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Lift to Pembroke

Has anyone a spare seat to St.David's.Not a problem if not.Am making fallback plan to make it down and back by train.But need to arrange booking at  the camp site and cheap train fares by Tues.Cheers

Added by Brian Knowles on May 22, 2011 at 21:07 — 4 Comments

From BMC...for us!!!!!!!!!!!

BMC North West Area Meeting & Lakes Festival of Climbing

 

The next BMC North West area gathering is on Monday 23rd May at the Belmont Bull, just north of Bolton at 7.30pm.

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Added by Mike Chambers on May 20, 2011 at 17:52 — No Comments

A favourite of mine

 

   www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-gb/shop/climb/big-wall/rope-bucket

I was looking for a rope bucket when I happened upon a video of Adam Ondra climbing Chaxi Raxi in Spain on this site.

Added by Brian Knowles on May 19, 2011 at 19:53 — No Comments

Weather Prediction from Thurday

Unless someone is having a joke ,the weather is apparently set fair from Thursday onwards ,maybe even Wednesday pm..Then, forecast for the following 2 weeks  are average temperatures of 29 degrees ! The weather is heading from Europe this weekend

Added by Brian Knowles on May 16, 2011 at 23:08 — No Comments

Lagangarbh weekend

Friday afternoon myself, Ian, Colin and Pete did a little scramble (grade 3 with 2 stars) at the back of the hut on a buttress to the right of the descent path on the Buchaille.  Lovely grippy rock and although it was wet it was a fantastic warm up for the rest of the weekend.  Only an hour to complete it, but then the weather came in bad and it was hail-stoning hard.  Then 10 minutes later glorious sunshine, so we sweat our way back down to the hut to wait for the rest to arrive.  Theron…

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Added by Louise Martin on May 16, 2011 at 21:38 — 3 Comments

Mary Townley Loop

 

Decided to do the Mary Townley Mountain bike loop last weekend ,for anyone who is unaware of this , it is part of the Pennine Bridleway and is a 47 mile off road cycle loop around the Pennines   I started the loop in Rossendale at 8.00 am on Saturday and  finished my first day at Makinholes Youth Hostel at about 2.30 pm totally knackered where I spent the night finishing the loop on the Sunday starting from the youth Hostel at about 8 .30 finishing in Rossendale at about…

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Added by MarkR on April 21, 2011 at 22:04 — 4 Comments

Egerton - boots

Has anyone a spare pair of size 10 ish (9 would probably do) climbing boots for a young lad to borrow tonight at Egerton.  Please bring along if you have.  Thanks, Gary

Added by Gary Walker on April 12, 2011 at 8:04 — No Comments

Name something associated with india...

 

In the heat of the Friday afternoon sunshine the team rendezvoused at Jordon HQ, aka, his mum and dad's house. Mark Russell kindly relieved me from my house-husbandly duties on route, and there we met Will, Tony, and a rather 'loose-bowelled' and ever so eager Jordon.

 

The plan was simple. Make our way to Troy and climb until sunset, fill our boots at the local carvery for £3.65, and then make our way to Borrowdale for the night with the prospect of climbing at…

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Added by Lewis Jacques on April 12, 2011 at 1:00 — No Comments

Climbing on Cadair Idris

I've got to say it, but I think I have just had one of my best days out in the mountains for a long time. Following an early start myself, Ian & Lou, Colin P, Theron & Debs met up in the car park in the shadow of Cadair Idris. Our plans for the day were to climb Table Direct (VD**), leading on to Cyfrwy Arete (D**). After a really pleasant walk in we arrived at the base of our route. We climbed in three pairs, Ian & Lou leading off, shortly followed by Theron & Debs, with…

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Added by Pete Whetham on April 11, 2011 at 21:17 — No Comments

