Winter Skills and Avalanche Awareness, **27 February 2021**

What:    Winter skills and Avalanche Awareness
When:   27 February 2021 (Second revised date).  Time TBC
Where:  Meet at the main Cairngorm ski centre car park (Grid Ref NH 989 061)

The Club has arranged some FREE winter skills and avalanche awareness training, led by Sandy Murray and Heavy Whalley. The event will probably be based in the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms (conditions dependent).  What we do will depend on the level of skills and experience that people already have, the snow conditions; and what people want to get out of it. Such things that can be covered are:

  • movement on snow using boot and ice axes
    crampons
  • ice axe self belay and self arrest
  • emergency shelters
  • snow, avalanches, route selection

In the event of insufficient snow, we will adapt the plan to suitable alternatives (e.g. navigation).

You will need to dress for a cold winter’s day on the hill with potentially more standing around than normal.  Mountaineering Scotland provides some advice on winter clothing and the following is a list of essential items:

  • Robust clothing, multiple layers that you can adjust for warmth and waterproofness;
  • 2-3 pair of gloves;
  • hat and spare hat;
  • Emergency survival bag and head torch, whistle;
  • Goggles and sunglasses
  • Winter boots, crampons, ice axe (Click here for club equipment).

Let the Alistair Jeffs know if there is any particular aspect that you would like covered.  Contact Alistair Jeffs to book your place or obtain further information.  This event is open to members only.

The event will comply with Mountaineering Scotland’s COVID-19 guidance.

Christmas Meet, Cairngorms, 20 December 2020

What: Car Meet / Christmas (physically distanced) social
When: Sunday 20 December 2020, 09:00. (Picnic from 3pm)
Where: Meet at Ciste Car Park (Grid Reference NH997074)
Cost: No charge

Sadly our Christmas Meet looks a lot different this year. However, we live in a beautiful part of the world and we’re lucky to have a great playground where we can be outside and enjoy each others company.
This year’s meet is a little more rustic; think picnic, flasks of hot mulled apple (or wine) and mince pies. Instead of setting a walk, we can liaise together weather dependent closer to the time. Our start point and picnic point will be the Ciste ski car park at Cairngorm (i.e. half way up the road to the ski centre). Hopefully this gives us the opportunity to do whatever takes your fancy on the day – walk, tour, sledge or bum slide.

Christmas attire always appreciated. Another excuse for wearing tights. Finally, if anyone needs a delicious recipe for mulled apple, Al Dennis is your man. Contact Lauren Grant for further information and/or to confirm your attendance.

This event will comply with Mountaineering Scotland’s COVID-19 guidance.

Hogmanay Meet: Corran Bunkhouse, 31 Dec 2020 **CANCELLED**

What: Potential Hogmanay Meet (Members only)
When: 31 Dec 2020 for circa 3 nights (to be confirmed)
Where: Corran Bunkhouse (circa 15km south of Fort William), Grid Ref NN 022635
Cost: £25pppn

The Club is considering organising a Hogmanay meet at the Corran Bunkhouse. There is room for 18 people in 9 rooms (which under current rules mean a maximum of 9 household bubbles allowed). Each room has an en-suite. Cooking facilities are regularly cleaned and there are screens between sofas & dining tables.

This would not be a “normal” meet by any means at all. The only time you could socialise is when on an “organised walk” and not inside. You would need to follow up to date guidance from Mountaineering Scotland and the Scottish Government. The Club will also develop its own risk assessment, which may identify specific actions for members.

At present the Club is trying to establish whether there is sufficient interest. If you are interested, or require further information, please email David Teagus.

Nature Awareness Day – By The River, 13 December 2020

When: Sunday 13 December 2020. 09:15 to 16:30
Where: Meet at the Sluie car park, River Findhorn. Grid Ref NJ013525, Google Maps
Cost: £15pp

Enjoy a day out along the River Findhorn. The day will be led by professional nature educator and conservationist Dan Puplett. Limited places.  Members only. To book your place email Alistair Jeffs.

This event will comply with Mountaineering Scotland’s COVID-19 guidance

Photography Day, 8 November 2020 (New Date)

When: Saturday 8 November 2020 (09:30 to 16:30)
Where: Elgin and the Moray Coast
Cost: £15 per person

Spend a day with local photography professional Gary Murison. Start from new or improve your photography skills. You will need to bring your own digital camera or phone camera.

Contact Alistair Jeffs for further information and/or book your place. The event will comply with Mountaineering Scotland’s COVID-19 guidance.  This is likely to mean that numbers are restricted.