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Robert Gordon University Computer Society
Following on from the recent posts “RGU CompSoc Re-enact the Fellowship Setting out from Rivendell” and “RGU CompSoc Portsoy to Cullen Trek Sat 12th Oct 2013” this new post contains some images taken by some of the students on the trip. To begin with we have some panoramic images, followed by some photographs charting the journey from Portsoy to Cullen. The images below are just a flavour of this new photo-set that in total contain 159 images.
Yesterdays post could perhaps be described as a photographic journey of RGU CompSoc’s coastal trek from Portsoy to Cullen. One particular part of the route that immediately caught the attention of @dcdoolan was a scene from the “Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), just a few seconds of screen time after the “Fellowship” sets out from Rivendell. The music comes to a crescendo just as Gandalf reaches a peak with two outcrops of rock on either-side of him. Seeing such a great location on our own “Fellowship” adventure, we just had to play homage to it, as you will see in the short video of our trek (time index 01:32 to 01:58).
None of us were carrying a “Ring of Power” as Frodo was in this particular film, however as has seemingly become tradition @dcdoolan had a few rocks in his bag collected at the start of the journey, to deposit somewhere at the final destination. So we may not have had the “Ring of Power” in our position during the trek, but we were still making a journey like the “Fellowship” carrying something with us to a final destination. You can see the particular scene in question at time index 00:32 in the video below.
You may like to read the script of the “Fellowship of the Ring” so you can see details of the scene (P80) – all that it says is that it’s an exterior shot in rough country, south of Rivendell by day. The scene is located between the “Fellowship” setting off from Rivendell and their encounter with “Crebain from Dunland”. Had we shot the scene from the opposite direction then we could have recreated it even closer to the film, as Gandalf places his left hand on the outcrop of rock. Perhaps this is a good reason to go on this walk again, but instead of doing the route from Portsoy to Cullen, we could do the reverse and produce a more faithful re-enactment.
Shortly after creating this blog post one of those on the trek send on a horizontally flipped picture, so a new video was quickly edited using this idea. With a horizontal flip applied to just the footage in question, resulting in the video below. As you can readily see it matches in far more closely with the original scene from the “Fellowship of the Ring”.
On Saturday 12th October 2013 RGU CompSoc set off on its usual start of year hill walking trip. This time round we set our sites on a route located about 50 miles north of Aberdeen, a costal walk between Portsoy and Cullen.
We started the adventure just outside the Riverside East Building in Garthdee around 09:40 where we picked up most of the group, we then headed to Woolmanhill to pick up a few more, before journeying north to reach the starting point of Portsoy for our costal trek. Just prior to arriving in Portsoy we stopped off at a co-op shop located just next to the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters located in Macduff.
After this quick pit stop we went direct to Portsoy to start the trek around 12:00.
We say some really wonderful scenery along the way and visited some castle runes located right on the cliff edge. We finally arrived in Cullen just before 17:00, and stocked up on some ice-cream before heading back to Aberdeen. On our way through Dyce and onto Aberdeen City centre we made a number of stops along the way to let people off in convenient locations. We finally arrive back at campus just a few minutes before 19:00.
All in all it was a really great day, as you can see from the photographs, the sun was shining all day long and the scenery was in a word amazing. Everybody who came along on the trip really enjoyed it. Hopefully we can do a similar trip again soon. The video below may give you some sense as well of the places we saw and the fun we had, you may notice towards the end that a particular shot looks very much alike a shot from the Fellowship of the Ring, located about half way through just after the Fellowship set off from Rivendell and are making their way across a ridge. Gandalf stops for a moment and puts his hands on a rock as he negotiates his way over a step.
If you wish to see some more pictures from the trip the take a look at this photo set which just so happens to have 586 images charting the journey. This other video directly below, prior to seeing a sample of images from the days, shows the set-up process for the group photo.
The route was about 7 miles in length (11.26km) as seen in the route map below.
Some photos and a video of our recent hillwalking trip around Loch Muick. Is RGU CompSoc a Computer Society or a Hillwalking Club? That’s a question we ask ourselves every time we venture into the wilds of Scotland for a bit of adventure. This time we headed about 60km west of Aberdeen to Loch Muick, just a few miles south west of Ballater. As you can see it was quite an overcast and damp day but everybody really had a great time. In all about twenty students and academics joined in the fun, some took the easy option of just quickly going around the track that located just meters from the loch itself. The other dozen as you can see from this video decided to take a slightly more adventurous up into the cloud covered hills.
