STAUMC

Notes and Photos about the St Andrews

University Mountaineering Club

 

 

THE STAUMC has been an active mountaineering club since 1934. It has a current website here. It also has a facebook page. There is also a really lively Youtube intro clip posted in October 2014 which is well worth watching.

The club's members participate in regular weekend and vacation meets, catering for a wide variety of climbers and hill-walkers. In addition, over the years, they have organised many overseas trips, including Greenland expeditions in 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1978. Details of these can be found from this website's index page.

The notes and photos on this page are just a few snapshots, mainly from the 1970's. I'm very happy to add extra photos etc if you send them to me at the email address at the foot of this page.

I think it's fair to say that the STAUMC has a reputable tradition in the annals of Scottish Mountaineering, and indeed Polar mountaineering. As will be seen from a sample of club membership cards below, there was a sort of cycle to the club year, with highlights including the Feich Trip at Hogmanay, originally in Glen Nevis, but then for many years at Glen Pean; the Easter Meet in the North-West, sometimes with a club dinner; and then the early June meet in Glen Brittle.

The social aspect of the club was a way of relaxing and balancing the serious intent of the climbing, and sometimes letting off steam. The club had a 7-metre long tent called 'The Nally' where people would crowd in on stormy nights. Music was a part of the club's tradition: a song book was put together, and guitars and accordians would be carried to remote bothies. In St Andrews, students met either at the Climbing Wall or in a designated pub. In the late 60s and start of the 70s this pub was The Castle Tavern (pictured below).

Over the years, epic trips took place, often involving the annual Feich Trip in the dead of winter: this tradition took place for at least 20 years. In addition, for some, there was the gradual collection of 'Munros', culminating in the celebration of somebody's last munro. Along with the fun, the adventure, and the friendships of mountaineering, there were also, tragically, accidents.

The STAUMC has evolved over the decades, each new generation bringing its own style and new adventures to the annals of this now 80-year-old club. There have also been a number of post-graduate clubs involving former STAUMC members, notably the Corriemulzie Club whose own history can be viewed here.

 

 

The Castle Tavern - STAUMC's mid-week HQ back in the day (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Glen Pean bothy - for years the venue for Hogmanay and launch pad for epic Feich Trips (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Bridget Tod on the Dairsie crag near St Andrews (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Another picture of the rocks at Dairsie

 

Coire Mhor - and heart of Corriemulzie country

 

The Nally

 

Blackrock Cottage - scene of an epic 'thrash' in 1974. The Glencoe Meet was a permanent fixture in late October.

 

Skye in June - Janet McKean at the Glen Brittle campsite (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Margaret Veitch (1957-1980) - Club President 1978-79 - photo taken in Glen Brittle, June 1975

 

The 'haunted' bothy at Ben Alder was scene of many meets (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Andrew Stevenson and Bridget Tod on Sgor Gaibhre above Ben Alder cottage - Schiehallion in the distance

 

View from Beinn A'Chaoruinn to The Ben on the meet when John Clube burnt his tent down (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Classic weather in the north-west highlands: Ross Millar peers across the grey reaches of Loch Monar on a 4-munro day

 

The Cluanie Inn - scene of a particularly epic 'thrash' which went down in legend

 

Last Munro: John Sloan (Club President 1973-74) on Ben Alligan in classic Easter weather in 1974 (photo: Susannah Clark)

 

Another picture of John Sloan on the last munro

 

Last Munro: Ross Millar on Slioch in very different Easter weather in 1975 - view his account here and the objective truth here!

 

Last Munro: David Henderson, soaked and storm-blown, after his last munro in 1976, Fionn Bheinn. Jeanette Arnott (nee Young) helps him out with the champagne.

Dave Gaskell hopes there's some left for him. The weather for this last munro was absolutely appalling with thick mist, heavy rain and storm-force wind.

 

CLUB MEMBERSHIP CARDS 1967-1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAUMC 75th Anniversary Meet at Glenmore Lodge in 2009: John Sloan (Club President 1973-74)

 

STAUMC 75th Anniversary Meet at Glenmore Lodge in 2009: Dougie Brown (left)

and Colin 'Freefall' Matheson (right - Club President 1976-77)

 

 

STAUMC CLUB MEETS

1967-1968

Summer 1967: St Andrews University Expedition to Upernivik Island, West Greenland

October 15th: Day Meet to Glen Lyon

October 27th-29th: Weekend Meet to Glen Etive

November 17th-19th: Weekend Meet to Coire Ardair

December 28th-January 3rd: New Year Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 3rd-7th: Meet to Glen Affric

January 21st: Day Meet to Drummochter

February 2nd-5th: Meal Monday Meet to Steall, Glen Nevis; and Glen Licht, Kintail

