From the Cairn Ban Archives... 

A selection of reports, musings and other general nonsense that members have dreamed up over the years...
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The Beginning Bob Gardner

'Bastard', Alan's one word, just after stepping over a low wall, catching his toe on the top, stumbling and kneeing the wing of his mini, just the other side, with the result that it now had a large dent. Despite this event we had had a good day on the hill. Read more...

The Bowline Jim Marshall

I too can cite the Bowline's charm

To pull the body out of harm.

But, dallying long, I cannot find

The little poem in my mind.

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The Big Grey Man of MacDui Jim Marshall

In the darkening light on cairngorm

With threat of wild oncoming storm,

I hurried on o'er Macdui's crest

And quick descended mountain's breast

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Spectre Jim Marshall

Ae New Years Day on Beinn a' Bheitheir

I saw a man who wasn't there

Not in the normal sense I mean,

Intangible, but could be seen.

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2003

 

Killer ants and Spittal Burgers Ian Collinson, 6 July 2003

With weather too good to hang about a late night decision on the Friday saw us head north early on Saturday morning to take in Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn an Righ from Spittal of Glenshee. Read more...

The Mullardoch Ring Bearers Ian Collinson, 6 December 2003

 The Fellowship consisted of:-

Alan Forsyth - as a slimline Frodo Baggins

Kenny Lowe - as (Sm)Elrond

Ian Collinson - as a (sp)Ent (force)

Brian Wallace - as Gimli/Porn Star

Steve o' Brien - as Borromir

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Adventures of the Knights of Dessary Ian Collinson, 10 December 2003

Team: Ian Collinson, Alan Forsyth, Kenny Lowe, Douglas Collinson, David Gray, Alex Haken,Andy Park, Richard Park

Picture the scene: glorious Friday afternoon with temperatures more akin to May or June than November, you've left work behind for the weekend, civilisation is left behind as you head up towards the shores of Loch Lomond. Read more...

2004

 

Cryogenics at Culra Bothy Ian Collinson, 7 February 2004

The weather was too good to miss, the memsahib was off to a girlfriend’s with the nipper for a couple of days, I took the opportunity to catch up on some of my outstanding bags. Brother Douglas and I left work on Tuesday night, dropped the memsahib and nipper off at the airport, drove up to Dalwhinnie and cycled into Culra Bothy. Passing the Boathouse the track goes across the moor which was frozen and hard making for good progress. Read more...

Cycle Night George Hamilton, 6 June 2004

The cobwebs were dusted off the trusty steeds last night for the annual Cairn Ban cycle. Bob, Tony, Campbell, David Gray and George all set off from the Scout hall towards Lochwinoch by way of the cycle track. The track is now totally tarmac'd so the cycle is pretty easy going. Read more...

 

Ossian vs Homer Simpson Ian Collinson, 17 July 2004

Team: I. Collinson, D. Collinson, B. Fish, J. Finlayson. Doh! - 1 The West Highland Rail route really is a treat with magnificent views and no caravans barring progress. The train splits at Crianlarich, one half going to Oban the other north to Fort William. Having put the bikes and myself in the wrong half of the train a quick shift about was required at Crianlarich. Read more...

 

Ledgowan & the Rolling Raspberry Rockers Ian Collinson, 27 July 2004

For the 2nd weekend in a row the weather forecast was absolutely pants and, fair to say, Heather did not let us down. It has to be said that driving as far north as Torridon is a long and sometimes painful experience... the tell tale sounds’pssssshhhhhtttt!’ started about Stepps and Kenny and Douglas plied themselves with bottles of Rolling Rock and a punnet of Raspberrys. Thus the weekend of ‘The Rolling Raspberry Rockers’ commenced. Read more...

Douglas' & Billy's Big Plan Wash Out Doug Collinson, 13 September 2004

Due to last week's bad weather we (BTF and myself) cancelled our planned trip to Strathfarrar and Cannich in fear that Karl, the whisky pickled boat man, would get us lost on a gale swept Loch Mullardoch. So, wanting to salvage something from our weekend we opted, last minute, for a quick raid in Glen Lyon, taking in Meall Buidhe and Stuchd an Lochain.

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2005

 

Winter Weekend in the Fannaichs and Strathcarron Ian Collinson, 6 February 2005

A few notes from this weekends trip:- ‘pppssssshhhhhhhhhht!’ - Bankfoot, nr. Perth - Dry Blackthorn... Campbell, George & Hugh would have been proud of us. Friday night and after a long drive the Aultguish Inn served us some decent pub grub and surly service as the Bar Man took great delight in constantly advising us how uncomfortable the Bunkhouse would be. Read more...

Billy's Romp in the Swiss Alps Bryan Fish, 15 June 2005

We started off rock climbing in Leysin on the stunning limestone tors (2300m approx), with a local practising the (alpen?) horn and yodelling - fantastic. Second day we headed around to Moiry Glacier and did some brief ice climbing and glacier rope work. Stayed up at the Moiry Hut approx 2800m, great accommodation, dinner, breakfast and wine! 

