THANKS everyone for supporting this event. I had a great time and I hope you did too. I think we raised about £400 for the new hut fund. Michael is keen to invest it in an even more sophisticated version of the hut detector which he found on Amazon at a bargain £399 ...
I finally got of my backside and arranged the winter schedule.
I will post up more info on each venue nearer the time and when the Meets calendar is back online I will update that too. There are a couple of meets that have still to be confirmed.
Assuming I fill the gaps the winter meets will commit the club to around £900 in booking costs. We are relying on the keenness and support of our members to get out into the mountains and use these opportunities. Please pencil these dates in your diary.
Inver croft - Achnasheen/Torridon
Not a hill, but a Loch... for something completely different, Karin G and I decided to brave a swim in Loch Venacher on Sunday. Looking like a pair of cat burglers - from head to toe in neoprene - and trying not to upset the fishermen we managed about a kilometer. Some very interesting physiological effects - although it didnt actually feel all that cold in the water, neither of us had any strength in our hands or feeling in our feet after we got out, making it very hard to get out of the wetsuits! Weird stuff but it's supposed to be good for you.
It being November I fully expected a sociable weekend with a beer or two in front of the coal fire in Inver, with rain a good excuse not to do anything to demanding. However, that cunning plan was thwarted by two days of gorgeous autumn weather. So, on Saturday seven of us set off to Moruisg and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean. Getting up Moruisg was hard work with no path to speak of and boggy ground. The top briefly disappeared into the cloud but once we were up the ridge the sky was clear and the views amazing. Congratulations to Lucy on her first Munro!
Day#0: 20 September depart
Bristol - London - Paris – Lourdes: Train – Walk – Train – Tube – Train (I knew the script from last year). Rained on getting off the train in Lourdes… the only time that I felt the rain all week.
Day#1: Cauterets to Refuge Wallon
Sunday as per last year: take the bus to Cauterets with it’s terrific stock up market. This year though I head out and west through the alpine Marcadau valley. On to the Wallon refuge, with a real end of season feel about the place (like all the places I stayed at subsequently).
Day#2: Pic de Cambales
last saturday myself, billy, jim and lisa left glasgow at 9pm and took the long and winding road over glenshee to the car park at the spittal of glen muick. arriving just after midnight, as seemingly chips from the chippie in blairgowrie helps travel sickness ???? set up camp in a shower and it was early to bed. billy was first up in the morning,( think he stood on a duck ) , as were a billion midges, and we left early for the long hoof up to the corrie. with none of the predicted wind the midges feasted on us as we stopped at the base of the ridge to gear up.
First week in August our group of five LMC members and three others met in Chamonix. Our Members were, Michael, Peter, Billy, Fraser & me. We were joined by Gav,Dave and Andy.
This was a first Alpine experience for me, Fraser and Billy and for Micheal, Peter and the others a chance to add to previous experience.
The group was diverse with different interests,abilities, skills and timeframes to work to, but this only added to the buzz around our group as we all mucked in to make sure that personal objectives were met.
It was an end of an era when I locked the door of The Manse Barn for the last time as hut custodian on Sunday.
With Herr Flick wanting to turn our little hut into a bunkhouse or staff accommodation, handing over the key closed a chapter in the club's history that stretched back to the 1980s when an intrepid bunch of Lomonders renovated what was then just a derelict cow barn.
I've got lots of memories from my first time at the hut in 2002- mostly good, some sad and some I've forgotten through a haze of alcohol.
as we have to hand manse barn back on 3/8/14, we have decided to hold a final meet on 18th & 19th july. its a celebration for everyone who built , stayed in or helped maintain before we hand back the keys.i urge everyone to come along especially the older members who helped get the barn up and running. as well as some climbing or walking, weather permitting we will have a barbecue and fire on the beach, were we can chew the fat with members old and new. space might be at a premium so be prepared to camp or bivvy on the beach or around the hut.
i was disappointed i couldn't attend big Russell,s meet at the cic hut this weekend , but i had some stuff to do in Glasgow. Sundays forecast was showing the cairngorms best chance for some climbing. me and billy left Glasgow at 7am, arriving at the coire cas car park at 9.40am. we were wanting to practice some short roping together for our future trip to the alps. we headed over to hells lum crag via the goat track, really weird seeing coire an t sneachda without snow although there was a few large patches of snow on some northern aspects.