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By fvmc1, Mar 10 2020 02:55PM

FVMC Member, BR, enjoys a fabulous week this year in the Swiss mountain resorts of Zinal and Grimentz attending an 'Off Piste Intermediate' course run by https://mountaintracks.co.uk/.

The view from  Chalet Edelweiss.
The view from Chalet Edelweiss.
Time for a coffee stop.
Time for a coffee stop.
A stop for lunch at the Weisshorn Hotel.
A stop for lunch at the Weisshorn Hotel.
Approachiing the Cabane des Becs-de-Bosson, leaving the resort of Grimentz.
Approachiing the Cabane des Becs-de-Bosson, leaving the resort of Grimentz.
Skis sunbathing at Cabane des Becs-de-Bosson.
Skis sunbathing at Cabane des Becs-de-Bosson.
...finally I get my skis together when off piste - taken decades! Photo DM.
...finally I get my skis together when off piste - taken decades! Photo DM.
Andy practicing avalanche rescue.
Andy practicing avalanche rescue.
On our final day above Grimentz.
On our final day above Grimentz.
Skis used were All Mountain type and poles had wide baskets for soft snow.
Skis used were All Mountain type and poles had wide baskets for soft snow.
The use of closely fitted skins was essential for uphill traversing.
The use of closely fitted skins was essential for uphill traversing.
Fritschi touring bindings and ski crampons on display!
Fritschi touring bindings and ski crampons on display!

By fvmc1, Jan 21 2020 08:46PM

The snow has been coming and going over the last few weeks and given some tremendous days out for FVMC members. In December some of us spent the weekend before Christmas in Inverardran Cottage, Crianlarich, run by the OMC https://www.ochils.com/club-cottage-for-let; on January 2nd we had our traditional walk from Dollar Glen over Seamab Hill to Pool of Muckart for lunch http://www.theinnatmuckhart.com/; on the January 12th we had a Day Walk from Ardvorlich up Ben Vorlich, a walk which included 5 x prospective members, and on the weekend of January 18-19th we were at the Raeburn Hut run by the SMC https://www.smc.org.uk/huts/raeburn. This post gives views from all bar one of the above. It is just a small sample of FVMC member activity over this period.

Some lichen in December - pic MMcE.
Some lichen in December - pic MMcE.
MMcE & CS at the top of Meall an Fhudair - navigationally difficult.
MMcE & CS at the top of Meall an Fhudair - navigationally difficult.
The river Cononish, Inverardran meet - pic MMcE.
The river Cononish, Inverardran meet - pic MMcE.
January 12th, Ben Vorlich, only some of the party of ten pictured here.
January 12th, Ben Vorlich, only some of the party of ten pictured here.
Tin bothy captured when MMcE & CS went on a trip up Beinn a'Chuaillach.
Tin bothy captured when MMcE & CS went on a trip up Beinn a'Chuaillach.
The Gaick Pass in the centre during the Beinn a'Chuaillach ascent - MMcE
The Gaick Pass in the centre during the Beinn a'Chuaillach ascent - MMcE
Ice pancakes observed during the MMcE & CS ascent of Corbett Beinn Mholach.
Ice pancakes observed during the MMcE & CS ascent of Corbett Beinn Mholach.
Duinish bothy - pic MMcE.
Duinish bothy - pic MMcE.
CS approaches the summit of Corbett Beinn Mholach, Raeburn meet - pic MMcE.
CS approaches the summit of Corbett Beinn Mholach, Raeburn meet - pic MMcE.
Happy to get a cold but clear view from Corbett Beinn Mholach, a 23km trip!
Happy to get a cold but clear view from Corbett Beinn Mholach, a 23km trip!
AS and ARob push towards Meall na h-Airse across the top of Coire Gorm.
AS and ARob push towards Meall na h-Airse across the top of Coire Gorm.
AS & ARob on the summit of Beinn Meall na h-Airse - pic ARob.
AS & ARob on the summit of Beinn Meall na h-Airse - pic ARob.
The view ARob had near the top of The Fara during his solo walk, looking SW
The view ARob had near the top of The Fara during his solo walk, looking SW
The Drumochter Hills; BR & MM  tour of Carn na Gaim, then A' Bhuidhea Mhor.
The Drumochter Hills; BR & MM tour of Carn na Gaim, then A' Bhuidhea Mhor.
Same lunch spot but looking north this time, MM ducking down out the wind.
Same lunch spot but looking north this time, MM ducking down out the wind.
Geal-charn & Beinn Udlamain skied from Balsporran cotts with some carrying
Geal-charn & Beinn Udlamain skied from Balsporran cotts with some carrying

By fvmc1, Jan 21 2020 08:33PM

Time passes quickly at this end of the year...November went so rapidly I have just caught up with the memory - a busy month too with more than thirty FVMC members attending their Dinner Meet Weekend on 08-09th of November at the Blackwater Hostel, Kinlochleven, https://www.blackwaterhostel.co.uk/blackwater-hostel/; a wintry visit mid November to Scotland by one of our Bavarian members; a dreich November 24th Day Walk on the Shee of Ardtalnaig, https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/grahams/shee-of-ardtalnaig - and much other activity going on in the background too!

