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By fvmc1, May 31 2019 04:56PM

Bright sunshine greeted four FVMC members at Elgol for the 40 minute boat trip into the Glasgow JMCS hut beneath the Cuillin.

First surprise was the lack of running water at the hut courtesy of the drought conditions prevailing - hard to believe about Skye! No flushing the loo either!

Saturday dawned a bit grey but dry although overnight rain had dampened the rocks.

Consensus was for an ascent of the classic Dubhs ridge. Some greasy, holdless steps in the gabbro were a wee bit exciting but we made Sgurr Dubh Beag in good time.

After casting about a bit, Malcolm and Archie located the abseil bypass path and we headed on up the increasingly exposed terrain to the summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor which gave good views of the Cuillin ridge.

Some tricky down climbing took us to Sgurr Dubh an Da Beinn then onward under Casteal a Garbh Coire towards Sgurr nan Eag where we (ie Malcolm) lost the path.

He and a rather weary Paul headed down as Archie and Allan searched for and found the way ahead to Sgurr nan Eag as the weather turned overcast.

They returned to Garbh Coire and made the tiresome and slow descend back to Coruisk and the hut after 11 hours out.

Paul took advantage of a free ride back to Elgol in a friend's boat charter on Sunday while Malcolm went for Bla Bheinn as Archie and Allan went up to Druim Hain and an ascent of Sgurr na Stri. It's famed view was curtailed by cloud but we hung around for a semi-clearance and pix.

Boat back to Elgol was a pleasant way out come Monday after a fine meet.


By fvmc1, May 28 2019 01:03PM

Well, after a really wet forecast for Sunday 26th we changed our walk to the Monday...despite competing forecasts threatening hail, thunder and rain - but a grand day out ensued. We decided to walk along the Rig of Enoch as it was an interesting approach to Merrick, more attractive than a long tedious direct approach...in my opinion!


Merrick top right with Benyellary Hill on left, from Buchan Hill.
Merrick top right with Benyellary Hill on left, from Buchan Hill.
Dumfries and Galloway can be remote, see this view from The Rig to n.east.
Dumfries and Galloway can be remote, see this view from The Rig to n.east.
Loch Enoch, north from the bealach between Merrick and the Rig of Enoch.
Loch Enoch, north from the bealach between Merrick and the Rig of Enoch.
Looking north from Merrick's top.
Looking north from Merrick's top.

By fvmc1, May 5 2019 11:55AM

The club had a weekend of fabulous walking in Torridon, staying at the National Trust for Scotland property, Mol Mor, see; https://www.nts.org.uk/Holidays/Accommodation/Mol-Mor-Torridon/. The weather was excellent, the pictures will clearly show.

Breezy summit, Liathach behind
Breezy summit, Liathach behind
Deep North and South Gullies Beinn Alligan.
Deep North and South Gullies Beinn Alligan.
On Beinn Dearg.
On Beinn Dearg.
North to Sgurr Dubh and Beinn Eighe.
North to Sgurr Dubh and Beinn Eighe.
...some happy members.
...some happy members.

By fvmc1, May 5 2019 11:22AM

The poor snow levels in Scotland this year provided BR with a very welcome April return to Norway, joining a DNT guided tour through the Jotunheimen. Surprisingly the Norwegians said that conditions were really poor for snow depth...well if you call this poor they should see Bonny Scotland - where the snow report is best described as 'heather on a firm base'! The huts visited were; Fondsbu, Gjendebu, Olavsbu, Spiterstullen, Glitterheim and Gjendesheim. The Jotunheimen is a very mountainous area which provides many satisfying climbs and descents, both short and long, with suitable levels of terror!

Gjendebu, our first stop having started from Fondsbu.
Gjendebu, our first stop having started from Fondsbu.
On our way to the Spiterstullen hut, having past Kyrkja (The Church).
On our way to the Spiterstullen hut, having past Kyrkja (The Church).
 In the background, Galdhøpiggen, tallest in Norway and N.Europe at 2,469m.
In the background, Galdhøpiggen, tallest in Norway and N.Europe at 2,469m.
To Glittertinden's top...climbing skins didn't work - hence carrying skis.
To Glittertinden's top...climbing skins didn't work - hence carrying skis.
The top of Glittertinden, second highest mountain in Norway at 2,465m.
The top of Glittertinden, second highest mountain in Norway at 2,465m.

By fvmc1, Mar 27 2019 06:20PM

Not much of the white stuff this winter in Bonny Scotland...so it is off to Zinal, Switzerland for an Off Piste Introductory Course - great conditions and instruction from our guide Matej.

FVCM member BR still needs to get those skis together! - Matej.
FVCM member BR still needs to get those skis together! - Matej.
On our way from Zinal to Grimentz - Matej.
On our way from Zinal to Grimentz - Matej.
When we  could see nothing outside, Matej offers a safety demonstration -BR
When we could see nothing outside, Matej offers a safety demonstration -BR
To get to the ridge above valley a traverse was required - Matej
To get to the ridge above valley a traverse was required - Matej
Having reached the middle of the ridge we skied to the dam below right - BR
Having reached the middle of the ridge we skied to the dam below right - BR

By fvmc1, Mar 8 2019 02:12PM

Some photos of FVMC members enjoying themselves on rock. Picturesfrom their recent exploits.

