Sunday, 31 March 2019

Kyle Club Clear up Carrick Hills

Ayr’s Kyle Mountain Club completed a scheduled litter pick on the Carrick Hills. Rubbish was gathered on both sides of the road along a distance of about 1.5km (between the cattle grids either side of the view point). This included 24 bags of general rubbish, plus several other items too big to bag. Amongst the haul was an alloy wheel (with tyre), several other tyres, two car doors, electric scooter, pogo stick, garden strimmer, 6 Amazon Prime cool bags with cool packs!, a hand gun, syringes, a tow bar that took two people to lift, £10 and a 1p. 
A trailer load of dumped tree pruning were sawn up and removed. 
The event proved to be good morning's work to celebrate the Annual World Day for Physical Activity.
Many thanks to South Ayrshire Council for providing bags, picker grabs and collection of the load.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Agnes Spencer memorial hut, Patterdale, Lake District: 15th - 17th March

Ten members of the Kyle Mountain Club assembled at the Agnes Spencer memorial hut in Patterdale on the Friday evening . With a little coaxing the fire was soon roaring away making the building warm and cosy. It was soon time to walk down to the White Lion Inn where the cheerful staff provided a hearty meal and a selection of real ales.
The following morning the weather forecast was for a wet windy day so all thoughts of Helvelyn or High Street were abandoned. 


Having ascertained that the Ullswater Steamers were not running, one group set off to walk along the East side of the Lake. The initial path across the valley was flooded but a longer route using a road bridge was soon found. Having walked about half the length of the lake it was found that the Hotel, the only place for refreshments in the dry was closed. So most of the group turned round to set off back, but Bob determined to get a decent amount of walking done carried on until completely drenched. Mac, Jan, Moira and Jackie set off to do a circular walk in Glenridding. On the way back a cafe provided shelter and refreshments. Ian and Len set off to walk up Grisedale, Len turning back when his new hip told him that it had walked far enough, While Ian carried on towards Grisedale Tarn, but he too turned back when confronted with a raging torrent crossing the path.

Returning to the hut in the various groups, the wet clothing was distributed between the drying room and the living room fire. Aperitifs were shared round and then Jan produced an excellent chicken main course for all and Len shared round apple and rhubarb crumble that June had made.

After everyone had consumed two helpings of dessert there was little room left for cheese and port.
Mac then entertained the group with a game of working through the Alphabet thinking up entertaining words.

On Sunday morning we awoke to see the surrounding hills mantled in snow. As it was now snowing at a low level, after breakfast some of the party set off for Ayr. Jackie, Ian, Len and Bob decided that the Aira Force waterfalls should be spectacular with all the rainfall. We were not disappointed and they were well worth the walk up all the steps to view them.
Again despite the weather we all enjoyed a convivial week-end.
Len Foreman

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Inbhirfhaolain, Grampian Club hut, Glen Etive: 15-17 February.

Over the weekend of 15-17 February members and guests gathered for the Glen Etive meet at the Grampian Club hut at Inbhirfhaolain.
A very wet Saturday morning postponed any thoughts of an Alpine start but eventually the rain did ease and various parties set out for their chosen objectives. John, Julie, Craig, Frank and Jim drove down towards the head of Loch Etive with a plan to climb the Munro Ben Starav. Jackie also took the benefit of a lift and from the drop-off point she headed down to the road end at the loch before returning to the hut. The rest of the party began the ascent of Staravand, with various people turning around when they reckoned they had gone far enough, Jim was the solo summiteer.

Glen Etive was busy on the Saturday with lots of people coming down to feed the deer that gather in the valley bottom and canoeists taking advantage of the fast running river.
Ian & Andrew (and Barney the Border) headed down Glencoe to park near Signal Rock. From there they headed up the Gleann-leac-na-miudheto complete the round of Meall Lighiche(Corbett), Sgorr a’Choise(Graham) and Meall Mòr(Graham).

On Sunday Ian, Andrew & Barney were the only ones who ventured onto a hill and did the ascent of Garbh Bheinn, the Corbett to the north of theAonach Eagachridge and accessed from the road to Kinlochleven. The weather on Sunday was challenging with driving rain and hail on the top, winds gusting to 50mph+ also made walking difficult at times.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Burns’ Supper, Carn Dearg MC Hut, Glen Clova - 18-20 January 2019

Over the weekend of 18-20 January 8 members of the KMC met at the Carn Dearg MC Hut in Glen Clova.  

