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Next Meet

"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

Next Social

AGM. Portland D136.
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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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The pineapple, left, is Gordon the Pineapple - our mascot - drinking, as we tend to do that as well! He's world famous - he's been to most of the major mountain ranges of the world, and has even been offered a role in a New Zealand film! Honestly, I kid you not! We thought fame would go to Gordon's head, so we turned down the offer. I don't think he'll ever forgive us!

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Back to 1990

and a new and strangely named club has just been born. But who shall lead us? After a top-secret, frenzied burst of knitting, Melinda presented us with our all-new, as-yet-unclothed pineapple mascot. Gordon wasted no time learning to walk or navigate, but headed straight for Scotland to get his bagging career off to a flying start.


Surveying his new kindom from the summit of Ben More Assynt.

A tactical day off!

....However it wasn't all plain sailing for Gordon on his first venture north. Well actually it was. Quite literally. To Melinda's horror some of the dominant male contingent on the meet thought that Gordon should conquer the waves as well as the peaks, or maybe they just wanted to test their fall-out proof Ortlieb mapcase.


Sailing away across Loch Stack

Plucked from the stormy waters

After this successful test, Gordon nearly ended up as a guinea pig explorer testing our theory that two nearby cave systems were linked by a stream through a half-submerged, narrow passageway. But a fuming Melinda intervened in the nick of time.

So, it was back to boring old mountaineering; a stroll up the Isle of Skye's fearsome In Pinn for our fearless item of tropical fruit.


Yes, that tiny yellow speck up there in the sky is he.

That distinctive tuft of green hair

However beware,

not all pineapples posing around on mountainsides are the real thing. With his somewhat deficient eyesight, Mad Martin has clearly been fooled by an imposter, fresh from the shelves of a local supermarket, which he is proudly displaying, to the bemusement of passing ramblers.


on close inspection it turned out to be edible

Note Martin Spiers looking on, his sceptre of sensibleness - the green ballcock, lying on the ground before him.

To avoid any such confusion in future, it was decided that Gordon should henceforth be clothed, and thus clearly distinguishable from his edible relatives. Melinda was commissioned to kit him out in suitably Highland style.

There was now no stopping him, and, equipped with his very own Munro wall-chart, he set forth to conquor the highlands. Progress was rapid for several years, until, with signs of wear and tear starting to show, and after a traumatic kidnapping, Melinda ordered his retirement. With the club still looking good for a few more years, she kindly offered to knit us a new one, and I believe Gordon Two has gone on to match, if not surpass the exploits of his illustrious predecesor.

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