2023 Awards Nominations for President’s Award and Golden Boot

New for 2023, we have introduced the ability to enter a nomination for the President’s Award and Golden Boot all year round. The winners will be announced at the AGM and awards presented at the Christmas Meet. You are welcome to nominate as many times as you wish up until the closing date (date TBC).

Every year, the Club presents awards and recognises the achievements of our members. As mountaineers, we know that reaching the summit of a peak is not the only measure of success. We also recognize the importance of community, safety, and stewardship in our sport. That is why we have created this awards section to recognise the achievements and contributions of our members.

From recognising the achievements of new members to honoring those who have made significant contributions to the club and the sport of mountaineering, we aim to celebrate the diversity and excellence of our members.

Whether it’s completing a first ascent, leading a successful expedition, or contributing to the safety and well-being of our community, we believe that accomplishment is worth celebrating. Our awards season is designed to do just that – to highlight the achievements of our members and inspire others to push themselves to new heights.

We hope that you will take the time to explore our previous awards section and learn more about the accomplishments of our members. And we encourage you to nominate yourself or your fellow members for recognition, as we believe that every achievement deserves to be celebrated and recognized.

President’s Award for Mountaineering Achievement

This annual award is presented to the?member that has best demonstrated mountaineering achievement.

Click here to nominate.

Photo of Alistair Jeff awarding the 2022 award to Adrian Marsey.

Order of the Golden Boot Award

The Order of the Golden Boot recognises?incompetence, ineptitude and general befuddledness. ?

Click here to nominate.

Photo of Martin Rose collecting the award on behalf of Adele Napier at the 2022 Christmas Meet.


Upcoming Weekend Meets

Email David to sign up!

3rd – 5th February 2023 Inverardan Cottage, Crianlarich

?12pppn. The home of the colour-coded chairs. Great little cottage and plenty of big hills. You shouldn’t be struggling for ideas around here, but if you are check out: /2021/10/09/meet-report-crianlarich-23-oct-2021/

3rd – 5th March 2023 Ling Hut, Torridon (3 spaces left)

?15pppn. Glorious location, basic hut. But all the speisentials. Last visit was surprisingly comfortable! Ideas can be found at: /2019/09/24/weekend-meet-report-torridon-september-2019/

31st March – 2nd April Cairndow Village Hall, Cairndow

?15pppn. The club has not been here for years, but it’s such a good location for the Arrochar Alps and the Argyll hills. You’d be daft to miss it. This is a great town hall, it even has a badminton court!

28th April – 1st May Corrie & Sannox Village Hall, Arran

?10pppn. Some said two village halls in a row was madness. It’s been a while since we had been to Arran and it was a great location back then. So I thought why not book it again! /2015/06/28/may-2015-weekend-meet-report-isle-of-arran/

Information for Arran will come out soon as you will need to book up the ferry!

2nd – 4th June Grey Corries Bunkhouse, Roy Bridge

?25pppn. Based in Roy Bridge, an excellent base for the Grey Corries and beyond. More information on the bunkhouse can be found here:

7th – 9th July Ossian Youth Hostel

?24pppn. An amazing location at the head of Loch Ossian. Remember despite some members trying in the past, this meet is not accessible by car, and you should get the train to Corrour to get here. Some ideas as to what can be done can be found here: (Courtesy of Heavy Whalley)

4th – 6th August CIC Hut, Ben Nevis

?16pppn. Home of the Annual MMC Jschmala Tournament. Climbing, scrambling or even walking to a pub is achievable! More information can be found here: /2022/08/22/cic-hut-weekend-meet-august-2022/

1st – 3rd Sept Glenbrittle Memorial Hut, Skye

?20pppn. The annual trip to Skye, great venue and always great craic. Not that you should need ideas for what to do, but if you do, last years trip can be found at: /2021/08/08/weekend-meet-skye-glen-brittle-september-2021/

20th – 25th September North Wales???

Depending on interest I was considering a multiple night stay in Wales if anyone is interested. I appreciate it is a long drive. So car sharing is encouraged. Also if anyone needs an overnight stop in Bathgate you’d be more than welcome. Please let me know if you are keen and I’ll get this arranged.

