Annual Gathering and Spring Meet

Annual Gathering and Supper

The ANNUAL GATHERING and SUPPER is held each November to bring together members, guests and young expeditioners. Its purpose is to encourage the exchange of information and advice for the planning of future expeditions and to enjoy the company of like-minded Arctic enthusiasts. We organise an afternoon programme of talks and slide shows on recent and historic expeditions by members and by recent SAC grant awardees. Plenty of time is also allowed for the informal exchange of information and experience, as well as eating and drinking! Our AGM is also held at the Annual Gathering.

The 2017 Annual Gathering and Supper will be held at the Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge on Saturday, 18th November 2017. Members and guests are also invited to an informal get-together on Friday 17th November 2017. A booking form will be circulated with the Newsletter or please contact the Secretary for further information.

Spring Meet

The SPRING MEET is held in May to bring club members together to enjoy a week of outdoor activities in the Scottish Highlands.

The 2017 Spring Meet will be held at Attadale, 13th – 20th May 2017. If you are interested in attending the 2017 Spring Meet please look out for announcements in the Club newsletter.

The 2016 Spring Meet of the Scottish Arctic Club was held at Attadale Lodge near Strathcarron in Wester Ross from 7th – 14th May 2016.

Pat Duchart provided the following report:

The SAC week at Attadale was enjoyed in whole or part by 15 members. It was unusual in that there was not a drop of rain all week but it did have its share of sunshine, wind and grey skies.

Activities were as ever many and varied. The 5 kayakers/canoeists enjoyed an interesting paddle on Loch Maree, a brief paddle off Portchuillin, when wind and tide thwarted other plans but beach and sunshine were much enjoyed, a round trip from Portchuillin to Plockton and a very windy paddle on Loch Sgamhain. There was a steep learning curve on the assembly and use of Frank’s new origami kayak. Loch Coruisk remains a challenge for the future.

The walkers preferred distance to height with walks which included the Elgol area, the shores of Loch Torridon, a very rewarding circumnavigation of Maol Chean-dearg and an investigation of the valley North East of the Strathcarron Hotel for flora fauna and a previous canoe route. The cyclists had two good days in the saddle.

The estate lambs provided much entertainment as they enjoyed life. There were many visits to the gardens, which were looking particularly good, especially the rhododendrons. The home baking was also much appreciated.

We had a communal meal on Sunday with plenty of salmon, quiche and good stew and again on Thursday with the main course amply provided by the Danish lady at the home farm. Every night had its share of good food, good drink, good conversation and most importantly good company.

The 2014 Annual Gathering and Supper

Talks given at the Annual Gathering and Supper, Fort William on 15th November 2014

Arctic Finnmark with British Exploring Society
Eleanor Hopkinson (SAC grant)
Harding Ice Field, Alaska, with Banchory Academy
Kirsty Bremner (SAC grant)
Lofoten Expedition with Ocean Youth Trust
Emily Whyte (SAC grant)
Greenland 360 – Climate change, Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland
Cameron Mackay (SAC grant)
Iceland, Winter 2014
Ashley Buchan and Ronan Dugan (SAC grants)
Russian Taiga, a short film about his 2013 expedition studying black cock
Ronan Dugan
Arctic Reflections – Scoresbysund, landscape, birds, seascapes
Brigitte &amp Hans-Peter Grossman
Scottish Association for Marine Science’s work in the Arctic
Dr Finlo Cottier and Lucianne Marshall
North Liverpool Land Expedition 2014
Jim Gregson
Maud (a Dundee whaler) in the Arctic
Mike Lea
One of the grant holders, Dr Joseph Cook, was unable to be with us but he had sent a poster outlining his research on cryonite holes on the ice sheet’s surface and this was on display during the day.

The 2013 Annual Gathering and Supper

Talks given at the Annual Gathering and Supper, Fort William on 16th November 2013

British Exploring Society’s Expedition to Arctic Finnmark, Northern Norway 2013
Mairi Gilmour, Ed Lavender, Katie Lumsdaine & Esme Moore (SAC grants)
Northern Exposure
Jenny Newall (SAC grant)
Svartisen Ice cap, Northern Norway
Alexandra Messerli (SAC grant)
South Stauning Alps
Chris Gilmore
East Greenland memories 1961-1990: 30 years of expeditions in NE Greenland
Geoffrey Halliday
Insects and farming in SW Greenland
Ashley Buchan
Schrimshaw and the whaling disaster of 1777
Mike Lea
East Greenland, summer 2013
John Peden
Twenty years in East Greenland
Jim Gregson
Geological fieldwork in southern Greenland
Anna Bidgood (presented by her father, Nigel, in her absence)
Alaska in January
Stella Spratley

The 2012 Annual Gathering and Supper

Talks given at the Annual Gathering and Supper, Pitlochary on 10 November 2012.

BSES Arctic Odyssey Expedition to Finmark, 2012
Lara Bently & Eilidh McNab (SAC grant)
Qassiarsuk, S. Greenland fieldwork
Ashley Buchan (SAC grant)
Fieldwork in Svalbard while studying at UNIS
Kirsteen Allison & Pail Rhodes (SAC grant)
Fortrose Academy: exchange with Gjoa Haven
Alistair Ferms, Ben Beasley, Tim Milner, Rebecca Ross (SAC grant)
Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge
Ronan Dugan
Richard Hamilton’s Arctic Journal
Elspeth Hamilton
St Andrews University Expedition to S. Greenland 1971
Phil Gribbon
Kongakut River, north slope Alaska
Chris Gilmore
Jameson Land
Pete Nelson
Hold with Hope 1989
Liz Patterson
Towards the North Pole
Hugh Simpson

The 2011 Annual Gathering and Supper

Talks given at the Annual Gathering and Supper, Fort William on 19 November 2011.

Zooplankton phenology in Arctic waters
Jordan Grigor
BSES Summer (Templefjord) Expedition to Svalbard
Jenny Newall & Susanna Challinger
Canoeing down the Mackenzie River
Steven and Maya Doughty
Shorebirds and spruce trees of Northern Interior Alaska
Ronan Dugan
Flying in Greenland
Sigurður Aðalsteinsson
Tourism in Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland
Helana Dejak
An Arctic Alphabet
Nancy Campbell
Mikki’s Fjord Trip and Spring in Sermilik Fjord, East Greenland
Douglas Anderson

The 2010 Annual Gathering and Supper

Talks given at the Annual Gathering and Supper, Dundee on 13 November 2010

Talks given at the Annual Gathering and Supper, Dundee 13 November 2010
The Harding Ice Field, Alaska, 2010
Banchory Academy
Exchange visit from Gjoa Haven school, 2010 – PDF – 1.4MB
Fortrose Academy
BSES Expedition to Svalbard, 2010
Timothy Hunter
The Arctic Voice Project
Glen Morris
The Watkin’s Mountains – PDF – 1.7MB
David Matthews
Kong Oscar’s Fjord, 2010
Kathleen Cartwright
Wildlife in Alaska, 2010
Ronan Dugan
Expeditions to Alaska and Greenland, 2010
Chris Gilmore
Svalbard 2010 – PDF – 3MB
Maude Tiso
Stauning Alps Expedition from Dundee University, 1970
John Peden