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Kinloch Bunkhouse, Isle of Rùm

posted 26 Jun 2018, 08:22 by Simon Li   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 11:03 ]

6 - 9 June 2018  

Rum Cuillin traverse
Landing at the end of a two week holiday with temperatures rarely dipping below 20C the Rum meet saw me not quite manage what I'd hoped to; ok not manage what I had hoped to at all.

Meeting Simon in Galmisdale, Eigg on the Tuesday I received reports of there having been rain; something I hadn't seen in a few weeks at this point, a passing shower had disturbed his bivvy on the dramatic An Sgurr summit of the island, while I slept soundly in the awesome bunkhouse; we met up with others as they arrived in Mallaig that evening before getting up at a sensible time for the 1015 sailing to Rum.

Others arrived at the pier in good time as a huge queue of people had us worried that Jim wouldn't get on board as he hadn't yet appeared.

With seconds to spare [Jim protests: around 300 to spare] Jim was seen running along Mallaig's steamer pier with a crate of beer, nothing quite like risking missing the boat for the essentials!

With 10 minutes to timetabled departure and check in closed, the ramp of MV Loch Nevis lifted from the linkspan and we were on our way to Rum.

A gentle sailing took us directly to Loch Scresort where a midge infested walk through the trees took us to the bunkhouse; well most of us walked, while the food and chefs made use of the Stretched Golf Cart taxi. Sitting down to relax in the sun a fairly competitive game of Pentaque kicked off between Katrina and Jim before a group of us went to take in the tour of Kinloch castle.

If you are on Rum do the castle tour before SNH hand it over to the "Friends" group, there will never be another tour guide quite like Ross fae Cumbernauld who told us about the house, the Bulloughs and their reported antics in his unique style.

After the best Curry ever served on a DMC meet I shot off to visit Harris and Kilmory by bike in the late evening as I hoped to get a decent hike in the following morning; on returning from the cycle about 11pm I was informed I had missed the party as someone preparing breakfast for an early start on the ride had set the fire alarm off getting everyone else out of bed in the process as he and Jed (the hostel manager) hurriedly read the manual for the fire alarm.

Last to bed not long after Jim I struggled to wake early as Allan's alarm went off and realized summiting the island or doing the ridge with the others wasn't going to happen, so I went back to sleep. Waking much later it was scorching so I set off for Coire Dubh for lunch with a view and to see if there was any chance of making it up Askival; after all but finishing my water on the way there I realized there was no chance I was going further and retreated to the bunkhouse.

Others started to arrive and Katrina started sending updates on their location when she had a signal; at this point I decided i needed a post tea lunch and headed up the path towards Dibidil to meet them.
Another 11pm finish!

Rum sunset
The following day everyone else had tentative ideas of doing something easy, so I set off on my own for the summit of Mullach Mor, although I intended going via Rubh na Roinne then take the nose up to Meal a' Goireteam I discovered the path didn't continue along the shore so changed plan and took route one straight up, discovering in the process what must have been the only knee deep patch of bog left on the island!

Bone dry blanket bog further up made what should have been a horrible wet hike a nice springy bounce along between the lochs; with no sign of a boat house to investigate at "Boathouse Loch" next to the summit I descended down to the boggy and little used path that runs through Kinloch Glen and returned to the Bunkhouse

Activity of other members was higher than expected with a surprisingly energetic group walking to Harris and then over Orval while others Climbed on rocks around Kilmory.

A fantastic chilli sorted out the rumbling stomachs and we discussed plans for the following day, with two boats off the islands on a Saturday some chose to take the tour of the small isles in the morning to see Eigg, Canna and Muck from the ferry, while Simon, Jeannie, Chimed and I eventually chose to stop off at Canna and Sanday, the others set off with some of Iain's climbing mates who were met by chance on the ferry while I set off to visit as much of Canna and Sanday as I could before heading for the Canna summit of Carn A Ghaill.

The Saturday turned out to be Columba's day, and Canna was apparently Columba's summer island, so the island and ferry was rather busy! Certainly the number of visitors far exceeded the normal population of 20!

We eventually regrouped at Café Canna for cake and drinks and a few drops of rain fell, before long we were setting sail for Mallaig and settling down with Calmac Burger and Chips as Lochnevis cut her way through the calm seas.

