This traditional event which, over the past few years, has seen varying numbers of participants was scheduled for Sunday 30th Dec. However, I think the wind and rain over the preceding days put some off. Still, a small but select band gathered at Bowles, on what turned out to be a pleasant morning. Inspection of the rock reflected the fact that trying to climb on lichen covered sandstone with streams of running water would not be much fun, so it was decided that the entire party would walk instead.

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After looking at various suggestions for next years trip the committee has decided on an area not previously visited by the club for this event.

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We recently received this invitation to join the Open University Mountaineering Society (OUMS) trip to Argentiere in August.

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LOAF plans 100km walk in 2012 – but fear not much shorter options are available!!!

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It hardly seems that a year has gone by since the last event at the Peak ranch, but there we were again constructing the monster bonfire.

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An order for new club t-shirts and sweatshirts is being organised

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John (Jack) Fuller known locally as mad Jack Fuller was a wealthy country squire. A member of parliament, owner of Sussex estates, London properties and Jamaican plantations, born in 1759 and died 1834 aged 77.

10.35 am Sunday 27th found an anxious group of would be walkers assembled at GR 671209 near Brightling village.

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The venue for this year’s gathering was the ever popular seaside resort of Swanage, with Ulwell Cottage Caravan site again providing cheap but luxurious accommodation.

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If you have always been reluctant to throw away retired climbing ropes, thinking that they would be handy for something……I have found a source of willing takers.

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Here is the HRFC committee for 2011-2012: Chairman – Dick Gasson Vice Chairman – Jean Reed Treasurer – Mike Peak Secretary – Jane Moseley Members – Nick Warren, Kim Warren, Jill Leader, Simon Curd

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