A Talk by Peter Rowell of the Mountain Bothies Association

Taking on a disused building in Druimnashallag located in the Loch Avich forestry area, south east of Oban and making it into an MBA bothy. The transforming effect on the bothy and subsequent level of use.

Scotland has a rich history of mountain bothy architecture, habitation and preservation. Ownership and availability of these bothies resides in many organisations. The Mountain Bothy Association (MBA) was founded in 1965 by a visionary couple, Betty and Bernard Heath, who showed us the way ahead. The MBA currently maintains over 100 bothies in Scotland, Wales and England and these are freely available to all who love wild and lonely places. Whilst some are lost to the MBA, new ones become available. This talk will focus on a new project taking a disused building in Argyll and making it into an MBA bothy. Druimnashallag is located in the Loch Avich forestry area, south east of Oban.

These projects have a transforming effect on the bothy and their subsequent level of use. The covid years affected us all in many different ways. It severely impacted on the number of maintenance work parties traditionally held by the MBA. However, this gave the MBA time and an opportunity to do something different. They used this time to analyse available bothy books and produced some interesting observations.

Peter will share some of these with us. He will conclude the talk by looking ahead and shining a light on the next large projects the MBA are currently considering.

The Grampian Club Annual General meeting will be held on Thursday 7 March commencing at 7.30pm. Please come to participate in the usual business discussions and hear the Office Bearer’s Annual Reports.

Following the meeting it is planned to show a selection of the newly digitized glass slides from the Archives.

A presentation by Adam King of Harvey Maps

Adam King, CEO of Harvey Maps will be joining us to give an overview of local Doune based company Harvey Maps, including its history and early days, and he will then take us through the interesting journey of how they make their maps – from photogrammetry and cartography, to the fieldwork and finally the printing.

A presentation by Ian Baird of the Woodland Trust

The work of the Trust, with a focus on managing upland woodland (including the Glen Sheildaig initiative).

Based in Perth Ian has been volunteering with the Woodland Trust since January 2013 and through his many roles gained considerable knowledge and experience of the Trust’s activities and its people.

Ian initially volunteered with the Woodland Trust having been both shocked and inspired by a Woodland Trust speaker at a meeting in Perth. Ian was shocked to discover that there’s a severe lack of native trees in the UK and equally inspired by the fact that there’s an organisation dedicated to addressing the situation, namely the Woodland Trust!

Now retired, Ian’s fortunate to be able to enjoy the freedom to be involved in woodland creation and maintenance activities, volunteer speaking, and occasional ancient tree hunting in stunning locations throughout Scotland. Ian’s talk will cover many aspects of the Trusts’ activities in Scotland.

Janni Williams will be presenting to us on “Gaelic in the Landscape”

Janni, who will be familiar to some members, is a Gaelic tutor at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. She is also keen hill walker, climber and sea kayaker and has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s Gaelic history, place names and outdoor pursuits. Gaelic place names are all around us in Scotland, especially when you’re out in the hills. Have you ever wondered how to pronounce the mountains Liathach or Spìdean a’ Choire Sheasgaich correctly? Are you intrigued about the difference between a sgùrr, a cnoc and a meall? Would you like to understand the meanings of the names of mountains, passes, rivers and skerries to give you an insight into their characteristics or history?

The evening, in the form of a workshop, is aimed at anyone interested in the Gaelic names found in our landscape, covering the basics of Gaelic pronunciation and the meanings of the most common land features, as well as a few describing words, plants and animals commonly found in hill names. Please bring a couple of OS maps of mountainous areas in Scotland.

By David Jarman

We all know and usually love “stalker’s paths” when they come in handy for our chosen hill.  But why were they made?  (stalking is not the right answer).  And when were they first called that, and by whom?  (they weren’t originally, they were ‘pony paths’).  Hamish’s favourite is on Gleouraich – where are yours?  His has splendid zigzags – but most ‘stalkerpaths’ don’t (we’re calling them that to save on apostrophe’s).

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Club Member John Tavendale will present a talk on his Trek through the Jotunheimen National Park in Norway earlier this year.

A seven-day high level route, staying in Norway’s hut system including traversing glaciers and climbing the highest peak in Norway and Northern Europe. A beautiful Arctic landscape of tundra, mountains, glacial lakes, valleys and more river crossings than you thought possible, amongst the legendary home of the Norway’s giants.

Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) members work as volunteers, helping police and mountain rescue teams find lost walkers and missing persons in challenging outdoor environments. At the Indoor meet they will be providing an interesting talk about their work in Scotland.

There will be a slide show of photos entered for the photo competition held after the AGM. Information about how to enter the competition will be sent out mid December.

A chance encounter between a Scotsman and a Buddhist monk in 2014 changed their lives forever. James Lamb tells how they set up a charity and a trekking agency after the avalanche above Everest Base Camp. This will be highlighted by clips from BBC’s Adventure Show. As the charity grew and the trust between the Sherpas and James was cemented it became clear how much their culture was at risk. This led to a documentary being made to highlight this concern, “Sherpas Speak” which was the People’s Choice at DMFF. 

Find out how the charity and work to protect the Sherpa culture has progressed over the intervening years.

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