We kept on thinking that our journey through the misty and cloud covered hills around the loch were a bit like the journey of the fellowship of the ring trying to cross the misty mountains. In one scene from our adventures you can probably think of a very similar scene from the Fellowship of the Ring where the Hobbits, Humans,Dwarf, Elf & Wizard make their way in single file across the ridge of a mountain shortly after commencing their quest from the elven outpost of Rivendell. In our case we are in single file, but one of the main differences is that you can just barely see us given the cloud cover. As we all know the depiction of Middle-Earth was recorded in New Zealand, given its wondrous landscapes, it could however have been shot in Scotland as it too has some really great vistas.
2012-10-13-LochMuick, a set on Flickr.
Michal recorded the route travelled via gps as you can see we walked a distance of 17.2km in little over five hours.
Some photographs from our trip to Glen Clova taken today 21st May 2012. We set off at 09:30 in the morning and drove 82 miles before finally reaching our destination of Glen Clova, along the way we stopped off to get some supplies for the trip this was around 10:55. By 12:30 we were well on our way up to an elevation of 870 meters, finally reaching to top around 14:00, and finally completed our descent by 16:20, at which time we headed off to visit the Caterthuns – Hill forts. We finally made our way back to Aberdeen by 19:00. All it all it was a great day out and as you can see from the photograph the weather was great too.
2012 05 21 Glen Clova, a set on Flickr.
The society is planning to head off on one of our now bi-annual hillwalking trips on Monday 21st May. In all of our previous trips we have either headed west or north west. This trip will see us heading south west of Aberdeen. Our previous trip this past academic year saw us visiting Slains Castle just a little north of Aberdeen. Around this time last year we visited Loch Morlich (April 2011).
The following links give some indication of possible walking routes in the area
Meeting Point – Turning Circle right outside Woolmanhill Student Accommodation (Meeting up at 09:20, so we can get underway for 09:30)
Area Map of Glen Clova
Glen Clova is about 62.5 south west of Aberdeen
The Field Trip – A summary
After looking around the Garthdee campus in the morning we eventually found the Minibus, consequently we set off from the Woolmanhill turning circle about 10mins later that we had planned (roughly 09:40). Our first stop was to visit Frovie Sands. During our walk along the dunes and beach we wrote a few equations in the sand as well as “CTRL Byte”, also had the opportunity to take some photos of a seal who happened to be on the beach. After that we took a break for a quick spot of lunch before heading on to Slains Castle followed by a 3.5km further trek north to see the Bullars of Buchan. We got back to the minibus around 17:30 and headed to Ellon for a spot of fish & chips before making the journey back to Aberdeen, arriving shortly after 19:00. All in all it was a great day out and the sun was shining all day long, couldn’t have asked for better weather. Should probably starting thinking about our next trip, but the next thing on the agenda is for tomorrow – bowling at Codonas!
2011-10-16-Forvie-Slains, a set on Flickr.
General Ideas in the two weeks leading up to the field trip
As has become the custom now we will celebrate the start of the new semester by heading off into the wild on one of our field trips. At present the exact plan is being considered but we may head north up along the coast and see what we find. Tune in again for further updates on what we plan on doing (weather permitting of course).
Some initial ideas
Abernethy forest, near Inverness http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/abernethy-forest.shtml
Could do a stop at Balmedie Beach (weather permitting) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balmedie
The Sands of Forvie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sands_of_Forvie
Slains Castle Cruden Bay http://www.aboutaberdeen.com/slainscastle.php
North East Scotland Coastal Trail http://www.aberdeen-grampian.com/pdf/Coastal-Trail.pdf
Lonely Planet Northeast Scotland http://media.lonelyplanet.com/shop/pdfs/scotland-6-northeast-preview.pdf
Scotlands Castle Trail http://surprise.visitscotland.com/pdf/castle-trail%202011-12.pdf
Roundabout in front of Woolmanhill.
This is the beginning of the 3rd week of the semester and Monday 10th Oct will be our second meeting (given that Mon 26th Sept was an Aberdeen Holiday). So the plan is to meet up in C17 as usual and then head to Codonas for an evening of Ten Pin Bowling (http://www.codonas.com/Ten_Pin_Bowling.html). The great thing is that with a student card one can play a game of bowling for just £1 + the hire of the shoes again at just £1. So hopefully we will have some pic’s / video of this uploaded soon.
