Fun day in the Roseille forest with Burghead primary school and Outfitmoray! Moray Mountaineering Club AGM a slide show -Hills on Horseback / General Wades Roads: 

Yesterday it was a busy morning helping Outfitmoray a local charity that I am the patron of with their Active Schools day at my local Burghead primary school.
Outfit Moray Outdoor Adventure Activities Charity Lossiemouth

Changing Lives Through Learning and Adventure Outdoors

Outfit Moray is an award-winning charity and social enterprise delivering outdoor learning, adventure and nature exploration programmes which transform lives.

Founded in 2003, we have worked with over 14,000 children and young people; building confidence, self-esteem and resilience, providing positive role models and encouraging the acquisition of life skills and new experiences through challenge and positive risk taking.

We are a visionary, ambitious and passionate organisation committed to making a difference to the lives of others and particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Our unique approach to learning, education, training and development applies to all that we do, whether working one-to-one with children referred to us, running holiday and respite weeks for vulnerable children, outdoor learning and adventure programmes with schools, or activity sessions to improve health and well-being in adults.

We take a holistic approach to our work; founded on the principles of charity, care and compassion, building trust, valuing courage, patience and integrity, developing social skills and team work, respect for human dignity and taking a selfless approach to the needs of others. It is our aim to encourage positive growth: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to provide hope for a better future, to improve happiness, health and well-being and to create a sense of life purpose.

Outfit Moray provides a supportive structure for a number of charitable and socially enterprising projects to flourish in line with our Vision and Mission, and in particular Earthtime and Bike Revolution. We apply our core values to these projects and actively promote them as part of our work in caring for others and our planet.

Outfit Moray strives to be carbon neutral, to reduce waste and to encourage recycling and upcycling. We are signatories to Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge.

The Den !!!

I met Martin from Outfitmoray in Burghead and along with 7 of the kids we had fun on our local forest at Roseille building a den from dead wood! We split into two teams and it was a great laugh with lots of learning and new skills learned!

We then all had a hot chocolate as a reward cooked on the Kelly kettle and then back to school it was a busy few hours but enjoyed by all! The kids were having fun and hopefully picked up a few skills on the way! It was great to see them out in the fresh air and I was tired after a few hours old age!

The Kelly kettle what a great bit of kit!

  • BOIL WATER ULTRA-FAST in the outdoors with the famous Kelly Kettle®. Use the fire-base of the Kettle as a simple Wood CAMPING STOVE.
  • NO Batteries, NO Gas – FREE FUEL! Simply use a handful of sticks, Pine cones, Birch bark, dry grass…even dry animal dung! This kettle boils in just 3 – 5 minutes. Enjoy hot water for tea, coffee, rehydrating food, bathing, cooking, etc…..irrespective of weather conditions or your location. Just look at our Pictures! Boil water & cook at the same time when fishing & hunting, Car Camping, trekking, backpacking, Scouts, power cuts, working in the outdoors or simply having a fun family picnic.
  • This Aluminium ‘Trekker’ 0.6ltrs (now with upgraded Steel fire-base) is currently the smallest and lightest kettle in the range. Fire-base and drawstring carry bag are included as standard. Diameter: 14cm Height: 27cm (Packed) Weight: 0.54kg Capacity: 0.6ltr
  • Kelly Kettles are available in various sizes in Stainless Steel or Aluminium. Add our various high quality accessories to complete the Kelly Kettle camping range. No open fire (the fire is contained within the kettle & fire base)! Carbon neutral green camping. No travel restrictions (planes etc.)
  • Extremely popular camping equipment for Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness or Disaster Kit. Lightweight, compact and durable, the Kelly Kettle® works in extreme storm or hurricane conditions. 2yr anti-leak warranty with excellent customer service.

Any comments on the Kelly Kettle – my Grand-kids will love it and my “Den Building skills”

It was then a quick snooze (old age) and get ready for the Moray Mountaineering club AGM at the Glen Moray Visitor Centre in Elgin! We had a lively debate and then a great slide show by Simon on the hills on horseback. It was a wonderful insight into the old drove roads and General Wades huge influence in Scotland! What a wonderful chat! Thanks Simon and the Glen Moray Distillery for their sponsorship.


We had a sell off of old gear and I managed to raise over £100 for Torridon MRT from some of the kit I sold at the end of the night – so hopefully those who took some gear will donate to this great team who are building a Base in Torridon at long last!

They need to raise £50000 to meet their costs, they currently use a cupboard at the Youth Hostel!

In all a great day thanks to Outfitmoray for all they do for local children! Also the Moray Mountaineering Club who are always looking for new members! Most of the members are walkers so do not let the name scare you! Many of us are willing to teach you the basics of hill walking safely and the mountains and wild places are a great place to be and the company is great!

Have a look on the website !

The Moray Mountaineering Club was established in 1931 with the declared aim ‘to encourage mountaineering and serve as a bond of union amongst lovers of the Scottish hills’. Membership is centered on the Elgin and Forres areas but enthusiasts from Keith, Fochabers, Inverness and further afield attend meets.

Club activities include monthly ‘bus’ and ‘weekend’ meets, regular rock climbing sessions and social functions.  A nominated committee member manages each activity.  The main interest centres on summer and winter hill walking, but there are also rock-climbers, winter mountaineers and ski tourers.

A small elected Committee manages the club on behalf of the membership, with decisions being ratified at the Annual General Meeting in March or April each year. There is a small annual membership fee, which provides individual third-party liability insurance through the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the quarterly “Scottish Mountaineer” magazine, a monthly club newsletter, occasional training sessions and discounts at some outdoor retailers.

Your responsibilities

Members of the Committee are generally happy to share their knowledge and skills with less experienced members and guests.  However, please be aware that committee members are not necessarily experienced and are unlikely to possess any formal mountaineering qualifications.  Ultimately you must take responsibility for your own decisions.

The Moray Mountaineering Club supports the UIAA participation statement, which states, Climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”

The weather looks good this weekend so I hope to get out.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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