Historic Member Profiles

Member Profile - Alf Slack

Alf Slack, lived from 1918 to 1998, and was a keen member of the Lomond MC. Originally from London but moved to Scotland in his youth and remained here ever since. He spent his life working in botany, and worked in agriculture, forestry and teaching and was a botanic researcher who was most known for the rediscovery of an alpine plant called Purple Coltsfoot, which was thought to have been long wiped out, high up on a ledge in Coire Fee in Glen Clova, and to this today remains a reason why the Coire is protected.

It was was during Alf’s botanical research that led him to discover Coire Daimh on Beinn Udlaidh and introduce it as a future climbing venue to all, with first ascents of well known routes today as “Quartzvein Scoop”, which were originally climbed as summer routes long before they became winter climbs.

He was also responsible for such routes as “Slack’s Route” on The Cobbler, “Slack & Russell’s route” on Arran.




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