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Gallery 2011 - March

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall
More low cloud, this time over Langdale. The photo was taken from just above the Three Tarns on Bowfell and shows Pike O'Blisco on the left just poking through the cloud..
We are sorry to hear of the tragic death in his helicopter of Mark Weir of Honister Mines. He was a good friend to the club and his death will be a great loss to the valley. The thoughts of many will be with his family. The club was represented at the funeral, and his body now lies in the graveyard at Stonethwaite Church.

Check this link for his obituary in the Guardian

Newtonmore Meet, March 12 - 16

31 members and friends spent 5 nights at the Lodge Hotel in Newtonmore, along with lots of snow! Sunday was poor weather so most walked the Wild Cat Trail around the village. Monday was better but cloudy, and Corbetts and Munros were completed though the quantity of snow in the valley bottoms was hard work. Other members walked at lower levels or cross country skied.
Tuesday was raining most of the day, and many members combined the delights of the cafe just above Feshiebridge with a walk around Loch an Eilein. Wednesday was a superb day, and more Corbetts and Munros were completed, together with skiing on Cairngorm.

Right shows most of the group outside the hotel on the leaving day,

Four members drove up to the Drumochter Pass to attempt the Munro Geal Carn. Below left shows the amount of snow at Balsporran Cottage, and below right shows Hugh, Rod, and Mel on the summit (with Norman behind the camera) in near whiteout conditions.

Whilst many members were struggling through deep snow, Graham and Irene had the right idea and donned skis for some cross country skiing around Glenmore Lodge.

On previous days, the forecast had said that many parties had attempted the entry into Coire Ardair near Creag Meagaidh, but all had been repulsed by the quantity of snow. On the Wednesday, a group set-off and showed the way.

Right and below left show the group on their way in, and below right the view into Coire Ardair.

The party walking up Cairngorm took the route up the Fiacaill Ridge (right) and stopped for a brew at the subsidiary top - below left shows Norman, Mel, and Rod, with the superb Coire an Sneachda in the background. They then continued through deepish snow onto the summit - below right shows Hugh with Sally, Mel, Rod, and Norman.

After savouring the extensive views, the return route took them past the Ptarmigan restaurant and the top of the ski pistes.
Bottom left shows the view over to Coire an Sneachda with the wind blowing spin drift from its summit into the coire. Of interest in the foreground is a ptarmigan with its normal white plumage turning to grey.
Bottom right shows the marks made by a ptarmigan landing in the snow and walking away: an ice axe is shown to give scale.



Spring working weekend - March 17 & 18


Around 30 members arrived at High House for the biannual working weekend. Many routine jobs were completed, and the 'heavy gang' tackled the continuation of the exit from the ladies washroom fire escape by building steps at the right hand end of the building, and stabilising and capping the back wall of the ruined Cowhouse - see right.


Excavations Part 1 - Of interest during the re-building of the front wall of what used to be the Cowhouse - below left - was the uncovering of a step and entrance doorway - below right. It appears to show steps at the front leading to a doorway containing a horozontal stone with matching slots at each ends, possibly for door hinges. On the left of the doorway is a square cornered door jamb, and beyond the doorway is the start of a cobbled floor.

Excavations Part 2 - Five members returned to High House some days later and carried out further excavations. Below left shows the Time Team starting on their excavating, with below right the result.

It was decided to stop any further work on this area until the National Trust have a chance to view the work and cast an opinion (see April).

The annual dinner was again held at the Eagle and Child in Staveley - below - with the appetite enhancer led by Krysia around the Crosscrake area - right.
Some members took advantage of the offer of a free trip around Honister Mine, and a session on the via Ferrata. Right shows Clarea nd Kevin getting geared up
The Secretary (Clare) on the Editors (Mick) birthday walk - the delectable Caw.
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