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Muir Cottage Meet, Linn of Dee – April 2019

PMC: Muir Cottage Meet, Linn of Dee – April 2019

We had a super turn out for this meet with 11 attendees converging on Muir Cottage over the weekend. This was a new venue for many, I have stayed a few times and it is one of my favourite huts. The weekend got off to a good start on Friday with an evening of chatting, planning, catching up with friends and getting to know new people, all round a cosy wood burning stove.

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Ben Alder day meet April 2019

Ben Alder day meet, 14th April

Present: Richard , Pam, Alasdair, Jim , Grahame  and Raymond (guest).

This turned out to be an over 60’s meet, the younger members perhaps put off by the length of the proposed outing. From Dalwhinnie the superb surface of the track allowed a speedy cycle along Loch Ericht, this slowed somewhat to the point just past Culra where we dumped the bikes. A bitingly cold easterly wind made its presence felt as we headed towards the Short Leachas. Raymond branched off to the left into the corrie to climb a snow gully, while rest of us scrambled up the ridge. The team regrouped on the plateau before reaching the summit. We continued south and down to the Bealach Breabag then up onto Beinn Bheoil. With the wind behind us now a rapid descent was made back to the bikes and a long cycle back to Dalwhinne. A fine day out.

Grahame

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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Sleeperzzz, Rogart

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th of September, 2018.

Cycling towards Seana Bhraigh

It was another fun filled weekend away for the PMC at the railway sleeper carriages at Rogart. Making the most of the weather conditions we set off road biking through rivers, scrambling on Seona Bhraigh, climbing on Creag Bheag exploring local paths around Golspie, visiting a waterfall, a castle, a broch then to Dennis’s delight bashing through shoulder high bracken.

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