Last Week of Easter Vacation: Ling Hut, Torridon

Summer Term: Rock-climbing on Wednesday Afternoons

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

 

1968-1969

October 13th: Day Meet to Crianlarich

October 25th-27th: Weekend Meet to Lagangarbh, Glencoe

November 8th-10th: Weekend Meet to Staoineag, Glen Nevis

December 30th- January 6th: Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 31st-February 3rd: Meal Monday Meet to Steall, Glen Nevis; and Clashgour, Glen Orchy

February 14th-16th: Weekend Meet to Coire Ardair

Last Week of Easter Vacation: Sheneval, Wester Ross

Summer Term: Rock-climbing on Wednesday Afternoons

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

Summer: St Andrews University Expedition to Upernivik Island, West Greenland

 

1969-1970

October 19th: Day Meet to Glen Lyon

October 31st-November 2nd: Weekend Meet to Lagangarbh, Glencoe

November 14th-16th: Weekend Meet to Derry Lodge, Cairngorms

December 31st-January 5th: New Year Meet to Steall, Glen Nevis; and Knoydart

January 25th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

Meal Monday Meets: Glen Affric and Ben Alder

Easter Vacation: Applecross and Torridon

June Meet: Skye

 

1970-1971

October 18th: Day Meet to Crianlarich

October 30th-November 1st: Weekend Meet to Lagangarbh, Glencoe

November 13th-15th: Weekend Meet to Lake District

December 31st-January 11th: Annual Feich Trip to Knoydart, followed by Meet to Glen Cannich

January 24th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

Meal Monday Meets: Culra Lodge and Coire Ardair

February 26th-28th: Tarff to Feshie Mini-Feich Trip

Last Weekend of Easter Vacation: Corriemulzie and Sutherland

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

Summer: St Andrews University Expedition to South Greenland

 

1971-1972

October 17th: Day Meet to Glen Lyon

October 29th-31st: Weekend Meet to Glencoe

November 12th-14th: Weekend Meets to Galloway; and Derry Lodge, Cairngorms

New Year: 12th Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 23rd: Day Meet to Glen Clova

Meal Monday Meets: To Glen Nevis and Glen Affric

February 25th-27th: Weekend Meet to Aultbeithe, Loch Quoich

Easter Vacation: Meet to Sheneval, Wester Ross

April 28th-30th: Weekend Meet to Ardgour

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

 

1972-1973

October 15th: Day Meet to Crianlarich

October 27th-29th: Weekend Meet to Glencoe

November 10th-12th: Weekend Meet to Cairngorms

December 31st-January 9th: Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 21st: Day Meet to Glen Clova

Meal Monday Meet: Steall, Glen Nevis; and Glen Lichd, Kintail

February 23rd-25th: Winter Climbing Meet to Creag Meagaidh

Easter Vacation: Meet to Torridon

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

 

1973-1974

October 14th: Day Meet to Glen Lyon

October 26th-28th: Weekend Meet to Glencoe

November 2nd-4th: Weekend Meet to Glen Pean

November 9th-11th: Weekend Meets to Culra Lodge and Kinlochhourn

St Andrews Day Weekend: Meet to Nest of Fannich

December 29th-January 6th: 14th Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 13th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

January 18th-20th: Weekend Meet to Glen Etive

Meal Monday Meets: Glen Affric and Steall, Glen Nevis

February 22nd-24th: Winter Climbing Meet to Creag Meagaidh

Easter Vacation: Meet to Arran

Easter Vacation: Meet to North West Highlands, finishing at Kinlochewe

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

July: 10 day Meet to Wasdale, the Lake District

 

1974-1975

October 13th: Day Meet to Crianlarich

October 25th-27th: Weekend Meet to Clachaig and Blackrock Cottage, Glencoe

November 8th-10th: Weekend Meet to Derry Lodge, Cairngorms

November 22nd-24th: Weekend Meet to Kintail

December 29th-January 5th: Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 12th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

January 24th-26th: Weekend Meet to Jean's Hut, Northern Corries +

Meal Monday Meet: Meets to Ling Hut, Torridon; and The Smiddy, Dundonnell

February 22nd-24th: Weekend Meet to Culra Lodge

Easter Vacation: Meet to North West Highlands, finishing at Kinlochewe

April 13th: Day Meet to Arrochar

April 18th-20th: Weekend Meet to Ardgour

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

Summer: St Andrews University Expedition to Cape Farewell, Greenland

 

1975-1976

October 19th: Day Meet to Glen Lyon

October 24th-26th: Weekend Meet to Glencoe

November 7th-9th: Weekend Meets to Ben Alder Cottage and Derry Lodge, Cairngorms

November 21st-23rd: Weekend Meets to Loch Quoich and Steall Bothy, Glen Nevis

December 29th- January 11th: 16th Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 18th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

