Linda wins Hillwalkers’ annual ‘gird’ event at recent open meeting

THE ANNUAL Forfar and District Hill Walking Club gird championship took place before the recent open meeting.

Seventeen members attended with 15 taking part.

The race was based on an out-the-hat random draw and each heat consisted of the best of three races over a 40m course. The final was won by Linda Sinclair scoring 2-1.

The following week the walk started at the Den O’ Alyth and continued along old tracks before crossing the burn via the very slippery stepping stones, through the gate at Bamff Lodge to the small lochan where time was spent studying the Beaver’s Dams.

The walk continued along the Cateran Trail to the Hill of Alyth (295m) where the path led back to the car park. Total distance walked was eight miles, which took four hours to complete.

During the club’s weekend away in Skye 10 members stayed at the Sligachan Hostel, two at the caravan site across the road and another two in a bed and breakfast.

During the absolutely superb weather on the Saturday the biggest group did the round of Corrie Laggan which involves climbing Sgurr Alasdair (992m), along Collie’s Ledge to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m) before finishing up with a spectacular Munro called the Inaccessible Pinnacle otherwise known as The In-Pin (986m). For good measure they continued along the ridge to Sgurr na Bannachdich (965m) before descending to the Youth Hostel. Another three climbed the narrowest part of the Cuillin Ridge, from Sgurr na Bannachdich, over Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh (973m) to Sgurr a’ Mhadiadh (918m).

Two members climbed Am Basteir (934m) and Bruach na Frithe (958m) and a fourth group had a more sedate day in the Quiraing Peninsula in the north-east of the island.

On the Sunday 10 members climbed Sgurr nan Gillean (964m) to celebrate club member Alex Smith completing his Munros, with two members heading for Sgurr Dubh Mor (944m) and Sgurr nan Eag (924m) while two had a day on the Island of Raasay. Between the whole group of FDHWC, they therefore climbed the whole of the Munros on the Cuillin Ridge.

Most members headed for home on the Monday although four stayed on in Skye for another day as the weather was still exceptionally warm and sunny.

The club’s president bagged a Corbett at the side of Loch Cluanie on the way home but most of the others drove straight down the road, stopping to watch a helicopter fire-fighting on the slopes of the Five Sisters of Kintail at Glenshiel.

A warm day last Sunday allowed four members of the club to ascend the Corbett Beinn Vuirich (903m) which lies South East of Beinn a’ Ghlo and where the club paints its adopted trig point on top of the hill.

The painting of these points takes place every four years and the group has painted this trig point a total of five times now since its adoption.

The group walked a total of 22km and took eight hours (including painting on two coats) and after their walk, met up with other members for an excellent well earned beer and meal in the Moulin Inn.

The club’s next day meet will take place on Sunday, July 10, with the annual mystery meet, leaving by car from the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. Anyone wanting to attend this walk is asked to contact Ray or Carolyn by the Friday night before to let them know you are going.

The club’s website is at www.fdhwc.org.uk