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High Street ride Definatley my toughest ride for a long time, this was one of our first mountain bike rides over 30 years ago on rented bikes curtasy or Derek Holts D Tours. Back then the there was n…

High Street ride

Definatley my toughest ride for a long time, this was one of our first mountain bike rides over 30 years ago on rented bikes curtasy or Derek Holts D Tours. Back then the there was no such thing as suspension and the brakes were cantileaver type. The only lasting memory l have is how recked my wrists were with the vibrations and squezing the brakes. Leading up to the weekend the…

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Added by Derek Kenyon on May 3, 2018 at 19:23 — No Comments

Man Versus Horsepower

Man verses Horse

Saturday night a post came through via Whatsapp about a Mob MTB ride on following morning buthe forecast was for a winter front to push through turning to rain later did nothing not the most inspiring. Awoke 6.30 and peered out of the window expecting the worst but it wasn't that bad so by 7am l was up and breakfasting but still unsure whether to join the boys. Having Ridden up past Tottington to Holcombe for 9am there was no sign of anyone so a quick check of the phone…

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Added by Derek Kenyon on January 24, 2018 at 17:16 — 1 Comment

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…

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Added by Derek Kenyon on January 1, 2016 at 16:22 — 1 Comment

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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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 out of favor over recent year and nature had taken back the crag. Fortunately there are a good number of members who want to see the crag…

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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…

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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.

 

REG AND VAL, ANGLESEY

 

 

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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