It seems some time ago, but is actually only a few weeks, that a club expedition to the West Country set off, heading for the Tower Park campsite near the village of St Buryan, beyond Penzance.

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Although numbers were down on the trip, as compared with some years I think that all who attended had a good time.

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Last years trip to this region at the western end of the Alps proved extremely popular so a return visit was planned for this year. This time base for the trip was Ailefroide, a small village in the eastern section of the park.

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It is quite a while since the last club visit to this particular area, in fact looking back at my book it was at the end of May 1985, over what was known in old money as the Whitsun Weekend.

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Two reports for this well attended trip, the first from Jenny then one from Nick…

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After last year’s exceptional trip to the Southern Highlands, the weather this year, returned to typical Scottish winter conditions. What snow there was, was at high level, soft and slushy. Having said that, the accommodation at Ardmair, is some of the best that we have used, (warm, dry, with panoramic views across the bay to the mountains beyond).

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Local news from the BMC: There is now an updated version on the London and South East mini guide. You may also wish to give the guide to new/beginner members to support their development in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. Thanks go in particular to all those clubs that have supported the production of this publication. The BMC have also launched a new active outdoors campaign to get people outdoors and where possible undertaking training in hill walking, scrambling, winter skills and climbing. Please share this information with club members.

Here is dramatic footage of a major cliff collapse in Hastings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25604696  

This year’s AGM has taken place, with the present committee being re-elected so the present committee for 2013-2014 is as below. Chairman Dick Gasson Vice Chairman Jean Reed Treasurer Mike Peak Secretary Jane Moseley Members Nick Warren, Kim Warren, Jill Leader, Simon Curd, Daryl Naylor The 21st January committee meeting will focus on planning events and trips for the coming year, we need your input! If you have any ideas of thoughts, please let a committee member know or even come and attend the committee meeting. Thanks to Daryl and Naomi for the talk they gave at the AGM about their adventures climbing Kilimanjaro. The photo competition held at the AGM, resulted in a good number of entries, this year the ‘Simon Wakefield Memorial Shield’ will be shared jointly by Ruth and Nick.

Read two trip reports from the weekend at Nant Peris in Snowdonia from Nick and Dick…

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