Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Celebrating my Birthday with the AMC on An Teallach

Some pics from the recent meet to The Smiddy in Dundonnell. Just happened to be my 32nd birthday getting to celebrate with some excellent people.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Snowy Braemar 2&3rd March
The heavy snow took it's toll on the Braemar Mountain Festival, but a talk on Friday night on climbing in Alaska by Greg Boswell went ahead.  This was followed by a ceilidh in the village hall.  A few intrepid AMC members (Derek, Hazel, Bob, Emma +Rebecca) showed off their dancing skills (Derek wearing big B3 winter climbing boots - impressive !).

The wind had dropped a bit by Saturday but the visibility higher up was still poor, so a ski tour up through the the Caledonian forest at Ballochbuie was a safe option.  Great snow for skiing, so several ascents on skins up through the thinning trees at the top of the forest to the slopes above were done to give some geat ski descents in powder snow.  The long track back to the Invercauld bridge was  good fun on the steep bits but gave some energetic poling to keep going on the flatter sections in the soft snow.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New Year 2018!

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.

Ascent of Meall a Ghuithais

Looking over Loch Maree

The summit,  This was cold.....

The Bright Lights of Ullapool