Saturday dawned fine and everyone headed out to complete their chosen objectives:

  • 2 members completed the Munros Dreish & Mayer from the Kilbo Path; 
  • 2 members did a circular walk up Glen Doll via Jock’s Road before heading across to Glen Clova via Loch Esk and back to Braedownie; 

  • 3 members walked up Glen Clova towards Bachnagarn before returning via their outward route; 
  • 1 member (+ dog) walked up onto the Corbett The Goet before continuing on to complete a circular walk above Loch Wharral via White Hill & Green Hill. 
On Saturday evening the assembled company enjoyed a grand Burns’ Supper accompanied by a fine dram to celebrate their day’s successes.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Robertson Lamb Hut, Great Langdale, Lake District: 19th - 21th October.

The club October meet was based in the Wayfarers' Club hut, Great Langdale, Lake District

Bad weather conditions, low clag and light to heavy drizzle, kept the walking low-level.
Len, Bob, Ian and Jackie with Barney the dog did a 10 mile round trip from hut to Little Langdale, Elterwater and Chapel Stile.

Frank and John walked from hut to Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel going along Cumbria Way to waypost for Esk hause / Stake pass and returning in reverse. Jim returned home to decorate rather than getting soaked. 


The hut was shared with some Red Rope club members and Wayfarers members, giving around 25 people. This made the cooking cosy but we all managed the kitchen ok. Thanks to June Foreman for providing Sticky toffee and Apple bake puddings for dessert after our main courses.

After trying out the Old Dungeon Ghyll some chat and good humoured banter with Red Rope members was had. Some of us shared a few libations, some non-alcohol wine as well for some due to sober October. 

The Sunday weather was disappointing, and the plan to walk to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags was hit on the head.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Eigg 21st - 24th September 2018

6 people made the journey to Eigg.

After a night in the Mission Bunkhouse at Mallaig, we discovered that the Cal Mac Ferry to Muck Eigg, Rum and Canna was in dry dock for repairs and had been replaced by the small boat that usually does Tours to Staffa. This small boat rose and fell with the waves, making some of the passengers turn green and then visit the washroom.

A short stop at Muck gave some brief respite. 

Upon arrival on Eigg, we discovered that the goods ordered by the club had travelled on the boat with us and were delivered to the community store. These along with our bags were taken to Glebe Barn Bunkhouse in a car by the bunkhouse owner, while we walked.

In the afternoon some of the party walked round the bay while some visited the massacre and cathedral caves. In 1577around 400 islanders from Clan MacDonald (almost all of the island’s population) were burned and suffocated alive by members of Clan MacLeod from Skye while hiding in Massacre cave.

A convivial evening was spent with a communal meal in the spacious Glebe Barn.
The following day three of the group ascended the Sgurr, while others visited the caves and beyond. The Sgurr walk was extended along the ridge to afford views over the island and over some lochs to Rum. When parallel to the deserted village of Grulin Lochdraich, a descent was made near some spectacular basalt rock formations. There were a number of enclosure walls and remains of houses where some 150 people had lived before the clearances.

On day 3 the whole group headed north to Cleadale 3 heading up the cliff face while the others visited the village and its beaches. A walk along the top of the escarpment gave stunning views of Rum, and a surprise waterfall, where the wind was blowing the cascading water back up stream. After lunching at the trig point the summit party found their way down a tricky slope aid by a faint Zig Zag path.

A walk down to the singing sands was disappointing as they only sing when dry, but there were some interesting sandstone rock formations and caves to explore.
On the walk back from Cleadale a war memorial was examined, to find that it honoured all those who had taken part in the wars, not just those who perished.
A disused shop on the road has been turned into a museum, while the Church is still intact but unused.

As the ferry was not due to collect us until 16.25 on the final day and the weather was good more walks were undertaken to the east coast, old ruined church and cemetery before returning by the watermill to the community cafe and pub to await the ferry.

More and more people arrived at the pier including, a baby with buggy, three dogs and two bicycles and so we were fearful that all would not fit on the small boat.

A head count by the staff found that there were 80 people and the maximum allowed was 84. So by tying the bikes on the railings along with some that had been loaded at Rum we were all squashed on board. Fortunately the weight made the boat lower in the water and very stable, so there was less sea sickness.

Docking back at Mallaig gave us an 18.00 hour departure for the drive back to Ayr just before the planned Loch Lomond road closure and so arriving home at 23.00 hours.
Len Foreman

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Mid Summer  Meet

Cairngorms 21st June 2018

Frank and I had a wee nearly-mid-summer trip to the Cairngorms. We did a high level walk round Loch A'an (Loch Avon). Camping on the plateau onFriday night and the Fords of A'an on Saturday.