Newsletter | July to November 2017



Holiday Weekends


Lagganlia,   April 14th to 17th 2017

Another successful weekend, with a great bunch of members joining together to enjoy the walking to suit all abilities, the singing, weather as ordered great, the Lodge was well equipped.  We dined out on Sunday night, good food, great location and of plenty of good conversation.

We returned home on Monday, with another Munro completed on the way home by some of the members.

We look forward to the final weekend for 2017 away in September on the island of Rum.



Backpacking Weekend, June 2017 – Glen Shiel to Cluanie via Glen Quoich

The weather on this year’s backpack didn’t quite live up to the glorious sunshine we enjoyed last year in Torridon, and no doubt the rainy forecast contributed to the high drop-out rate as the weekend approached.   However, a small, hardy group braved the elements and ventured into the remote back country of Glen Quoich.   Seldom visited and overlooked by a dozen towering Munros, this really is an area for those who relish the wilderness which Scotland has to offer.   We only came across two other people on the whole trip, but a surprising number of highland cattle which seem to thrive on the rough ground.

The weekend was by no means a total washout, and in fact we enjoyed a glorious sunset on the Friday night from our camp high up on the Bealach Duibh Leac – a fitting reward for all the effort of climbing fully laden to 725 metres above sea level.   The views were quite memorable (see the Report for pictures).   The rain set in later in the weekend, but even then we were still able to see the mountains for much of the time.     By late on Sunday the rivers were in spate (fortunately we didn’t need to cross any!), which also made for dramatic scenery.   On Sunday night we camped by a thundering waterfall just a few hundred metres from the Cluanie Inn, where we enjoyed an extended pub stop.   After our exertions there was absolutely no guilt about treating ourselves to a high calorie bar meal and a pint or two.






Annual General Meeting, Thursday 5 October 2017

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 5 October 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Hall of the Guide Premises, 33 Melville Street.

The Club’s Constitution provides for four office bearers (Chair, Vice-Chair, General Secretary, Treasurer) and up to twelve other Committee members, all of whom may hold office for a period of three years before requiring to seek re-election.  Nominations, duly proposed and seconded, must be received by the General Secretary (from whom nomination forms may be obtained), no later than 21 days prior to the AGM – i.e. by 14 September 2017.

Previous AGMs have suffered from low attendance, particularly of newer members.  If you don’t come, you will not be able to make any useful suggestions or air any grievances you might have.   Tea and biscuits will be provided.   Be there!


Committee vacancies

There are the following vacancies on the Committee:

  • The Chair
  • Two ordinary Committee members, one of whom should preferably be willing to undertake the organisation and running of the Social Committee.
  • The Programme Convener

We need members who are willing to help with the running of the Club; those interested should make themselves known to the Chair or to any Committee member.


Cheese and Wine Evening, Thursday 2nd November 2017

The Cheese and Wine evening will take place as usual in the Hall of the Guide centre, 33 Melville Street, at 7.30 pm on 2nd November.




Dates for your Diary

All meetings are at the Guide premises, 33 Melville Street, unless stated otherwise.


Thursday 17th August 2017, 19:00* Room 1 Walks Subcommittee
Thursday 21st September, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting
Thursday 5th October 2017, 19:30 Hall AGM
Thursday 26th October 2017, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting
Thursday 2nd November 2017, 19:30 Hall Cheese and Wine
Thursday 7th December 2017, 19:30 Hall Slide Show
Thursday 11th January 2018, 19:00* Room 1 Walks Subcommittee
Thursday 25th January 2018, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting








Club Walks Archive for Leaders

The Club has a large database of walks that we have done in the past, many with maps and other details provided by the original leaders.  Leaders often find this material useful when planning and recceing their walks.   Remember that the Club walks follow a nine-year cycle, so walks done this year are in the main repeats of those done in 2008.  Please contact the Programme Convener or any member of the Walks Subcommittee (it is best to do this before the recce in case there are particular problems) and they will put you in touch with the best person to help.   Often this will be someone who has led the walk in the past.  You don’t have to follow their route to the letter – you may see a better alternative when you come to do the recce – but it does mean you will be aware of any potential problems before you start.


Other Information for leaders

Leaders on private buses are reminded of their responsibility to direct the driver to the start of their walks.  Ideally they should sit at the front of the bus.  Don’t just sit back and leave it to the Bus Convener!    Where feasible the party with the longest walk should be dropped off first – usually this will be the A party, but not always.   Also ensure that the driver knows the time and place of the pick-ups – it can help if this information is given to him in writing.

Leaders who produce descriptions of walks to circulate around the bus are asked to submit copies of this information for inclusion in the walks archive.  Most important are:  map showing route of walk; any obstacles encountered on the walk (both physical obstructions and access problems); any problems in road access with the bus to the start and finish; location and acceptability of the pub stop, etc.  If you have generated a GPS route file you should send this as well.

Recces are proving increasingly expensive for the Club.   It can help to save money if, where possible, A, B and C leaders get together to recce their walks on the same day.

Leaders on recces may prefer, in the interests of safety, to take a friend with them. Alternatively, they may inform someone (family member or club member) of their planned route and expected time of finishing, then contact the person on reaching the end of the walk.   Leaders, and anyone who would like to help in this way, should contact the Programme Convener in the first instance.

Leaders should ensure that the Programme Convener has their contact details, in particular their email address, so that a draft copy of the new programme can be sent to all potential leaders as soon as it is available.