Wotcha folks. I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year festivities! Sadly the good lady wife and I missed out on an extremely cold, but by all accounts, fantastic trip to God’s country. It sounds like those that participated got up to all sorts of stuff including some of the really cold stuff with an IMC “cracked” team donning full winter garb and tackling Idwal stream. Rumours abound of possible slideshows using the photographic evidence gathered over the course of the weekend and maybe a trip report or two might accompany this Newsletter.
The IMC just can’t get enough of Snowdonia as within three weeks, with the IMC skidmarks of the wheel-spinning variety still on the A5 from the previous incursion across the border, we were back. Another great weekend was had by all with at least one debut being made by one of the newer members of the club. I understand that whilst the weather was not the usual glorious Welsh sunshine there was climbing done! Thanks to Martin Stevens for sourcing the Jesse James bunkhouse and getting things started on the New Year visitation and Dave Coupe for the January trip.
Hot on the heels of the Wales trip …. well not actually hot but soon afterwards was the more or less traditional Sykeside visit and the President and First Lady were actually in attendance.We snuck off to hone our navigation skills on the murky fells around Fairfield whilst the hardier members of the team took on some icy stuff on Dollywagon Pike methinks. The President was heard to comment that he thought he might have broken his wife, who is still recuperating from a nasty bought of laryngitus, and was not best pleased to be hauled on an eight hour route-march by her errant husband. I think I might have redeemed myself by encouraging the good lady wife to have a cuppa in the Patterdale Hotel whilst I went to fetch the car …. close call that one but I think I got away with it! Thanks go to Steve Culverhouse for organising this trip!
Getting back to slightly less active but nonetheless important matters it is time for a few thank yous to those that have helped on the social side of the club. A big thank you goes to Carol Harbottle for organising yet another brilliant Christmas Curry and to Martin Hore for his superb Lob of the Year oration this time presented in poetry. I would like to thank Ian Thurgood and Steve Culverhouse (and Christina Ennis) for their slideshow on the Climbing Meet in South Africa which provided an excellent evening’s entertainment, and isn’t it great to have some slideshows back. I would be interested in any more offers of slideshows ….. really interested!
Furthermore, a few of us met to discuss and set an agenda for the club’s meets for the next few months (up to September in fact). As you can see on the Meets calendar we have a veritable feast of meets on offer and all we need are organisers for many of them so please volunteer. Honestly, if you’re new to this sort of thing they aren’t very difficult to organise. It is a question of picking a location to stay and putting bums on (car) seats and if you have any concerns please feel free to contact some of the more experienced club members for advice. This way you will choose to climb at a location of your choosing and will find willing climbing partners.
We have set the Beginners Meet for the weekend of 16 and 17 May and for ours sins, Louise and I have volunteered to organise this year’s shennanigans! I know it early days yet but we would really appreciate it if the more experienced members would volunteer their services as leaders as soon as possible so we that have a good idea of how many beginners we can accomodate. Prospective beginners can let us know of their interest in attending as well!
I think that is enough from me but as a little aside a thought recently occurred to me as I was paddling my way up a hillside in the Brecon Beacons in early December. Do paths follow little streams or do little streams follow paths? I will leave that to the walkers in the club to ruminate over and get back to me!
Any way take care and and have fun on the hill!
We’d like to thank all those who contributed articles by the deadline, which I arbitrarily set at the end of last month. The list is entirely composed of trip reports from various parts of Wales. I know that not everyone will be excited by the prospect of trip reports, but I feel that they form the backbone of what the club is about and such as they are, the annals of the club would be rather thin without them. So, as a service to future historians researching the history of mountaineering in Suffolk in the early twenty-first century, here are preserved for as long as the Interweb shall be indexed, five historic accounts. We hope you enjoy reading them.Ed
Early Snow in Mid Wales – A December IMC trip finds winter conditions against all expectation
The Krugs head for Wales – Aiming for Mid Wales, Louise and Pete somehow end up in South Wales
A Snowdonia New Year – account of the IMC New Year trip
New Year in Snowdonia – Martin’s account of the IMC New Year Trip
Snowdonia in the Snow – The IMC go to North Wales again
The most obvious difference between this and previous editions is the absence of a crossword and guess the route pictures. If these are sorely missed, we will endeavour to replace them with whatever anyone would like to contribute. If you’re desperate for a puzzle right now, here is a route description in my own words:
Climb easily up to a ledge, ascend the crack above for a few feet, then step right and foot traverse up diagonally across the main face to a horizontal break, continue traversing the break for a few more feet, then finish directly on good handholds and smearing with your feet on the short final section.
The prize of nothing at all will be awarded to the best list of actual routes that the description fits. Is it too obvious which route I’m thinking of?
Your New Editorial Team
Caroline Goldsworthy and I (Adrian Fagg) are sharing the role now.
Our thanks are due to Guy for all his work in editing and producing the newsletter for the last three years. Now there are two of us to share the work of one, we’re naturally cutting our output from both web page and document to just this web page. Do you miss the separate document? Let us know.
Caroline is a high ranking officer in the Grammar Police, and I’m the expert on web pages. The main difference between us is that whereas Caroline actually knows about grammar, I’m tentatively feeling my way through the process of using an HTML editor. In the real world, although I’m responsible for a sophisticated commercial web service, I have people to do the HTML stuff for me. I compose HTML about as well as I climb, which if you know me…
The next submission deadline will be March 31st. Please keep the trip reports coming, even if they’re no more than a few lines. Let’s have more articles on other topics as well. I know you’ve got something good to write, whether it be directly about climbing, training, equipment reviews or almost anything. Be warned, without contributions, I’ll be forced to write that article on dimensional scaling laws and their relevance to climbing that I keep thinking about. Don’t make me do it…