If you are new to rock climbing in the last year or two and have not yet ventured beyond climbing walls and, maybe, top rope protected climbing at Harrisons & Bowles Rocks, then our Club trip to the Peak District in the summer (see newsletter for dates) will be a perfect trip for you to come and learn about climbing with a lead climber and traditional protection techniques.

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16 club members eventually made it to Tomich, just over 600 miles ooop north and over the border. We were all installed by Saturday night to some prime accommodation on the Guisachan estate (home of the golden retriever), in 5 cottages arranged around a farm courtyard, spacious, nicely appointed, dry and warm.

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The summer is disappearing fast and the outdoor climbing season will soon be coming to an end. So I rang Fruit from Crew to find out if he would be up for a bit of trad climbing! O’ yes was his answer; it will have to be this week as the weather might change.

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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.

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