Log Book Foreword



This logbook was instigated at Committee meetings in 2004/5, with a suggested format for entries.  Response was very sporadic for some time, until Ian McColl suggested that all walk co-ordinators email a report.   Once this became a habit, it became possible to keep a fully representative log of official club walks and weekends.   At the same time, individual styles and personal interests made many reports more interesting, and the initial format became a much more flexible reminder for content.   Where possible, indications of time taken have always been deemed to be useful for future reference.

So far it has not been possible to reconstruct all the events of the early years, but on the second Cairngorm visit, a long day was undertaken on foot from Linn of Quoich over Beinn a’Bhuird, Ben Avon and the col next to Carn Elrig Mor back to the start.  This took 13 hours 30 minutes for a younger fitter group.   The next day the round of Lochnagar to Broad Cairn was undertaken with Geoff  Payman moving at a walking pace being pursued in vain by the two youngest members trotting as fast as they could.   This rendered Geoff’s later complaint that Dave Kingswood walked too fast through a stretch of ancient Caledonian Forest below Achaladair a little difficult to understand.   These references are only to introduce the two founder members of the club.

For 1991, we have a record on video, courtesy of Kevin Murray, of the ascent of Stob Ghabhar on 17th February.   Winter conditions that year were excellent, and Dave K announced at the car park that the Upper Couloir route should be worth looking at, even if the ice screws mentioned in the guide book were not in his kit.   The club motto refers to ‘magadh suilbhir’, exemplified in this case by Donald appearing to try to kick Allan back as he attempted to crest the top cornice.   At any event, they succeeded, having taken a very long time, and making their way down to the pub long after dark (Dave Kingswood, Allan Carr, Kevin Murray, Donald Irvine).   Further coverage by Kevin shows the Glen Nevis week end a fortnight later, with DK, AC, MF, KM, NE, DI doing No 4 Gully, on the Saturday and the whole crew, including FG , doing a crossover walk on the Corbett Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich down to Kinlochleven on the Sunday.   The coverage also exemplifies the ‘taighean osda’ part of the club motto, in this case, the Volunteer Arms in Fort William.   By then, winter climbing of a more serious nature had been encountered when ten members spent nine and a half hours on Creag Meagaidh one February, trying to find the summit, and the way off in the dark.   The following day was sunny, and the hills looked sublime, as we ploughed our way through deep new snow to enjoy the summit of Sgurr Eilde Mhor.

Returning to 1991, Kevin was now joined by Donald with the video camera, so there is a double coverage of ten of us setting off from the Glen Brittle hut to do Sgurr nan Gillean.   The day was not good in terms of dryness, warmth or visibility, but the coverage shows Merv and Allan Reedie celebrating their 100th Munros on Am Baisteir .   Merv’s high class champagne was filtered through his spare gloves and the inner pocket of his rucksack, while we all enjoyed Allan’s cheap bubbly when poured from an unbroken bottle.   Later the video shows another facet of our motto ‘spairn cunnart’ (challenge, danger) as DK, AC, NE and DI attempt a blind abseil off the Baisteir Tooth.   Video does not record the way DI managed to get down after trapping his foot under the rope.

From 1992 onwards, the entries in this log are drawn largely from Fraser Gold’s personal log, so will not reflect all the walks and climbs undertaken, and the many variations which occurred to the club programme as individuals were dropped off to pursue their own inclinations.   A proper record should have been noted of DK’s epic, probably on the 1996 Muir Cottage weekend, when he cycled out beyond White Bridge, and walked over Beinn Bhrotain, Monadh Mhor,  Carn an Fhidhleir, Scarsoch, and then cycled back in the dark with the aid of a head torch, which led him into a ditch.  

We had some epic days, and if this log spurs folk into adding further details, they will be welcomed. 

Jenny Hatfield was a member of Milngavie Mountaineering Club in the 1990s and the noughties travelling from her Yorkshire home to our meets throughout Scotland, Wales and England.  It was with the Club she compleated her Munros on Meall nan Tarmachan in 2005 and was first introduced to the concept of Marilyn bagging.  These are hills in the United Kingdom with a 500 foot prominence and include a number of remote islands and sea stacks.  Jenny moved to Cumbria to be nearer Marilyns and by September 2016 had successfully completed all 1554 of them on Cruinn a'Bheinn.  She was only the eighth person to accomplish this feat and the first ever female.!

The Club motto is -

Spairn, cunnart agus magadh suilbhir

- Eadair mullaichean agus taighean osda.

(Challenge, danger and merry mockery

- From the high ridges to the pubs below)

Fraser Gold May 2008 - updated 2017