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
Seems fitting to write this report tonight under my duvet when this time last week we were slogging up the path in the rain and pitch black to reach the CIC hut. I travelled up with Lorna, Michael and Susan but because Michael took so long doing his hair we left late and didn't arrive at the north face car park until 9.30pm. The long walk up was worth it, we were met by the rest of the gang and it sounds like poor tom and Pete got the worst of the rain on their walk in earlier that day. The evening was spent buzzing about our plans for the next day.
Danny, Helen and me headed over to Arran last Friday on the 7pm ferry to camp up Glen Rosa and do the 150metre V Diff Sou'wester Slabs the following day.
The weather window was perfect and the banter better than Danny's singing. I led the first pitch, but had left my rock shoes back at camp. I needn't have worried as the granite had excellent friction and the holds were all there. Danny romped up the next pitch and Helen completed the climb. We all traversed off the right hand side of Cir Mhor.
Good news guys, Robin the cic hut custodian has kindly offered us 10 spaces for this weekend to make up for the dismal weather that cancelled the June Russell Memorial meet. This is an extremely kind offer and one i would love to see taken up by as many members as possible. The CIC hut speaks for itself, situated at the base of the north face of Ben Nevis its an ideal base for all the climbs in the area. We will take up barbecue and wood for a fire, and a toast in memory of Russell.
If you haven't read the book Mountain days Bothy night then i suggest you do, when planning any walking days if i can i include a stay in a bothy. You don't no what your going to get, you may get the bothy all to yourself, and that can be good, but the best times are when you get some " good" company and in a bothy that can be almost anything or anybody. I needed to get out on the hills to get a bit of fitness and to wear in a pair of B3 boots for an alps trip this month.
This weekend myself, Pedro and his fried Davy tackled the 3 peaks challenge! It all began on Friday night when I picked the guys up to set off on the road (not of course without a lecture for my non light packing – its tradition since I joined LMC). We set off with the sun shining and Mumford and sons blasting setting the tone for the weekend which was I learned involved climbing the 3 peaks, in tango and too fast for midgies.
Who would have thought it ? a meet with good weather !! Well the lucky ones who came along to the mill cottage meet were rewarded with a glorious weather window, the sun shon all day Saturday and toyed with us on the Sunday. Richard was first at the cottage , he got the stove lit and then met myself Danny and Harry in the Suie for a couple of beers. Meanwhile MattD, and new members Marie and Pete familiarised themselves at the cottage. Plans were hatched with tea and beer round the stove.
On Tuesday 15/4/15 our club member Chris Miles, gave up his time and went to Ben Vane in search of a missing dog. He found the dog Jax , a boxer and re-united it with its owner. On behalf of the club i would like to congratulate Chris for his efforts in bringing a happy ending to the dog owners story. I would also like to say Thank You to the many people who ( on Milesy,s insistence ) have contacted the club and donated some cash to our new hut fund. Thanks to everyone who donated, and WELL DONE MILESY, for both your effort and unselfishness, i can sense an award at the annual dance.
Chaos and change are twins. Chaos brings change and change causes chaos. Change is a constant in most of our lives and often we seek to reduce the chaos and bring sense to our lives through simplification. However, as Terry Pratchett wrote “Chaos is always found where order is being sought. Chaos always wins, because it is better organized”.
just a reminder to everyone the agm is this wednesday in the partick burgh hall, sarting at 7.30pm if i can ask everyone who can to come along and take part.