Thursday, 31 December 2009

Xmas Snow in the Lakes

Blencathra Monday 28th & Newlands 29th December 2009

A brief report from TrevorS with some additional photography by Graham:

Jonah, MarkB, Graham and I had a great trip to the Lakes, (Graham joining us for the first day only). The first day was a fantastic sunny "Tour de Blencathra", as per the majority of pics attached. A real alpine feel to the day with clear skies and hardly any breeze. Up Sharp Edge and down Hallsfell Ridge, as recommended by Jonah. A few pints around Keswick in the evening, good food to be had, a stay over in rather nice B and B.

Tuesday wasn't quite as nice, however we had a nice walk over Causey pike, Scar Grags and up onto Eel Grag, quite windy on top, where Jonah is seen to be resting on the trig point on one of the attached pics.

The most hazadous part of the trip was negoitating the extreemly icy roads up there the other day. Crampons needed for Booths car park and shoping around Keswick.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Ice Before Xmas

Cwm Idwal 23rd December 2009

A few photos from Mark, Ste and Graham who were in Wales on Wednesday.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Sunday 20th December

Wales and Liverpool

Sunday was a busy day for club members. Rich, Dave, Geoff, Mike and AndyC went to Wales for some winter scrambling on Tryfan.

AndyG, AndyO and SteveB met at Lime Street Station and went to Awesome Walls for a morning of indoor climbing. SteveB had to finish early but was able to make it back to the pub later. Then, after a phone call from Ste and a slight delay on Merseyrail, they joined Ste in the Crown Hotel for drinks. Despite much of the north of England being at a stand still due to snow, Graham and Mark managed to drive home from Scotland in time to join in the celebrations. Mark won the Andy Kirkpatrick sound-alike competition for his comment that, "there is pleasure to be found in suffering," describing his recent adventures. The evening was rounded off with a Chinese and more drinks down Matthew Street before everyone returned to Lime Street to catch their trains home.

Rich, Dave, Geoff, Mike and AndyC on Tryfan.

Scottish Winter Begins

Coire an t'Sneachda - 18/19th December 2009

A report from Mark and Graham from Scotland.

Firstly from Mark:

First winter routes of the season in the bag.

Due to some pretty extreme conditions! With even the local seasoned hard climbers declaring "twas the coldest they had been on a route," and guides struggling to dig out gear on routes. We decided not to chance things and not push our grades. So with dreams of Fingers ridge forgotten, the bonkers cold weather of Friday and extremely bonkers cold and windy weather of Saturday we decided to climb!

Routes ticked:
Hidden Chimney III 4 pitches lead by me
The Runnel II Speed climbed /moving together/ soloing / death roping. See below.

I will let Graham describe the format of climbing on the Runnel and his new found hatred of me!!! Also Graham can enlighten you all with tales of heroic navigation and suffering on descending from the summit.

The highly amusing pic of Graham on the summit is of him wishing had actually died on the climb, as the hot aches that greeted him where unbearable!!!

And now Graham's version:

As for Scotland. The Runnel was good - non-stop climbing which involved very cold hands, firey calves ("can't rest - Mark might be mid move..."), frozen snot covered faces, and me constantly telling myself that Mark must be belaying by now...

That was until I looked up and saw him climbing the crux chimney 60m above me with only two runners between us that both turned out to be far from bombproof. Cue an outburt of cursing directed at Mr Dempsey. I tried to tell him what for when I got to the top but was rudely interrupted by a ferocious bout of hot aches. :(

Turns out to have just been the way it panned out due to the gear, and was apparently equally uncomfortable for Mark.

Navving off was quite a test, a combo of Marks highly accurate stumbling on a bearing and my pacing (did I just say 100m or 200m?!) worked a treat, despite thinking uphill was downhill and having siezed zips and Mark getting compass thumb (frost-nip?). Turns out we should have gone down the Goat Track but at least we can say we took the manly way off.

Retrospective fun at it's very best.

Bring on the next...