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To Alder & Beyond... Ian Collinson, 22 October 2005

It took 3.5 hours to get from Clarkston to Pitlochry on Friday evening due to incredibly busy traffic, crap weather and accidents at Perth. Billy, Douglas and I met up with sister Jennifer who'd been up the Tarmachan Ridge at Killin and Alex who'd battled similar traffic from Edinburgh. Read more...

 
 

2006

 

Knitting & Yarns Alan Forsyth, 1 January 2006

Myself, Bob, Campbell, George, Stewart and David Gray met up at at Crianlarich, amidst snow-clad peaks and clear-ish skies... looking quite promising! We plumped for Ben Dorain, so set off up to Bridge of Orchy. However, as we drove over the hill from Tyndrum, the cloud level lowered and the snow seemed to peter out somewhat. Read more...

 

Camp 'n' Climb on Beinn a'Bhuird Alex Haken, 8 January 2006

Friday night walked into Slugain Lodge (2hrs). Small amount of snow lying on the paths. Very icy, temp minus 6 deg C. Had to hammer tent pegs into ground with ice hammer! Saturday was very misty so decided not to attempt anything too serious so went up Beinn a'Bhuird via a 150 m grade I snow gully. Full winter conditions - whiteout on top. Read more...

 

Moonlight and Spectres on Sgor na h-Ulaidh Ian Collinson, 15 January 2006

The weather forecast gave us the prospect of howling gales for Sunday’s outing so noticing a window of opportunity on Saturday a determined gang of 7 set out on the Saturday instead. Jimmy Wilson, Alan Wade and Campbell's nephew David joined in with Campbell himself, Ian, Billy and Douglas. Leeman's Lunar Logic held true as a full moon lit up the darkness as cars headed north to GlenCoe. Read more...

Mamores - Club Sunday Bob Gardner, 29 January 2006

10 of us parked at the foot of the Mamores(Kinlochleven) on Sunday the 29th January. It was a very dull grey day. Starting from sea level it means all the hills are a full day’s climbing. Read more...

Rory's Slimy Passage & Other Cioch Misdemeanors Rory Kennedy, 5 May 2006

As part of this year's annual Skye trip, Stewart, Alex, Bob, George, Campbell, Ally MacSween and I decided to attempt the Cioch Stone, while blessed with unseasonably fine weather. As the ever enthusiastic Stewart Michie put it, ‘we would have been criminally insane not to!’ The initial route involved picking our way up one of Sgurr Alasdair's gullies, past a disturbing amount of fresh rock fall. Read more...

First Snows On The Cobbler Bob Gardner, 19 November 2006

Club day out, 7 of us ventured out in spite of the forecast. As you will see from the photographs we were on the Cobbler. Because of the short car journey we arrived nice and early. Once up on the Buttermilk before the climb on to the Cobbler it became apparent that there was a good lot of snow, once on the ascent up the face, George did his masterly impression of a snow plough on some very steep slopes. Read more...

 

2007

 

Grey Corries Traverse Doug Collinson, 24 March 2007

Getting up the day after a 3am start and 10hr day on the Ben was never going to be easy and when the alarm sound at 7 o'clock my suspicions were confirmed. I was gubbed! Alex had arrived the night before and given the great forecast and after browsing through my snaps of Tower Ridge from the previous day he was full of enthusiasm for the day ahead. Mine unfortunately was still lying snoozing in bed. Read more...

Ling Hut - Torridon John McGill, 27 April 2007

Andy, Doug, Dave, John and Steve headed up to Ling hut in Torridon. Ling hut is situated in Glen Torridon 1km away from Liathach. We arrived as the sun set and in the growing gloom the vast dark bulk of Liathac loomed over us.

In the morning Dave set out to climb the Corbetts Sgur Dubh and Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine. The rest of us tackled Liathach, positioning a car at either end of the walk before starting. Read more...

Ironing on the Cobbler's Anvil Flash Gordon, 28 May 2007

With only 14 hrs before the end of the world (the bank holiday) and being forced to return to work, Ronnie managed to save the day by ironing his 'back to school' kit just in the nick of time. Read more...

Santa-stic Shortest Day Ian Collinson, 21 December 2007

December is party and excess time. I've had 3 seperate works nights out this week - two curry nights and one very long lunch. Suffice to say, come Friday, lethargy and bloatedness abounded. Jerome suggested a wee trip up the cobbler to blow away a cobweb or two. What? On the shortest day? Looking out into the murky freezing fog it did not look terribly appealing but off we set. Read more...

Coire Sneachda Ian Collinson, 29 December 2007

‘Run To The Hills' was the title of the email sent through by Jerome complaining of post Crimbo Turkey Over Stuffing and the need to hit the hills. After the initial mental image of the awful Iron Maiden tune of the same name the image Jerome painted was of a trip to Coire Sneachda at Cairn Gorm, a winter camp, then some early morning gully climbs onto the Cairn Gorm plateau. Read more...

