Members' reports 2019-20 

Campbell Crombie, An Caisteal, 8 September 2019

First walk of the 40th CBMC season & walk a few steps with 1 of my climbing heroes, our Bob. What a time we have had over the years.

Bob Gardner: Help I'm red faced. But, it's true to say We have walked many a mile together and shared many a laugh. What the club is all about. Taa Campbell.

John McGill, 13 September 2019

Curved ridge today. Weather held out until we got to top of crowberry tower. With GeorgeDiane, Campbell, Jo & Calum.

Alex Haken, 14 September

With the poor forecast in Scotland I headed to the Peak District. Stanage Edge was brilliant, although I have no knuckles left (gritstone). The climbing is so accessible. I will definitely organise a weekend down there for us next summer

Sheena McKie, 19 September 2019


We had a great week trekking in the Picos de Europa. We had long days with great weather, big ascents every day, one in particular 2000m. The trek was very varied with some scrambling, summiting two peaks and steep descents. The long 10km Cares gorge was magnificent, we trekked along the gorge to the small village of Cain then trekked the 10 km back to our base for the night. The huts were very well established, good food and beer available.

Martin McKinstry, 28 September 2019

Stick a fork in me- I. Am. DONE.

Multi-summit cluster-bag of the Glenshee 9.

Visibility approx 10m at start of the day and OS still not updated their app so no GPS and a bit of nav practice. Wind chill decidedly sub zero in the morning too.

Had the head torch on to descend Cairnwell around ten hours after leaving the car.

As a side note: my walking pole gave up the ghost last week and the only ones I could get at short notice were the cheapo decathlon ones with the pre-drilled holes that the springy button pops into. I imagine this is what it would be like to hike up a mountain with a class of primary school children who are all learning to play the recorder! 🌬️🎶🏔️


Club weekend, Ratagan, 4-6 October 2019

This autumn’s Club Weekend was scheduled for Ratagan Youth Hostel. Many of the club members had never been there before, and so, with Glen Shiel (and more) laid out on the doorstep, the weekend was eagerly anticipated. The weather forecast slowly improved over the preceding days, but unfortunately, when Saturday morning arrived, there were still the remains of a blustery wind. This put paid to any thoughts of airy ridge walks, and most of the group set out for Beinn Fhada.


The way up Gleann Choinneachain felt almost Alpine, followed by the path up Coire na Sgairne to reach the summit plateau of Beinn Fhada. From here, the way back across the plateau looked vary inviting, and most of the group chose that route, only to find an increasingly narrow, rocky and undulating ridge – not too bad in fine weather conditions, but challenging in a blustery wind with occasional rain showers – followed by a very steep descent back to the car park.

Rather than Beinn Fhada, one small group set off for the Three Brothers on the north side of Glen Shiel, and threw in Ciste Dubh for good measure. Others, not fancying a fight with the weather, took a much more relaxed approach and visited some archeological remains in the area.

As always, the evening passed very amicably, with good craic lubricated by plenty of liquid refreshment.

On Sunday the weather looked to worsen again, and so, bearing in mind the previous day’s exertions, the assembly broke up and wended their individual ways back home.

Another good Cairn Ban weekend!

A small group headed down to Bealach na Sgairne to climb A’ Glas bheinn – two very brutal kilometres: not so much the steep climb up from the bealach, but the seven of eight false summits that followed demanded some mental (as well as physical) stamina to overcome.

John McGill, 10 October 2019


An Socach yesterday on way up to Montrose. Discovered it gets dark at 7 now & enjoyed a bit of night navigation!

Jamie Wright, 20 October 2019


Great day with the new guy Stuart Drummond
At Beinn a’ Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich , even got time for a visit at kilchurn Castle for some pics , then a £27 fish supper for the 2 of us at the real food cafe 😯Tyndrum .

Wall to Wall sunshine ☀️


Stas Burek, 20 October 2019


Four out yesterday on Meall nan Tarmachan – Iain, Davy, Campbell and me. Patchy cloud on the summits, and pretty windy (and cold). Always a good day on the Ptarmigan though.

Ice forming on tufts of grass – winter is a-coming!!!

Stuart McKie, 27 October 2019


Sheena and I took my brother up Ben Challum today. For a non hillwalker he did ok.


Plenty snow up top and very very cold !!

Jamie Wright, 27 October 2019


Well the lochnagar 5 were tough today in freezing temperatures and strong winds. 😴 I’m absolutely Burst, turns out we done it backwards.