I have just been sorting out some kit for my trip to the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis and looked at the weather it looks awful but I have friends coming up from down South so will have to go over and see what happening. The hut is booked and payed for so may have to walk up and see what is happening! I was out for an Indian Meal in Elgin with good friends and will pop up and see them today after the rugby this morning as Pete has tried to keep his birthday quiet, no chance!
I am working on a lecture for the Moray Mountaineering Club 80 th Anniversary at the Mansion House in Elgin in November. It is fantastic looking back at how much has changed since that first meeting in 1931! Massive changes in equipment to transport have changed the sport of mountaineering dramatically. The feats of the club members in these early days is impressive with so much achieved with limited equipment that resulted in some superb climbs such as the Vent a winter climb in Coire An Lochan and Savage Slit a rock climb in the Cairngorms, big undertakings in these early days. Just getting to the mountains especially in the Highlands with no bridges at Inverness, Skye, Ballahullish and Kylesku must have made getting about so hard and the maps and information was so poor. In addition the huge Hydro schemes in the Highlands must have changed much of the Highlands for ever. We are so lucky now with all the great equipment and information available today. We have such a legacy to live up to!
Todays tip: Have a look at the weather forecast to get an idea of what is going on especially up high on the mountains, but remember it is only a guide!