Kyle Mountain Club

Chairman’s report December 2019

Thank you all for turning out and attending the AGM of the Kyle Mountain Club

During the year the club members have continued to take part in a wide range of activities, with a Burns Supper, barbecue, curry night, an island trip to Rum with a rough crossing some in a small boat, skiing in Scotland, mountain biking and weekends in the lake District and Wales. The plan for a winter skills course had to be called off due to lack of snow last winter.

Thanks to Frank for organising the camping weekend on Arran, we were lucky with the weather as a few weeks later the campsite was washed out with floods.

There have been quite a number of day walks mostly midweek on Wednesdays from a wet windy day on Munro Ben Vorlich in the Arrochar Alps to Knochdolian a small hill overlooking Ballantrae.

I was unfortunate enough to suffer from avascular necrosis and at the AGM last year could hardly walk due to a dead crumbling hip. But fortunately due to modern medicine I decided to have a new hip fitted in January and by May was on the tops of Ben More and Stob Binnein.

In October Ian and I were lucky enough to visit the wonderful country of Bhutan and amongst other activities completed the Druk trek, albeit in the tail of the monsoon.

Tom has been a welcome addition to the Committee instigating the successful litter pick in the Carrick hills where some 24 bags were filled with rubbish, along with logs, builder’s rubble, old tyres, a chassis, a £10 note and a hand gun. So far his plans to get us to Ailsa Craig have been thwarted by bad weather but it is hoped to run this in 2020.

A number of slide shows have been put on by members and now that the club has replaced the defunct projector with a smaller modern version it is hoped to continue with these.

I attended the first “clubs” conference that was run by Scottish Mountaineering at Aberfoyle. This was deemed a success and was useful for networking with both Scottish mountaineering and other clubs. A number of Mountaineering clubs seem to be suffering from declining numbers, and an aging membership. As a result of discussions at the conference, it was decided by the KMC to have a presence on Fresher’s day at SRUC, which Ian organised, arranged publicity materials and Joe, Eric and Tom attended, working explaining the benefits of the great outdoors to the new students..

Our meets secretary John continues to do a sterling job seeking out and booking venues in a wide variety of places and locations. It is tricky job and he has also managed to get the number of places booked in huts fairly close to the actual attendance, so that any losses incurred have not been too large. But to get the huts that we want, when we want them, they have to be booked at least a year in advance.

In general the meetings on the first Thursday evening of each month at the Abbotsford have been reasonably attended, acting as a good planning tool and a chance for a chat.

Publicity of the club has continued, with a fairly active face book page, web-site and articles in the Going Out magazine. The Ayrshire Post is still reluctant to publish our reports.

Thanks to Alan for maintaining the digital links with the web site, he has tried to teach some of us how to use them, but we have not been good students.

It is hoped that the club can continue in its present format with members suggesting, organising and taking part in a variety of activities.

In conclusion I would like to thank Jason and Paul and Janice at the Abbotsford for allowing us to meet here and when requested and the use of a room for illustrated presentations and the AGM.

Len Foreman

KMC Chairman

KMC Chairman's Report 2018