Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Joint Merseyside Clubs Meet 2015

12th – 14th June 2015

The Joint Merseyside Clubs Meet brings the St. Helens Mountaineering Club, the Wayfarers' Club and the Merseyside Mountaineering Club for a weekend in Langdale each year on the second weekend of June.

Accommodation is at the Wayfarers' Hut (called Robertson Lamb Hut RLH) situated just half a mile from the New Dungeon Ghyll/Stickle Barn Hotels. Each Club is allowed 8 to 10 places. There are 30 bunks and since reciprocal rights rules apply for this weekend the price is just £5 per night.

A Saturday evening dinner (usually 3 courses) will be provided this year by one of the Clubs normally at a cost of £6 per head.

Anyone who has been to the RLH Hut will know that it is ideally situated for the Langdale hills and crags. The large kitchen has ample cooking facilities and the very large lounge is comforted by an open coal fire. There are two showers and three toilets.

This meet is normally predominantly rock-climbing but walkers are also welcome.

All enquiries to the meet coordinator, Ken Fyles.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Windgather 2010

Sunday 25th April

The beginners' meet was attended by about eighteen people. A variety of routes from Diff. to VS were climbed in a variety of styles. As is usual at Windgather, although the climbing itself is very pleasant, belays at the top always require some ingenuity.

The weather definitely favoured those keen enough to be up early. Although it was warm and bright for much of the morning, the clouds looked increasingly menacing and eventually, a little after 2pm, it started raining. A swift retreat to the cars resulted in a rendezvous at the Bull's Head in Kettleshume before the journey home.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Pex Hill

Monday evening 19th April

The evening climbing meet at Pex Hill was well attended with just over a dozen people turning up for both bouldering and top-roped climbing. Despite the rain in the night and early on Monday morning, conditions were dry and it stayed light well into the evening.

Special thanks is due to the meet coordinator, Will Simm, for sharing his extensive knowledge and experience of the place and also for showing us how it should be done:

Monday, 12 April 2010

Spring in the Clwydian Hills

Sunday 11th April, 2010.

A very prompt report, by Ken Fyles, on this ramble:

Eleven people turned up for a rather unusal ramble in the Clwydians - it took no summits but meandered along lonely tracks you would never have thought existed. Weather was perfect for walking and the views across the valleys were magnificent in the spring sunshine. Roger Sager, a native of Ruthin was the guide.

Anne and Alison fell in love with two new born lambs with mother keeping a watchful eye.

The second photo was taken along the Leet path which goes to Loggerheads. This is an old mining trail which helped to drain many of the mines in this area. The photo is on a bridge spanning the entrance to one of the mines about 60ft below. Of interest to the climbers, the steep wall on the left of the photo has bolted routes whilst the right wall has steep slabs which look as though they give nice, not all that easy, climbing.

Lunch was at the pub "We Three Loggerheads".