Monday, 1 February 2016

February 2016 News Bulletin

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL AT LIVERPOOL 26 February
The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to the Plaza Cinema, Liverpool on Friday 26th February. See all the mountain action on the big screen. Film starts 7pm with doors and bar opening an hour earlier. For a trailer visit: www.banff-uk.com

ANNUAL DINNER March 4-6
Fifteen members and guests have booked on to the Annual Dinner to date. There are four rooms left at the Tyn-y-Coed with the bunk room in addition offering 5 places.
Use the attached booking form to reserve places and select your meal choice
Friday evening is meet and social gathering.
Saturday gives alternative walks:
Main Saturday walk: The Gribin Ridge to Glyder Fawr followed by a traverse of the Glyders via the "Castle of the Winds" and the "Cantilever Stone" on Glyder Fach. Descent is by scree to the col at Tryfan.
Alternative walk: Follows the Cwm Bychan and Aberglaslyn Pass near Beddgelert.
There are many other walks in the region - easy walks in the Betws-y-Coed forestry or harder walks to Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd starting north of the hotel.
The Dinner on Saturdays night will be preceded by a 30 minute slide show at 6pm given by Dave Archer on climbing Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe at 5600 ft. There will be an additional presentation of 10 minutes on the Isle of Skye ridges and low level alternatives (note the club visits Isle of Skye July 23rd).
Dinner scheduled to start at 7pm. See details and booking form on attachment.
Awards for Mountaineer of the year, Club Member of the year, Chairman's award and Peel of the year will be presented after the dinner.
Sunday walk and /or climbing at Tremadoc can be arranged.
Contact Ken Fyles for further information or email st.helensmc@gmail.com

DON’T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP (£35 for the whole year) BEFORE FEBRUARY 21st.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR 2016 WILL BE SENT BY POST ONCE PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.

Your BMC membership card will arrive by post late March / early April accompanied by "Summit" magazine.
Membership fee for the whole of 2016 is £35.
For payment details, please download the Membership form (on the right) or contact st.helensmc@gmail.com requesting information. Don't forget to inform the Treasurer you have paid, as money can appear in our account with no identity. The club will pay £13.25 of your membership fee to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) the regulatory body of British climbing which gives member benefits of 10% discount in most outdoor retail outlets, discounted climbing courses sponsored by the Sports Council, use of huts throughout Britain and third party liability insurance whilst on the hills.
The BMC will send out your membership card in late March. If you are already a member of the BMC or a member of multiple clubs you can claim back the £13.25 by visiting the BMC website.

JOINING THE CLUB FOR THE FIRST TIME?
If you want to join the club for the first time you can meet members every Monday evening (excluding Bank Holidays) at the North West Face Climbing Wall, St. Anne’s Church, Winwick Road, Warrington. Climbing members usually arrive 7pm. New members are welcome and you will find a group to climb with. (Cost £6.50 members of St. Helens MC, £7.50 non-members).
If you are more interested in walking or scrambling, the climbers take a break about 8.30. If you tell the desk you are not climbing they will allow you to meet free.
New potential members are welcome on any meet. Just book your place with the organiser.

WEDNESDAY WALKS (Starting again 10th February).
For those lucky enough to be retired or just have a lot of holidays there are the Wednesday walks. These meet at 10am at a pre-determined walking area never more than 40 miles radius from St. Helens / Warrington. Group size is usually three to six at the moment and there is often a pub lunch. On sunny days in Summer walks may be longer and deeper into the hills with a picnic lunch.
To find out location of the next walk email Ken Fyles at st.helensmc@gmail.com