Even Older Meet Reports
To remind you of those halcyon days and all the adventures club members have had. Some intentional, some less so ...
17th December 2005 - Blackrock
This year's Blackrock failed to surpass last year's record, with all club members in bed before 9am. Nonetheless, much merriment, song and alcohol was had by one and all. Saturday was a great day, with Bidian Nam Bian, Criese, and some hills at Glen Finnan all receiving ascents. That's good weather for 2 years running now. However, with all the hill walking out of the way, the remaining folks turned up & the real business started. The presidential tankard was handed over from Dan to Neil. Thanks are due to Dan for all his efforts & good luck to Neil.
We were honoured to have several former presidents in attendance, who showed the young folks a thing or two about how to party. See picture.
Inevitably, Sunday was rather less active. A few hardy soles braved the wind & rain for low level walks, Dave Mitchell went up Curved Ridge. Others nursed hangovers.
Following a request from our new president, here is the evidence of the perks available to the holder of the tankard. Is there a safe hiding place anywhere for our laydee members ? Probably, once the whisky wears off ...
2nd December 2005 - Glen Clova
Robert McMurray, Colin McGregor, Monica Dean, Gregor Macadam, John Kay, Ronnie Strachan and Neil ‘Old Man’ Reid attended the meet at the Carn Dearg hut, Glen Clova. The weather wasn’t great but a good meet was had by all with folks out on the hills both days and up late on both of the nights!
Saturday saw John Kay heading up Dreish and Mayar, whilst the rest of us headed up to bag Ben ‘Neil’ Reid whilst taking in the tops of Green Hill and Boustie Leigh (?) along the way .
On Sunday John headed up our hills of Saturday, whilst Neil walked up Glen Doll and Robert and Colin bagged Dreish, descending by the steep ‘Scorrie’ path. Apparently some folks didn ’t even feel like leaving the hut!
As with the last couple of years, some of us made it along to the folk night at the Clova Hotel on Saturday. This is on the first Saturday of each month and the meets are always coordinated to ‘clash’ with this event, thus giving the excuse to go to the pub, stay inevitably late and listen to traditional Scottish folk music. Excellent stuff! Thanks should go to John (again) for doing the designated driver bit.
Everyone is always in agreement that it is a great hut and taking in the folk night, always makes for a memorable weekend at not too great a distance from home. See u all there next year.
18th April 2005
21st December 2004
Another Black Rock meet.......
It's been and gone in a haze of wine, whisky and beer with what's probably a record set by certain nameless club members who finally managed to get to their beds at 9am. Well done to all and well done to all who managed to bag some great summits on what was a terrific weekend for weather. Temperatures of minus 10 were 'enjoyed' by all those who bivi'd or camped. Photo's will hopefully follow soon........once they've been passed by our sensors. (sounds a bit painful)
11th November 2003
Pictured on this year's Lagangarbh meet - just who are the hunky climbers on top of Crowberry Tower ?
18th July 2003
reconstruction - Lorna leaves by the fire-escape.
Also Maida and Linda made it to the top of their first Munro - Mam Sodhail. Well done to them both and we sincerely hope we haven't put them off.
26th June 2003
20th June 2003
12th May 2003
Huntley's Cave - Double Overhang
This year's sailing meet went well with no 'Sickies' which can only mean that the Braes O' Fife are slowly gaining their sea-legs. Does this mean a slightly more wobbly performance back on the rock ? Answers to the Chatroom.
25th March 2003
Is anyone missing a pair of boots ? Or did one of the club members leave some poor member of the public hopping mad ? Any takers - contact Neil Reid.
4th February 2003
Also, not to be outdone, Ronnie turned up at the pub on Monday sporting a John Kay style wrist protection device. Nothing to do with skiing in Balbirnie park at midnight - Ronnie picked a fight with a chain saw while halfway up a tree. Apparently the music on offer in the operating theatre was Eva Cassidy so, rather than having to resist the urge to slit his wrists as well, he listened to the surgeon's sharp intakes of breath through gritted teeth. Hopefully the marrow attached to his wrist will assume more natural proportions soon.
At the Clashgour meet Ken and Lucy put in an excellent performance on Salamander Gully with Collin, Neil and Robert chomping at their heels (guess which ones were out of bed first). Keith and Andrea made an ascent of Stob Garbhar in the Blackmount. Big Dave and Alastair were in action on some steep ice on Aonach Mor and witnessed much calling of 'Snug, SNUG' from one Rab Anderson on the next route (alleged). Lucy won the 'Quote of the meet' prize with her philosophical thought that 'You can never appreciate your own reflectiveness'. It's amazing what effect trendy trainers can have on the mind.
Big John, cultured as ever, was on for an outing to the theatre. However, after the final curtain, withdrawal symptoms kicked in and John decided to go skiing. The time was midnight. The ski-slope was in Balbirnie Park. Unfortunately John caught an edge and took a tumble with one of his skis careering off into the night. Shortly after, John was found poking around in the bushes on a mission of retrieval before heading to casualty to have his wrist put in plaster. Nocturnal visitors to Balbirnie Park beware !
On Sunday Dave Mitchell and Alastair Todd in an attempt to get their climbing heads together went for The Seam - IV 4 in the Northern Corries before their Norwegian Ice Trip.