Are we nearly there yet??? Epic ascent of Tower Ridge, The Ben

Bags packed for the last 3 weeks and Geoff continually checking weather forecast for Scotland on the net every night. Just a little bit keen........Finally the perfect weekend had arrived and we were all set to go. I must admit I was a little worried at the prospect of tagging along with 2 super strong, super fit fellas (Rick `n Geoff). I am certainly not in that league.............Got loads of stamina yeah but as for strength and moving fast.......That aint me! Do they really want me to tag…

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Added by Julie Proctor on March 28, 2011 at 21:52 — 2 Comments

Tryfan & Bristley Ridge

 

The information signs on The A55 were warning drivers of fog patches, and they weren't lying. The view from the car window wasn't looking promising. It looked like it was going to be another one of those days in Wales, lots of hard work and no reward; with regards to views anyway. 

 

We made good time and were soon parked up on the A5 at the bottom of North Ridge. We got ourselves suited and booted and made a…

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Added by Pete Whetham on March 28, 2011 at 21:17 — No Comments

It is official.......climbers are sexy!

Trawling through the internet during my dinner time I happened onto these two links which restored my faith in the sex appeal of climbing, hallelujah;

Added by William Shaw on March 18, 2011 at 12:56 — 3 Comments

Counterfeit Petzl Gear

Not sure if anyone's heard/read about this already, but thought it'd be worth sharing.

 

If someone offers you new Petzl gear very cheap, it could well be dodgy...

 

http://www.thebmc.co.uk/News.aspx?id=4137

Added by Colin Parr on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 — No Comments

Pavey Ark

Had a fantastic day out yesterday and the weather was kind to us.  I tried to explain to Will that you have to look at the forecast and then listen to what it says, if it says showery at Burbage then it likely will rain! 

 

We started off up the path next to Stickle Ghyll and forked off right to scramble up the ridge grade 2.  A good warm up to climbing and very grippy rock.  We then tracked round to the bottom of Pavey Ark and found the start of Crescent Climb.  Memories of…

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Added by Louise Martin on March 7, 2011 at 18:24 — 1 Comment

The Point from the other end (a response to a real climbers version)

Now here we go, my partner for the day was the" Dominator" a man who's eagerness puts Derek into a very poor second.  Mob ascent of The Point as Dom calls it well to be honest so do I now. Keeping up with these boys is hard and sometimes a little lonely, that initial slope is big and long.

 

 I must admit I did think Dom had soloed the first pitch as I could not see him as I approached the bottom of the route. I know I have new axes but Holy Mother of…

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Added by Mark Davies on February 16, 2011 at 20:38 — 1 Comment

Transport to Scotland this weekend

Hi all, anyone need a lift or want to share transport this weekend to Scotland. Can go earliy-ish on the Friday and would prefer to come back Sunday night but have some flexibility.  Gary

Added by Gary Walker on February 13, 2011 at 16:55 — 2 Comments

Mark ...take in on Green...

Does this picture of Dorsal arête ring any bells with any of the marks who had green ropes on that day.......

 

http://blog.westcoast-mountainguides.co.uk/?p=2035

 

Rick 

Added by Rick Riding on February 8, 2011 at 23:21 — 1 Comment

"And those that are last shall be first"....and something else about the meek! - Matthew 20:16

If point Five was just another Grade 5 gully climb, we all would have climbed it long ago.

The amount of folk law and mythology surrounding the climb builds an image in your mind which bares little relation to reality. The reason it takes so many people so long to achieve this tick has nothing to do with difficulty or conditions. Its actually in climbable condition pretty often but getting all the components to come together…

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Added by Rick Riding on February 8, 2011 at 22:00 — 4 Comments

Avalanche/Mudslide on Buachaille Etive Mor 4th Feb

 

Great Gully on the Buachaille:-  Not the place to be last Friday !

 

http://www.abacusmountaineering.com/currentconditions.html  (Click on the Video for 4th Feb)

Added by Mark Ainsworth on February 7, 2011 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

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