January 15th – 17th 2010 It seemed strange driving south for a weekend and it wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped – Manchester/Stockport are the M25 and Birmingham of the north! Maybe not quite as bad, but still a crawl. By the time I arrived it was foggy and dark and I missed the track. I also missed the pub up the road to turn round in (I found out […]

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Or how to while away a wet stormy weekend (November 13th – 15th) Saturday Eight ‘extremely’ die-hard members sat around the breakfast table suggesting possible hills to walk in the wind and rain that was lashing against the mountaineering hut. We chose THE BEACH! Black Rock beach is just a few miles south of Porthmadog and boasts sand dunes and fine, firm sand that goes for miles it seems. We […]

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My first Big Overnight Trip has been completed…..Roz, Keith, Ruth and I had spent some time deciding a suitable route for this inaugural expedition , departure time, a respectable 9am, with stop enroute for coffee (they didn’t want to put me off from the start) and last minute food purchases ….more of that later. We arrived at our proper departure point, Cockle Creek , approximately 1300 hrs, about 2 and […]

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The KIMM (Karrimor International Mountain Marathon) is a 2-day event with an overnight camp held annually in a mountainous area. It is divided into several classes for varying abilities so that both slow plodders and the elite can take part.

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Part 1 – in which Heong nearly swallows a human toe and prepares to meet the grizzlies. Where in the world can you take a ride on a tourist bus through pristine wilderness and get a running commentary on the flora and fauna from the driver (who is a qualified naturalist), who will also stop to let you off anywhere? And then, having seen grizzly bears, moose, caribou and other wildlife […]

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Well it was the perfect weather for walking, if only we could have walked! I’m talking about the early May bank holiday trip to the Lakes of course; blue skies, a refreshing breeze, and empty hills. A perfect combination you might think, but not when all we could do was stand at the bottom and look up onto the fells – very frustrating! Eskdale has always been my favourite part […]

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The weather was too good to be true – clear, warm, dry, and not too much wind. It seemed that the ideal opportunity to “do” Crib Goch had arrived. It was tempting to err on the side of caution and leave it for another day, but the Snowdon Horseshoe was a walk I’d always wanted to do and I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t try, so I took […]

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The club managed to muster a party of 13 for the first real winter weekend of the year. Peter and Don who intend to take up membership of the club joined the regulars. Don is adding too the ever-increasing Basingstoke team, and joined up with Carol and I for the trip to Patterdale. The journey started quite normally by meeting up with severe congestion on the A34 south of Oxford. […]

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