2008

 

Taxus on Beinn an Dothaidh Steve MacLuskie, 12 January 2008

My first ‘proper’ winter climb and a stunning, sunny, still and snowy day. The thermometer in the car read -7 when we set off from the car park at 8:30 but we quickly warmed up on the 2 hour trek to the base of the climb with heavy rucksacks loaded with ropes and climbing gear. Read more...

 

The Long Way Up - Tower Ridge Alex Haken, 16 March 2008

On Sunday 16th March Alex, Billy, Alan, Steve and Steve's friend Chris set off 'Alpine Start' from Fort William on what proved to be an epic ascent of Tower Ridge - Ben Nevis. The weather forecast was good, light winds, clearing skies and cold. The snowline was well below the base of the Ben and by the time we reached the CIC hut it was snowing lightly.

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2009

 

Stravaigin' In Sutherland - Carbisdale Caper Ian Collinson, 8 May 2009

Folks: Twenty Five Cairn Ban'ers hit the haunted Castle that is the grand daddy of all Hostels - Carbisdale Castle near Ardgay. Excellent weather on the Friday made for a most pleasant trip up the road with a variety of pitstops being made. For those who partook of a Curry at the Inverness Riverside restaurant they were even rewarded with a free dram from the owners - must have been our patter! Read more...

Invergarry Weekend - John's Big One! Bob Gardner, 23 October 2009

On behalf of CBMC - Congratulations to John McGill on completing The Munros, 24th October 2009. The Saddle via the Forcan Ridge. Despite the weather forecast for high winds and heavy rain, we ventured out on the Saturday, leaving earlier than we would normally, to try and beat the worst of the weather. Read more...

 

2010

 

Campbell's Last Munro - by the Bagger Himself! Campbell Crombie, 21 February 2010

Dear All: It’s a month on from Ben Lomond and I would just like to thank all that came and climbed with me and how say us off and return. See report below and some pictures attached. Read more...

30th Anniversary Trip to the Italian Dolomites Stuart McKie, 30 June 2010

After the wait the trip was on. Twelve hardy souls met up at Edinburgh International Airport geared up and ready to go. Right on time our flight took off and landed in what seemed a very short time at Marco Polo Airport in Italy in glorious sunshine. Read more...

 

2011

Alan Wade Conquers Everest!!! Alan Wade, 22 May 2011

Just in case anyone has not yet heard the news Alan Wade became the first Cairn Ban member to summit Everest on 16th May and is now safely back in base camp. A copy of the Jagged Globe report is attached together with a clip of a 2008 summit day by the South Col route. Read more...

 

Glen Etive Campbell Crombie, 13 November 2011

Four souls left for the hills: Catherine Bloomfield, John McGill, George Hamilton & myself Campbell. There was a unanimous decision to go west to get away from the low cloud. It was decided a Crianlarich to go down Glen Etive to do Beinn Maot Choluin (a John Corbett) but we would add on two Munros. Read more...

The Cobber in all its Alpine Glory Doug Collinson, 18 December 2011

Hi all, it was late on Saturday night and I was sitting thinking about the last few presents to buy and the hordes of shoppers when Billy's text came through... ‘Cracking weather forecasted – let’s go for a walk!’ It didn't take long to convince me and the plan was formulated pretty quickly to leave town at 5:30 and get to the top of the Cobbler for sunrise taking in central gully on the way. Read more...

 

2012

 

Wee Buachaille Stuart McKie, 15 January 2012

Nine out on a gloriously sunny day. Destination Buachaille Etive Beag from Glencoe.

After suiting and booting in the new extended car park, in pretty cold conditions, it was off up towards the first Munro of the day. Following a fairly new laid path, which was like a bit of a staircase, we reached the bealach in fantastic sunshine. Read more...

Thrills and Spills on Stuc a’ Chroin Sheena McKie, 20 January 2012

The eightsome today consisted of Stuart, Campbell, John McBarron (his 99th Munro), John McGill, Dave, George, Graham, who joined us for the first time today, and myself. We decided to follow the weather forecast and cast our eyes east to the peaks of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin. Read more...

 

Loch Quoich - Stu and Sheena  Stuart McKie, 27 May 2012

What a weekend!! Pity you couldn't join us but it looks like you had a grand day on Ben Lomond. Have attached a few snaps from Sat/Sun on Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach, three new hills for us. Was an incredibly tough round, not down to the hills but purely the heat!!! Read more...

 

2013

 

Ben Nevis - Orion Direct Alex Haken, 3 March 2013

I managed to sneak a late winter 3-day weekend climbing with a friend who I met in the CIC hut last winter. 2 days in the Cairngorms and one day on Ben Nevis. Read more...