More than half a glass

Creag Meagaidh requires 880 metres of ascent to the summit. Gairich, (just as another example) 730 metres. But you might benchmark 1000 metres uphill for a typical Highland day.  I decided to see how many of those pesky brown lines could be crossed in a moderate day close to York:-… Continue reading


The 23 March will be the anniversary of the first lockdown and a time of reflection for all of us for many reasons. I feel that the club should be no different. Plus with pandemic matters moving into a new phase I feel it worth encouraging some consideration about our… Continue reading

Abraham’s Tea Round

During lockdown as all the trips that we had planned were getting cancelled and my disappointment and frustration was increasing, Erin mentioned to me that she’d seen a run online called Abraham’s Tea Round.Intrigued by the tea aspect, I thought it sounded like quite a jolly laid back affair and… Continue reading


Scouting has a great deal to answer for. It has to be the start of it all. Nights under canvas that smelt of must and damp, waking to dawn and opening the brailing letting the air in, fresh with the scents of the British countryside, fried breakfast, long hikes with… Continue reading

Les Montagnards des Ecrins

For this year’s return to the Ecrins to “Find our Frenchies”, Antoine (our most active international member) and I decided to start with some big alpine rock. On Saturday morning  20 July, we set off from Les Etages toward the Sorreiler Hut (with non-member Nicolas Coronnel) and saw the beautiful Aiguille… Continue reading

Close Encounters with the Celtmen

A solitary young stag was standing guard over its herd of  camper vans when Dolly, Ang and Steve M. rendezvoused at the Beinn Eighe carpark on a murky Saturday morning. First pfaff of the day – clockwise or anticlockwise – was eventually resolved in the time honoured fashion of following the group… Continue reading