- Niall

A lyrical report

In a moment of (inspiration?) i was going to re-write the lyrics to 'We didn't start the fire' by Billy Joel (those on the trip or having read the meets book will appreciate), however i thought I might try some Haiku instead of a long report, so here goes:-

Rough diamond, smooth seas
Scrambling exertions, Sun, Skye!
Fresh? fish 'n' good craic

OK, having set myself up, here goes, edits appreciated..

Iain G, Jim D, Suzanne B and Toni G,
Andrew H, Katrina P, Neil Wallace

Greg Cox and Alex, Chimed J and Nathan L
Simon, Jeannie, Alan too, no Pete!

Ridge walk, midge fest, sea-stack climbing always best
biked tracks, swam seas, drunk the island dry...!

We didn't start the fire
it was only smoking
but you thought "you're joking"
we didn't start the fire
but don't cook for morning
when folk are snoring..

- Anon

Sligachan Bunkhouse, Isle of Skye

posted 24 May 2018, 10:48 by Simon Li   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 08:55 by Allan McCulloch ]

11 - 13 May 2018

DMC Isle of Skye
What a weekend! 

The yearly DMC Skye trip had had utterly glorious weather for the past few years, and we were keenly aware that this good fortune couldn't last... With reports of snow still on the Cuillin, we miserably packed our crampons and set off.

Incredibly, however, we struck lucky again and enjoyed blissfully sunny weather all weekend - with panoramic views out to Rum and back to the mainland.

On Saturday, Mhairi had asked mountain expert, Jim, to lead her up the mighty In Pinn, and a few of us decided to take advantage of his expertise and tag along. Villo, Bruce, Tommy, Mhairi, Jim and I headed up Sgurr Dearg and were surprised when we reached the summit after only a short scramble. Well, not quite the summit...

Before us sat a sharp and unforgiving shaft of rock, sticking ungainly out of the mountain, like a giant, forgotten axe head, dropped in a ferocious battle of the Gods. I've been reading a lot of Greek mythology recently.

Anyway, Jim roped up and soloed the narrow east ridge. Mhairi clipped in and followed him - a moderate climb made worse by the sheer drops on either side.

By this time the summit was getting busy. Climbers appeared from all different directions, all hoping to take on the In Pinn, and Jim made the sensible decision to have the rest of us climb up the western side, avoiding the other pesky climbers spoiling our view. This is graded as a VDiff, and we could see why. Bruce and myself (with limited climbing experience) found it particularly challenging, but we made it up and down in one piece, with only the odd "disco leg" and frozen moment of panic. Villo and Tommy scaled it in no time, and all five of us took a brief moment in the sunshine to congratulate ourselves on a climb well done. It was a great group effort, too, as we all shouted encouragement, and guided for footholds from the ground. It was terrifying at the time, but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards was incredible.

Since we were on the ridge, it seemed rude not to bag another couple Munros, so we set off for Sgurr Mhic Coinnich and Sgurr Alasdair. On the way we bumped into the second DMC ridge party, who were doing our route in reverse.After a 13-hour day on the Cuillin, and a horrendous descent of the Stone Chute (I bloomin' HATE s cree) w e returned back to the lodge to enjoy a delicious three-courser, cooked perfectly by Bruce S and served with flair by Andrew H.I could barely keep my eyes open for the usual chatter at night round the fire, and retired early.

I awoke in utter confusion to find I'd slept through the entire summer and an earthquake was shaking my bunk - but it turned out to be Paul and Andrew H, who had given up waiting and were merrily shaking the bunk, singing Happy Birthday to wake me. Apologies, guys!

I dropped them off at another ridge walk and went to Carbost for oysters and a nosey at Talisker distillery. Ice cream in Kyle of Lochalsh on the way home was a glorious end to a perfect weekend. Long my our Skye luck last!

- Katrina

DMC Isle of Skye, Clach Glas Putting Green
The Cioch, Clach Glas and Blaven

Somewhat improbably the rain cleared as we drove through Glen Shiel on Friday eve with the prospect of a clear Cuillin (a rare event when arriving on Skye). No room at the Inn (or Cafe Sia anyway) meant we settled for bar food at Sligachan, to chew over myriad ideas for Sat. I think everyone comes to Skye with an agenda worked out far in advance only to be trashed by the weather when they arrive, or with unbounded enthusiasm end up in thick mist trying to work out if they are in the right Coire.... This time it would be different?

