A 30th anniversary celebration for club

Milngavie Mountaineering Club's 30th anniversary
Milngavie Mountaineering Club's 30th anniversary

Milngavie Mountaineering Club celebrates its 30th

anniversary next Saturday, September 5 with a climb on Ben Lomond.

It is a fitting way to celebrate their milestone - because it was the club’s first hill.

Milngavie Mountaineering Club was established when Dave Kingswood moved to Milngavie in 1985.

Having been a member of a club in the Peebles area, where he’d lived previously, he had a wide experience of mountains in Britain and the Alps.

He was surprised to find that there was no local mountaineering club so he placed a notice in The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald asking people if they’d like to join him to climb Ben Lomond.

He received a good response and the club was launched with the walk up Ben Lomond in September 1985.

This was followed the next month with an outing to The Cobbler, and in November a large group made an almost complete circuit of Cruachan.

After its successful launch the club started to meet at weekends, with the first trip to the Cairngorm Club hut at Muir Cottage.

Soon further weekends were booked in the Lake District, the McIntyre Memorial Hut at North Ballachuilish, Achnashellach, Ratagan and Cannich and Skye.

Fraser Gold, a previous club President, said: “Four weekends a year became the norm alongside the fortnightly walks.

“Members helped each other to increase their tally of hills, and friendships were established with extracurricular visits to bothies and remote campsites, often including the use of bicycles to reach hills or explore new areas.”

The club has many years of combined experience including 11 Munroists (284 hills over 3000 feet) and two members who have completed all the Corbetts (221 hills between 2500 3000 feet).

Mr Gold added: “But we are not so serious that we only focus on targets, our club motto includes the words ‘magadh suilbhir’, which broadly translates as ‘merry mockery’ which means mockery without malice.

“For example, we did once briefly persuade one of our more flamboyant members on the day that a large number of the group was en route to Glen Etive to share his last Munro (Beinn Fhionnlaidh) that the Glen Etive road was closed.

“We value the friendliness and mutual support which the club offers.”

For more information about the club visit www.MilngavieMountaineeringClub.org