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at Mallaig, we discovered that the Cal Mac Ferry to Muck Eigg, Rum and Canna was in dry dock for repairs and had been replaced by the small boat that usually does Tours to Staffa.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

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Mid-week mountaineers head to Glen Trool 10 April 2018

Three of the MWM took to the Galloway hills for a wee walk

The plan was to head along the Rig o Jarkness onto Craiglee and back along the Southern Upland Way

Weather was a wee bit blustery

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Dinner Meet Carrbridge Hotel10th– 11thNovember 2017

The Annual Dinner Meet returned once more to Carrbridge and had a great attendance of 23 members and guests.

Friday night for most of the company was spent in the hotel with food, drink and the usual laughs.

Saturday morning was dry but cold with mostly low walks, golf for two and only Len, Chris and John walking from the Forres road to summit the Graham, Carn Glas-choire.

On Saturday night Len opened proceedings with a very good welcome speech and invited Maurice to say Grace, Chris for Absent Friends and as Frank was unable to attend John presented the Quaich to our Chairman Len.

Len completed the speeches by thanking Gareth and his staff for delicious meals with good service and also thanked Jackie for being the organiser.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Milehouse Cottage, Feshiebridge, Kincraig13th– 14thOctober 2017

Milehouse is a Scottish Ladies Mountaineering Club hut and is a lovely wee place near the Cairngorms.

Only 4 members turned up for the Milehouse meet. Poor weather meant that only low level walks took place. 

Thanks to Carole for organising.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

SMC Naismith Hut, Elphin8th- 10thSeptember 2017 (3 nights)

Eight members attended at an excellent hut, which has very scenic views of Silvan.

Weather for Saturday was mixed with low clag at first clearing to misty rain with heavier rain at the summits, very wet ground conditions making descents tricky to avoid slipping.

Gordon & Fiona drove to Culnacraig near Achiltbuie and climbed Ben More Coigach summiting Sgurr an Fhidleir plus two other tops.

Ian & Colin decided to walk from the hut to Canisp and back.

Len, Frank, Stuart & John drove up to a parking place near Achfary and climbed a very wet underfoot Ben Stack.

Friday and Saturday night were spent in the hut and after mealtimes both were completed with good chats and a tipple or two.

On Sunday due to the poor weather on Saturday and a really bad forecast of windy and very wet conditions we all decided to return home early.

Many thanks to all for another successful KMC weekend and thanks to John for organising.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car18th– 19thAugust 2017

Only seven members attended this meet as two lucky individuals cancelled.

The weather from arrival Friday night through to Saturday lunchtime was atrocious and the group took the train to Mallaig to sample the local food and drink and also met Chris and his two American friends.

On the Saturday evening two of the vacant bedspaces were taken up by a French / Spanish couple who were one day out with their booking. They joined in for a very pleasant evening sampling different whiskies.

On Sunday Bob Ainsworth ascended Buchaille Etive Mhor.

Thanks to Carole for organizing.