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Planning Meeting next Monday

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-06-20


It's time for you guys (and gals) to have your say once more and help us decide where we go and what we do next term. Next Monday at 7:30pm is our termly Planning Meeting, in Fylde Lecture Theatre 2. The Planning Meeting is when we decide what Sunday and weekend trips we go on next term, and also when we decide what socials we hold. It is open to everyone in the club and we strongly encourage you to come along and tell us where you want to go. If you've got any other suggestions, or indeed problems, then it's also a great time to bring them up. After all, if you don't, then how are we going to act on them!? I quite often get people saying things like ''I wish the club will go to such-and-such a place'' or ''I wish the club would hold such-and-such a social'' to me, but 9 times out of 10 these people don't turn up to the Planning Meeting to suggest their ideas. It's a great shame, because we want everyone in the club to have as much input as possible! So, come along and HAVE YOUR SAY!


BBQ today!

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-06-20


To make the most the good weather, we'll be holding another BBQ today from 7pm down by the duck ponds on campus. We'll provide the drinks (including alcohol!), bread and condiments, but you'll have to provide your own meat or vegetarian alternative (halloumi is really nice on the BBQ).


 

Isle of Skye trip report

  posted by Sam Harrison on 2012-06-12


This is a trip report from the bank holiday weekend trip to the Isle of Skye from 1-6 June 2012. Report and photos by Sam Harrison.

Wow, what a trip! Skye is usually renowned for its bad weather, but we must have picked exactly the right days, as whilst the rest of the country was being hit by rain, we were basking in glorious sunshine!

We had an earlier-than-usual start on Friday, setting off from campus at 3pm. After a few quick stops, one at Hamilton Services to buy extra tents (for some reason only one tent had been packed between four people, good job we realised!), we eventually arrived at around midnight. It was still surprisingly light and I managed to pitch my tent without a headtorch (which was a good thing as it was buried at the bottom of my bag).

The next day, we decided to ease ourselves in with a walk up the fantastic mountain Bla Bheinn (Blaven). It's the only Munro on the island not on the main Cuillin Ridge, but arguably offers better views. I tend to agree with this, and the lighting fell just right for some breathtaking panoramas when we got to the summit.

The ascent was via the eastern ridge, which offers great scrambling opportunities, and we had good fun picking up own routes up the mountain. There were some dramatic views over the rocky ridge to neighbouring mountain Clach Glas.

After the walk, we took a drive down the road to the picturesque harbour of Elgol. We got some great views over the Cuillin hills and spent a good while exploring the rocky beach.

The following day, a few of us planned an Alpine start on the Cuillin ridge, and so we headed off down Glen Brittle to bivvy by the minibus. I was amazed at how light it stayed all night long - when we got up at 4am it was already as light as a the middle of a dull day! We had a great day scrambling on the ridge from Sgurr Dearg to Sgurr a Mhadaidh. The others had a pleasant walk up the Corbet Glamaig.

That evening, after an incident involving petrol and a meths burner (apparently they don't mix...), went headed to the pub for a few pints of Skye's finest ales - I particularly recommend Pinnacle Ale!

With good weather still forecast for the Monday, we decided to drive up to the north of the island and take a walk to the Old Man of Storr, an impressive rock stack located next to the mountain The Storr. There are in fact a number of rock stacks in the area, each one as impressive as each other.

  The next destination was Staffin Bay, where some brave souls decided to take a dip in the sea... Just paddling my feet in was cold enough for me! After a spot of lunch, we drove back to the campsite so everyone else could grab their swimming gear, and then down Glen Brittle to the Fairy Pools. This time, nearly everyone entered the water, but not for long as it was rather cold! The highlight had to be swimming under an underwater arch in one of the many plunge pools.

That evening, we practised a bit of crevasse rescue on the campsite, before heading to the pub once more.

I think we all wished we could have stayed for longer, but the minibus was due back on Wednesday and so unfortunately Tuesday was home time! To break the day up, we set off early in the morning and stopped off a few times along the way. The first stop was at the iconic Eilean Donan castle, near Glen Shiel - we contemplated going in, but it was £6 each and so decided against it. We stopped once more at The Clachaig for lunch, and of course in Lesmes for chips a few hours later!

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