In the absence of the president and vice-president, Kirriemuir Probus club’s latest meeting was chaired by Malcolm McBeath.
Malcolm introduced guest speaker Mick Rawley, whose talk was entitled ‘The Himalayas’. Mick has worked for Angus Council for 30 years managing Countryside Services in the Angus Glens and at Montrose Basin. He was for many years base commander, British Antarctic Survey and travelled some 7,500 miles dog sledging in South Georgia and the Antarctic.
He is also chief leader for the British Exploring Society, undertaking expeditions to many remote parts of the world. Mick explained that he has spent a lot of time teaching youngsters climbing and survival techniques in the Cairngorms. He went on to describe a recent expedition he led, with scientists, medics and a party of 18-25-year-olds, to the Himalayas in Northern India, partly for research and also to climb previously unclimbed mountains over 20,000 metres high.
With a series of excellent photographs, he showed the difficulties encountered by way of the terrain and altitude sickness, making the point that the young ladies in the party were more than capable of overcoming the problems faced by the conditions. With their objectives achieved the base camp was cleared and left in a pristine state, with nothing left behind, and the trek out with sherpas and mules carrying the bulk of equipment, was made.
Harry Smith gave a vote of thanks for a most interesting and enlightening talk.