Friday, 4 March 2016

Annual Dinner Weekend - 4-6th March

Weather was set fair for the whole of the country except North Wales.

Fine drizzle greeted us on the Saturday morning so we decided to change our meets program and make a walk straight from the hotel door to the lake valley regions of Crafnant and Geirionydd. Almost immediately the rain stopped but it was still snowing in the high hills.

Crafnant is a beautiful valley and there is a walk by the side of the lake to the monument at the head of the reservoir returning by the road, but our task for today was to take the short cut through ancient forest towards Llyn Geirionydd. At the col the 18 strong team divided - those wanting a quick return to the hotel and those who wanted to venture further.

For the larger group of 10 it really became an adventure at this point. On the map was marked a double backing forestry track to Llyn Geirionydd but after a mile it petered out by a mine. The only solution for further progress was to force a steep downward route through pine forest. After many obstacles of cliffs and fallen trees it led to the lake in time for a well earned lunch. The return to the hotel was much easier taking a lakeside path.

Sunday was forecast to be the better day of the weekend. A group of eight decided conditions were acceptable for an ascent of the Y Gribin Ridge to Glyder fach even though it had been snowing in the high mountains for two days. This was an adventure of climbing ice glazed rocks covered in snow. The pictures say it all.

Meanwhile another party went to climb Cnicht (the Matterhorn of Wales) but were turned back at the snow line.

With all this activity I almost forgot to mention the Annual Dinner. The pre-dinner slide show highlighted the trickier sections of the Isle of Skye Ridge (which the club will be visiting in July) as well as suggesting several bad weather alternatives. The eighteen members present were then treated to a gourmet 3-course meal.

During the Annual Dinner, the following Award Presentations were given.

Mountaineer of the Year: Yvonne Parr

Club Member of the Year: Simon Chriscoli

Chairman Award: Ken Fyles

Peel of the Year: Ewan Ritchie

Congratulations to all those members.

The evening completed with a slide show presented by Dave Archer on climbing Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe at 5600 metres..
Music entertainment was light as most of our guitar players were absent due to "Mothers' Day Duties.

Article by Ken Fyles