Sunday, 31 July 2016

Isle of Skye Meet

The meet took place using the recently improved BMC Glen Brittle Hut. The weather was variable but with a couple of good days.

As a mixed group activities included walking, scrambling and climbing (when it was dry enough).
Places visited included Coire Laggan, (where some brave folk endured the freezing waters of the lochan, Uillish, Suisnish, the Coral Beach, as well as Chris and Jonah's exploits in Sron na Ciche.
Visits to the Old Inn at Carbost produced an invite for Chris to join in the Friday night jam session with the very accomplished local musicians. Chris more than held his own, delighted to find he was playing with a former Peat Bog Fairy(google if you need to).
Mention must be made of the gourmet food - thanks to all the contributors, especially Malcolm.

Photos include a venture onto a decidedly damp Sron na Ciche for some lower great classic mountaineering routes on the famous Cioch Buttress. A pleasant ambling approach via The Terrace and Collie's Route (mod) culminated in the excellent Wallworks Route (V. Diff) with an improvised variation to avoid a damp and protectionless corner.
Later in the week with cloud still blotting out any suggestion of sun Chris managed a section of the ridge, approaching via the spur on Sgurr an Fheadain, before scrambling the section from Bidein Druim nan Ramh to the summit of Bruach na Frithe, rewarded with superb views across to Bla Bheinn.
On the final day, the rain held off long enough for Chris to make a scrambling ascent of Central Buttress (diff) in Coire a Grundda, an excellent long climb in a spectacular and lonely setting".

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Braithwaite BBQ Meet 16-17th July

We were spoiled with lots of sunshine this weekend in the Lakes for the club BBQ meet.

Both climbing and walking were able to be enjoyed by members and guests.

On the Saturday, Ken undertook a full day's walking on the ridges surrounding the hut while Chris and Hannah took Alfie (aged 8) on his first multi-pitch route - Quayfoot Buttress in Borrowdale.

A fantastic climb although slightly damp still in places from the recent rain, but with beautiful views throughout! Sarah, Brian and Yvonne joined us Saturday evening for the BBQ - thanks to Sarah for the homemade goodies!

Sunday brought more sunshine and a climbing opportunity for Yvonne and Ken, while the rest of us decided to have an easy day! - Hannah

Alfie (8) on Pitch 3 of Quayfoot Buttress.
View from Quayfoot Buttress
Ken, Chris, Yvonne, Sarah & Brian at the BBQ

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Classic Malham Cove/Gordale Scar Walk - 13th March

The Sunday walks try to find interesting hill territory within an hour's drive from St. Helens. This classic walk is so well known that an exception was made with a longer drive. Seven members arrived at the start point near Malham Tarn on a misty, quiet day. The calm did not last long - as soon as we met the Pennine Way path to Malham there were hoards of fellow trekkers.

Simon on limestone pavement Malham Cove

 A tea break on the limestone pavement above the cliffs of Malham Cove was tranquil but the steps down to the cove were thronged with tourists. Fortunately our route to Malham now veered from the tourist track leading us directly to our lunch destination, the Buck Inn. If you want a cheap meal this is not for you but the quality of the beers and the food was excellent.

Waterfall at Janet's Foss

Continuation of the walk took paths by Gordale Beck and the magical Janet's Foss. Gordale Scar offered a welcome challenge to the climbers amongst us.(see above pictures).
A good day out and well worth the long drive.