Blairgowrie and District Next Steps







Tuesday 8th March 2016


This is the 105th anniversary, and in commemoration we are going to climb Carn Aosda (again) but this time on a linear walk north down the ridge to Baddoch.


The walk is approx 6km (4 miles) and ascends 310m to reach the high point at 917m.


Successful compleaters will receive a commemorative medal.


The registration fee of 12 pays for the transport and medals.  You can use this event as a platform to arrange your own sponsorship for your charity of choice as well (a downloadable sponsorship form is available on this link). 


There are a limited number of places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  The minibus is now full, and to enable us to use another we need at least 8 more participants.


For a downloadable application form click here.  Please note that the telephone number and address are also for emergency contact purposes.


Meet at our normal mini-bus pick up in the Wellmeadow Car Park 09:15 for 09:30 departure.  We expect to return by 15:00, though this depends on progress.


You will need appropriate outdoor clothing, boots and gaiters.  Spare winter gloves are essential as the weather is likely to be windy and cold.  There will be at least 1 meal stop, and other opportunities for snacks and photos cloud permitting.  At this time of year this can be a demanding and challenging walk, and as it is a through or linear walk there are no easy  escape options.  The minibuses will be driving to the end so once we start there is no going back!  The weather can be harsh so you will require equipment as shown on our High Level and Winter on this linkGiven the likelihood of wet and cold weather the most important thing to wear will be good ankle boots with deep tread, gaiters and waterproof jacket and trousers.     Crampons and ice axes will not be required, but spiky walking aids may be very helpful if we come across patches of ice.  We are very unlikely to be back late but head torches should be carried in your rucksacks.


Please register with BaDNS on our Wednesday Walks by 2nd March.  If you are uncertain about your fitness or have an underlying medical condition please discuss with the organisers in advance.


The Registration fee is 12, which covers the bus and finishers medals, with the surplus being donated to the Scottish Air Ambulance. Participants are free to arrange additional sponsorship for their own charity if they wish.


The first celebration of International Women's Year was 19th March 1911.   On the last Sunday of February 1917, Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in the Great Patriotic War, their name for the First World War..  Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later when the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.  The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use everywhere else was 8 March.