Cairn Ban MC organises most of its programme during the winter months. The main activities are our fortnightly Club Sundays, when we meet up to climb a local hill, usually a Munro. The club also organises club weekends during the year.
Club members meet up on an ad hoc basis throughout the year as well, to climb hills, climb walls, go on bike rides... Recent overseas trips include the Dolomites and Norway, as well as alpine treks to Mont Blanc and others.
We meet every fortnight on Sundays throughout the winter (mid-September to mid-May), to climb a hill or mountain. There are occasional other outings too, like the traditional January ‘turkey buster’ to get those Christmas calories out of your system! We normally decide on the day where to go, depending on the weather and if anyone has any particular preference.
Unlike some other clubs, for club outings we simply use our own cars, and share lifts and petrol costs. We find that is usually the cheapest option, and it also gives us the greatest flexibility, in that we don’t have to decide where to go beforehand. It means that we aren’t watching the time because a driver is waiting for us, and it suits people who need to come and go a different way or at different times.
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We have three Club Weekends each year, normally in May, October and February, to allow us to get further afield and enjoy each others’ company more. Favourite destinations are Skye and Torridon (obviously), but we have stayed at Inchnadamph, Ballater, Kinlochleven, Knoydart and other places recently too.
Christmas Dinner Night
The night for relaxation and no physical exertion!
Our constitution demands that we have an AGM in April. Occasionally difficult decisions are made, but it's generally a time for chat and remeniscing. What more are AGM's for?
Throughout the year various members organise ad-hoc events, such as a midsummer walk and camp, and various climbing and other overnight expeditions. From time to time members organise overseas trips too: recent destinations have included Norway, the Dolomites and the Atlas Mountains.
Closer to home, there’s small but select band of aspiring danglers who meet most Wednesday evenings at the Glasgow Climbing Centre, Ibrox, for a bit of light exercise and a blather.
4 - 6 October
21 - 23 February
Drinks and summer de-brief
40th Anniversary Ceilidh
Club weekend and Burns Supper
The Auctioneers, Glasgow
An Caisteal, Beinn à Chroin
Beinn Heasgarnich, Creag Mhor
Ratagan: Beinn Fhada, A' Ghlas-beinn; Saileag, Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg, Aonach Meadhoin (Brothers Ridge), Ciste Dhubh
Meall nan Tarmachan
Cruach Ardrain, Beinn Tulaichean
Beinn Dubhchraig, Ben Oss
Piping Centre, Glasgow
As of 22 March, all club activities have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely, until the coronavirus crisis has been sorted out. No-one knows when this will be, but we will announce a full diary of events when it looks like we will be able to get back into the hills again.