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Access to Grange
The B5289 main road into Borrowdale from Keswick is to be closed for emergency repair work from 10am on Monday 10 February. The extent of the work necessary means that the road is likely to be fully closed for around six weeks. During the works Grange will be most easily accessed by the back road via Portinscale and underneath Cat Bells to Grange. The road from Grange to Seatoller is not affected by the closure.
We are sorry to announce that Ian McNaught-Davis passed away on February 10th. Ian joined the Club in 1951 and was an Honorary Member. Ian [Mac] was a very influential mountaineer not only in Britain but on the world stage. Mac became President of the UIAA [International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation] from 1995-2004. This proved to be a very productive period in the 80 year history of the UIAA thanks in part to Mac's enormous energy and enthusiasm to keep alive the best traditions of mountaineering. A full obituary will be included in the 2014 Journal.
J H Emyln Jones
We are sorry to announce that J H Emyln Jones passed away on February 4th. Emlyn joined the Club in 1939 and served in a variety of positions including President (66-69), he became an Honorary Member in 1969. His enduring legacy to the Club is Cwm Glas Mawr which he gave to the Club as its first base in the Llanberis Pass at a time when the Pass was starting to develop into the major climbing destination that it now is. A full obituary will be included in the 2014 Journal.
Square Bay Pembroke North
The back wall of the bay has collapsed. The route Penitents Corner seems to be in a heap at the bottom, and Loose Arête is partly under the heap. Also, and hopefully only on a temporary basis, there is no access to Caefai beach at present due to a landslip undermining the path. This only affects beach access and beach crags, and not the main climbing crag Craig Caerfai which, from afar, looks complete.
Helyg warning of damp problems
Throughout this year, visitors to Helyg may have noticed a damp problem in the ceiling above the staircase. Eventually it was decided that the problem lay with the obsolete third chimney. The chimney can be seen from behind the hut or through the skylight of the left hand loo. Work is due to start on removing the chimney as soon as weather permits. It may be necessary to work through a weekend and this may be disruptive to those staying at the hut. We ask for members' and guests' forbearance whilst this is being done. Obviously, exact dates cannot be given until the last moment but it will be as soon as weather permits.
Members' Room at Ynys closed due to electrical problems
We apologies but due to water in the electrics we are having to close the Members' Room at Ynys until it has been fixed. We will update via the web site.
The dangerous looking overhang which formed the walkway across the top of the crag between the grey and red slabs at Porthclais was demolished recently by the National Trust on grounds of safety.
Membership Cards 2013/14
We apologies but there has been a delay with membership cards for 2013-14. New cards will be sent out when they are available.
Wintour's Leap, Woodcroft Quarry, Sunny Wall
Solva Harbour Wall
Chair Ladder, Silver Linings - reply to previous comment
St Govan's East
Newton Head, The Western Outcrop
Chair Ladder, Runnelstone Buttress and Buldging Wall
Craig y Castell
Triple Overhang Buttress West
Goblin Combe, Airport Approach Buttress - "We have got tickets to ride" not new route.
Fairy Cave Quarry, WL Cave Area
Dover Main Area
Craig Wen, Seler Ddu
Craig Nant Dwr Oer
We have not increased the hut fees for some time but due to increased cost of maintenance we regret that an increase is now required.
The Terrace Walls, Black Slab Bay and Small Buttress Bay
Narrow Zawn, Pencarnan Zawns
Fisherman's Point - Chocolate Brownies
Housel Bay Outcrops & Dog Fight Buttress
Thanks to Doug Kerr we now have an interim guide to Ynys Lochtyn. Climbing at both Pen Bilis/Lochtyn and Ynys Lochtyn will be fully detailed in the forthcoming Climbers Club Guide to Mid Wales.
We have had problems with keys not being returned. The codes will be changed more often. Members to take key only if booked to them and then please sign the book "in and out" and return on due date.
Plynlimon Area - thanks to Doug Kerr
Jo Astill is offering a range of CC Journals from 1977 -2006/07 for sale - click for details
Some recent developments, decisions and anecdotes should be causing concern in the climbing community. Click for a brief review.
As a special fundraising initiative for the Access and Conservation Trust (ACT) the BMC has commissioned artists, guidebook illustrator and CC member Phil Gibson to produce 100 limited-edition framed prints of Craig Bwlch y Moch.
Carn Cheer - Cheer Up and Cloudbreak
Main Wall - The Writing On The Wall - rock damage
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Climbing at Land's End
PLEASE NOTE: If you are aiming to climb at Land's End they will now charge you the normal parking fee of £4.00 with a voucher for a further day within 7 days.
Discovered during Guidebook checking by Gary Gibson. Does anybody want to claim the FA ?
A few Journals (1909 - 1996) remaining
Mount Sion Centre Access (Range West), Pembroke
Following a rockfall at the east end of Mount Sion Centre the approach traverse has disappeared. None of the routes are currently affected but access to the platform below the cliff will have to be by a direct free abseil from the currently limited number of stakes above the cliff. In case of failure on the routes swimming may be the only option.
An unmodified reprint of the Carneddau section of the 1993 Ogwen and Carneddau CC guidebook is published here with three aims:
- To make available this now out-of-print information pending publication of a new guide.
- To elicit feedback to assist in the preparation of the new definitive guide planned for 2014.
- Although the Club is totally committed to its conventional guidebook publishing programme, it wishes to ascertain whether electronic publishing of interim or otherwise unavailable information is helpful to climbers and, if so, which are the most useful formats.
Member of more than one BMC affiliated club? - claim refund- Word Format
Member of more than one BMC affiliated club? - claim refund- PDF Format