Monday, 15 March 2010

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.