Approaching Corbett Garbh Bheinn, Loch Eilde Mor and the Blackwater in view
Approaching Corbett Garbh Bheinn, Loch Eilde Mor and the Blackwater in view
Garbh Bheinn in sight.
Garbh Bheinn in sight.
A view from the top with surprisingly little snow on The Ben.
A view from the top with surprisingly little snow on The Ben.
Descending the west side of Garbh Bheinn - photo A.Rob.
Descending the west side of Garbh Bheinn - photo A.Rob.
Another view from the top over Kinlochleven and beyond - photo A.Rob.
Another view from the top over Kinlochleven and beyond - photo A.Rob.
Our Bavarian member descending Beinn Ime south east to Beinn Narnain.
Our Bavarian member descending Beinn Ime south east to Beinn Narnain.
Looking out over Loch Long from Beinn Narnain.
Looking out over Loch Long from Beinn Narnain.
Looking north west from Ben Lawers.
Looking north west from Ben Lawers.
Later in Nov' we're back to milder, dreich weather - the Shee of Ardtalnaig
Later in Nov' we're back to milder, dreich weather - the Shee of Ardtalnaig
With the wind and damp it was much colder than in the previous week!
With the wind and damp it was much colder than in the previous week!

By fvmc1, Nov 2 2019 02:02PM

Grey Corries Meet 18 - 19th of October progressed well with the usual mix of Four Season Weather. The accommodation was an 'upgrade' to a cottage since they had double booked us at their bunkhoose. It was indeed more comfortable and spacious than what the hostel could have offered.


Much done over the days; Munro Stob Coire Easain, with Allan, Malcolm and Christine, then on to do Corbetts Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse. Following day off with Malcolm and Christine to do Corbett Meall a Phubuill. Four of us went on to spend a couple of days at the Alex Mac Memorial Hut. From the AMMH we did Glas Bheinn, a Corbett wi a view, located 3km north of the west end of the Blackwater Reservoir...a mountain that GG assures me I had been up before with him - and his records showed it, 16 x years ago in the mist!

On Meall a Phubuill wi Malcolm and Christine.
On Meall a Phubuill wi Malcolm and Christine.
Our approach from Kinlochleven toward the Blackwater Reservoir.
Our approach from Kinlochleven toward the Blackwater Reservoir.
...Malcolm's strong pace was too much for the bridge.
...Malcolm's strong pace was too much for the bridge.
...it's a remarkable dam - and their not too keen for you to traverse it!
...it's a remarkable dam - and their not too keen for you to traverse it!
A fine view from the dam.
A fine view from the dam.
From Glas Bheinn, Stob Soire Easain cloud capped behind and grey Sgurr Inse
From Glas Bheinn, Stob Soire Easain cloud capped behind and grey Sgurr Inse

By fvmc1, Oct 10 2019 02:55PM

Beinn Eunaich and Beinn a' Chochuill from north east end of Loch Awe. Rarely have I seen the Met Office forecast change so much on the run up to a Sunday Day Walk...however a 'window' presented itself for AR, EP & CS to venture forth - but MM's 'window' had been battered by rain at 06:00hr so he and the dog declined, an even rarer event. In the end it was as the Met Office had predicted, but with poorer visibility, so I had to raid Allan's Facebook photo archive of 31/05/14 to let you see what we couldn't on 06/10/19!

Keep smiling...BR, CS & AR in the mist on our way down from Beinn Eunaich
Keep smiling...BR, CS & AR in the mist on our way down from Beinn Eunaich
...and the mist lifted, if it felt like it - looking out to Loch Awe - EP.
...and the mist lifted, if it felt like it - looking out to Loch Awe - EP.
...and on the other side we have Loch Etive - BR
...and on the other side we have Loch Etive - BR
We are almost getting a squint at Beinn a Chochuill - BR.
We are almost getting a squint at Beinn a Chochuill - BR.
Ahh...a clearer, drier and warmer day back on 31/05/14 - Ben Chruachan - AS
Ahh...a clearer, drier and warmer day back on 31/05/14 - Ben Chruachan - AS
On our way to Beinn a Chochuill in 31/05/14 - AS.
On our way to Beinn a Chochuill in 31/05/14 - AS.
Looking back to Beinn Eunaich on 31/05/14 - AS.
Looking back to Beinn Eunaich on 31/05/14 - AS.

