The 2018 New Year Meet was at Mol Mor in Torridon. Ten intrepid AMCers went along with a separate contingent staying in more salubrious accommodation up the road in Ullerpool and linking up for a day near Loch Maree. The weather wasn't exactly kind but there were some brief spells of sunshine and full advantage was taken. New year was brought in with a small five course meal and plenty of booze.
Ascent of Beinn Damh
Full squad at Loch Maree. Bruce demonstrating the latest in technical mountain head wear.
Long-time club member and cider enthusiast Sarah "Scuz" Wingrove achieved her last Corbett on the 4th November 2017. This pointless and misdirected milestone was marked by an ascent of Sgurr na Feartaig via Meallana Bhuidhe followed by a short overnight stop in the salubrious Bendronaig Lodge Bothy accompanied by a party of retrobates including her tame goat Mr Edward Smith, Alex, Linda, Carl, Richard, Chris, Mark, Judith and Joe.
The club would like to congratulate Scuz on her achievement although it cannot endorse corbett bagging as a healthy activity for the sound minded.
Little bouldering session before a social BBQ at the last tuesday evening outdoors with the climbers of the AMC. It has been a rich summer of climbing at the cliffs.
This summer brought to the club some new good climbers so the group has been growing.
Thanks to all the climbers who attended the summer outdoors climbing sessions for the cheerful time and the effort put in climbing every time more and better. It is the best feeling one can share with other climbers!
A few of us ventured over to Lewis last week to see how Holly was getting on and to enjoy the island. With Juliette and her mother Morag and Rae along to provide a local perspective we had a great time. Based at Kneep campsite at Reef Beach in the Uig area we explored the area and indeed the whole island from Ness in the north to Leverburgh in the south and took in some walks, climbs, swims, relation visits (for Juliette and Morag) and provided some evening distractions for Holly from her work in Stornoway. (we even avoided dropping rocks on her, although did force her to abseil towards an angry looking sea!)
Holly enjoying (??) Lewis seacliff climbing
Stuart and Juliette's van and Morag's tent
The view across Reef beach with the campsite on the right
Bhaltos beach looking great
Butt of Lewis lighthouse and Judith looking pleased after spotting a pod of dolphins
Stuart, Melba, Rae and Judith enjoying the views of St. Kilda coming down from Mealaisbhal the highest point on Lewis
the spectacularly located bothy at Mangurstadh
inside the bothy - space for 2
the dogs enjoying another amazing beach at Uig sands
Stuart leading one of the 6 pitches of a severe on Griomabhal, if this was in the
Cairngorms and south facing it would be mobbed!!
Looking across at the 300m slabs we had just climbed
The weather couldn't last forever but at least we had Losgaintir beach to ourselves. This was followed by meeting up with Holly again and supper and a ceildh in Tarbet, Harris. A a visit to the new distillary where large amounts of gin were purchased was also included.....
Lovely evening for bouldering at an unrecorded cliff. The boulder problems are mainly easy grades and slabby, partially tidal.
We had low tide in the evening, so we could climb EVERYTHING!
... and since there was anything more to climb (this obviously a joke, there is ALWAYS something more to climb!) we then enjoyed a good BBQ all together, with professional tools and an invasion of burgers.