MKMC May Meet – Pembroke

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May 2015

1 with 2The advanced party, Alan and Jason were first to arrive on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday morning, in glorious sunshine, they travelled the 3 miles from St. Petrox campsite to Bosherston to enjoy the climbing at St. Govan’s Head. Old favourites such as Army Dreamers, Front Line and Chieftain were soon ticked. Towards the end of the day, as Alan was topping out on Tactician, Mark and Melissa appeared, 3 Mark on Manzokurefreshments for the climbers in hand. Back at the camp site Frazer and Jason W arrived, having travelled down during the day from Cleveland.

On Friday the weather was again very pleasant. Range East was closed for army manoeuvres, so St. Govan’s Head was once again the destination. Two climbs which both teams did were ‘Rear Wind’ (HVS) and ‘Europa’ (HVS), both routes having bags of ‘character’. During the course of the evening and the following morning the rest of the group arrived.

2 with 4 BeerSaturday, and the majority of the group spent the day in the area between Saddle Head and Stennis Head on Range East. Two potential new members, Hannah and Lisa, joined the group for the morning and climbed a number of routes. More classic lines were bagged by everyone.

IMG_7824 (1)There was a break in the good weather on Sunday morning and the group split. One party went to Tenby for breakfast while another went for a stroll around the Lily Ponds at Bosherston. By the afternoon the sun was out again. Crystal Slabs and Mother Carey’s Kitchen were the destinations. In the evening Hannah and Lisa hosted a gathering for everyone in their palatial tent.

Monday was a slightly breezier day, but the sun was strong and those without sun cream on got burnt. Some of the party made an early start back to MK, others stayed on until the afternoon or evening and four members stayed on to climb the following day. Sadly there was a fatal accident at the Crystal Slabs on the Monday afternoon in the area near where Bob, Sophie and Alex were climbing. A reminder to us all not to take our own safety for granted when climbing.

The group: Alan, Jason S, Raj, Mark, Melissa, Frazer, Jason W, Lisa, Hannah, Juan, Martina, Tim, Ian R, Anna, Sophie, Bob, Ingo, Alex P.


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MKMC Day Meet – Hope Valley

Sunday 10th May 2015

P1000152web1Seven members and a dog turned up for the second of the Club’s Day Meets in the Peak District.

Started the walk from the public car park in the centre of Hope between Hathersage and Castleton.

Route taken was up Loose Hill, across to Mam Tor, Pin Dale and return to back Hope.

P1000150web1Great views into Edale and beyond to Kinder scout. Ladybower reservoir and Howden edge.  All the paths were clear and the slope was generally gentle (ie no climbing). Held up at one point because of a 100 strong tractor Parade. Finished the walk with a well-deserved pint in Hope village.

Total distance was about 14Km & the highest point Mam Tor 517m.

Thanks to those that attended and Steve for organising the trip.

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MK Meet 2015 – Wye Valley

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2015

wyevaleThis was the first camping meet of the year, and the weather was perfect. In fact Alan was so confident of good weather that he took his ‘festival’ pop up tent.

Two members, Alan and Michael, headed West at first light on Friday morning, arriving at Wintour’s Leap at around 09:30 am. They had an enjoyable day doing 3 multi-pitch HVS routes and a 3 star severe. Wintour’s Leap is trad climbing, but much of the protection is from in-situ pegs which give the routes a ‘sport’ climbing feel.

At around 6 o’clock they headed for the campsite, arriving there at the same time as Gillian and Adam. Just before dusk Jason and Raj arrived. The campsite is at Rushmere Farm, half a mile west of Coleford in The Forest of Dean. This was the same site that MKMC stayed at in June 2014. Facilities are luxurious with hot and cold running water and free hot showers in a centrally heated toilet block, and electric hook ups for those with camper vans.

Saturday morning, and the destination was Symonds Yat. Louie joined them for the day, and while Gillian and Adam explored the forest, the rest of the group set off for the ‘Far South Buttress’. This was the first time Raj had done trad climbing, and he took to it with no problems what-so-ever. Louie, by his own admission, a bit of a novice at this sort of thing, was also breezing up routes in good style.

Back at base everyone decided to eat out. Their first choice pub was not serving food as there was a function on, so they headed for the next hostelry on their list, the Dog and Muffler. They had a bit of a wait before the food arrived, but it was worth it. Jason said that his lasagne was the best he’d ever had, and insisted that the waitress pass on his compliments to the chef.

The next morning Gillian and Adam had to get back to MK. It had been a little damp in the night so the remaining 4 struck camp and set off to Wyndcliff Quarry, ‘guaranteed’ to dry quickly after rain. Wyndcliff Quarry is a mixture of sport and trad routes, and the group spent an entertaining day ticking off routes.

A good weekend was had by all. The Wye Valley is not much further to travel to than the Peak District and definitely deserves another trip soon.

MKMC members attending: Alan, Michael, Jason, Raj, Louie, Gillian and Adam.


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MKMC Day Meet – Dovedale

Sunday 12th April 2015

dovedaleA classic walk from main visitors car park to the village of Hartington (and back) along the banks of the very picturesque river Dove amongst the steep limestone outcrops. Explored a couple of the caves and crossed the river via the stepping stones. The navigation was straight forward just follow the river (mostly).

Big thank you to everyone (7 people & 4 dogs) who came along and enjoyed a day in the Peaks plus to Steve Scott for arranging it. Thankfully the rain held off until the last gasp. Being lower we also missed the strong gusty wind. Our next Day Trip will be a little more exposed in the Hope valley around Mam tor Castleton area. More details will follow shortly.

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