Monday, 29 March 2010

Burbage North

Beginners' Meet Sunday 28th March, 2010.

The day was a bit windy but it remained dry and we had a decent day's climbing. Surprisingly, we found the popular climbs around Twenty Foot Crack unoccupied and so we were able to but the beginners to the test with a few classics.

Although not everyone stopped to climb, twenty-five people known to the club showed their faces at Burbage on Sunday which is a very impressive turnout: Maurice, Emma, AndyC, AndyG, Dawn, Rob, Frank, KenMc, Spenner, PaulD, Amanda, "Pope" Paul, Gail, Fiona, Kate, Malcolm, MarkW, MarkD, Graham, Jeff, Justin, Trevor, Dave, Gareth and Derek.

Thanks to Rob and Spenner for the photos:

Monday, 15 March 2010

Point Five Gully

Scotland 11th to 14th March

Jonah is making full use of the continuing winter weather:

Evening Folks, Just back from another jaunt up north - top trip.

Left home with MarkB at 20:00 on Thursday, got to the north face car park by 2:00 Friday, slept in the car for the grand total of 2 & 1/2 hours (two people + kit in an ibiza = snug).

Headed up the Ben and got to the CIC for 7:00ish. Headed out towards the North East Buttress, but got to the middle of tower gully and noticed no-one was on Point 5 - well what can be said...

Led the up to the rogue pitch in two long pitches, I got the first complete with a mega spindrift shower, Mark got the second chimney pitch (best pitch of the climb). I pulled over the last bulge of his pitch to see him happliy belayed to the base of the rogue pitch. So up and over I went (really steep for a few moves), and into the upper gully. A couple more pitches, some moving together, a dodgy cornice, and all of a sudden two climbers with big daft grins were standing on the summit.

Funnily enough the Ben was descended quite rapidly to showers and hero beers...

1) Looking up the gully from the bottom.

2) Mark starting the 2nd pitch.

3) Mark belayed to the bottom of the rogue pitch.

On saturday we joined up with Si, Martin, and AndyM and went to Stob Coire Nam Beith in Glen Coe. Conditions were not brilliant, so Andy and Mark elected for Rugby and beer. Si, Martin and myself climbed the first couple of pitches of No 1 Buttress, and then finished off up Arch Gully to the summit. Made for a really nice long climb of about 240m grade III. Went down far Clachaig beer, and went and found the boys - another top day.

Looking forwards to the next adventure...


Moel Hebog

At the Annual Dinner 2010, DaveA and KenF hatched a plot to go on the Carneddau on the Sunday with a "Plan B" to go to Moel Hebog if cloud was still on the higher mountains as it had been on the previous day. Hebog won and the group was augmented on the Sunday by Lionel , Alison, DaveC and AngelaC. Photos were all taken from the summit of Moel Hebog (2568ft).

From the summit they completed the round back to Beddgelert by going over Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn.

Annual Dinner 2010

Saturday 13th March, 2010 at Plas y Brenin

About forty people attended the newly revitalised Annual Dinner. After assembling in the bar we were eventually installed in the main dining room at Plas y Brenin for a fine three course meal.

Here is a brief selection of photos, and a few comments, from the dinner, after-dinner talk, raffle, and the club prize-giving:

Mike turned up in his own national costume
and gave our Welsh hosts something to think about.

The after-dinner speaker was Dave Bunting MBE who gave a very inspiring talk on an expedition to the West Ridge of Everest. Amongst many other things in a busy mountaineering career, Dave has written a book about training and preparation for mountaineering and expeditions of all kinds. See Amazon for more details of Dave's book.

Steve was awarded the "Club Member of the Year"
for all his hard work arranging this Annual Dinner.

DaveA receiving the "Chairman's Award"
for having just "compleated" all the Munros.

Malcolm was awarded "Mountaineer of the Year"
for his recent exploits in the Himalayas.

Ken receiving "Has Been of the Year"
for his long service to the club.

This was an amusing personal moment for Dave Bunting
as our chairman waits to present "Peeler of the Year" to RichC.
Inspecting the "trophy," Dave noticed that it was donated by John Doyle
a former member of the club who is an old friend of Dave's
and who currently works with Dave at "My Peak Potential"
providing adventure activities, training and motivational speaking.

Finally, the club would like to thank all the sponsors who supported the event and donated prizes for the raffle:

Go Outdoors (Wigan) donated a Montane pertex smock. In addition to on-line sales, their store in Wigan carries a wide range of outdoor clothing and equipment.

The North West Face climbing wall and gear shop donated a 70m super-dry rope. The club makes regular use of The North West Face climbing wall for our Monday evening indoor climbing meets.

The Adventure Centre, Warrington, donated a pair of Seal Skinz, waterproof socks. They operate two specialist websites retailing tents and outdoor equipment.

Needle Sports donated a £25 Voucher. Needle Sports is the premier technical gear oriented shop in Keswick, Cumbria. Stephen Reid and his staff are all keen climbers and have been most helpful to club members both in person and on-line through their website.

David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club (Warrington) donated one week's family membership to their excellently appointed sports and fitness centre in Great Sankey, Warrington.

The Coledale Inn donated one night's bed & breakfast for two. The Coledale needs no introduction to members, their hospitality is legendary.

Plas y Brenin donated a taster session consisting of climbing, skiing and canoeing. Plas y Brenin is run by the Mountain Training Trust, a charity for the provision of training and promotion of safety in the hills. They also do good cake.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Scotland - A Long Weekend.....2010.

A report from Jonah on his latest Scottish adventure, with photos by TrevS:

Drove upto Tyndrum with MarkB and TrevS on Wednesday night.

Thursday morning went into the Eas Anie waterfall on Ben Chuirn (icefall at the mo) and climbed it in beautiful blue sky conditions - really good. Then spent some time talking to the gold miners at the bottom, impressive plans.

Then drove over to Fort Bill, booked somewhere to stay, and went and did the Steall waterfall (icefall) in Glen Nevis. Really good, rarely forms, 150m high, not hard, and timed so all the crowds were leaving when we got there so had it to ourselves.

Friday, avalanche city everywhere, so walked into a low lying cliff on Aonach Mor and climbed a gully/icefall called Smoking The White Owl (ace name). Bottom pitches were not fully formed, but the top (crux) pitches were, and wwere very good. Finished a few hundered metres from the top Gondola station, so strolled across and was back at the car in no time.

Sat, still avalanche city, so head north to Applecross, went in to do Mare Hare's Gully on Beinn Bhan, but decided not to climb as it was about 5 degrees in the corrie, and big icicles were falling off and the snow had the consistency of porridge. Some brave souls were climbing, awesome place, and need to go back there. Buddle's recommended route Silver Tear is an amazing line, and now on the must do list, along with March Hare's and Mad Hatters gullies. Then walked into the next corrie (home to silly hard stuff, Gully of the Gods is possibly the most intimidating line I've ever seen), scrambled up to the ridge and traversed the mountain - fantastic. Finished off with beer and food in the Applecross pub (9 degrees by the sea).

Sun, climbed Taxus with the icefall finish on Ben Dothaidh, very good including Trev's first grade IV lead. Then the weekend went to pot when the M80 was shut in front of us in the middle of a hugh set of conta flows, and road works. 2 hours later we were still driving around Falkirk B roads trying to find a way south - got in at 1:00am this morning.

Top weekend though, Jonah.

Snow on Snowdon

Rich and Ste were out in Wales, March 2010 enjoying the excellent conditions on Snowdon.