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Water Water everywhere

Water Water everywhere

First weekend in Dec of all weekend was our annual lads Christams biking and bozzy do. This year we where staying at Grasmere for a change, staying in the old YHA hostel which had been recently refurbished into a very good bunk house with its own bar (-:  Even by the time we had arrived on the Friday nght the heavens had already opened and we had to make a…


Added by Derek Kenyon on January 1, 2016 at 16:22 — No Comments

Sharp Edge

Sunday 18 of us, 3 being newbies set off from Mungrisdale at 9.15 taking the easy angled valley up to Sharp Edge we giving everyone chance to chat and catch up. As we gained height on Sharp Edge the low lying cloud started to brake to give some lovely views. We had put a couple of ropes in but everyone seemed happy,"just about", with the climbing, although it never gets any easier and as the book says can be tricky in greasy conditions.…


Added by Derek Kenyon on November 25, 2014 at 19:54 — No Comments

Phase Two Deeply revamp

After last years revamp of Deeply by the members of the Mob, we decided to start on phase two  project of digging out the next bouldering bay on the left.  After doing an exploratory dig last year I knew that the going wouldn't be that hard, that said it still needed shifting and my back always complains afterwards Emoji . We decided that rather than barrowing all the soil away we would just pull the soil away from the face and while making the face higher it…


Added by Derek Kenyon on April 18, 2013 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Article by Will Gadd that I thought was worth a read.

by Will Gadd | photo by Ryan Creary


On day 18 of a planned 12-day trip, the head of athlete marketing for Red Bull was sliding down the emotional slope from stressed toward very unhappy about what wasn't happening: climbing. It was November 2006 and we were in Nepal to climb a huge new face. Mr. Red Bull was there to oversee where the brand's large chunk of cash was going. Every day we started…


Added by Derek Kenyon on January 31, 2013 at 17:08 — 1 Comment

Longsledale walk

On the Saturday looking out of the window at the beautiful weather my mind drifted to our planned walk the following day,  I as everyone else knew that the window of good weather wasn't going to last and by late afternoon things had already started to change.  The first of the winter walks would go ahead bad weather or not, and I knew we have a reasonable turn out.  That night was Geoff and Julies Halloween party which ended up a great night, only…

Added by Derek Kenyon on October 30, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Anglesey Bank Holiday

Regges Aug 2012


Our late summer trip to Regges started on the Thursday as we just got the tent up before the heavens opened, Regg and Val commented that they had not had rain as hard since they’d been on the Island.  Friday was mooch about day, Ann and I had a pleasant few hours exploring around the Menia area.  Visiting the Marquess of Anglesey’s Columu, standing 27 meters high, this tourist attraction offers fantastic views of Anglesey and the Menai Straits…


Added by Derek Kenyon on August 30, 2012 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Mary Towneley Loop

Townley Loop                                                                               July 2012


Several of our members had done the M.T over one day but we had never done it as a club event.  With the influx of new keen members, most having mountain bike’s Ian suggested doing the route over two days and taking in an over night stop at the Manikins YHA below Stoodly Pike.  As usual there was a lot of interest and as the weekend drew close…


Added by Derek Kenyon on July 27, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Grand plan to bring Deeply Vale back into condition and increase the climbing and bouldering

From the early days of the Mob we have been using Deeply Vale and many of our members have cut there teeth here and gone on to climb all around the world. I personally have got many happy memories of Deeply but unfortunately it has fallen…


Added by Derek Kenyon on May 8, 2012 at 21:25 — 2 Comments

Easter @ Tremadog 2012

I'd not been down to Tremadog for over 10 years and I was ready for a return trip.  If you want to get the best out of climbing this venue you need to be climbing at least VS / HVS.  The forecast wasn't looking to good but the decision was take to go down for 2 days and make the most of it.  One bonus would be it might not be quite as busy as usual.  It was funny reading in BMC Summit mag about Eric Jones he'd bought the cafe in 1979 the first time I'd gone down a young age of 17.  My first…


Added by Derek Kenyon on April 14, 2012 at 16:10 — No Comments

We would like to post Christmas Greetings to all the members of the M.O.B., and to thank you for Cards and Greetings which have been sent. We look forward to seeing you all in the Spring.   REG AND V…

We would like to post Christmas Greetings to all the members of the M.O.B., and to thank you for Cards and Greetings which have been sent.

We look forward to seeing you all in the Spring.






Added by Derek Kenyon on December 13, 2011 at 16:20 — 1 Comment

Big boot on Tryfan

Mark’s suggestion of a days climbing on Tryfan sounded just the ticket and soon the team had grown to 6 lads all keen to get a good mountain day under their belts.  On the way down it was raining quite heavy and with a good weather forecast we were beginning to feel cheated.  As we drove down the A5 into Ogwen the rain stopped just as we were parking up right on queue, perhaps the weather men had got it right for once. Walking in under Millstone Buttress on the approach to Heather Terrace…


Added by Derek Kenyon on December 3, 2011 at 18:09 — 1 Comment

Time call on the Rhododendron

The day went better than expected; with almost 50 turning out from the Bolton ConservationVolunteer group and the climbing fraternity which include 8 from the Mob.


