January Meet – Chester MC Hut, Llanberis, Snowdonia

Friday 26th January

Dan and Andy R were the first to leave MK after arriving at the hit they set off up the Llanberis path for the top of Snowdon. They spent some time on the summit being annoyed by somebody flying a drone around and around. Alan M, Jason S and David happened to meet with Alan W at the Montford Bridge café for breakfast. Alan M, Jason S and David left for the hut and also headed off up Snowdon via the Llanberis path. Alan W picked Daniel up at Bangor Station before heading to the hut and Snowdon via the popular Llanberis path (Bumping into Dan and Andy R on their descent). They made the half way station and turned around as the light was starting to fade.

During the rest of the evening the rest of the weekends adventurers started to arrive. Alan M, Jason S and David returned to the hut after summiting Snowdon just as the light was fading. Friday evening saw initial plans made, weather forecasts checked, plans modified, and then thrown in the bin as the weather conditions for Saturday sunk in.

Saturday 27th January

The wind and the rain drove most people to low level walks. Alan M, David, both Jasons, Andy R, Dan, Graham, Romi and Juan went for a walk to Aber Falls. Which proved to be a very muddy footpath indeed. Shane and Daniel both went for runs up Snowdon. Andy B and Matt headed off to Holyhead Mountain and the Anglesey coastal path. Alan W, Floyd and Alex headed to the Ogwen Valley for a wet lap around Llyn Idwal. They saw some brave climbers starting off up the rather damp Idwal Slabs. Shane went out for another run with Matt to the Lyn Crafnanrt Reservoir and Lly Gerironydd.

Saturday evening was our annual Burns dinner. Alan M had done all the shopping and was inundated with volunteers to peel and cut up tons of potatoes, carrots and neeps. All of them willing – not a single pressed mountaineer! Alan M and David were the main team for preparing the desert, Cranachan.

Dinner was ready, we all sat down and the Haggis was piped into the room with Scotland the Brave by the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Tank Regiment. Alan W recited Robbie Burn’s, ‘Address to a Haggis’, before the meal was served and enjoyed by all.

Sunday 28th January

The weather was dryer than Saturday it convinced another group to set off for the summit of Snowdon: Shane, Juan, Floyd and Matthew all successfully made it to the top. Andy R and Dan headed back home early; something about brownie points to be earned for an early return. David, Romi, both Alans and both Jasons went for a walk around Llanberis lake. With an exciting detour towards the end of the walk to view the Lonely Tree. Thanks Jason S we’ll treasure that moment and the Lonely Tree! Passing back through Llanberis village we just had to stop at Pete’s Eats – well it would be rude not too! Matt and Andy B headed off for Aberfalls and a walk to Bera Bach before meeting with Shane for the trip home.

Thanks to everyone who made this an excellent weekend. Not forgetting all the assistant cooks and the cleaners at the end. The biggest thank you goes to Alan M for all his hard work organising and doing all the shopping for the Burns Dinner.

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December Meet – Fallcliffe Cottage, Hathersage, Peak District

Friday 1st December

Alan, Jason and David did a circular hike from Grindleford to Burbage, Stanage then back to Grindleford.  The later arrivals were all very grateful that they had the fire going by the time we got there and overnight the hut warmed up nicely.

Saturday 2nd December

Alan, Jason, David and Graham did a circular hike from Edale, up Grindsbrook Clough, Fox Holes, Swine Back and back to Upper Booth / Edale along the Pennine Way.

Gill, Adam, Floyd, Alex and Malcolm did a five mile circular hike from Castleton, going up Cave Dale behind Peveril Castle, exploring all the nooks and crannies in the gorge, past Hazard Mine, Windy Knoll and back down again past the Blue John, Treakcliffe and Speedwell Caverns. It was a great route but a tad muddy.

Saturday night was our Christmas dinner, expertly prepared by Alan M and his merry elves, Turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pud and Malcolm’s wonderful mulled wine.

Sunday 3rd December

Alan, Jason, Graham, Lizzy, tall Adam and Malcolm all did a circular hike from Tideswell Dale, through Millers Dale, Cressbrook Dale and back to Tideswell.

Gill, young Adam, Floyd and Alex drove to Stanage Edge and did a lovely hike along the top, taking in the trig point with no name at 457m close to Cowper Stone and going almost as far as Crow Chin in the other direction. We had great views all the way. We forgot to check out Robin Hood’s Cave and will have to go back!

It was a great weekend, thank you to Alan M for organising!

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Chair’s Report at 37th MKMC AGM 27th November 2017

Evening everybody and welcome to our 2017 AGM. I’d like to start by thanking all of you for attending – I’m sure the pizza has nothing to do with why you’re all here!