Omens were mixed first thing Saturday, even to the suggestion it might be a Neist Point (cragging) day. Convinced Sron na Ciche would dry-out however we pressed on for a look. Now it is easy to forget this faces North and can be cold and damp for a couple of days after rain (funny how old memories are of warm rock, blithely navigating the terrace and Cioch Slab, enjoying the fine exposure and limitless gabbro friction..) Today it felt steep, damp and a bit foreboding - at least until up the corner and out into the sun atop the Cioch. We dropped the original harder climbing options and pushed on up Eastern Gully via the slimy squeeze under the big chockstone, to enjoy a few hours on Sg Sgumain in the afternoon sun.

Still some juice left in the tank Sunday and we headed for Clach Glas and Blaven (Simon's "favourite scramble", and for me this would be the 3rd? time, and well over 20 years since i last did it??). Sg nan Each kicks things off with a bang, a steep slab and big exposure, and the fun (= sustained, exposed, scrambling / climbing up to Difficult...) continues with a spectacular finish to the table-top summit of Clach Glas.

It's a convoluted descent down to the putting green - a 20m long patch of grass improbably perched on the next col, back into the shade for the challenge of the (damp) 12 foot wall (about 4m these days..), followed by a scree filled gully and steep 25m corner to finish. The only disappointing fact is rather than emerge right onto the summit of Blaven, you are left with a 100m slog to get to what today, was one of the best viewpoints on the planet. We even managed to get a Pizza at Cafe Sia before heading home. If the DMC gets this weather every year, sign me up for 2019!

- Iain

DMC Isle of Skye
Corrie Lagan and more Munro bagging

With Amy’s finishing of the Munro’s fast approaching the one remaining goal on Skye was to see if she could climb the In Pinn without a guide (the summit had been bagged by Amy years ago with a guide). I on the other hand had lots of unclimbed peaks on the Cuillin so a round of Corrie Lagan seemed an appropriate route choice.

Andy M, Andrew B, Miguel and Berenice had a variety of coinciding ambitions so the six of us set off together. First thing cloud was still lingering meaning there was a brief discussion about skipping our first goal Sgurr Sgumain and heading up the great stone shoot to Sgurr Alaisdair. Luckily optimism about the forecast prevailed and we headed up the much nicer Sgumain stone shoot reaching the ridge in time for sun to break through the clouds.

Sgurr Sgumain provided no difficulties and the party split in deciding the best route on the next section on the ridge. Regrouping at the bottom of the bad step on Sgurr Alaisdair and the slightly scary described grade 3 chimney to get up. Harnesses were donned in case anyone felt need to rope part way up but as promised the route was easier than looked and soon we were all enjoying brilliant sunshine on the summit of Sgurr Alaisdair.

After a brief lunch stop we pushed on looking at the fearsome looking cliffs of Sgurr Thearlaich luckily my reading of the walk book was wrong and there was a much easier route just round the corner. There was no resting on this summit as memories of conversations of the difficulties of getting off this from the night before were fresh in the mind. We opted to head off to the right of the ridge and after a couple of steps of downclimbing which seemed to take an age we were soon scrambling up onto Collie’s Ledge thankfully not meriting the Mod status the guidebook had given it. This took us back onto the ridge just past Sgurr MhicChoinnich which we naturally back tracked to the summit finishing the Skye Munros for Berenice.

We had been keeping an eye out for groups of orange helmeted climbers coming the other way and on return to end of Collie's Ledge did indeed meet our other party who had headed to the In Pinn as first target of the day.

Carrying on we by passed An Stac to Miguel’s disappointment and soon reached the foot of the In Pinn. Andy M and Berenice decided they had had a good day and were happy just going to the summit of Sgurr Dearg but the rest of us decided to make an attempt on the In Pinn. Miguel was unconvinced by my short roping place so decided to solo it with the rest of us following behind with the rope to get off. We set off behind him but soon came into difficulties, I having underestimated the difficulty of the climb (and probably how much I rely on having my sister on the other end of the rope when scrambling in the Alps).

We retreated and pondered how best to get Miguel off the summit safely. I decided to make a second attempt on the summit but climbing trad style instead. I managed to get slightly higher but still got scared by the exposure and difficulty of the route and turned back a second time leaving Miguel having to downclimb the route to get to safety.

