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Last updated: 14/06/17

 

Day Meets Weekend Meets Climbing Meets Mid-week Walks Indoor Meets

Club Activities

Day Meets

The Club arranges one-day meets, known as Day Meets (though a few are “Overnighters”!), roughly every fourth weekend throughout the year. They are usually advertised by reference to a particular mountain or walking route, but not everyone need tackle that particular objective, and there is no question of Day Meet participants going there in one large group. Destinations are as varied as possible, going farthest afield in the longer daylight hours of summer.

Suitable transportation (coach, mini-bus or car-sharing) depends on the destination, proposed routes, and the likely number of participants. A stop is often made on the return journey for a pre-arranged high tea, or for a pub meal, or fish and chips.
 

The Club accepts no responsibility for arranging parties, and members are left to decide where and with whom they will walk. However, the Meet Organiser ensures that an experienced member goes with a group, called the President's Party (though usually without the President!), which gives newer members a chance to get to know other members. It is vital that everyone returns to the transport at the hour arranged; it may not wait more than a short time!
 

Members themselves must ensure that they are adequately equipped (see Equipment Checklist) for what they plan to undertake, to choose objectives in keeping with their capabilities, and generally to be responsible for their own safety. Even when walking with others, it is essential that each member carries his or her own map, compass and whistle, and in winter an ice axe and/or crampons (see Winter Essentials).Other necessities are proper boots, adequate warm and waterproof clothing, and ample food and liquid.

Bookings for Day Meets should be made with the Meet Organiser for the particular meet
 (see Meets Calendar),
usually by email or telephone in the first instance to check seat availability. Confirmation is by payment only.


For general information, please contact the Day Meets Secretary, at
day@cairngormclub.org.uk
 








 


Group photo on Isle of Rhum


 
Weekend Meets

Another important activity is Weekend Meets. These are whole weekends away, with transport by private cars, once a month throughout the year, based on camping, club huts, hostels or hotels. Weekend Meets tend to be held further afield than Day Meets, and thus allow a greater variety of more-distant hills to be climbed.

The Club accepts no responsibility for arranging parties, and members are left to decide where and with whom they will walk. Weekend Meets do not include a President's Party, although no-one will be left to walk alone unless they wish to do so. It is vital that everyone completes a route sheet with their plans, and returns to base at the time estimated.

Depending on the meet location, members will either cook for themselves, or dine out somewhere local. From time to time, a communal meal will be prepared by volunteers for all attendees.

Members themselves must ensure that they are adequately equipped (see Equipment Checklist) ) for what they plan to undertake, to choose objectives in keeping with their capabilities, and generally to be responsible for their own safety. Even when walking with others, it is essential that each member carries his or her own map, compass and whistle, and in winter an ice axe and/or crampons (see Winter Essentials)  Other necessities are proper boots, adequate warm and waterproof clothing, and ample food and liquid.

Bookings for Weekend Meets should be made with the Meet Organiser for the particular meet (see Meets Calendar), usually by email or telephone in the first instance to check seat availability. Confirmation is by payment only.

For general information, please contact the Weekend Meets Secretary, at
weekend@cairngormclub.org.uk
 
Climbing Meets

Trad and sport climbing are actively pursued within the Club, as well as opportunities for ad hoc winter climbing for those interested.

Weekly Club climbing meets include Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings.

From spring until autumn the Tuesday night meets are at a variety of crags in the Aberdeenshire and Angus region. In mid-Summer with the lighter evenings, we tend to move further afield either in-land to locations such as Clachnaben and the Pass of Ballater or south to Angus sports venues (Arbroath, Legaston, etc) or up north to the sea cliffs south of Peterhead. We always try to include a BBQ at a few of our Tuesday night meets too! In winter the Tuesday nights move indoors, normally rotating between the walls at RGU and Transition for a bit of variety.

The Saturday morning session is at Transition in the winter, apart from the last Saturday in every month when we visit an Angus sports climbing venue (such as Kirrie Hill, with the Avertical World wall in Dundee as a back-up in case of bad weather). During the summer, the Saturday mornings move outside to the local Aberdeen sea cliffs.

There are also weekends away throughout the year. Some shared with the walking section of the club, others aimed purely for climbers (e.g. the Reiff meet in May).

Beginners are welcome, though the ability to tie-in and belay safely is a pre-requisite for attending club meets.

A list of Club owned Climbing equipment can be found by clicking here.

For details of forthcoming meets (see Meets Calendar)

Climbing meet contact:
climb@cairngormclub.org.uk
 


Square Face, Beinn a'Bhuird


Winter Meet at Kirriehill
 


 



 




 

Mid-week Walks

There are regular Mid-week walks, usually on the last Thursday of the month.  Members meet at a central location and then share cars as necessary.  These are less strenuous and are sometimes low level and often not as demanding as the longer Day meets and are popular with people who have time off mid-week and with retired members of the club. Members are asked to arrive promptly at the meeting points.

The meeting points (all car parks) are detailed below: On some occasions arrangements will change, so please contact one of the co-ordinators if you are in doubt or need further information (see Meets Calendar ).

Code "K" - Kingswells Park & Ride (Grid ref 868063)
Code "R" - Riverside Drive (Grid ref 928036)
Code "P" - Persley (Grid ref 910093)

Mid-week Walk contact:
Marion White (email - ctte10@cairngormclub.org.uk)
 

Indoor Meets

Indoor Meets take place from September to March and usually take the form of a slide presentation.

All members, and guests, are welcome to come along. Indoor meets are an ideal event to meet Club members if you are interested in finding out more about the Club or other Club events.

The first Indoor meet of the year is usually a Member's night when everyone is invited to bring along some digital photos or slides and share experiences or simply some good views with the rest of the Club.

The venue for Indoor Meets is the Sportsman’s Club, 11 Queens Road, not far from Queen’s Cross, with evening parking at the rear of the building. Talks will start at 7.30 pm and cost £3.00 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

Indoor (Social) Meet contact:
social@cairngormclub.org.uk
 

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