Sorry for the delay (again)
October 9th/10th : Glen clova: Carn Dearg club hut in Braedownie, Glen Clova. Potential for another Beer Tasting if interested.
November - Annual dinner
December 11th/12th : Christmas meet at the remote Strawberry Cottage in Glen Afric
January 8th/9th : Kincraig, the lovely LMC Mile House hut
February 12th/13th: Torridon, Invercroft
March 4th/5th: Inbhirfhaolain, Glen Etive
April 8th/9th Camp at Mellon Udrigle on Rubha Mor Peninisula Wester Ross (near Dundonnell)
Detailed info will be posted up a couple of weeks in advance.
It was a great opportunity to arrange a last minute trip to Glen Coe to make the best of the late October sunshine. With Michael driving, he introduced us young uns (me and Clara) to the wonders of Northern Soul which set the musical tone for the weekend. We met Chris at The Green Welly and Karin at the top car park at the Buachaille Etive Mòr. At just gone 11, bags and gear all packed, we headed up the mountain.
Im giving notice of an EGM, it will be held immediately prior to the meal at the up and coming ceilidh. Its only function is to vote through a change in the wording of our constitution in order for the club to qualify for Community Amateur Sports Club status. The club needs to attain this status in order to qualify for any grant aid for future club projects. We are a non profit making club as stated in our constitution, we just need the wording to be amended to satisfy the CASC criteria.
Glen Cova weekend 9/10th October
The Glen Cova meet was more a quiet affair than the Smiddy meet…………………………. once we all got there. Clara and I got lost a few times on route only to find Dan following on….lost also. Glad we bumped into Martin otherwise we would have all be lost rambling around Glen Cova till who knows when. We were still in the old hut as the new hut still has some work to be done on it.
Jim and Jules joined us later on for a few drinks and a bad joke competition…… not sure who won as I never remember the jokes because my memory is rubbish and not due to the vodka!
The meet at the smiddy last month was a roaring success, this smashing little hut was packed to the rafters with lomondeers for a laughtastic weekend. plans were discussed for saturdays jaunts over drinks and a roaring fire, the newbies fitting in well with the seasoned members. at bed time harry opted for his van over the floor, billy and the spaniel were also in the van, helenm was on the floor and neil brought his stillsaw to the top bunks !!
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.