Annual Climbing Reunions have been held each year since 1996. Initially these were day outings but in recent years they have developed in to fairly active and very enjoyable weekend affairs.Climbing has featured prominently in the Group’s outdoor activities for nearly 50 years and the first FOSS climbing reunion to Schiehallion in October 1996 was to mark the 40th anniversary of what is considered to be the first ‘official’ Scout hill climb – of that mountain.
1995 – Day climb of Schiehallion to celebrate 40 years of Scout climbing – in today’s party was Jim Begg who was among those on the first climb of Schiehallion in 1955.
1996 – Day climb of Bynack Mor and Cairngorm.
1997 – Weekend camp at Loch Pattack near Ben Alder and climb of Carn Dearg, joining Iain Park in finishing his second round of Munros.
1998 – Camping weekend at the Shelter Stone beside Loch Avon in the heart of the Cairngorms to mark the 40th anniversary of the Troop expedition there in 1958 – 3 of the original party were present on this occasion – Jim Begg, Donald Macleod and Iain Park.
1999 – Very wet and extremely challenging hike in to Aultbeithe Youth Hostel in Glen Affric and climb by some of An Socach.
2000 – As sunny and warm as last year’s outing was wet and miserable – a hike along Loch Hourn to Barrisdale in Knoydart – a few climbed Luinne Bheinn.
2001 – Weekend at Lui’s cottage in Glen Etive and climb of Ben Lui. There was a second outing this year to the Torridon area including a climb of Beinn Eighe.
2002 – Day climb of Ben Nevis by three of the more senior members of FOSS – a very wet and windy climb.
2003 – Again to Lui’s cottage and this time ascents of Ben Starav and Ben Challum.
2004 – Weekend at Strawberry Cottage in Glen Affric. Lots of Munros climbed on this occasion in this fine part of Scotland.
2005 – Weekend at Milehouse Cottage beside Loch Inch and climb of Ben MacDui – last climbed by two of the party on the Shelter Stone expedition of 1958.
2006 – Weekend at Black Rock Cottage in Glen Coe. FOSS members joined on this occasion with a party of Thursday Scouts who camped in Glen Etive. Climb of Buachaille Etive Mhor by the combined party.
2007 – Weekend based at the SMC’s Raeburn Hut near Laggan, attended by 13 FOSS members and 7 members of the Explorer Unit and with other climbers joining Iain Park in finishing his 3rd round of the Munros on Stob Ban in the Grey Corries.
2008 – Return visit to Milehouse Cottage, attended by six FOSS members – walk in for 50th anniversary visit to Shelter Stone including two members of the original Scout party in 1958 – climb out over Cairngorm summit
2009 – back to Blackrock cottage in Glencoe – 12 in the party – poor weather but various Munros climbed and an excellent meal in the Bridge of Orchy Hotel
2010- a break from tradition and our first reunion south of the border in the Lake District, based at Kentmere. Thirteen attended. Highlights – an excellent round of the Kentmere Horseshoe and a memorable meal provided at the Maggs Howe farmhouse.
2011- third time at the LSCC Mileshouse cottage at Loch Inch. Weather mixed but a successful climb of the Glen Feshie Munros and catering of the usual high standard.
2012 – a new venue – John Addy’s holiday home in Pitlochry – good company and goof food as usual and a fine climb of Schiehallion
2013 – Return to John Addy’s holiday home in Pitlochry – sixteen in the party including Doc Podboy from the USA and Tom Sutherland from India. This year’s Munro Geal Charn at Drumochter in miserable conditions but morale restored with an excellent meal in the Moulin Hotel.
2014 – Back again to Pitlochry – another great weekend with some new faces – good company and good food as usual and two of the Monadh Liath Munros climbed.