Members' reports 2014-15
Christmas Curry Night
Skye: Sgurr a' Mhadaidh, Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh, Sgurr na Banachdich, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich,
(also: A'Chraileag, Mullach Fraoch-choire)
Inverness: Slioch, Mullach Clach a' Bhlair, Beinn Alligin, Maoile Lunndaih
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho
Meall Garbh, Meall Greigh
Cruach Ardrain, Beinn Tulaichean
Meall nan Tarmachan
Ben Lomond (Ptarmigan Ridge)
Kinlochleven: Creag Meagaidh, Na Gruagaichean, Pap of Glencoe, Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis (climbing)
Ben Oss. Dhubcraig
After two days of climbing in the drizzle, fighting the cloud and the midges: in the bunkhouse at Barisdale, two inches of lukewarm water in the bath to wash away the sweat and the smell of Skin-so-Soft. Sheer luxury!
Whiteout on Beinn Achaladar in a force 15 gale: Davy Gray striding ahead, pointing to the cornice at the edge and looking back every few paces to check we were still in view. Thank you Davy!
Sheena McKie, 20 April 2014
Great weekend in Kintail with Stuart Mckie. Scotland in all it's glory......beautiful! Beinn Fhada on Saturday in glorious sunshine and little wind then onto the top Meall an Fhuarain Mhoir. Fabulous views, great day. Visited Plockton at night for food. Stopped off in Rannoch Moor on the way home on Sunday to climb at 492m the wee mole hill, Mon. A great wee stop with great views over Rannoch Moor to Black Mount.
Then drove to Cluanie and walked into Glen Affric YH at Alltbeithe. The following day climbed Mullach Na Dheiragain, Sgurr Nan Ceathreamhnan and An Socath in atrocious conditions ( no pics )
Great trip with some new hills bagged !
Stuart McKie, 25 May 2014
A week up North
Arrived in Ullapool with a grand plan to finish off the Fainnichs. First day arrived with dry clear conditions.
Decision made to go for the seven on one day : Beinn Liath Mor Fannaich, Sgurr Mor, Meall Gorm, An Coileachan, Sgurr Nan Each, Sgurr Nan Clach Geala and Meall a' Chrasgaidh.
All completed in a very tiring 12 hours car to car.
Sheena McKie, 9 June 2014
What a long day yesterday (17hrs door to door) but worth every minute !
Access into Glen Strathfarrar is courtesy of the gate keeper who lets you in at 9am sharp. The drive down the glen reveals a real hidden gem. A glen resplendent with Scots Pine and huge herds of grazing deer.
The views from each of Strathfarrar's Munro's are brilliant.
A fantastic day out...........shattered today right enough !
Ian Collinson, 23 June 2014
Ben Lomond yesterday, lovely day for it. Douglas , Lewis and cousin James plus Jess the Dog. Things have changed a bit, hill attire would appear to be more Zumba than Tiso's with a fine array of Lycra and crop tops around. Meanwhile , my fine old Raichle's finally gave up the ghost as both soles departed. They've been glued back on before....
Stuart McKie, 22 June 2014
Mixed day on Lurg Mhor and Cheesecake. Torrential rain followed by fairly dull conditions. Rock quite slippy. Very long day but great fun.
Sheena McKie, 22 July 2014
Saturday saw four of us, Stuart, Stas, Sue and I, drive up to the sleepy hamlet of Arnisdale. Beautiful trip with fantastic scenery.
First objective was Beinn Sgritheall. Off and running its pretty much straight up from the road and I mean straight up !! Unfortunately the weather was very overcast turning to drizzle then turning to pouring rain........bummer ! Managed a few glimpsed views but not a lot really.
Back down it was straight into our wee boat and the short hop over to Barisdale where we stayed in a stables/bothy belonging to the estate.
Next day was dry but still cloudy on the tops and unfortunately that's how it stayed.
The Ladhar Bheinn horseshoe was the prize today. Great stalkers path leads you to Mam Barisdale where it's a bit of a pull onto the beginning of the main ridge. The scrambling was made quite difficult in places due to very wet slippy rock but always interesting.
Ladhar Bheinn does not give itself up easily and is hard work all the way up and down but what a great hill !
Ridge down is stunning.
