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A walk prior to the AGM? Have I missed the details somewhere?
Pam and I have taken over the ‘names and numbers’ aspect of this meet.
The Starkey Hut is possibly the most sought after Lakeland hut in January for good reason: Accessibility; Eastern Fells having the best chance of snow/ice; Something for everyone from high ridges for walking to gullies and ridges for those who want a bit more excitement.
The hut itself is a ‘good-un’; the further delights of Blencathra are not too far away and the marvellous White Lion pub is just up the road.
For various reasons, including ski-ing and rushing off to sunny climes, numbers are currently much reduced for a meet which is usually a sell-out. At present there is a risk that financial viability might not be achieved; so if you do wish to join in pleae let us know, (email to email@example.com preferred,) AND get £25, (full cost for two nights,) into the club account WITHOUT DELAY.
Colin and Pam Foord
Saturday Pre-Dinner STROLL?
We are aiming to be at the ‘Dog in the Lane’ pub at Upper Astley, (GR532180; SY4 4BT,) when it opens at midday. Then, after a quick coffee (?) have an easy short walk, passing the ruins of Haughton Abbey on the way. Want to join us?
Maybe the BMC should go for ‘Climb Anything Anywhere Anyhow’. (?)
In the same spirit, perhaps we should show due acknowledgement of where we meet on Thursdays; so ‘The Royal Climbing Club of the Peak District’ could be considered appropriately descriptive without being too ostentatious…
(I now expect to be dodging thunderbolts from Her Majesty at Buck House, and Their Majesties the Founding Fathers for even daring to jest about such things.)
Come to think of it, I quite like ‘BMC’.
Gardoms tonight. A good crag; but finding friends there can be a bit tricky unless there is a initial ‘focal point’. I’m not an expert on the crag. Anybody care to suggest a spot? Or, if all things fail – a post crag venue? (Which should not be the Robin Hood due to curious serving hours.)
Pam and I will be there. We eat anything, (Within reason.)
..And within a couple of minutes I read an email to say that they were Mynydd owned and were collected shortly after we left Patterdale!
What a brilliant idea! As for joining you I’m afraid you are a bit too late asking. – (About 30 years too late actually,) – but we’ll be with you in spirit.
We are aiming for 60K, (37.5 miles,) on the bikes; cunningly using the Manifold Trail to thread through a few of the hills. Two cafes though – and if we have 3 brews and cakes in each…..
Colin and Pam
Sorry about this delay. It is all my fault!
I actually finalised the details a few days ago and thought I had sent them on to Andy. Catherine’s comment above caused me to check things and thus discover that something had gone pear-shaped between keyboard and ether.
The full details should arrive hereabouts very soon. In the meantime just plan to be in the Roaches Tea Room on Sunday morning prepared for an active day on crags, moors or bikes. There is no epic competition with mind-blowing maths this year, just incentives to set targets for a full day of activity and fun. See you there!
If the past week is anything to go by, you might be better off bringing a boat; or perhaps sled and dog team.
See you soon. We’re having a great time! Colin and Pam
My experience is that crampons help a bit to minimize wheel spin, and an axe is useful – mainly as a walking stick. (People with short fancy ones get excellent backache!) Nervous people might have a rope around, plus a spiky thing and something to hit it with for when a heroic leader reaches the top. The steeper exit between the ‘Normal’ and ‘Chimney/True’ finish could be good.
A worthy alternative (addition?) if the clods are frozen is an ascent of the ‘ridge’ which bounds the gully on the left. (True right bank.) All but insane purists will avoid the very first bit from the gully neck as it is pointlessly hard unless very deep frozen and iced up. All the rest is in a good position and you can admire the hordes grovelling to your right. (All hoping that nobody has taken up the ‘Ski Challenge’.) Grade 1.
I guess that all of the above might have been kicked to death, but you’ll still have a worthy moonlight adventure.
(Things to the right of the Gully are probably best started a bit before dawn so you get a bit of light when the really exciting stuff starts.)
Of equal difficulty can be parking if snowfall has been substantial – especially if the car park has not been cleared. Take a good shovel and be prepared to dig your own parking bay at the side of the road.
I am gutted that I am in Cornwall and will not be able to join in what should be great fun! Enjoy!