the Friday evening Jackie Magill organised an evening to the Festival
theatre where members enjoyed a production of Para Handy, here
talented actors and actresses showed off their musical and thespian
talents, amusing us with a series of short sketches and songs based
around the prop in the shape of the “Vital Spark”
daylight hours with good weather, different members undertook a
variety of walks, some venturing up Schiehallion with its improved
path and snowy summit, while others went to Beinn Vrackie and a
variety of lower level walks.
the evening a bus took the group to the Pitlochry Golf club where the
caterers provided an excellent meal.
The highlight of the evening was
the awarding of the Quaich to Frank Jones for his services to the
club and the passing round of the Quaich from which to toast him.
the Sunday a walk was organised to the Hermitage at Dunkeld . A good
choice as the trees looked splendid in their autumn colours.
weekend saw 14 members of the Kyle Mountain Club heading to the Lake
Our base was the Barrow Mountaineering Club Cottage in the
Coppermines Valley, Coniston. Our comfortable accommodation had been
the former mine manager’s house with what had been the stables now
area had been extensively mined for copper, possibly back to Roman
times, but most extensively in the mid nineteenth century.
on Saturday and Sunday we were blessed with glorious weather. On
Saturday the majority of the group did a circuit of the Coniston
Fells including the Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How and Wetherlam –
quite a big day. The extensive remains of the old workings, some
reaching up to 700m height, did not detract from the walk and made us
appreciate what a difficult and dangerous life the miners must have
had. We had great views of most of the major Lakeland Peaks and could
see as far south as Morecambe Bay. Cameras were much in use.
evening was spent at the cottage when a splendid communal meal was
enjoyed by all.
was spent by visiting the likes of Ambleside and Keswick and also
admiring the wonderful autumn colours of the surrounding area.