Friday

Picture of the Month - February 2013

Days you dream about.....

Beinn a'Ghlo
It really doesn't get any better than this....the view from Carn Liath
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain was climbed over Carn Liath -
two parts of the classic traverse of Beinn a' Ghlo from Loch Moraig.
Our coldest day on the hill - ever.

'Spanking'

Thursday

Meall Garbh - An Stuc - Ben Lawers

Craggantoul hills
Saturday 17th March

Our 'boys' bounded up the grassy slopes of Meall Garbh. 
 Blue skies and sun putting a spring in their steps.
'the advance party'
Andy striding out purposefully
Ben Lawers held a lot of snow in the eastern corrie
Despite the strong sunshine we needed warm clothes,
it was a chilly wind.
It was at this point the girls waved us on - 
they would do their own thing and see us back at the house.
a breather before the final slopes
We looked east to Meall Greigh - very different conditions today 
from our last visit to these hills.
easy high level walking - the eastern hills in this range are rounder and less craggy
A feature of hill walking in recent years is the explosion of wind farms, 
and they are not exclusive to upland areas.
These turbines are above Aberfeldy - completed in early 2012, 
Griffin is located within a boundary area similar in size to the nearby city of Perth. 
Its 68 turbines are built on land which is a mixture of 
upland heather moorland, grassland and commercial forestry.
Griffin Forest wind farm above Aberfeldy
The summit path gave stunning views of the north ridge from An Stuc
'good winter walking'
An Stuc was, as always, intimidating!
....cant' avoid going over it...
It was at this point that we had a rather odd encounter.
Ron, forging a way up the steep southern side, 
appeared ahead of us at the dip on the ridge, 
he must have run up the slope.
Disbelieving David questioning Ron!
Grub stop on An Stac
....more Jelly babies please...
Ben Lawers had cleared of cloud
 and it looked like we would have the ridge to ourselves. 
Although we could see figures on the summit -
It's not a place for those seeking solitude.
'a light dusting of icing sugar'
Views south over the wee coire lochan to Loch Tay
our descent route was on the far side
of the snow covered slope
Looking back along our route - watching cloud 
being blown north east
'where is Ron-will he pop up in front of us again?'
We made fast progress off Lawers running down the hard sugary snow
our fast descent to Loch Tay
See what happens when you eat too much, you fall through holes!
a hidden stream
It was a deep one and we had a good laugh at
Andy struggling, of course he would ham it up..

Gonny gie's a haund?

A pretty good day out - now ready for dinner!

Wednesday

The Devils Pulpit

The easy section


Sunday August 24th


A speedy evening ascent and descent of Finnich Glen near Killearn

The water level was low, some care needed to avoid bashed shins!


'put your speakers on' - and be prepared for
something different.



video shot on a GoPro

music "Liberation" taken from Martyn Bennett's album "GRIT"



Tuesday

Trips during 1995


Smorgasbord

Photographs from 1995 can be found by clicking


our traditional funny hats day out


Monday

Picture of the Month - January 2013

Firth of Clyde

Maidens Sunset

Sunset at 5.30pm on a cold Winters day

click below for the trip


Sunday

Ben Chonzie


A 'proper' winter hillwalk


Beinn a' Chòinnich (mossy mountain)
24th January


Oh boy, was it windy!



Julie, Deirdre, Roni
Bill, Andy & David

Saturday

Ben Lawers from Craggantoul

Ben Lawers circuit
Saturday 17th March

The Moray Club have had many Burns night celebrations -
but a weekend in March is a tad late

No camping this time -  but luxury accommodation
 on the shores of Loch Tay.
Craggantoul (stony barn) exceeded all our expectations
Craggantoul sits on the shores of Loch Tay.
 Ben Lawers looked fab with it's wee cap of snow.
Nice to be able to see the hill top from your house.
Brilliant blue skies
 There had been a keen frost, so the strong sunshine was welcome
gearing up in the sun....
 Bill, wrapped up warmly...it was cold in the shadow
....is it me or is it pretty cold?
 Elizabeth and Jim had plans for low level exploration.
'Aberfeldy coffee shop here we come'
 It was an effort to leave Craggantoul.
South facing, it soaked up the warm sun.
Craggantoul is no 'stony barn'!
 With an access track from our doorstep we made good speed to the
tiny dam in the corrie of Lochan nan Cat.
 We donned winter gear - the dam is at 2000 feet 
and it was cold in the breeze.
Julie, Dee, Ron and David
Ron and Dee gave instructions to each other 
on how best to cross the river!
Dee just loves river crossings
 Our first summit was Meall Garbh, looking an easy grassy walk.
Well it was, but we managed to find the craggy bits.
Its a unique skill to make an easy day more challenging.
David & Andy striding out to Meall Garbh
 We split into two (and a half) groups - 
with different walking speeds and objectives.
Julie, Roni & Dee formed the club ladies section
Who went where?
read on.....

