Off for a wander in the Cairngorms and the 2016 SMC Journal a great read.

Up fairly early for a winter wander with Steve, Ned and Ray to the Cairngorms there is a fair weather forecast, I think it may be busy as the snow has fallen over the last few day. We are going to have a look about and see what happens, it is well worth looking at the weather forecast for the previous days. The Avalanche forecast does not start till mid Dec so be aware of heavy snow,high winds etc. Today’s Tip ?

The new SMC Journal 2016

The new SMC Journal 2016


I got my copy of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal today in the mail what a great read and I could not put it down last night, so much information as always. If you are a Scottish Mountaineer this is for you so many great articles and information on new climbs great value for the price.

“Hardbacked for the first time in its long history the articles in this year’s SMCJ are richly diverse. Martin Moran and Simon Richardson recount solo winter traverses of the Cuillin Ridge. Stephen Scott and Iain Smart present different aspects of Eagle Ridge on Lochnagar. Mike Dixon takes us on an entertaining tour of the Ben Avon plateau. The irrepressible Gordon Smith recalls a wild day on Ben Nevis with Dick Renshaw, while Dennis Gray and Phil Gribbon introduce more sombre notes as they remember tragedies on the Ben and in Glencoe. Further afield Grant Urquhart rafts down the Grand Canyon, Ross Hewitt skis the four great North Faces in the Alps and Dave Broadhead takes an unexpected helicopter ride. In more historical tones Gavin Anderson gives us an insight into the formative years of Bugs McKeith and Ian Crofton gives a personal twist to the topic of Scottish avalanches.

As always the Journal contains the most extensive and up to date coverage in print of New Climbs in Scotland, and the unique Munro Matters lovingly compiled by the Clerk of the List. Simon Richardson reports on last winter’s cutting edge activities, while Mike Jacob goes back a hundred years to present a glimpse of how things were for Scotland’s mountaineers in 1916 at the height of the Great War.

Likely to become a collector’s item – the first hard-backed Journal is excellent value at £16.95.

This book like all is from The Scottish Mountaineering Trust was established by Trust Deed in 1962 by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. The primary object of the Trust, as stated in the Deed, is “to promote and secure the health, education and recreation of members of the public by fostering among them knowledge of the geography, topography, meteorology, biology and geology of and proper technique of movement within mountainous regions of Scotland or elsewhere and an appreciation of their beauty and by affording opportunities for enjoyment of these regions”

Like all charities, the activities of the Trust are bounded by Government legislation. Any grants made by the Trust must be for charitable purposes. For example, this excludes any applications for the support of expeditions which can be regarded as purely recreational or exploratory. A clear scientific, educational or other charitable purpose would have to be demonstrated. Likewise, no grant can be made for the improvement of premises which are not generally available to the mountaineering community.

Membership of the Trust

Trustees are appointed by the Scottish Mountaineering Club and normally serve for a period of three years. The Chairman is normally the immediate Past-President of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and serves for a period of two years. Additional to the Trustees, there is a Secretary and a Treasurer who are nonvoting officers.

Income of the trust

The Trust’s revenue is derived in the main from two main sources:

  1. Publishing guidebooks and other publications on behalf of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and other books connected with the Scottish Hills. The Trust’s publication activity is carried on by a wholly owned subsidiary company, Scottish Mountaineering Trust (Publications) Limited. The whole operating surplus of the company is covenanted to the Trust and forms the overwhelming majority of the Trust’s income. The trust is also responsible for the administration of the legacy known as Mrs Snart’s Bequest, which is solely for assisting mountains safety.
  2. Donations. These are always most welcome and can be of any amount. If a donation is made to us without any conditions it will go into the general fund. If you would like to discuss specifics in connection with a donation then our Hon Secretary would be very pleased to hear from you. Any donation can be kept confidential, if so wished.

Activities of the trust

In order to secure the bulk of its future income, the Trust finances the book production activities of Scottish Mountaineering Trust (Publications) Limited.

The Trust carries out its primary object by making grants to organisation and individuals. By far the largest area of expenditure has been in supporting footpath repair but extensive and continuing support is given to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland for core funding. Large donations have also been made to land purchase appeals by conservation bodies.

Smaller grants have been made to other organisation e.g. to Clubs for renovation of huts. Expedition grants have been made but only in those cases where the applicants have been able to demonstrate a component of scientific or educational objectives.

Examples of the work of the trust

Below are shown the approximate totals of the grants made by the Trust in its major areas of activity in the period 1990-2009.  Maybe this needs updated to grants up to 2016 ?

Footpath Construction and Maintenance: £317,000
Core Funding of Mountaineering Council of Scotland: £136,500
Land Purchase: £68,500
Mountaineering Education and Training: £23,000
Mountain Rescue Equipment and Facilities: £56,000
Support of Expeditions: £23,000
Renovation of Club Huts: £143,000
TOTAL £767,000

Contact Details:

The Secretary of the Trust, to whom all correspondence should be addressed, is

James D. Hotchkis
The Honorary Secretary
The Scottish Mountaineering Trust
Tradespark Road
IV12 5NF

Last weekend in the Gorms

Last weekend in the Gorms


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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