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August Weekday Walk to Meikle Bin 

11 of us were to meet up at the Campsie Glen Car Park in Crow Road above Lennoxtown at 10am, but apparently Steven and Heidi had some satnav difficulty and eventually joined us as we were sorting out the transport for later. Gerry, Willie and Allan left their cars at Campsie Glen and three cars continued to Todholes at the Carron Valley Reservoir for the ascent of Meikle Bin.

1. Andy, Gwen and Diane     2. Steven, Heidi, Willie and Allan     3. James, Susan, Gerry and Christine

On the ascent of Meikle Bin  On the ascent of Meikle Bin

The ascent follows a well-marked forestry track southwards to the 400m contour, where a conveniently-placed picnic bench persuaded us to have a sandwich here rather than at the summit. We then took to the well-worn hill path which heads to the summit at 570m. Susan decided to wait at the picnic bench as she had visited the summit quite recently, and settled down to write her blog for the day. Although the weather was dry and bright, visibility wasn't very good, so the extensive summit views were not available to us! Allan easily found the geocache about 3m away, and after a summit photo, James, Gerry, Allan and Willie set off across country for Cort-ma Law, followed by a direct descent to their cars at Campsie Glen, while the rest of us returned to Todholes by the upward route.

The actual distance for Meikle Bin only was 11.2km with 420m of ascent, completed in 3 hours 29 minutes as measured by my GPS .. and the total distance for the Cort-ma Law addition was 13.1km with 663m of ascent, completed in 4 hours and 8 minutes as measured on Willie's GPS.

On Meikle Bin  On Cort-ma Law

Susan and Christine, and Andy and Gwen checked out the Fintry Inn .. drinks OK but food not so good .. while Diane, Steven and Heidi headed directly for home after another very pleasant weekday walk ....


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August Day Trip to Glencoe

It was raining quite hard first thing, so it wasn’t looking good for the Club trip to Glencoe. Justin picked me up at the Erskine Bridge and we drove up to Tyndrum to meet Heidi, Bob and Allan at the Green Welly. During a leisurely breakfast, we decided on climbing Buachaille Etvive Beag. When we arrived at the car park it had stopped raining, so we got kitted up and headed off. It was a good track up the hillside, with some solid steps on the steeper sections. It wasn’t too long before we reached the col at 750m. After a tea break we headed up the southwest ridge to spot height 902m and from there it was up and down to the higher summit of Stob Dubh at 958m. The sun made a brief appearance and we could see far below. On the way back we had a bite of lunch at the 902m spot height. Once we were back at the col the rain was still off so we agreed to climb the lower summit of Stob Coire Raineach at 925m .. fortunately it was only a 20 minute climb and a 360 degree view was the reward.

On Stob Dubh  On Stob Coire Raineach

After pictures we headed down, finally reaching the car park after about 75 minutes.

The day concluded with some refreshment at the new Kingshouse Walkers Bar. On the way home in the car it poured down ! So with regard to the weather we had a lucky day ......

Mark Setford

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Social Evenings

Join us at the Counting House, 2 St Vincent Place, from 7pm on Tuesday 5 November
where we'll be talking (amongst other things!) about past and proposed outings over a small libation or two.

The social evening dates are noted in our Outings Programme, and a reminder will be sent by e-mail about a week beforehand.

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