Monday, July 4, 2022

AMC Sea to Summit Challenge

On Saturday 4th July a small group of AMCers embarked on a Scuz-designed challenge from 'Sea to Summit'.  The challenge involved taking a dip in the Sea at Torry Battery followed by a 110km road cycle to the Linn of Dee.  From there, the group were to climb to the summit of Ben Macdui and camp high for the evening.  Some cyclists opted for a mountain bike ride from Duthie Park along the Deeside Way to Ballater before regrouping at the Linn of Dee with the others for the hiking stage. 

Starting the day with a dip in the sea at Torry Battery

The road cyclists setting off on the journey from Torry to the Linn of Dee

The weather switched between overcast, light showers and heavier downpours throughout the morning.  

The mountain bikers set off from Duthie Park and cycled along the Deeside Way to Ballater, here at Cambus o' May

Mark and Judith provided some refreshments for both groups at their house in Aboyne, delicious French toast!  This kept everyone going until Braemar.  

Coffee, soup and cake stop in Braemar before the final 6 miles to the Linn of Dee.  Very soggy by now.  

The group all met up at the car park before the long walk in to Derry Lodge then up Sron Riach to the summit of Ben Macdui.  Intermittent showers blew through, with limited views from the summit at 8pm.  

From there the group descended a short distance NE to camp high near the burn between the summit and Garbh Uisge Mor, high above Carn Etchachan.

By the time camp was set it was 9pm and time for dinner, a dram and bed after a long day.  

The following day the long 17km descent via Loch Etchachan and Glen Derry was made, with weather brightening as the day wore on.  
The group stopping for a snack at the Hutchison Memorial Hut

Congratulations to everyone who took part, it was a long and challenging day but thoroughly enjoyable despite the wet weather.  What adventure will be next? 

Friday, April 29, 2022

AMC Dinner Meet

Lagangarbh 22-24 April

A great weekend of good weather. Dinner at the Kingshouse on Saturday was tasty and a convivial atmosphere was enjoyed - the popular dish was venison pie.

Clear skies, sunshine and a steady breeze on Saturday had Ed, Scuz and Robert doing the ‘full’ Aonach Eagach from Lagangarbh to the Clachaig, incorporating the Devil’s Staircase and the Pap of Glencoe. Donald went up Buachaille Etive Mor, to discover the descent into the valley was impassable with compact snow, so continued to the far end of the ridge for the return to the hut. The climbers were also on the Buachaille, Charlie and Neil started up North Face Route to climb Hiccup; Ewan and Mark did January Jigsaw and Agag’s Groove on the Rannoch Wall.

On Sunday, Scuz and Ed scrambled Sron an Lairig on Stob Coire Sgreamhach and descended the Lost Valley. Robert and Donald ticked the Corbett, Beinn a’ Chrulaiste. The climbers were at Glen Etive with Mark and Ewan ascending the Spartan Slab. A very warm and sunny day.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Start of Spring?

With a gradual move towards normality, the February meet to Torridon went ahead. 7 members stayed at the comfortable SMC Ling hut, which has been upgraded with a new generator, providing light and pumped water. With a forecast of strong wind, Charlie, Piotr and Neil headed out early on Saturday, hoping to find shelter in Coireag Dubh Mor on Liathach. There was reasonable shelter, but they soon discovered their target, Poacher’s Fall, was running with water and had no depth of ice.

They had to content themselves with some bouldering on the return to the hut. Duncan went into the same corrie and ascended Way Up and onto Spidean a Choire Leith. Luigi, Robert and Donald walked into Coire Mhic Fhearchair with a view of a very bare Triple Buttress.

A regular AMC meal followed in the evening.


The forecast for Sunday offered less wind but no prospect of better ice conditions and likely rain. The three climbers decided on another early start and headed to the Northern Corries and climbed Savage Slit in Coire an Lochain.

Robert went off to take some photographs while Luigi, Duncan and Donald walked south from the hut. Luigi climbed Beinn Liath Mhor and the others went into Coire Grannda, all being rewarded with fine views of Liathach in the early afternoon sun as they walked back and an early drive home.


Perhaps not a classic Torridon winter weekend but certainly enjoyable to be away. 

(Photos by Piotr and Donald)

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Annual AGM held 9th November 2021

The 48th annual AGM for Aberdeen Mountaineering Club was held as a joint face to face and virtual meeting, with members gathering at Ye Old Frigate or joining the meeting remotely using Zoom.  