We then proceeded to the summit of Sgurr Dearg and getting a good view of the route that would have been useful earlier. The descent was longer than expected and we caught the other group just as we were reaching the car park heading back to the hostel after a good day on the hill.

Sunday saw a variety of different plans. Me and Amy had a relaxing day on the ridge climbing Sgurr a Mhaidaidh and Sgurr a Ghreadaidh from An Dorus. We bumped into another party (who had been climbing on Clach Glas) in the Pizza place in Broadford. Our weekend continued with a drive to Attadale and a hard sunset cycle into Bendrondaig both where Greg was also staying, having been up Beinn Drondaig that evening. We had an early start on Monday, climbing Biden a’Choire Sheasgaich and Lurg Mhor (a weekend with no new Munros for Amy was asking a bit too much at this point) before cycling back over the pass (the steep sections we had pushed up the day before were also too steep to cycle down) and driving back to Dundee. Another good and tiring weekend with DMC.

- Dom

DMC Isle of Skye, Sgurr an Fheadain
A Sunday Scramble

After the Sunday lie in, packing faff and lengthy indecision about plans B-Z we opted for plan A and drove over to Glen Brittle, our objective the Spur on Sgurr an Fheadain, a 2* grade 2 scramble up the ridge to the left of Waterpipe Gulley. From the road it looked imposing and TBH I was a wee bit apprehensive. Katrina decided to give it a miss to pursue much needed caffeine, oysters and whisky; promising to pick us up later.

The sign after the Fairy Pools told us we were entering "wild mountainous terrain" and 500m further on we were standing at the bottom of the slabs at the foot of the left flank of the buttress, donning helmets and harnesses, contemplating the climb. ...which turned out to be a lot less steep than it looked, resulting in enjoyable scrambling and some great positions. The bulging slabs shallowed out to the point where one could walk up relying on friction to gain a broad scree terrace which we traversed right to broken crags guarding the ridge proper. What looked like almost vertical continuous rock from the road was only 50 degrees with a rocky path between steeper rock steps. As we ascended, the gash of the Waterpipe made its presence felt to our right until a final sustained scramble took us to the small bealach between the two pinnacles at the top of the gulley. The rope had stayed in the bag but I was glad to have had it.

The summit - and lunch - lay a short narrow ridge walk beyond. The guide book advised us to back track and then cut back to the main ridge bealach rather than go direct to avoid the fatal drop - the summit of Sgurr an Fheadain an impressive cone of rock atop the end of the ridge down from Bidein Druim nan Ramh, overhanging Coire na Creiche.

The descent from there looked treacherous: steep hanging scree whichever way you went. We opted for the slightly harder descent down into Coire a' Mhadaidh, which after 100m turned out to be quite pleasant, there were breaks in the crags and the scree was of small stones providing us with an escalator down to the Coire floor, the imposing rock architecture looming around us. Then another suprise: The route out of the coire seemed blocked by a gorge and cliffs, but at the last minute a small cairn led us to what felt like a secret staircase down a rake in the rock, depositing us at the foot of the buttress to admire the route.

Then a purposeful yomp down to (and a jump over) the Fairy Pools. ...which looked enticing after the sweat of the climb but we decided skinny dipping was probably not the best plan for a number of reasons, one of which led to a discussion about wetsuits which lasted until we caught sight of Katrina waving us a welcome. 3h45' (car) door to door. A grand (half) day out of four-limb movement on sticky rock. Only took a week for my fingerprints to re-grow sufficiently to unlock my phone.

- Andrew

DMC Isle of Skye
Pinnacle ridge

We were walking at 8.
Geared up behind two others at bottom of face and waited for them several times on the route but enjoyed the relaxed pace and brilliant views.
Straight forward scrambling with minimal need for route finding description.
Fantastic outlook and wonderful exposure in places
Blazing sunshine, shades on.
Interesting abseil entry line onto broad ledge and gully.
Rope stashed again... nice to have though!!?
No snow to speak of
Edgy traverse up ramp over gaps
Summit lunch stop - only I had forgotten mine!
On to the crux - straight forward move to get of the ground but a little delicacy required to mount the rock - moment of concentration required.
Summit found
Job done.
Brilliant route, highly enjoyable.
Would recommend.
Descent along ridge heading east
Foot pain slowed progress but it was lovely weather so we stopped in the sun and to paddle in the burn on the way back.
Arrived at the pub about 6.
Another great day on Skye.

