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Youngest Duffers' & Current Members' New Year Trip 2015–16

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This wiki page is to organise the youngest duffers' and current CUHWC members' New Year trip to Glen Shiel, Scotland, from 26th December 2015 to 4th January 2016.

Location & Dates

We are staying in Shiel Lodge at Shiel Bridge.

The accommodation is booked from Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day) until Monday 4th January, although I expect that most people will not want to arrive until Sunday 27th December. The fact we have it until the Monday means that those wishing to go on the official CUHWC Seathwaite trip can do so.

Sunrise to sunset will be about 9am to 3:40pm

Trip List

Names of those involved and dates staying:

  1. Andrew W – from 27th to 3rd
  2. Tom A – from 27th to 3rd
  3. Valerie A – from 27th to 3rd
  4. Matt H – from 27th to 3rd
  5. Josh A – from 27th to 3rd
  6. Vicky W – from 27th to 3rd
  7. Mark J – from 27th to 2nd
  8. Chris A – from 27th to 31st
  9. Zekang C – from 27th to 3rd
  10. Matt A – from 27th to 3rd
  11. Paul F – from 27th to 3rd
  12. Charlotte Z – from 30th to late on 1st
  13. Grasilda Z – from 27th to 3rd
  14. Abi L – from 27th to 3rd
  15. Arion P – from 27th to 3rd
  16. Anthony K – from 27th to 3rd

NOW FULL.

Transport

Outward

Sorted:

Matt H's car

  • Details: From Oxfordshire on Sunday 27th December, via Glasgow
  • Passengers: Vicky (from Glasgow Airport after flight lands at 11:55)
  • Remaining places: 1 comfortably with a week's worth of kit

Josh A's car

  • Details: From Kent on Sunday 27th December
  • Passengers: Andrew and Arion (from Scotch Corner); Mark J (from Cambridge, approx)
  • Remaining places: NONE

Tom A's car

  • Details: From Cambridge on Sunday 27th December
  • Passengers: Valerie, Zekang, Grasilda and Paul (all from Cambridge)
  • Remaining places: NONE

Matt A's car

  • Details: From Derby on Sunday 27th December
  • Passengers: Chris, Abi and Anthony
  • Remaining places: NONE

Charlotte Z's car

  • Details: From Edinburgh on Wednesday 30th December
  • Passengers: none
  • Remaining places: 3

Return

Sorted:

Matt H's car

  • Details: To Cambridge on Sunday 3rd January
  • Passengers: Vicky (?) to Glasgow Airport by 18:00 for a 19:30 flight
  • Remaining places: 1 comfortably

Josh A's car

  • Details: To Kent on Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd January
  • Passengers: Andrew (to Scotch Corner); Mark J and Arion (to Cambridge)

Tom A's car

  • Details: To Cambridge on Sunday 3rd January
  • Passengers: Valerie, Zekang, Grasilda and Paul (all to Cambridge)
  • Remaining places: NONE

Matt A's car

  • Details: To Derby on Sunday 3rd January
  • Passengers: Abi, Anthony
  • Remaining places: 1

Charlotte Z's car

  • Details: To Edinburgh late on Friday 1st January
  • Passengers: none
  • Remaining places: 3

Food

Buy or bring your own lunch and breakfast food. Evening meals can be centrally coordinated. Please add your names to the list of cooking groups if you want to be part of them by Christmas Day.

Sunday 27th

  • I suggest everyone sorts out their own food on this evening or otherwise cooks within their 'transport groups'. [AW]

Monday 28th (Paul F)

  • Starter: stuffed mushroom bruschetta
  • Main: jambalaya
  • Dessert: cake cooked with the aga
  • Maximum number: everyone

People who want this meal:

  • PF
  • AW
  • ZC
  • VA
  • TA (starter and dessert only please - will make veggie main)
  • AL
  • MA
  • CA
  • MH
  • VW
  • AK
  • JA
  • MJ
  • GZ
  • AP

Tuesday 29th (Andrew W and Matt H)

  • Starter: baked camembert with bread and one other starter option TBC by Matt
  • Main: bolognese
  • Dessert: peach trifle
  • Maximum number: everyone

People who want this meal:

  • AW
  • MH
  • PF
  • ZC
  • VA
  • TA (starter and dessert only please - will make veggie main)
  • AL
  • MA
  • CA
  • MH
  • AK
  • JA
  • GZ
  • AP
  • MJ

