Easter Meet Craigallan

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29/03/2024 - 01/04/2024 All day

Easter Meet - David Nightingale

The 2024 Easter Meet will once again take place in Scotland but this year at our own club hut. Easter falls early this year so there is the possibility of some super winter conditions for hill walking and climbing if we are lucky.

If you have never visited this area. well it is chock full of Munros, Corbetts, winter ice routes and cycling opportunities....far too many to list fully, but both Ben Nevis and Glencoe are close by for starters. Th well appointed and comfortable hut is in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Linnhe and looks across to the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The meet is a 'do as you please' gathering so whatever your outdoor pursuit is you are welcome.

I will be providing a delicious communal meal for all on one of the nights (approx £5).

Entertainment ; I plan to organise two short and light hearted (optional) activities over two of the evenings.

The Rucksack Club Variety Show ; Your chance to be a star! If anyone can entertain us all for up to five minutes - in anyway shape or form - well the stage is yours! You could read a poem, tell a few jokes, champion why your favourite mountain is simply the best, do some magic, play a tune on a recorder, show us how to crochet....anything goes. I hope to get six or more turns and put on a show no-one will ever forget.

(i will have a screen, computer and projector on hand for use by performers if needed).

I shall hold an edition of the legendary 'Nightingale's Newspaper Quiz' game (with prizes) for those who wish to take part.

I have booked all 18 bed spaces including the lounge spaces for the four nights of Friday 29th of March to Monday 1st April. Normal hut fees will apply.

Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.
For more details, or to reserve a space, please contact David Nightingale Tel:
07584 933 844; email: david.nightingale321@gmail.com

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    Coordinator ; David Nightingale

    Bry Hafod Mountain Hut is set at the head of the magnificent Cwm Cywarch in the Aran Mountains of Mid Wales - an area rich in unspoilt climbing and hill walking. This is one of the nicest hut locations you could wish for. It is a remote isolated location and simply appointed with a large kitchen, Calor gas powered cooking hobs, mains electricity, showers, hot water and a multi-stove. The bunk room is Alpine bunk style (not individual bunks).

    The opportunities for a great day out start immediately from the hut doorstep in the Aran hills or with a short drive to the Cadir Idris area. Meet participants are welcome to walk or climb as they please on this meet but I will be visiting Cadir Idris on the Saturday and will be very happy for anyone to join me. Crags above the hut offer rock climbing off the beaten path.

    I shall be providing a delicious communal meal for all on the Saturday night (approx£5). I will also be organising an edition of the legendary light hearted 'Nightingale's Newspaper Quiz' (with prizes) on Saturday evening for those who wish to partake.

    Hut OS Map Ref SH 853 194 For more info visit:www.themountainclub.org.uk

    I have booked 10 bunk spaces for the Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of April at a cost of £25 per person for the two nights. The hut will sleep a few more than this so if needed I hope to be able to book more spaces. Booking will be on a 'first come first served ' basis and booking and payment should be made by 15th April please.

    For more details, or to reserve a space, please contact David Nightingale Tel:
    07584 933 844; email: david.nightingale321@gmail.com.

  • 29/04/2024 - 07/05/2024 All day

    Co-ordinator ; Andy Tomlinson

    Spring is a great time to visit Scotland whether for Munroing, climbing or both, which is what I plan! The crags are often in good condition and there are plenty in easy range of Craigallan and, equally, many Munros too, hopefully with some snow on the tops.

    Come and join the Meet for all or part of the time and be part of the team that hosts our friends from the CC.

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    Co-ordinator : Mark Hatton

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  • 14/06/2024 - 16/06/2024 All day

    Co-ordinator ; Dominic and Helen Oughton

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    Beers and other aperitifs will be served on the beach at Port Dafarch from 7 p.m.
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    Peter Edgerton rowanho@dircon.co.uk.