Tuesday

Picture of the Month - December 2012

Loch Lomond

Open Canoe trip -
River Endrick to Balmaha
Andrew and Elizabeth
Late afternoon winter sun.
Cold, crisp and clear - perfect conditions for a trip on the 'lower' 
River Endrick  from Drymen Bridge to Balmaha

Friday

Trips during 1994

Pot Pourri

Photographs from 1994 can be found by clicking

here

On top of the world -
'The Buachaille'

Thursday

Why do we do - what we do?

This video helps explain
our love of 'Outdoor Scotland'
 
John Muir Trust

Essential Wildness

turn your sound on and make the video full screen
you will not be disappointed




Sunday

Picture of the Month - November 2012

Ben Wyvis

 Stairway to Heaven
(or Highway to Hell)

the path to An Cabar
A good moorland path followed by an amazing path to the plateau.
Our pre-dinner walk 2012

Saturday

Glen Ogle to Callander


-The final bit-
Balquhidder at it's best

Sunday 19th February


The old rail track (NCN7) we had followed from the head of Glen Ogle now joins the narrow 'B' road 
which runs the length of Balquhidder Glen.

From Easter to September this road isn't quiet - it leads tourist traffic to the Kirk graveyard
to view the last resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor who died in 1734.

Being February - it had very light traffic.


Although cold when cycling there was real warmth in the sun, especially when we sat in front of a white painted house wall....

It turns out that Andy has an 'old' friend who lives in the glen, so in the best Scottish tradition we decided to pay a visit.

As Donald was out, (or hiding from our invading horde) we had no option but to lounge on his front lawn.......
....which was covered by a mass of snowdrops.
We joked about the neighbours telling Donald about a group of cyclists making themselves at home.
Unfortunately we didn't leave at note - 
turns out he was told about us, but couldn't work out who we were!
This noisy group were also 'at lunch', no guessing the alpha female....
Our route to Strathyre passes through the small hamlet of Balquhidder and immediately turns south on a delightful quiet single track road. Hardly any car bound tourists come along here.
For 2.5 km it is 'pan flat' - this allows gab time, as not much concentration is needed....
"Are you talking about us"?
At this point we have looped back on ourselves, it's less than one kilometre from the Glen Ogle railway cycle route, the flood plain of the River Balvaig is the barrier. Pretty boggy!
Boys will be boys......
....pretty impressive boulder balance
Reaching Strathyre, we said goodbye to Ron and Elizabeth,
we never did meet up with Jim, but I suppose it's in keeping with our tradition!
Back in Callandar we puzzled over the masons marks on Ivy Cottage.
Any ideas? 
Answers on a postcard, or alternatively use the comments form......


Tuesday

Glen Ogle to Callander

-The middle bit-
Freezing on the Freewheel
Sunday 19th February

The flipside of downhill cycling is you don't generate much heat.

So our plan of using the 500+ feet of descent for an easy and sociable day out meant clothing layers, and lots of them. 

Thermal vest, fleece shirt, double-sided pile jacket, warm hat, gloves, thick socks....in fact anything that stopped the 'cycling wind' cutting through you.

We were glad of the sun's weak warmth.
 
Bill, even with panniers over his rear guard, was covered in mud droplets.
Roni was even muddier, and accused Andrew of being the culprit!
Andrew took off through woodland, it was hard going, 
but did warm him up.
Views over Lochearnhead and Loch Earn are particularly good
Route 7 has a variety of distinctive waypoint markers, we've never managed to work out the local connections, any ideas on this one?
Elizabeth seemed to be studying Andrew....
...who was peering at something small.
It was cold after all.
Above Lochearnhead the track descends steeply 
in a series of hairpin bends.
This must be the cycling equivalent of a river kayakers waterfall.
Rapid, dodging obstacales and exhilerating.
  You have to be alert to other 'uphill' bikes, who are usually walking.
The track is gently undulating as it leaves the village,
winding it's way amongst woodland and crossing 
the memorial bridge over Glen Kendrum.
We had lost our covering of ice and snow, 
it was still cold but blue skies are fab!
The posts across the track signal the approach of the minor road leading to Balquhidder.
We had covered 6.5 miles from the top of Glen Ogle in under an hour.
Hardly the stuff of 'serious' cyclists... 
Mostly downhill & not terribly strenuous, but very enjoyable.
Time for some lunch.