- Paul

See more photos on Yogile

Achnasheen (Inver Cottage)

posted 27 Apr 2018, 11:28 by Simon Li   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 08:55 by Allan McCulloch ]

13 - 15 April 2018

The long weekend 

For me and Amy the weekend started on Wednesday with a late night car parking. Early Thursday morning we set off for a 5 day ‘weekend’. Under two months left for Amy to finish her Munros meant no time to waste. The day started in earnest eating lunch in a car park in Glen Carron before cycling up a track in brilliant sunshine with rather heavy bags containing everything we needed for next two days. Dumping bikes and overnight kit at Pollan Bhuide we set off to climb Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr Chaorachain. After two fine hills and a fantastic day of sun and views, and some questionable descent decisions we were soon pitching the tent for the night.

Sadly overnight the weather didn’t hold and we awoke on Friday to a view of cloud covered tops and a few showers. Being there to climb hills we didn’t hang around too much and still set off aiming for Bidein a’Choir Sheasgain and Lurg Mhor. To get there we first needed to re climb the pass we had done the previous day and traverse over Beinn Tharsuin to reach the foot of the ridge. Sadly the cloud on the hills didn’t lift after cloud and snow combined to give some tricky navigation on Beinn Tharsuin so when we reached the summit the cloud and rain were enough to persuade us to call it a day and leave the two munros for a nicer day. After descending out the cloud we stopped for a late lunch then retrieved our bike for a steep cycle down to the car and short drive to the hut.

A shorter day than planned meant that we arrived well in advance of others even after multiple trips to hut to ferry in group food for the weekend, a slight issue as the later parties were those bringing the fuel for fire. Soon enough the others started arriving and soon we had a full hut with a nice fire going.

Saturday saw Andrew Brook’s last munro so everyone headed to the same hill. Sadly he had left Maolie Lunndaidh till last and a long walk in awaited for those without bikes (Andrew and Berenice naturally had bikes). The prospect of a long walk out on a track made it relatively easy to persuade people that a far better return route was over the two munros me and Amy had climbed on Thursday. Thankfully the cloud of Friday dispersed in the morning sun and it was another fantastic weather day. After a brief lie in for me and Amy we soon overtook the walkers on the path (cycling was much easier with only day bags) and met fellow cyclist Greg for a spot of sunbathing at agreed meet up point. As the group arrived various faff occurred and a proposal to further lengthen the day by including Corbett top Creag Dhudh Mhor was adopted.

The first task however was to cross a few streams and the group was soon spread out across the hillside with different routes and stream crossing techniques were employed. This resulted in me, Amy and Andrew H being separated from the others by a ravine and missing the decision to abandon the Corbett top which looked temptingly close above us. As ever a succession of false tops revealed a rather large distance to the top and gave the rest a rather large head start in reaching the munro summit. Thankfully the increased speed due to reduced faff meant that the party was still on the summit when we arrive and there was still cake and champagne left to celebrate with. It being quite late in the day we had assumed the others might abandon their further two peaks but DMCers are not easily deterred and most of the party set off at a fast march to head back the hard way. The five cyclists were joined by two others for a leisurely descent to the bikes interspersed with more stream crossing fun. On bikes me and Amy made quick work of the journey back to the car and were back in the hut and able to go for a quick dip in the stream before it got to cold and dark.

We decided not to wait for the others before eating so were soon just tucking into our tea in time for the first long party to arrive back asking if the others were back yet having split on the hill and assumed the slower party would abandon their attempt on the final two summits. They had not however and finally returned to the hut around 11pm tired, hungry and slightly foot sore. Some of them even decided to blame me for persuading them to climb the extra peaks (although they loved it really).

Sunday awoke for many tired walkers and brilliant sunshine providing no excuses for people to not head up to the hills again. The group split to do many different things, me, Amy, Berenice and Andrew B went up Beinn Liath Mhor proving completion doesn’t stop some people from heading out to hill again. We split on the summit and me and Amy continued to Sgorr Ruadh a great place for a late afternoon sunbathe before returning to the now empty hut for a night there alone.

Sadly the forecast for Monday was not fantastic and combined with worries about lingering snow we decided to save the planned route on Liathach for another day instead going for a run exploring the Coulin pass and an early drive home to get to Dundee in time for tea. The end of a rather tiring but enjoyable five days on the hills with DMC (for part at least).

