glasgow and Edinburgh and some staying one week or two as well as different accommodation being sampled. The island trip offers such choice and also has plenty to entertain non climbers with swimming, snorkelling and a ten day Kalymnos walking trail around the island where sections can be sampled independently.

 

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