Sheena McKie, 17 August 2014
Weekend away in Torridon with Stuart Mckie and John McBarron Saturday cycled in from Craig along the estate road to climb Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a' Chaorachain. Dreadful conditions with heavy rain and 40-50mph winds! At times we were on all fours and almost climbing on our bellies, exhausting at times. Managed the two hills in extreme conditions.......experience in the bag. The sun had the cheek to come out on the trek down. Conditions deteriorated on Sunday so packed up and headed home
Sheena McKie, 6 September 2014
Determined to make use of our newly acquired red blood cells we headed up to Glen Affric to take on the Mullardoch Five, Mam Sodhail, Carn Eighe, Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Tom a' Choinich and Toll Creagach.
Weather was dry but in and out of cloud all day.
This was a big, tiring outing but well worth it.
Glen Dessary next if anyone fancies it.
George Hamilton, 8 September 2014
What a fantastic weekend, and here I thought doing a Graham would be an easy outing, far from it.
A full horseshoe walk taking in Glamaig at the finish made for a very enjoyable, energetic and tiring walk, We started in light showery weather which turned a little heavy later on before turning to bright sunshine and a lovely finish to our day.
Once onto the grass slopes of Glamaig we sat for a good while just soaking up the rays, before finally heading to the hotel via a quick stop at the bunkhouse to drop off our sacs. At the Hotel we enjoyed a couple of relaxing pints before heading back up to the bunkhouse for dinner. Breaking with tradition, the kettle was put on and we enjoyed a coffee and cream cake as we prepared dinner. With it just being the 5 of us, we had prepared a communal dinner of tomato soup followed by Lasagne, salad and Garlic bread. It was fantastic, the dinner was accompanied with just enough beer and wine to loosen the tongues, but not too much.
After Dinner......... Well after Dinner what goes on tour stays on tour. All that I can say is we had a very enjoyable and memorable weekend.
Stuart McKie, 26 October 2014
Six out today. Grim weather took us to the indoor climbing centre at Ratho.
Really good day on the big walls of Ratho.
A brilliant alternative to not going on the hill.
Stuart McKie, 13 October 2014
Maoile Lunndaih and Slioch. Yet another smashing weekend with pretty good weather. Variety of trips made by the troops.
Sheena McKie, 1 February 2015
Nine out today on Ben Lomond via the Ptarmigan Ridge. Yet another cracking Club Sunday. Weather gods have been great to us this year !
Alex Haken, 17 January 2015
Me and Alan Wade made a very snowy trip up the Cobbler today to climb Maclay's Crack III/4**. Glad we didn't have to break trail ! I won the bet that it would turn from blizzard conditions to blue skies after 9am. Great day Alan, thanks.
Iain Kent, 24 November 2014, Cruach Ardrain
Typical day in the Scottish Mountains; sunny, snowing, gale force winds and the biggest bog ever.
Alex Haken, 15 February 2015
Saturday. Tower Scoop III and then Tower Gully I finishing on the summit of Ben Nevis and walking out in the dark. Alex and Paul Valente. A long but great (epic) day. Not many photos due to the need for both hands to hang on with.... The photos really don't do it justice !
Stas Burek, 17 February 2015
Creag Meagaidh on Saturday. Not much to see, really. Complete whiteout on the summit plateau - thank God for GPS, a map and compass. Still, would have walked 30 metres from the cairn and missed it - if it wasn't for four other crazies standing there, who came up the other way!
Alex Haken, 14 March 2015
Just back from 6 days in the CIC hut on Ben Nevis. Despite the poor weather (100mph+ winds some days) we did pretty well:
Hadrian's Wall Direct V, 5***
Two Step Corner V, 5 ***
Gargoyle Wall VI, 6 *** (My first grade VI mixed climb)
Rien ne vu Plus V, 5
Vade Mecum V, 5 ***
Italian Right Hand IV, 4***
Point 5 Gully V, 5***
Winter Cascade IV, 5*
Very sore today!
Sheena McKie, 15 March 2015
An awesome day on Ben Oss and Dhubcraig wall to wall sunshine and great winter conditions, crampons required for most of the climb. Great to welcome Andy and Laura.
AlexHaken, 4 April 2015
South east ridge of the Cobbler today with Paul Valente.
Sunny everywhere except over the Cobbler!
Not much snow on the ridge but deep soft snow on the way back down the tourist route.
Sheena McKie, 12 april 2015
Another lovely club day out! How lucky we have been this winter. Meall Buidhe with John, Catherine and Iain, nice short day and great company!