On Saturday 7th July, a group of 5 Rotarians - Ronnie Forbes, Chris Sutton, Jack Tollan, Roger Parry & Graham Innes - along with Ursula Parry from Oban Inner Wheel, Ronnie's dog, Fergus and Chris' collie puppy, Susie - undertook a sponsored hill climb of Stuchd an Lochain, a Munro near Glen Lyon in West Perthshire.
On a lovely sunny day the 6 intrepid climbers managed a speedy ascent of the mountain and enjoyed lovely views from the summit including views of Ben Nevis, Schiehallion and Ben Cruachan.
After returning to the starting point at the dam on Lochan Diamh, Ronnie and Graham decided to climb a second Munro, Meall Bhuidhe, on the opposite side of the loch from Stuchd an Lochain, and successfully climbed this hill, with Fergus leading the way.
Sponsorship of over £500 will have been raised as a result of the climb to be utilised by Oban Rotary in supporting good causes.
The club has been undertaking these sponsored climbs for over twenty years and has raised thousands of pounds for various charities and good causes.
Graham at the summit of Meall Bhuidhe
On Saturday 5th August 4 Rotarians from Oban Rotary Club-Jack Tollan, Chris Sutton, Graham Innes & one ouf our newest Rotarians Ronnie Forbes-undertook a sponsored hill climb to raise funds for Local & International charities and other good causes.
The Challenge involved climbing Ben Vane, a Munro of 915 metres in height lying close to Loch Lomond.
Apart from a shower of rain which arrived just as the group arrived at the summit, the group enjoyed a dry day on the hill and they all successfully climbed the mountain, even Graham who was nursing an Achilles tendon injury. During the climb of this small but tricky Munro splendid views were enjoyed of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and the neighbouring hills, including Ben Lomond.
This was the 20th time Oban Rotary had undertaken a sponsored hill climb in aid of various charities, including Water Aid and MacMillan Cancer Support, climbing over 30 Munros and other hills and raising thousands of pounds in the process.
As a result of this year's challenge the Rotary Club hope to have raised over £500 which will be donated to charities and other good causes chosen by the club.