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.

The walk starts in Abernethy and heads south from the village for a circuit through Pitmedden Forest. Members will meet at 09.00 at the memorial in the square near the Round Tower at the top of School Wynd, map reference NO190164.

There is an interesting article on the area, written by Alan Rowan, available via the ‘SIGN UP’ button to the right of this page.

Parking in the vicinity can be congested and alternative options include the area off the main A913 road accessed from the junction by The Corn Kist / Douglas House (NO188165), the Inn Close Car Park in the village, a small, free car park operated by the council, signed from the west and accessed from the junction at NO189163, or the School Staff Car Park, which is private but for which we have permission from the Head Teacher, and is located at NO191165.

The walk is a well-signed forest circuit suitable for all ages on good tracks, paths, farm lanes, and with some pavement walking. Dogs are welcome on the forest trails but the route also passes through sheep fields where signs advising access restrictions for dogs have been posted in the past. Such a restriction would apply if lambs or calves are in the field, otherwise dogs should be kept on a short lead where animals are present.

The proposed route covers a distance of 12.6km / 8miles, with ascent of 390m / 1280ft and is expected to take 3.5-4.5 hours. Following the walk, an option for some refreshment is the Jamesfield Garden Centre, to the east of Abernethy (NO 201173), which has a café / restaurant open until 17.00.

Members are asked to indicate their intention to participate to the Local Day Meet Coordinator, Dave Gibson, by emailing localmeets@grampianclub.org.uk (or via the sign up button) including their mobile number, by Tuesday 29th November latest. Dave will circulate further information and members’ contact details within the group on Wednesday 30th November to enable transport sharing opportunities to be coordinated. Members email addresses and contact numbers will be shared within the group unless the member indicates to the Coordinator that they do not want their personal information shared.

If the Local Day Meet Coordinator is not present on the day, the group should nominate a coordinator who will be responsible for ensuring that all members are accounted for, and for reporting back to the Local Day Meet Coordinator to confirm that members have returned safely.

Route details –

From Abernethy Tower, cross main street and turn right up Kirk Wynd (signed: Path to Glen Road). Continue on Witches Road (signed) path south to old quarry.

Take woodland path on left and follow as it climbs alongside fenced fields and through couple of gates to another signed junction. Go straight ahead, following path for Abernethy Glen, as it curves to right along field edge to Turflundie.

Go through wooden gate and head left past buildings as signed, then straight ahead on woodland track. At signed junction, go left (Pitmedden Forest paths) and follow loop round to next junction where you turn left again.

Keep heading north-east along county boundary until reaching vehicle barrier and meeting of tracks. Take middle one heading straight uphill.

Take next left to loop round Pitcairlie Hill and arrive back at vehicle barrier.

Pass through and take track on right through dark tree corridor (signed for Abernethy). When track curves right at edge of trees, leave it and take woodland path on left until reaching gate.

Turn left on grass path through field with wall and fence to your left to reach another gate.

Continue on rough track as it works its way downhill through fields to Gattaway farm. Go to right around farm buildings, walk down lane to A913, then turn left to head back to start

Weekend Meets

Weekend meets are normally based on two or three nights away, and offer a great variety of highland and island-based hill-activity, in some classic locations, with a choice of high and low-level walking, scrambling and climbing.

In addition to the outdoor activities, the meets offer a great opportunity to get to know other members in a convivial atmosphere. We use a variety of accommodation – club properties, other club’s huts, hostels, bunkhouses, and campsites, with the option of hotels or self-catering, where available.

You do not need to make a big commitment straight away as non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our Day or Weekend Meets as a guest before committing to join the Club.

This weekend meet will be based at the Aviemore Youth Hostel which is on the boundary of the Cairngorm National Park, a short walk from Aviemore town centre, and just 9 miles from the Corrie Cas Ski Centre, offers an ideal location for outdoor activities.

The next Local Day Meet organised by the Club will be on Sunday 23rd October at The Lomond Hills, near Falkland. Members will meet at 09.00 at the Craigmead Car Park, map reference NO 227063. This circular walk is mostly on well-established paths, tracks and roads, and takes in several interesting features including West Lomond, Glen Vale, Carlin Maggie, and passes the Holl and Ballo Reservoirs. This map provides details of the proposed route:

Members are asked to indicate their intention to participate to the Local Day Meet Coordinator, Dave Gibson, by emailing localmeets@grampianclub.org.uk including their mobile number, by Tuesday 18th October latest. Dave will circulate members’ contact details within the group on Wednesday 19th October to enable transport sharing opportunities to be coordinated. Members email addresses and contact numbers will be shared within the group unless the member indicates to the Coordinator that they do not want their personal information shared. If the Local Day Meet Coordinator is not present on the day, the group should nominate a coordinator who will be responsible for ensuring that all members are accounted for, and for reporting back to the Local Day Meet Coordinator to confirm that members have returned safely.

The image used in the main Events menu to promote this walk is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Attribution: Richard Webb

Social Meet

For a taste of something different the Club has arranged a ‘Christmas get together’ with a quiz, drinks and nibbles. The quiz will be run by Alf Barnard along the lines of the Mountain Mind quiz from the past.

Drinks and nibbles will be available from 7.30pm to help you get started in the Christmas Spirit.

This event will be held in the large capacity Sanctuary Room at the Steeple, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DG.

Indoor Meet

Club Member Stephen Anderson will give an illustrated talk on his experiences of hiking and climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Having spent eleven years based in the Canadian prairie city of Calgary, Stephen will talk about the privilege of having the Canadian Rockies on his doorstep to explore.  Classic scrambles in the Banff/ Lake Louise area such as Mount Temple, hidden hiking gems in the Kananaskis area, rock climbing in the Bugaboos and the big walls of Yamnuska, as well as longer easier hikes in Jasper, Lake o’ Hara and Assiniboine, Nordic skiing in Canmore, as well as some wildlife tales and an overview of the geology of the area.

This will provide a taster of where to go in the Rockies, when to go, what to bring, how to deal with bears, and how to get that all important bus ride into Lake O’Hara.

Note:

This event will be held in the large capacity Sanctuary Room at the Steeple, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DG.

Tea and biscuits will be available prior to the start of the talk.

Indoor Meet

Long standing Grampian Club Members, Paul and Lisa Craven, will give an illustrated talk on their experience of Everest Base Camp during the Monsoon season

This event will be held in the large capacity Sanctuary Room at the Steeple, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DG.

Tea and biscuits will be available prior to the start of the talk.

Cover Photo is the copyright of Daniel Oberhaus and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. No changes were made.

Weekend Meets

Weekend meets are normally based on three nights away, and offer a great variety of highland and island-based hill-activity, in some classic locations, with a choice of high and low-level walking, scrambling and climbing.

In addition to the outdoor activities, the meets offer a great opportunity to get to know other members in a convivial atmosphere. We use a variety of accommodation – club properties, other club’s huts, hostels, bunkhouses, and campsites, with the option of hotels or self-catering, where available.

You do not need to make a big commitment straight away as non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our Day or Weekend Meets as a guest before committing to join the Club.

This weekend meet will be based at the Ullapool Youth Hostel on Shore Street, Ullapool.

From its spectacular seafront location on the NC500, Ullapool Youth Hostel offers wonderful, ever-changing views over Loch Broom and the Beinn Dearg mountain range.

Perfect for groups, this warm and welcoming hostel offers guests a variety of room types, all of which can be booked as private rooms. Only one of the rooms is en-suite but there are ample shower and washroom facilities.

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