The usual formalities were conducted with reports from moderator Ed, secretary Mark M, treasurer Hazel and NEMT representative Morna.  

Committee elections were made, with the new committee confirmed as:

Moderator - Hazel Meehan
Treasurer - Duncan Thow
Secretary - Mark Moynagh
Climbing Rep - Ewan Paterson
Social Organiser - Ann Baddeley
IT Officer - Andrew Stalker
NEMT Rep - Morna Harper

Full minutes have been distributed to club members.  

Steall Hut Meet, Glen Nevis (5-6th November)

A small group (7) of AMC members headed to the Steall Hut in Glen Nevis, owned and maintained by Lochaber Mountaineering Club, for a weekend of walking, climbing and wild weather.

The Steall Hut
(photo credit - Hazel)

The hut is a short walk from the car park at the end of the road in Glen Nevis along a well-maintained path.  Arriving in darkness, you hear the thundering water as you head through the spectacular Nevis Gorge.  At the head of the gorge the glen opens out into the tranquil Steall meadow, and in daylight a view of the famous An Steall Waterfall dominates.  

An Steall Waterfall
(photo credit - Ewan)

In darkness, however, the welcoming lights (unless you are first to arrive of course) of the hut beckon you over the famous wire bridge!  Try not to fall in, with bags laden with provisions for the weekend ahead.

The weekend’s forecast was dismal, but with the objective of climbing Sgurr Choinnich Mor, a short distance further up the glen, 5 members headed off from the hut with waterproofs already donned (Hazel, Morna, Linda, Mark M & Duncan).  Charlie and Ewan instead decided to opt for a day at the (warm and dry) climbing wall in Kinlochleven.


Linda crossing the famous wire bridge
(photo credit - Hazel)

The wind was strong, gusting 50mph at times. The group were sheltered for the majority of the walk until arriving near the col between Sgurr Choinnich Beag and Mor where the strong gusts made for hard walking.  A quick summit stop and return to the sheltered lee was made, with no time for a picnic!  

Arriving back at the hut, preparations were made for the usual evening feast prepared by Morna, Linda, Ewan and Hazel, with wine (gratefully carried) by Duncan. 

The evening meal
(photo credit - Hazel)

Sunday’s forecast was for dry but even stronger winds.  Having felt the blasts the previous day, only Morna and Linda were brave enough to head out to tackle An Gearanach, immediately behind the hut, crossing the An Steall water to make their attempt.  Reaching 800-odd metres, they retreated finding the wind simply too strong.  Some of the rest of the group set off on expedition to the nearest coffee shop in Fort William, followed by a stroll at the Pattack Falls, to the east of Loch Laggan on the way home.

The walk back to the carpark
(photo credit - Hazel)

A fantastic time was had by all, on one of the first few meets to go ahead since the relaxing of covid rules.  We hope a full programme is ahead of us for the rest of 2021 and in to 2022.   

AMC Meal and Awards

This year we were able to hold the awards meal once more with a fine visit to Rustico. Almost everyone got what they ordered, and it was good to hold an indoor event again with such a large turnout. 

The awards were as follows:

The golden whisk went to Ewan for a fine meat patte made on one of the hut trips.

The care bear went to Hazel for looking after the club. 

The rusty piton went to Charlie for falling into the sea, not once but twice! 

Meters climbed went to Ewan for his enthusiasm throughout the year. 

And finally the wooden compass went to Mark Cadman, which should serve him well on his expedition to the South Pole… and always point the ‘white’ way.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Club walk up Pressendye

With the government coranivurus guidelines having eased allowing organised activities for larger group sizes from multiple households, it seemed a good time to start organising some day walks.  

The weather looked good for Saturday so a few club members headed for a wander up Pressendye near Tarland, organised by Juliette.    

Views on the way up

The higher hills looked stunning as the group made their way (individually) to Tarland.  The group set off walking along quiet country roads before making their way up the hill.  They had great views on the way up, though the weather got a bit atmospherically hazy towards the top.  It was, however, mild and calm throughout the day allowing for a leisurely outing with plenty of socially distanced conversation.

Beech trees

A physically distanced lunch break

It was a lovely area to explore and great to meet up with other people.  Hopefully we will have plenty more opportunities to walk together over the winter.