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Advanced (Tuesday) Walks 2020


Please ensure you are fully equipped as per our recommendations, particularly during winter season.  All the walks are timed based on normal walking conditions.  Walking times during winter can be significantly longer, so please do not plan anything in the expectation of getting back at the published time.  You should not bring new and untested/unused equipment with you, especially at this time of year.  Practise in the comfort of your home first.  Adjusting and fitting gear on a hill side in a storm is not a good idea and also takes a lot of time.


All winter walks are subject to last minute changes due to the weather.  Please ensure you are fully equipped for any conditions.  The return times are estimates, which can be rather vague in inclement conditions.  If any walk is cancelled early enough the details will appear on the website, usually the home page.  Otherwise a decision will be made at the normal meeting time.


I am rethinking the proposed Arran trip, current numbers make it rather more expensive than planned (ferry fare), so possible Glen Coe or Sutherland trip instead.


Date Location NGR km Asc Dep Rtn LGE
28 January   Carn Aosda - Cairnwell NO128786 6.1 468  09:30 14:30 9.6
4 Februry   Glas Maol NO166766 6.5 456 09:30 15:00  9.9
11 February           09:30    
12 February   Steep Ground Drimmie     10:00 16:00  
18 February           09:30  
25 February           09:30    
3 March           09:30    
8 March International Women's Day     09:30    
10 March           09:30    
17 March         09:30    
24 March           09:30    
31 March           09:30    
8 April   Steep Ground Drimmie or Black Crag     10:00 16:00  
15 April   Steep Ground Black Crag     10:00 16:00  
20 April   Camping 34 tbc         21 April  
25 April   Community Market            
4 May   Camping 35 tbc         5 May  
14 May S Arran 3? TBC         16 May  
23 May   Community Market            
13 June   Alyth Show            
21 June   Camping 36 tbc         23 June  
27 June   Community Market            
4/5 July   Camping 37 TBC         7 July  
11 July   Kirrie Show            
25 July   Community Market            
9 August   Cortachy Games            
15 August   ALE Festival            
22 August   Community Market            
22 August   Strathardle Games            
6 September   Blair Highland Games            
26 September   Community Market            





A limited number of Ice Axes (6.00 per day) and Crampons (7.50 per day) are available for loan.  Your boots must be at least 4 season standard and fairly stiff, with a good tread.  Lightweight fabric 2 or 3 season boots are NOT suitable.  You will be given training in using this equipment. 


The Very Strenuous (V)  walks will be arduous and will include significant steep and rough ground both up as well as down and a high degree of fitness, confidence and commitment will be needed.  The charge per walk for these will be 8 per person, and may vary depending on the distance travelled, subject to agreement.  The charge for the 'normal' Strenuous walks remains at 5 per person.


The cut off point for changing from normal Tuesday strenuous walks to the Very Strenuous is relatively arbitrary and defines a step change in degree of exertion required, the limits are based on overall ascents of over 800m and a 'level ground equivalence' of 25.  Apart from the length, height and more challenging ground what adds to the difficulty is the travel time away from home.  But some Very Strenuous walks are easier than others, please discuss with me before committing yourself.  More information is available on the fitness note which is relevant reading for those aspiring to do the Very Strenuous walks.



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