People who will cook independently:

  • VW

Wednesday 30th (Abi L, Matt A and Chris A)

  • Starter: Sweet potato, carrot and chickpea soup
  • Main: Moroccan lamb tagine with couscous
  • Dessert: Baked cinnamon apples
  • Maximum number: everyone

People who want this meal:

  • AL
  • AW
  • ZC
  • VA
  • TA (starter and dessert only please - will make veggie main)
  • MA
  • CA
  • PF
  • MH
  • VW
  • AK
  • JA
  • MJ
  • CZ
  • GZ
  • AP

Thursday 31st (Paul F, Charlotte Z, Vicky W with everyone's help)

  • Starter: haggis (with veggie option) & standard accompaniments (Charlotte Z)
  • Main: epic Club Christmas dinner style (e.g. roast lamb or beef) (Paul F)
  • Dessert: South African tipsy tart OR apple crumble (brandy has limited the tipsy tart to 8)
  • Maximum number: everyone

People who want this meal:

  • PF
  • AW
  • ZC
  • VA
  • TA (will make veggie roast alternative)
  • AL
  • MA
  • MH
  • VW
  • AK
  • JA
  • MJ
  • CZ
  • GZ
  • AP

Friday 1st (PUB)

  • We'll go to the nearby Loch Shiel Hotel. Menu is available here

Saturday 2nd (Tom and Valerie A)

  • Starter: garlic bread
  • Main: roast tomato risotto with mozzarella
  • Dessert: cinnamon and apple cranachan
  • Maximum number: N/A

People who want this meal:

  • VA
  • TA
  • AW
  • PF
  • ZC
  • AL
  • MA
  • MH
  • VW
  • AK
  • JA
  • GZ
  • AP

Sunday 3rd

  • Meals to be sorted independently en route back to the various places. [AW]

Shopping

  • Vicky will be giving someone a shopping list of her stuff
  • What shop is near Shiel Bridge?
    • There is a Co-Op in Kyle of Lochalsh, although I think from memory it is quite small [AW]
    • The nearest supermarket of any size is Morrisons in Fort William. This isn't that near so you really want to buy everything except maybe for milk when you drive past it [PF]
    • There is also a Lidl in Fort William behind Morrisons. Perhaps we should get most stuff there and then use Morrisons for the things we can't get in Lidl [PF]
    • Note that Morrisons in Fort William closes at 6pm on Sunday, Lidl at 7pm. This may be too early for anyone driving up. As an alternative there are 24 Hour (even on a Sunday as Scotland doesn't restrict Sunday hours) Tescos next to both the M74 and M8 in Glasgow.

Kit

Requirements

  • The weather could be extreme Scottish winter. This means there could be a lot of snow, ice and extremely cold conditions. If you are wanting to go up onto the high fells in such conditions, there will be a requirement to be competent in use of crampons and ice axe.

Borrowing

  • Vicky requires crampons and ice axe from the Club as she has no hold luggage
  • Zekang C would like to borrow crampons and ice axe from the Club and probably need to learn how to use them.
  • Matt H has no crampons or ice axe or experience with them
  • Arion has no crampons or ice axe or experience with them
  • Paul F needs to borrow an ice axe couldn't resist a cashback deal from his bank and bought a shiny new alpine axe as his climbing axes aren't terribly suitable for normal walking and it seems unlikely that anyone else will suddenly get a desire to go ice climbing.
  • We could really do with a couple of helmets for practicing ice axe arrests. I doubt that we'd be contemplating any walks that would need them, but intentionally throwing yourself down a (small, nicely bottoming out on something flat) slope is a different matter - PF
  • AL has a lightweight Petzl climbing helmet which she is willing to lend out to those doing winter mountaineering as she will be sticking to low level stuff that doesn't require crampons/ ice axes

Maps

  • We have the following between us:
    • Club maps (LR33, OL414, BMC Knoydart & Kintail)
    • Abi (OS 414 - Glen Shiel & Kintail Forest)
    • Mark (BMC Knoydart & Kintail)
    • Chris (Another OS 414)
    • Matt (OS 411, in case anyone fancies the short trip across to Skye)
    • Andrew (OS 1:50k maps of Glen Shiel & surrounding area)
    • Andrew's laminated bagging maps (i.e. laminated route cards for Munros/Corbetts in the region)