6 – 8th October Aberfeldy – ?25pppn. Let me know if you’re interested, I’ve hired one of two bunkhouses. If I have enough interest I’ll hire the other!

3rd – 5th November Inchnadamph – ?25pppn

1st – 3rd December Inver Croft – ?7pppn

29th Dec – 1st Jan Lagangarbh – ?24pppn

2nd – 4th Feb 2024 Mar Lodge – ?20pppn

Island trip for 2024 is due to be Mull, I’ll keep everyone posted as we get this all arranged.


2022 Events

15 January
. Indoor Climbing Meet – Transition Aberdeen
16 January.?Car Meet – Location to be determined in week leading up to Sunday.?
22 January.?Night Navigation Training – Cabrach.?4 & 5 (nights of) Feb.? MMC Weekend Meet.? Ballachulish, Alex Macintyre Memorial Hut.? Details to follow

13 Feb. Car Meet – Location to be determined in week leading up to Sunday. 
19 & 20 Feb.  Winter Skills, Cairngorms.  Details to follow.

4 & 5 (nights of) March. MMC Weekend Meet.  Strawberry Cottage.  Details to follow.
20 March. Car Meet – Location to be determined in week leading up to Sunday. 

1 & 2 (nights of) April.  MMC Weekend Meet.  Dundonnell, The Smiddy. Details to follow.
24 April. Car Meet – Location to be determined in week leading up to Sunday. 
29 & 30 April & 1 May (3 nights).  Otter Bunkhouse, Isle of Lewis. Details to follow.

22 May. Car Meet – Location to be determined in week leading up to Sunday. 
3 & 4 (nights of) June.  Knoydart Bunkhouse, Inverie.  Details to follow
1 & 2 July (nights of).  Lagangarbh, Glencoe.  Details to follow.
5 & 6 August (nights of).  CIC hut.  Ben Nevis.  Details to follow.
2 & 3 September (nights of).  Glenbrittle, Skye.  Details to follow.
30 Sept & 1 October (nights of).  Elphin.  Details to follow.
4 & 5 November (nights of).  Gairloch Sands SYHA.  Details to follow.
12 November. AGM.
2 & 3 December (nights of).  Mill Cottage, Glenfeshie.  Details to follow.
18 December. Christmas Meet.

CIC Meet Report 4th-6th Aug 2023

Another month, and another memorable MMC weekend meet. Whilst you might think from the UK’s highest mountaineering hut, great mountaineering feats would be achieved, of course the CIC lived up to it’s usual rainy reputation. Fortunately, with the rest of the UK battling yellow weather warnings, Ben Nevis was surprisingly unscathed. Still, wet rock meant sensible route choices were made this weekend.

With warnings on parking in force due to the mountain biking event at Fort William, Olly and David arrived early on the Friday and headed up to the CIC on the Friday arriving just after 6pm. Unfortunately, there was no toilet roll so a cry for help was sent out! No one received the urgent message.

Given the pleasant weather at this time, there was serious consideration as to whether to head up The Ben, but they both agreed tea was in order. The rest of the group arrived in dribs and drabs. There was worry over the arrival of Grace, Iona and Vicky, it turns out despite the route in to the hut being signposted they managed to get geographically embarrassed within sight of the car.

Dan, Olly and David debated Castle Ridge or Observatory ridge, but instead agreed on a pleasant climb up ledge route, along CMD and back to the hut. Nuts were used for protection. Following David’s voice increased in pitch for a while. On the Ben plateau, they came across a roaming ecologist Ellie hunting for the UK’s highest tree. They all grouped together and found “Rob’s Birch” at 1205m, named after one of Ellie’s climbing friends who unfortunately lost their life last year.

Grace Iona and Vicky agreed on Carn Mor Dearg, then onto Ben Nevis itself, or as Iona and Vicky liked to call it, NevNevs. After a direct ascent up 400m to the first peak, they then completed the classic ridge walk of the Arete onto NevNevs. A classic scramble, Grace even said it was in her top three best hill walks she has done to date! They were not so enamoured with the tourist track back to the CIC hut.