It was obvious as we struggled to make our way to the designated location that this was not going to be your average clean up day.  When I was told we where clearing Rhododendrons I hadn’t envisaged how big the task would be, thankfully the Volunteers had and they were well prepared.  The basic brief was that the…


Added by Derek Kenyon on November 22, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Long Sleddale Out Door pursuits Centre

For the past 30 years members of the Mountaineering Club of Bury have had strong links with Lakes based Longsleadale Out Door Pursuits Centre (LOPC), with many members belonging to both groups.  I myself have fond memories of the Centre having spent a lot of time there in the late 70s and early 80s, as many others I've moved on but not forgot my links. I I I  I   After reviving a flyer from the centre promoting a taster day on Nov 5th to boost instructor numbers. This got me thinking that we…


Added by Derek Kenyon on September 30, 2011 at 21:34 — No Comments

Lancy lads go to Froggatt Edge

Froggatt Sunday 19th June


Sunday’s trip to Froggatt didn't turn out quite as nice as we had expected but the weather held off allowing us to get stuck in to some classic Grit Stone routes. I was surprised to see how quite the crag was for a change, perhaps the change in the weather put a few off.


Highlight’s of the Day were Mark Russels lead of Pendestal Crack his first HVS on the Grit, not bad as the routes then to be a tad on the…


Added by Derek Kenyon on June 25, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

The last time I was in Corien an Lochain

Mob Laird’s Bothy meet March 2004


Lessons learnt


It looked like the Lairds weekend would be the last chance I had to get up to Scotland this season so I was keen to make the most of it. My last trip up to the Cairngorms with Keith, although an enjoyable one had not been…


Added by Derek Kenyon on February 5, 2011 at 11:43 — No Comments

Time to reflex on the good days

It was Christmas Eve and things where slotting together nicely. A day off, pass out and a VERY GOOD forecast, certainly not a day to be missed.  3.30am the alarm went off (I knew I’d be tired later that night but Ann wouldn’t miss me if I fell asleep on the couch as she would be watching the box).  By 5am we were leaving Blackburn north bound, Stars shining and the thermometer reading -10.  Like everyone we’d been browsing the Web (The down side of the internet highway.) and all the ice was…


Added by Derek Kenyon on January 22, 2011 at 19:14 — 1 Comment

Our friend Geoff

Dear all

It is with regret that I have to inform you that Geoff Fletcher Passed away last Friday night. He had been ill for quite a few years but had not let it get him down and he stayed as active as he could right up to the end.

Geoff started coming out with the club back in the early 80's and came on many weekends.

He had been a very keen walker and fell runner "Probably…


Added by Derek Kenyon on November 23, 2010 at 18:55 — No Comments

Ups and down of a paraglider (The un-edited version)

Ups and down of a paraglider.doc

View looking down Therlmere and one down to Brothers…


Added by Derek Kenyon on June 7, 2010 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Mayday camp at Regges on Anglesey

Mob Mayday Anglesey[1].doc

Added by Derek Kenyon on May 19, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments


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December Mob walk

The weather forecast had dire warnings for travel so very limited turn out Average age of the walkers was 70 y.o. There was just a small amount f snow on roads. But the regular track up Pendle hill was hard packed snow hence slippery. Took took the cross country route to Ogden Clough about 6ins of soft snow. Very few people out on the tops. Sorry the younger members were all at home watching City week in fact all back home before kick off

Posted by dave dickson on December 10, 2017 at 20:20

Mob meeting minutes October

no new updates re event attendees.

Future activities being filled us fast or already full. Pls contact the organiser if interested in attending one.

Mike chambers informed us that there is an old bank account with 0.90p in it that needs closing. He will sort that out.

Photo comp will be at Dec meeting as usual. Pls send in a max of 3 photos to Ian Brewster.

Dave Dickson is planning the Dec mob walk. Looking like 10th to Pendle Hill area.

Mick is looking at March Mob… Continue

Posted by John brandon on October 5, 2017 at 17:30

MOB minutes May meeting Annual AGM

The AGM was well attended with approx 15 members.

Our current chair Cath Skinner did a quick resume of the years' events and thanked the members for their efforts and participation. Particular thanks goes to those who put events on the web site and managed them for all. We have had some great times out and about over the year together.

Thanks to Cath for her chairwoman ship over the year , she has done a great job.

A new chair and deputy were voted in with the… Continue

Posted by John brandon on May 4, 2017 at 20:30

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