The Annual Dinner was held on 28th October at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey.
On Saturday morning a group of 11, led by Eleanore Hunter, went on a walk to Ryvoan Bothy in memory of the late Ian Collie, who had family connections with the bothy. Three of the party took in the nearby Corbett, Meall a’Bhuachaille (Alan Brook, Munroist No 6000 Ian Haigh and George Dunlop, attending his first TMS event).
The pre-dinner talk was by member Mike Thornton on ski mountaineering in Scotland and the Alps. It was interesting to see the changes in design of skis over the years.
The President’s reception in the spacious bar allowed members and guests to judge the entries in the Annual Photographic Competition, while giving everyone a chance for socialising, with the help of one or two glasses of sparkling wine. At 7.30pm everyone made their way into the dining room for an excellent four course meal. After the meal the President, Stewart Logan, introduced the after dinner speaker, Rab Anderson of the SMC. Rab is co-editor of several of the recent SMC publications, including the new Grahams and Donalds guide, and was involved in the early stages of the Indoor Climbing Arena at Ratho. He is also an experienced climber with many first routes to his name. He gave a humorous account of several adventures and misadventures in the hills and mountains. The winners of the Photographic Competition were announced: Alan Rowan, Derek Sime, David Batty and Bert Barnett with Alan the overall winner with his marvellous picture of An Teallach.
After the meal we moved back into the bar, where many took great advantage of the extra hour allocated to us!
On Sunday many members went on the President’s Walk up the Marilyn Beinn Mhor (471m) in Glen Beag. Stewart Logan led the walk from the large parking area in Glen Beag, while a small advance party had set off from the hotel via Wester Gorton. Both parties met about half a mile from the summit trig point, the advance party on descent with the main party heading for the top. Peter Willimott then led the advance party down to the River Spey before heading back to Grantown via a short wooded section of the Speyside Way, with spectacular autumn colours. There were in total 20 people on the walk. They enjoyed the fine, clear views of the summit of the Cairngorms, Ben Rinnes and the Hills of Cromdale.
The general feeling was that the event had been very successful. The hotel was very good and the staff attentive.
Several photographs of the weekend will soon be able to be viewed in the Gallery.