Thursday, 18 December 2014

Stanhope Bothy

The Alternative Christmas Bothy meet took place at Stanhope Hope bothy this weekend.
Beware of duplicate keys! - mine didn't work so instead of driving up to the bothy with 25kg of coal I ended up lugging it in from the farm. Its amazing how short distances suddenly seem very long.

 We were all fully fed on a fine festive feast. 

The bothy team

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Day walk on Ben Arthur, The Cobbler.

First day out with the Kyle Mountain Club for a wee while. Great day started with a team talk over a roll and sausage in Arrochar. The original plan was shelved for a more leisurely day on the Cobbler.

 Looking across to Arrochar and Ben Lomond.

The team, with The Cobbler in the background.

On the ridge heading towards the South Peak.

Looking down Loch Long.

The Luss hill in the background.

The Centre Peak

Looking across to the North Peak from the Centre Peak.

A wee bit of scrambling on the way up the North Peak.

Looking back to the The Windows on the Centre Peak.

Ben Lomond

Sunset on Loch Long.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Orkney Meet.

Great week organised by Fiona.
Lots of Cycling, walking, culture and history, rounded off by a wee bit of socialising.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer BBQ, Isle of Arran: 20-22 June 2014

Pictured above are members of the Kyle Mountain Club on their Annual BBQ weekend meet and this time it was held in a very sunny Corrie on the Island of Arran.

There is so much to do on Arran and with a good weather forecast it was very difficult for members to pick one activity.  Some members headed off to the hills and explored the excellent ridge walks that are on on offer on Arran and were rewarded with fantastic views.  A group of 4 went off rock climbing and quite a few members went cycling around the Island.

Everyone returned hungry and ready for the BBQ on the Saturday evening and fortunately along with the sun there was a sufficient breeze to keep the midgies away.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Shalloch on Minnoch day out

This was one of those off-the-cuff day out Fee organised by email.  After meeting in Straiton we headed for a wee lay-by just past Stinchar Brg.  
Our route took us across some rough moor up onto Shalloch on Minnoch.  To make a nice wee circuit we returned via Craigmasheenie and Cornish Loch.
A grand walk.

A river crossing early in the day.  It's handy being able to walk on water

A confab on the way up

Lunch inside the summit shelter

Shalloch on Minnoch summit

Getting ready for the summit pics

Ian the photographer with Kirriereoch behind

Summit pics take a while

Fun bum-sliding

Looking back to S on M


Nearly there

A rough way out

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Lagangarbh Hut, Glencoe 28 - 30 March

Members of the Kyle Mountain Club outside Lagangarbh Hut at the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Another great weekend!!  

Some of the team headed up to the Coe on Friday and hit the slopes at the White Coires.
Saturday saw Kev and I heading up the Ben at 07.15 en-route for Ledge Route.  While Corbett bashing occupied some of the team, the high winds on Saturday resulted in both Glencoe and Nevis Range Ski resorts being closed, however regardless of this everyone enjoyed themselves and still returned home with fond memories.

Lagangarbh is a great base.  This hut was originally a crofting home however was cleverly adapted to sleep 20 people. 

The Kyle Club has been going along for many years now and it was also a great opportunity for  members to share one of their favourite meets with some new members that had come along for the weekend. 

The Hut is in a perfect position for the Climbers, Mountaineers and Ski-iers within the Club and provides a unique view of one of Scotland's best and most photographed mountains (Buachaille Etive Mor).

Sunday saw the most of the team head home while I headed up into the gloom of Meall a Bhuiridh on ski and Kev took to two wheels.
Summit of Meall a Bhuiridh

Glencoe sledge course disappearing into the mist

The Snow Bunny

The kids getting ready to race

The gloom lifted