By fvmc1, Oct 2 2019 01:28PM

A dozen members gathered at Fylde Mountaineering Club's Stair Hut in the Newlands Valley near Keswick, making this the best attended regular weekend meet for quite some time. The venue was rebooked following an enjoyable stay in the spring of 2018 which saw quite a few fells tackled. It was the same this time round with fabulous warm sun and wall to wall blue sky Friday and Saturday. Sunday was grey and drizzly but there are plenty of low level ''rambles'' to be had in the area. Monday was brighter and breezier.

Skiddaw and Blencathra were popular options, the latter by the slightly tricky Sharp Edge scramble.

Scafell Pike was climbed by the Corridor Route from the head of Borrowdale and five fells round the head of Newlands Valley were gathered up - Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson. Cat Bells also saw ascents as did a couple of the Coldale Horsehoe fells.

One slightly odd feature of the Saturday was erratic wind speeds in fairly close proximity to each other. It was windy on Scafell Pike, breezy around the Newlands fells and positively gale force on Causey Pike, so much so that the summit was unattainable!

Three members put in a good low level shift on the Sunday, walking from the hut, round Cat Bells to Grange on Derwent Water, climbing up to Watendlath and back again. The footpaths from Rosthwaite round Castle Crag were followed as was the route up to Watendlath from the village. Some smaller rambles were also had from the end of the public road in Newlands Valley.

Many thanks to Fylde MC for the use of the hut. This one could become a regular feature going forward as it is so popular.

Pix: Skidddaw and Blencathra from Maiden Moor, Buttermere fells, Newlands Valley.

By fvmc1, Sep 14 2019 12:07PM

Four FVMC members on a grand day oot on Sunday 1st of September to the Graham Beinn Dearg from Glen Artney. Spoilt by both guid weather and scenery. An enjoyable and varied horseshoe ridge.

Beinn Dearg from the starting point at farm.
Beinn Dearg from the starting point at farm.
Off down the track.
Off down the track.
Corrie seen through the long grass.
Corrie seen through the long grass.
Tiny mushrooms.
Tiny mushrooms.
Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich dominate.
Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich dominate.

By fvmc1, Aug 8 2019 04:07PM

The weather for Sunday the 4th of August 2019 looked less than promising...but the walk up the Corbett Beinn Dearg, from Innerwick in Glen Lyon was going to be short - and suitably engineered to fit in with the opening times for the Post Office Café.

...AR has been inadvertently captured by a bird netting device. Photo JW.
...AR has been inadvertently captured by a bird netting device. Photo JW.
This is what it looked like back in January 2013. Photo PB.
This is what it looked like back in January 2013. Photo PB.
...now I was thinking that we might see Carn Gorm from the top? Photo JW.
...now I was thinking that we might see Carn Gorm from the top? Photo JW.
...there's still time! Photo JW.
...there's still time! Photo JW.
...nae chance! A cairn of FVMC members on the top of Beinn Dearg. Photo JW.
...nae chance! A cairn of FVMC members on the top of Beinn Dearg. Photo JW.
...looks like the same magnificent visibility back in January2013. Photo PB
...looks like the same magnificent visibility back in January2013. Photo PB

By fvmc1, Jul 23 2019 12:16PM

The July meet was a long weekend based on the relatively new bunkhouse on Rum accessed via Cal-Mac's MV Lochnevis.

Ten members gathered at Mallaig ahead of the mid-afternoon sailing on the Friday, all eagerly anticipating a meet with a certain ''je ne sais quois'' - that's a nod to Malcolm's French pal Phillippe who joined us on this trip.

Ambitious plans for full traverses of the fabulous Rum Cuillin wered hatched and some came to fruition over the weekend whilst others did not quite come off.

Saturday dawned a bit murky but the cloud lifted by mid-afternoon, Sunday was a blue sky day as was Monday.

In the event hills climbed were Hallival, Askival, Barkeval, Trollaval and Ainshval from the Cuillin group whilst the rather more remote Fionchra and Orval were also tackled successfully.

All in all a successful trip to the excellent community trust owned bunkhouse.

Pictures: Al fresco breakfast, Atlantic Corrie, Hallival, Trollaval (centre) and Skye Cullin from Barkeval.

Report: Allan Scott. Pictures: Allan Scott

By fvmc1, Jul 17 2019 01:40PM

FVMC member CP currently climbing in France at Volricine with his partner. The area is accessed by a short train journey and 15min walk in. Many routes done including one route with 5 pitches and a 3 ab of. Pitches 4a,5c,5b,5a,3c all good if slightly worn holds in places.

CP giving his feet a rest!
CP giving his feet a rest!