January 30th-February 1st: Weekend Meets to Culra and Creag Meagaidh

Meal Monday Meets: to Ben Nevis and Ling Hut, Torridon

February 28th-March 1st: Weekend Meets to Ben Nevis and Glen Etive

Easter Vacation: North West Highlands

May- Club Dinner Meet to Bridge of Orchy

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

 

1976-1977

October 17th: Day Meet to Crianlarich

October 29th-31st: Weekend Meets to Glencoe and the Lake District

November 12th-14th: Weekend Meet to Kintail

November 26th-28th: Weekend Meets to Fersit, Tulloch; and Culra

December 27th-January 9th: Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 16th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

January 28th-30th: Weekend Meets, Winter Climbing and Steall Bothy, Glen Nevis

Meal Monday Meet: Winter Climbing; Loch Monar; Dundonnel

February 25th-27th: Weekend Meets, Winter Climbing and Dalmally

Easter Vacation: North West Highlands

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

 

1977-1978

October 16th: Day Meet to Glen Lyon

October 21st-23rd: Weekend Meets to Glencoe and Lake District

November 4th-6th: Weekend Meets to Kintail and Cairngorms

November 18th-20th: Weekend Meet to Glen Nevis

December 9th -11th: Weekend Meet to Ben Alder

December 26th-January 8th: 18th Annual Feich Trip in Knoydart

January 15th: Day Meet to Glen Clova

January 27th-29th: Weekend Meets, Winter Climbing and Fersit, Tulloch

February 10th-13th: Meal Monday Meets, Winter Climbing and Torridon

February 24th-26th: Weekend Meets, Winter Climbing and The Smiddy, Glen Etive

Easter Vacation: Arran and North West Highlands

April 28th-30th: Club Dinner Meet to Glencoe, Kingshouse

June, after exams: Meet to Glenbrittle, Skye

 

 

 

STAUMC PAST PRESIDENTS

1934-35 David N Lowe

1935-36 Charles F Griffith

1936-37 Ewen C Thomson

1937-40 George A Collie

1944-48 John D B Wilson

1946-47 Thomas Kirk

1947-48 David Livingstone

1948-50 William A W Russell

1950-51 Rev. John Ray

1951-52 Michael Haines

1952-53 A G Mitchell

1953-54 William P L Thomson

1955-56 Don McTaggart

1955-56 William Bonthrone

1956-57 Lindsay Morris

1957-58 John D Pitts

1958-59 Stan Yeoman

1959-60 W K Reay

1960-61 F Ian Wasson

1961-62 John C Wedderburn

1962-63 Bruce K Reid

1963-64 Ian Wilkinson

1964-65 Christopher S M Doake

1964-65 Blyth Wright

1964-65 William M Ledingham

1965-66 James C S Gilchrist

1966-67 Alan K Robertson

1967-68 Ron Hilditch

1968-69 William T Band

1969-70 J Neil Ross

1970-71 Robert Mutch

1971-72 Andrew Stevenson

1972-73 Ian Walton

1973-74 John P Sloan

1974-75 John F Cant

1975-76 Alan Haywood

1976-77 Colin Matheson

1977-78 Scott Peddie

1978-79 Margaret Veitch

1979-80 Jim Denny

1980-81 John Reglinski

1981-82 Kevin D Abraham

1982-83 Martin Kirkbride

1983-84 Jonathan Owen

1984-85 Dave Lomas

1985-86 Anja Ball

1986-87 Doug Brown

1987-88 Martin Holt

1988-89 Christopher Marden

1989-90 Jill Eardley

1990-91 Tim Clancey

1991-92 Jonathan Brown

1992-93 Adam Bumby

1993-94 Paul Sanderson

1994-95 Catherine Collins

1995-96 Chris Swales

1996-97 Simon Hinchliffe

1997-98 Sophia Colley

1998-99 Gordon Osinski

1999-2000 Dr Kate Frost

2000-01 Aled Sage

2001-02 Dr John Ferris

2002-03 Gordon Bromley

2003-04 Helen Carnaghan

2004-05 Edward Cooper

2005-06 Lettie Chambers

2006-07 Richard McDonald

200708 Kerry Law

200809 James Lismore

2009-10 Fraser Leith

2010 Jack Barraclough

2010-11 Zach Wishart

2011-12 Eve Blumson

2012-13 Xiao Xian Goh

2013-14 Alex Sandulescu

2014-15 Chris Ellyat

2015-16 Lucy Stanfield

2016-17 Rasa Juras

2017-18 Tim Lowe

 

 

 

 

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