TB Sport climbing at Kirriemuir Quarry - DY
TB Sport climbing at Kirriemuir Quarry - DY
The Chute (VS 5a) at Polney Crag, Dunkeld - DY
The Chute (VS 5a) at Polney Crag, Dunkeld - DY
Flake Route (VS 4b), Glen Clova, Angus- DY
Flake Route (VS 4b), Glen Clova, Angus- DY
TB Sport climbing at Kirriemuir Quarry - DY
TB Sport climbing at Kirriemuir Quarry - DY

By fvmc1, Feb 27 2019 01:12PM

Now a regular feature in the calendar for BR, IH, CM and JE, the 'February winter trip' to Wales was enjoyable for the warmth of the rock and the single top attire! Staying at Idwal Cottage Hostel we had a superb couple of days.

Looking south east along Afon Ogwen.
Looking south east along Afon Ogwen.
Up the scramble on the north ridge of Carnedd Dafydd.
Up the scramble on the north ridge of Carnedd Dafydd.
IH and JE on Carnedd Dafydd with Snowdon in the background.
IH and JE on Carnedd Dafydd with Snowdon in the background.
Tryfan lay there for the next day but high winds made for a low level walk.
Tryfan lay there for the next day but high winds made for a low level walk.
Second day of walking, from the carpark at Capel Curig, near Crimpiau top.
Second day of walking, from the carpark at Capel Curig, near Crimpiau top.
 South west along the reservoir, finishing at Capel Curig.
South west along the reservoir, finishing at Capel Curig.

By fvmc1, Feb 21 2019 01:53AM

Saturday 16/02 saw three members on Brown Cow Hill. This featured a circular route from Corgaff castle car park, up track to summit of Carn Oighreag, then over to Brown Cow Hill and over the last km to the Corbett summit (unnamed). Then descending Sron Bhuic to the Glen and the track back to the castle via Inchmore bothy. Lots of red grouse, white mountain hares and pheasants too. Also that day three of us were on Lochnagar, with another cycling beyond White Bridge and another checking the slopes of Morrone,


Sunday 17/02 witnessed a mass FVMC circular jaunt up Morrone, heading up the track on east and to a very, very breezy summit. A couple of very loose strips of galvanised metal lay around one of the buildings having been stripped recently from a roof by the fierce wind. A quick descent north east heading for the Bothy Café via the new highland games pavilion!


Starting from Corgarff castle.
Starting from Corgarff castle.
The actual summit of Brown Cow Hill at 829m.
The actual summit of Brown Cow Hill at 829m.
Inchmore...locked!
Inchmore...locked!
The long and winding road to spiky Morrone.
The long and winding road to spiky Morrone.
...the wind is blowing the selfie stick to the side!
...the wind is blowing the selfie stick to the side!
A brand new pavilion.
A brand new pavilion.

By fvmc1, Feb 11 2019 08:26PM

A magnificent day on the Tarmachan Ridge for four FVMC members. Wanting a change from the usual route, we went from the Ben Lawers car park, along the track up to the quarry and then north west up to the ridge. Excellent snow conditions, requiring spiky feet too, bathed in bright, cold weather from the start. There were many folk out walking the ridge but all seemed to be doing the traditionally anti-clockwise way. Also a couple of Telemark skiers could be seen, doing their thing. Multiple groups training in winter skills too.

Looking south west from the western side of Beinn nan Eachan.
Looking south west from the western side of Beinn nan Eachan.
A common feathered friend looking for food.
A common feathered friend looking for food.
The last bit of Meall Garbh with Beinn nan Eachan in the background.
The last bit of Meall Garbh with Beinn nan Eachan in the background.
On the ridge up to Meall nan Tarmachan.
On the ridge up to Meall nan Tarmachan.
Looking back.
Looking back.

By fvmc1, Feb 5 2019 05:55PM

More evidence of FVMC activity on weekend of 02-03/02/19. JI, AS & BR on the FVMC Day Walk in the Borders, between Traquair and Yair Bridge via Minch Moor and the Three Brethren. Somewhat less snow than what AR encountered on White Coomb! Plus one from MMcE whilst on the Luss Hills, and a picture from The Bavarian Alps courtesy of our very own FVMC Bavarian Member KH!

A path quickly vacated to allow passage for two lassies on mountain bikes!
A path quickly vacated to allow passage for two lassies on mountain bikes!
Believe it  or not there is also a triangulation point behind the RH cairn.
Believe it or not there is also a triangulation point behind the RH cairn.
White out for AR on White Coomb!
White out for AR on White Coomb!
On the Luss where MMcE had more success with the weather on the Saturday.
On the Luss where MMcE had more success with the weather on the Saturday.
A view taken in The Bavarian Alps from our FVMC Bavarian member KH.
A view taken in The Bavarian Alps from our FVMC Bavarian member KH.