The Annual Dinner is planned for Friday 23 February 2024 at the Invercarse Hotel, Perth Road, Dundee.

We are pleased to announce John D Burns as the guest speaker at the dinner – the title of his talk for the night is ‘Bothy Tales’. This will be followed by a musical interlude performed by Club members and a slideshow of Club photos including some of the recent archive glass slides that have been digitised.

John Burns has spent over forty years among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands. He is an author and entertaining public speaker. His books tell of his adventures in this iconic landscape and have become classics for those who love wild places. Growing up amongst the shipyards of Birkenhead, John’s passion for the outdoors was ignited by a school trip to the Lake District, where he discovered a world of freedom in the hills. Mountains became a lifelong interest and took him to places like the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Rockies and Mount Kenya. He moved to Inverness over thirty years ago to follow his passion for the Scottish hills. An expert ice climber, he was also a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, and has taken part in numerous rescues in the Highlands.

John’s first book, shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine (TGO) Book of the Year, The Last Hillwalker, is acknowledged as a classic in its genre. More recently he has rediscovered his love for remote bothies and regularly visits the wilder places of his Scottish home. This has resulted in his second book, Bothy Tales, which is a best seller, and will form the basis of his talk. John will take us with him to a remote Highland bothy, where a weary traveller finds shelter from the storm. In his rucksack he has coal for the fire, candles to ward off the darkness, and a little whisky to bring some cheer. John invites us to smell the wood smoke and be transported to a world where all you have is what is packed on your rucksack and the dreams that you follow. There are stories of wild places, with near death adventures on ice wreathed cliff faces. Tales of dark deeds in distant bothies and even a brush with royalty. He also relates the struggles of working-class folk, fighting to establish their right to wander, in what promises to be an entertaining talk.

Donations as raffle prizes are welcome and we are putting out a call for them now. Contact a Council member and we will arrange for them to be picked up.

Thank you for your continued support of this important event in the Club’s calendar where members can come together and enjoy a sociable night out together.

Social Meet

A social evening for Club members. Alf Barnard will present a fun and an interactive Mountain Mind Quiz. Participation is key to the enjoyment, quite apart from the excellent images of hills, lochs, bothies, flowers and local interest, all courtesy of Alf’s friend Bert Barnett. The quiz will be in a Q and A format, with no prizes apart from awarding yourselves points and having a good time!

There will be drinks and nibbles from 7:30pm with the quiz starting at 8pm.

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

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.

The annual dinner is taking place on Friday 30 September at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee. We are pleased to announce David ‘Heavy’ Whalley as our guest speaker.

David was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue for 37 years, was Team Leader at RAF Leuchars and RAF Kinloss, and Deputy Team leader at RAF Valley, in North Wales. For the last four years he has worked at the ARCC Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre at RAF Kinloss, giving him a unique insight into Rescue in the UK. He joined the Torridon MRT after leaving the RAF and served with them for 3 years until retirement.

David was Senior Team leader at the Lockerbie Disaster and has been involved in over 1000 mountain and over 80 aircraft incidents in mountainous areas. He has been awarded the BEM, MBE, and Distinguished Service Award for Service to Mountain Rescue. He is an honorary member of the Torridon and Kinlochewe MRT and SARDA Scotland, and in 2022 he took over as President of SARDA Scotland from Hamish MacInnes. He is still an active walker and climber, and has climbed the Munros 7 times and the Corbetts once. He has climbed in most parts of the world, on over 30 expeditions, and was a member of the successful RAF MRT 2001 Everest North Ridge Expedition. He is a regular contributor on TV and radio on Mountaineering and Mountain Rescue, and his daily blog has in excess of 1,500,000 hits www.heavywhalley.com

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