The highlight of the weekend followed, which was not the annual MMC Jschmala competition (Iona was the official loser for 2023, who took over Dan’s title), but in fact Justin arriving with toilet roll!

The Sunday had most returning home, however Grace was seen hanging off Polldubh crags, whilst Iona and Vicky had a great time up Beinn a’ Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach.

As always, a fantastic meet despite the weather. Fingers crossed for better weather next year!

Bus Meet: 10th?September?Torridon

Bus Meet: 10th September Torridon

Our next bus meet location will be Torridon. This is a classic venue with excellent ridge traverses available from the bus.??Please note that we cannot guarantee that the bus will be able to travel beyond Torridon Village.? This means that anyone intending on climbing Beinn Alligin or doing the low level walk behind Liathach will have an extra road walk between Inveralligin and Torridon Village.??In the past the bus has parked at Inveralligin but this is unlikely to be possible with the huge increase in traffic in this area?

Also note the date – 10th September.??Bus Meets are usually on the third Sunday in the month but no buses were available so this is the second Sunday of September.??This also helps for people going on the club trip to Wales.?

The organiser for this trip is Joe Glennie, to put you name on the list please email?!

The Vanishing Ice, a talk by Iain Cameron

18th?October 19:00, Elgin Town Hall?

The Moray Mountaineering Club presents Iain Cameron, author of “The Vanishing Ice”, shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year 2021.

As Britain’s foremost expert on snow patches, Iain will introduce us to the remarkable and little-seen relics of the Ice Age found in the high shady corners of the Scottish hills, the changes over time, and what this means for the world’s climate.

Iain will have copies of his book available to buy, for more information see
The Vanishing Ice – Adventure Books by Vertebrate Publishing

For more information on Iain and Scottish snow patches see

Wednesday 18th October 2023. Doors and bar from 7:00pm for 7:30 start. Tickets only ?5.

Buy your tickets in advance to secure a place at Eventbrite.

Save the date: Christmas Meet

A date for your diary! – The MMC annual Christmas walk and dinner meet will be on Sunday 17th December 2023.

Plans are being made for a bus meet west to Garve and possibly Ben Wyvis for a hill walk and or a low level walk. Low level walk from Garve to Dingwall or Conon Bridge – with shorter versions available – Rogie Falls, Contin or Strathpeffer back to Dingwall or Conon via woodland walks, Knockfarrel and the Cats Back.

More details will follow in the autumn about walk options and the venue for the meal. Price TBC but around ?40 – 50 for meal and the bus. This is always a good, fun, social meet with a chance to chat especially if one chooses the low level shorter walk options!

Get this date in your diary and look out for further details in the coming months it’s sure to be a fun one,


20th August Bus Meet: Inverlael, Ben Dearg & Fannichs

The next bus meet will be on Sunday 20th August to Inverlael, Ben Dearg or the Fannichs. This is a fantastic location with a large selection of hills and routes in this area!

The bus can drop of at a few locations:

  • Torran Dubh Bridge ( west end of Loch Glascarnoch) for walk to the corbett Beinn Liath Mhor a Ghiubhais or Am Faochagach or Cona Mheall can be climbed by the SW ridge (minor scramble) and the continue to Ben Dearg, returning to the bus at Inverlael.
  • Loch Droma for a circuit of the Fannich Munros around Loch Mhadaidh .
  • Braemore junction for a circuit and or ascent of corbett Beinn Enaiglair
  • Inverlael to climb Ben Dearg, Cona Mheall, and possibly Meall nan Ceapraichean and Eididh nan Clach Geala, or just do the latter two hills.

    or look at the map OS sheet and choose your own route!

There is also one trad climbing route listed on UKC at Diollaid a Mhill Bhris at the upper end of Gleann na Sguaib.

All in all a bargain day out for ?15 with the added bonus that you don’t have to drive! (plus we save the planet and all that) To sign up please use the google form:

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