- Dominic


After Saturday’s exertions on Maoile Lunndaidh including a suitably late return by the “let’s do the two other Munro’s, it doesn’t get dark until late...” groups, Iain, Barry, Allan and Fiona embarked on an ascent of Fuar Tholl on Sunday with an eye on the South-East ridge. Another great day, and a fantastic ‘big-little’ hill with some interesting route (path?) finding, easy scrambling, narrow ridge with enough snow to keep things interesting, great scenery and views. One was enough however, a complete round of Coire Lair awaits....

- Iain Gilbert

Mountain Mind Quiz

posted 3 Apr 2018, 05:06 by Simon Li

Mountain Mind winners 2018
22 March 2018

7.30 arrived but no sign of Malcolm and only 4 players - what to do?. I was confident he'd show so we went for 2 teams - Iain, David and myself in one and Jim by himself. 7.31 Malcolm arrives and David joins Jim. 3 rounds of 35 questions from a slide presentations. We obtained the highest scores in rounds one and two opening up a 4 point lead. In the last round we were bamboozled with birds and flowers (not our strong point) but ended up the victors by a single point! Meanwhile Jim and David were trying hard for "the boot" but were clearly answering too many questions correctly in the last round!

The prize is the Ice Axe which DMC won for the first time 2 years ago when Perth MC were hosting. They won last year and are our main rivals. We are hosting next year so we do battle again in 2 years and be prepared with night classes in ornithology and botany! We were proud to walk down into town and join DMC members in the Bank Bar as it was club night.

Please send any photos with your question to me via our Google group for the 2019 Quiz.

- Greg Cox

Red Gully, Coire an t'Sneachda

posted 31 Mar 2018, 03:25 by Simon Li   [ updated 31 Mar 2018, 03:45 by Andrew Holmes ]

Red Gully, Coire an t'Sneachda
25 March 2018  

Winter is still there on the hills of Scotland so Iain and I decided to head into Cairngorm's Northern Corries to see what we could do. I fancied something easy and Iain said there was a nice grade II called Red Gully to try. It turns out 'nice' means 'harder than grade II' but with a bit of fortitude and an astonishing amount of ice screws I managed to get up the steep first ice pitch. Thereafter we swapped leads and made it to the top without any real problems. Weather was fine if a bit breezy with more snow showers than expected. With another cold snap forecast this week it could be a while yet before the ice tools are put away for the summer.

- David Matthews, Iain Gilbert

(More photos can be seen here on Yogile.)


posted 21 Mar 2018, 05:09 by Simon Li   [ updated 21 Mar 2018, 06:55 by Dominic Williams ]

DMC Roybridge meet March 2018
16-18 March 2018 

Real beds and duvets
In a hostel with sauna
- respite from the cold.

The wind fair howling,
Still, the mountains were conquered
- rewards for the bold.

Filled with Pete's fine meal,
Bruce's dessert and whisky
- we then to bed rolled.

With DMC laughs,
Mountain air and friendly banter
- we'll never grow old.

(Except for Andy who's ancient)

- author: Katrina
- DMCers on the meet: Bruce C, Andrew H, Fiona, Katrina, Ilze, Pete, Andy, Berenice, Andrew B, Ed, Dom, Konrad, Greg

More photos can be seen here

AGM and Annual Gathering

posted 12 Mar 2018, 09:37 by Simon Li   [ updated 21 Mar 2018, 06:55 by Dominic Williams ]

Friday 9 March 2018 

DMC members
Another year has flown by, and the committee couldn't quite believe it when the time came to arrange another Annual Gathering.

We elected The Steeple in Dundee's city centre as our venue - bright, spacious, and, most importantly, a mere minute's walk from our local pub.

On the night, we spent time looking back at the year's meets thanks to a inspiring and hilarious slideshow from Bill, and gained a better understanding of what our membership fees fund from Allan.

We elected a new committee, went through the constitution, and once the important bits were over, settled down to home-cooked meal and the odd tipple.

The DMC Awards, Photography Competition and Summit-To-Sea video were well-received, and we left with new-found inspiration for adventures ahead.

  • Best Chef: Paulina and Ilze
  • Most Active: Andrew H
  • Worst Nav: Katrina (yeah, thanks guys)
  • Ditch The Car: Dave
Photography Competition winner: Jim (again!)

