Monday, 15 June 2009

Joint Merseyside Clubs Meet 2009

Joint Merseyside Clubs Meet 12-14th June 2009.... past event.

Unfortunately, this coincided with our Beginners' Meet at our hut near Keswick, so there was an absence of our newer members on this meet, but some of our more experienced members were able to attend and Ken Fyles has supplied this report:

The meet began on the Friday evening with George Chambers(Wayfarer) cooking his usual large, stupendous dinner for all that requested it.

Saturday dawned bright but soon the rain clouds arrived and everyone was in a quandary whether to go climbing or walking. Many Merseysiders were undaunted and braved the occasional shower on Raven Crag.

Martin Tomlinson, Dave Ormerod and Richard Porada intended simply to summit Bowfell but somehow Richard got roped in with a climbing pair (claiming to be ex-Wayfarers) on a very greasy Bowfell Buttress. Ever ready climbers Ed Wray and Bonnie Vandesteeg visited Pavey Ark, whilst Paul Davies schooled Pam Davies on alpine techniques on Upper scout Crag as she will be joining an alpine Wayfarers' team later this summer. Although Pam has climbed Cho Oyu (6th highest peak in the world), Mera Peak, Island peak and has been to the north col of Everest, her climbing development has amazingly missed alpine climbing.

Most other Wayfarers noted the early morning showers and took a walk to Grasmere by various high or low routes. Peter Spalton went bike riding in between tidying the Hut (bemusing many people left wondering where their food had gone).

The Saturday evening meal was a more local affair than usual. The Aberdeen Angus Topside was bought from the local farm(Milbeck) near the New Dungeon Ghyll pub. It is worth noting that Angus beef and Herdwick lamb (cut as you decide) is easy to order simply by phoning Sue Taylforth at Millbeck Farm(01539 437364) a couple of days before you want it – it is butchered in Newby Bridge hence the notice required. Alternatively, you could order over the internet via the Millbeck Farm website. The four vegetarians had a cheese bake but all of them praised it even though it was prepared by a non-vegetarian cook.

On the Sunday the Merseyside crowd, Paul Davies, Jennie Gorman, Lee and Shirley Bonner, Hugh Mantle and Marcel Becker were joined by St. Helens M.C. man Malcolm Brentford doing various climbs on White Ghyll. Meet leader Ken Fyles, Allan Mtsendero, Heather Scarrott, Les Berry and Carol Baxendale representing the St.Helens M.C. busied themselves on Raven Crag in blustery conditions.

The 28 people on the meet were predominantly Wayfarers with eight Merseysiders, four St.Helens MC and one Vagabond. Catering was the turn of St.Helens MC with Ken Fyles as principle cook ably assisted by Carol Baxendale and Les Berry. Other attendees of the meet were Graham Penny, Stephen Auty, Colin Smith, Jack Middleton, George Bintley, and Wayfarers' President Peter Dixon.