On Thursday 21st July at 20:00 three of us set off on a run along the beach. We set off from the T-Junction between the Beach Boulevard and the Esplanade. From our starting point we headed north for a bit over 2Km until we got to the northerly end of the Esplanade, then headed back to the South end and returned to the starting point for a total distance of 6.4km. It was a really nice evening with the sun setting, not too warm and the beach itself was fairly quiet.
This evening – Saturday 23rd July we expanded to a group of five and set off at 19:30 along the same route. On both occassions we did the 6.4Km in about an hour. It was however much cooler than Thursdays run and the high winds made the northerly leg of the run that much harded (check out the photo below).
More photos of our runs will be available to see on our Flickr account (Flickr – Aberdeen Run).
Hopefully the size of the group will grow as time moves on. The age-old saying ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ is well known by many, if we can keep running every second day with a bit of luck we should be in much better shape than we are now for the coming semester (beginning Tue 27th Sept 2011). Our third run (Monday 25th July) went well, it had been raining up to a few minutes before we set out. It however remained dry for our run and turned out to be quite a nice evening.
Check out the events calendar https://rgucompsoc.wordpress.com/events-calendar/
The following link (http://www.pol.ac.uk/ntslf/tides/?port=0038) provides details on the tides. So we can pick out some times when it is suitable to run on the beach rather than the footpath. This particular site (http://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Aberdeen-Scotland/tides/latest) provides a nice graphical display of the tides for the coming week, identifies sunrise/sunset as well as having a countdown clock to the next high and low tide.
Aberdeen Weather Forecast
BBC Weather Forecast (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/14)
Met Office (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk)
Check out the following video of our adventures
Today, Monday 25th April 2011 CTRL Byte ventured forth to once again do some hill walking in the Scottish countryside. We left Aberdeen at 08:15 and arrived at Loch Morlich around 11:15, shortly thereafter we set of on our trek to see Green Lake (Loch Uaine) and then onwards and upwards to Meall a Bhuachaille at an elevation of 810 meters. Shortly before making the main ascent we took some time out for a well earned break for lunch in and around 13:00. We had all reached the top just after 14:00 and spent some time flying a kite and getting some group photos before making our way back down. We were all back at Loch Morlich for 15:30 and spent the next hour and a half down at the beach playing bowls and football, before starting on our journey back to Aberdeen. After making one or two stops along the way home we eventually arrived around 20:40. All in all it was a great day and everybody enjoyed the day. The group was very much of an international contingent with six from France, five from Romania, two from Poland, and one from the UK, Ireland and Belgium. Once the May exams are out of the way we may set off on another adventure perhaps somewhere south of Aberdeen.
2011-04-25-LochMorlich, a set on Flickr.
The society is planning on taking a trip to the area in and around Aviemore. The idea is to meet up at the Woolmanhill roundabout at 08:00 so that we are all ready to depart in the RGU Minibus at 08:15. All going well we should arrive at our destination sometime around 11:00, stopping halfway in Keith. It is envisaged that we should be back in Aberdeen for around 20:00. Follow this link to the general route map.
Some of the initial plans are to take in some walks in particular around Loch Morlich and Loch an Eilein which is quite picturesque because of a castle situated on an island within the Loch. We will probably find a few hills around the area to hike up as well.
The following links are to some general information about the area.
Loch Morlich Walking Routes
Loch Morlich Watersports http://www.lochmorlich.com
Meall a’ Bhuachaille & Green Loch (Lochan Uaine)
By virture of the fact of being a society it is necessary to submit a risk assessment to RGU:Union before going off on any adventures, consequently we did a bit of surfing on the Internet to find some examples. We managed to find quite a bit of info about travelling by car / minibus, hillwalking and even a few research articles and a PhD thesis.
PhD Thesis “New Statistical method in risk assessment by probability bounds”
“Probabilistic Risk Assessment Procedures Guide for NASA Managers and Practitioners ”
Research Article “Visualising Risk for Hill Walkers”
Research Article “The Risk Assessment Method”
See Page 6 System Flow Diagram of Journey Planner
Sample Risk Assessments for Car / Minibus
Hillwalking Risk Assessments
How to Walk Downhill
Birmingham University – Scouts and Guides have a Risk Assessment for just about everything you can think of.
CTRL Byte pay a visit to Braemar, the Linn of Dee, Falls of Feugh & Braemar Castle, Sunday 10th Oct 2010. Watch the video of our trip here.
Some photographs from the trip to Braemar taken by Daniel. These include Braemar itself, the Linn of Dee and Braemar Castle.
2010-10-10-Braemar, a set on Flickr.
Additional photographs available here – Sortie RGU Braemar