Colin Crawford receives Lifetime Award from Chris Watson

Inverness Annual Dinner and AGM

Summary from Rick Salter, RHSoc Chair

A quick note to say a big thank you to those who attended the AGM and dinner on Saturday in Inverness. I heard from many how much they had enjoyed the event, and with 90 folks present it was the one of the largest RHSoc's gatherings that we have held.

The AGM went well, with good discussion on a number of points, for which the committee are grateful including the new officers elected. The dinner itself was very good, and the 'afters' of awards/presentations culminated with a deserved 'Mad Bagger' presentation by Chris Watson to Colin Crawford (see photo), recognising his amazing lifetime of hill climbing; both first time tops and repeats.

Anne Butler and Richard McLellan were also mentioned for their very fine record climbing hills in the UK and abroad. Matters were concluded with a presentation from our new honorary member SIB Ship Master Alan Holmes, who provided a succinct and informative talk on all things SIB, he then passed out the SIB awards. Well done to all recipients (more than 31) for their personal achievements in all relative hill categories.

Lastly, thanks to the organisers Phil Massey, Dave Chapman and Davie Jamieson for organising the event, the Craigmonie Hotel was an excellent choice. If attendees have any feedback on the AGM or dinner please let us know to this email.

It was agreed that next year's meeting (AGM and dinner) will held at the Park Hotel, Montrose, likely 14 June 2025 (tbc).

Rick Salter

A Cumbria-based mountaineer, Rick is passionate about all things outdoors; hills, campervan living, coastal walking and cocker-spaniels Bryher and Ben. Along with Jen, the first female Marilyn completer, they are working on a number of hill lists: Mainly hills >600m (Simms and the new High Hills list of Alan Dawson), plus any near Dodds, Humps and SiBs. With Jen he has ticked the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Wainwrights, Birketts, Synges, Cumbria All Lists; and more recently the Donalds/Tops, Nuttalls, Bridges and Buxton&Lewis' lists, the SMC Full House, plus the less well documented Snowdonia Simms. Rick entered the Dodds Hall of Fame in 2019. When not bagging hills he is on callout with Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and is active on Cumbria CAMRA committee.

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