The new Run-DMC Committee for 2018/2019 is as follows:
  • Pete Mann - President
  • Dominic Williams - Vice President
  • Allan McCulloch - Treasurer
  • Amy Gilligan - Meets Secretary
  • Andrew Holmes - General Secretary
  • Paulina Plociniczak - Membership Secretary
  • Katrina Patrick - Social Secretary
Many thanks to Outgoing President, Berenice Hunter, who has been an incredible leader these past two years.

- Katrina

Winter walks, Winter climbs

posted 26 Feb 2018, 02:32 by Simon Li   [ updated 26 Feb 2018, 14:01 by Dominic Williams ]

Saturday 24 February 2018 

Coire Kander
Coire Kander Winter climbing 

Armed with limited info and aided by a skilfully drawn Topo based on sketchy UKC descriptions (thanks Dave), we headed off for a lesser known quarter of the southern 'gorms. We didn't however reckon on the forecast 20-40mph winds translating into 60mph+ trying to launch us off the lip of the Coire down Glen Callater, but eventually managed to descend into calmer but still gusty conditions with unrelenting wind chill. Not a venue for warmer conditions anyway we thought as we traversed over piles of re-frozen avalanche debris. Kander Surprise offered some respite and and pleasant climbing without being too serious or committing, a nice way to get back into it, my first proper winter route for about 10 years! It all came flooding back. Rediscovering how to walk 14km in Scarpa Vega's, how heavy a 'light' winter climbing sack is, the "good lead, that was steeper than it looked from below!", and the benefit of sharp ice screws....!

- Iain, Dave

Beinn nan Imirean and Meall Glas
Beinn nan Imirean and Meall Glas

What is a Corbett? I still don't know, but having climbed Ben More more times than I remember I opted for a Corbett instead on the opposite side of the road. The frozen ground made a potential bog-fest very pleasant and before we knew it we were on he summit. Pretty easy these Corbett things. My fingers fell off in the cold during lunch, I hope I didn't swallow too many of them. The ground cover was mostly snow but very rough, incredibly easy to walk on without crampons but useless for bum-sliding. We set off for the neighbouring Munro and right in the middle of the steepest section of snow I found a lone, lost crampon. Scouring the land below I didn't spot a fallen climber so I'm still puzzled. If anyone else has one crampon we could make a pair! Still, it worked great in my hand for extra grip. The panoramic views from the summit were astounding. We only saw three people all day, surprising given the perfect conditions.

- Andrew, Allan

Muir cottage

posted 21 Feb 2018, 01:49 by Simon Li   [ updated 25 Feb 2018, 13:34 by DMC Webmaster ]

Three DMC members on a hill
16 - 18 February 2018 

Group of 4 (Sylwia Marcin Maddy Johnny) made to top of Carn a ' Mhiam on Saturday, weather good with bit of wind and mist on the top. Johnny was great leading the party very well. On Sunday we went to top of An Socach from baddoch farm. Day similar with the weather. We had great time. Marcins first meet went well and he enjoyed very much. He said he can do the dishes!!!

- Report by Sylwia Stepien
- ‎Also on the meet: Andy, Simon, Villo, Maddy, Toni, Pauluna, Natalia, Ilze, George, Karolina, Andrew, Pete, Johnny

On Saturday skiers Toni (nordic freeheel skis), with Villo and Simon (alpine touring) did Carn Aosda from the Baddoch burn.  After following the mainly snow-covered track for a few km we crossed the stream and ascended the shoulder above loch Vrotachan to the west summit from where we had a 500m descent on improving snow.

On Sunday the weather was cloudier but colder and the north face of Sron na Gaoithe had good snow cover.  Skinning/fishscaling straight from the car, we had an enjoyable run back despite some flat light.

- Report by Simon O.

Dalmally Horseshoe / Ben Cruachan

posted 10 Feb 2018, 03:57 by Simon Li

Stob Diamh summit ridge
4 February 2018

Cracking day, almost completely still on the summit of Stob Diamh, with Loch Etive and Loch Awe glassy calm. The snow level may be a little higher than Drumochter or on the Ben but it was still crampons on from 650m or so with just enough soft slab on top of hard neve to make it quite interesting in places. This was really a long way round to confirm a Corbett ascent - Beinn a Bhuiridh, which i may or may not have done about 35 years ago, long before i had any thoughts of ticking that particular list...

- Iain

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