MKMC Meet – July 2016 – Wye Valley

wye2Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016

The advanced party, namely Kent, Ang, myself, plus Spud and Tiny (the dogs), arrived at Beeches Farm campsite on Friday afternoon. Once pitched we relaxed and took in the wonderful views of Brockweir and the Wye Valley below us.

On Saturday morning Keith J. arrived and the two of us set off to climb at the Great Central Cave Area at Shorn Cliff, a twenty minute walk away. Kent and Ang went walking with the dogs in the morning and turned up at the crag early afternoon. Iain, Julie and Marc D also arrived early in the afternoon. It was a hot day, but the crag was in the shade for most of the time which made it very comfortable for climbing. (There are some lovely, well protected climbs in the Musketeers area, all at a reasonably amenable grade). Gillian, Adam, Savannah and Gillian’s two dogs (Bob and Sky) did a sightseeing tour of the Forest of Dean and also had a great day.

wye1In the evening BBQ’s were lit and we whiled away the hours counting stars (some of us were counting stars in the guide book!).

Sunday morning was another hot day, and most of the group had walks planned. Marc and I decided to climb and went to Wintours Leap where we did Cheetah and King Kong, two excellent routes, and for my part, very satisfying.

Participants: Alan, Kent, Ang, (+ Spud & Tiny), Gillian, Adam, Savannah (+ Bob & Sky) Iain, Julie, Keith J, Marc

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MKMC Meet – June 2016 – Marazion, Cornwall

Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th June 2016

IMG_0853This trip nine members of the club stayed done in the town of Marazion opposite St.Michael’s Mount. During the week the main activity was completing sections of the coast path near the Lizard, Lands Ends and Gurnards Head. In between walks some members managed to climb the fast Commando Ridge and others did horse riding on the beach.

IMG_0885The weather was reasonable for most of the week and pubs beer & food was excellent. A great week was had by all in this beautiful part of the country.

People attending: Andy (trip organiser), Diane, Kent, Ang, Lyn, Alan, Cathy, Dan & Chrissie plus Leo, Molly, Spud & Tiny the crazy hounds.

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MKMC Meet – May 2016 – Wasdale, Lakes District

Friday 29th to Sunday 1st May 2016

wasdale05aFor third year running we had a club trip to the NT campsite at Wasdale Head. During the weekend the clubs members managed a number of ascents of Scafell Pike, while others got out and about into hills and around the valley. The evenings involved a couple of visits to the local pub at Wasdale Head to try out the food and beer.

A good weekend had by all despite the very heavy rain that arrived on Sunday.

Attendees – Kent, Ang, Andy, Diane, Simon, Shane & family plus Leo the crazy spaniel.

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MKMC Meet – April 2016 – Portland

Portland – 8th April – 10th April 2016

Portland TeamThe weekend weather was changeable; day time temperatures were chilly and the nights were even colder. In her bright pink, flowery festival tent Lizzy was well wrapped up, but still freezing, and she vowed to bring her hot water bottle whenever she was camping in future.

We (David, Alan & Lizzy) thought we were the first group to arrive at Sea Barn Farm Camping Site on Friday, but Gillian and Adam had decided to travel several days earlier to visit the sights. Once our tents were pitched we headed off to The Cuttings for the afternoon, where we tackled such delights as “Cheese and Pickle (4+)” and “Parsnip Soup (5)”. We gave “Little Chef” a miss.

Saturday morning was grey and blustery, and the majority of the group decided that Blacknor Undercliff would be sheltered and a suitable venue for the day’s activities. As we drove onto Portland the rain started and all resolve to climb faded away. We took shelter in The Old Post Office, now Cycleccino cafe where we sampled delicious cakes and great coffee. Forty minutes later and with uncertain weather Jason took us on a tour of East Fleet and the Dorset Heritage Coast. We finished the day with a return visit to The Cuttings Lower Tier and some lovely (not polished yet) routes.

The Turks Head at Chickerell, just a couple of miles from Sea Barn Farm was our refuge for Saturday evening. It was popular with the locals, but MKMC managed to “bag a corner”. The food was delicious and substantial – just what a pack of hungry mountaineers needed, and just as important, the pub was warm.

More strong winds greeted us on Sunday, so again, abandoning any plans to climb we went for a walk around the coast of Portland.

People attending: Alan (trip organiser), David H, Lizzy, Jason, Gillian F, Adam F, Mac, Sam, Gareth E-J, Susan E-J, Adam E-J.

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