In some of the apologies for absence tonight there were a couple of votes of thanks to the committee for organising trips and just as importantly writing the reports as members do enjoy reading them. I’d like to add my thanks to all of my fellow committee members for all the work they do behind the scenes organising trips, social gatherings and all the other things that go on. Thanks folks.

What have we got upto in 2017, well this new ‘committee’ year started with the December Christmas meet at Fallcliffe Cottage in the Peak District. With another of Kent’s legendary Christmas meals on the Saturday evening. Kent, I’m sure I speak for all those who attended when I say thank you for your cooking.

January was the Burns meet at Chester Mountaineering Club hut in Llanberis.

February was Little Langdale in Lake District.

March back to North Wales and Caseg Fraith in Ogwen Valley. Over the weekend we had five different groups summiting Tryfan by different scrambling and climbing routes. There was a trip to Plas Y Benin on the Saturday evening for a bar meal and one of their talks. Fantastic weather for March, so different from last year’s March trip!

April Clapham Hut in North Yorkshire.

May was a bitter/sweet joint meet at the Chamois Mountaineering Centre, in North Wales, with the Cleveland Mountaineering Club to remember Fraser Campbell who sadly died last year. Martina organised a trip around the DMM Factory complex on Friday morning. It was really interesting seeing how all the shiny stuff we rely on to keep us safe is made. I’ll remember the thump of the hot forge presses and the heat as the big oven was opened. Saturday evening saw a traditional three course Scottish meal, neeps, tatties and haggis – naturally. Tom from CMC gave an excellent address to the haggis. After dinner there was a Robbie Burns poetry reading competition between tables. Both winners came from MKMC!  I can only remember the last line of the poem, “I wud ne give a buttn for her!”  Alan M read a moving eulogy to Fraser.

June first camping trip of the year to Eskdale in the Lake District.

July was an introduction to rock trip in the Peak District camping at Hardhurst Farm in the Peak District. Introducing some of our newer members to the joys of outdoor grit climbing.

August was the trip I’d most liked to have joined to Chamonix. I was really envious when uploading the trip photos and report to our website. It sounded such a glorious adventure.

September saw a return to huts in south Snowdonia unfortunately damp weather put paid to my plans to climb Cadair Idris by Cyfrwy Arete. So we all walked up it instead! On the Sunday the guidebook description of a, ‘boggy col’, did not do justice to the ground we crossed. There were wooden planks so the bog did not swallow you whole. At one point Jason put one of his walking poles into the water, the handle got wet and the pole hadn’t reached the bottom!

October was another wet weekend in Wales at the Karbiner Mountaineering club hut. We paid our dues for the excellent weather in March.

November saw a return to the Lake District, Seawaite in Borrowdale this time.

As well as these trips we had monthly film showings at the Chrysalis Theatre – thank you Martina for arranging them on our behalf. Gill and myself also went to Abingdon for the Banff Film Festival World tour. I’ll be going again this year, anybody is more than welcome to join me. Hopefully, it will be a straightforward journey home this time.

We’ve had some committee members attending BMC training events at Plas Y Brenin and YHA Lee Valley. Interesting events where we learnt a lot. I discovered a whole host of things to think about at the Lee Valley Committee Member training day. Hence an item later on the agenda.

We do have Andy, Stuart, Alan and Ang stepping down from the committee today. I’d like to thank them for all they have done for us while serving our club on the committee. If you’d like to join us on the committee please do volunteer, it’s only one meeting a month.

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November Meet – High House, Borrowdale, Lake District

Friday 3rd November

David, Alan and Jason arrived just after 1 o’clock and did a ‘warm-up’ walk along Stonethwaite Beck. The rest of the group arrived during the course of the afternoon and evening with one member (who shall remain nameless) going to the wrong Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley.

Saturday 4th November

Saturday dawned a little moist, but as the day progressed the cloud lifted, and there were some spectacular views from the tops of the mountains. Everyone did the same route walking to Sty Head. From there most of the group did the climbers traverse below Napes Needle before ascending Great Gable, then on to Green Gable via Windy Gap. For the last part of the walk the group split to take different routes, but all paths led to Sourmilk Gill and the return to High House.

The evening was spent at High House sitting around the stove, which threw out copious amounts of heat. There was drinking, playing games (Bananagrams using Scrabble letters, cards) and listening to David and Alan playing folk tunes on the violin and accordion.

Sunday 5th November

On Sunday everyone headed off for a final adventure, depending on which car they were travelling in. Groups headed off to Clough Head, Cat Bells and a circular walk from High House to Watendlath.

A brilliant weekend in a fantastic venue – definitely worth many more trips.

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