COLIN KIRKUS GUIDEBOOK FUND
Colin Kirkus was perhaps the most outstanding climber of his age with a string of bold ascents in North Wales during the 1930s. A contemporary of J Menlove Edwards and Alf Bridge (amongst others) he was also an active member of the CC. He wrote the CC's Glyder Fach guidebook, and also Let's Go Climbing - one of the earliest climbing instructional books. He was killed in the war while flying over Germany. In a small way the naming of the Fund also associates it with the memory of Club members killed during the World Wars. (For further information see Hands of a Climber, A Life of Colin Kirkus by Steve Dean, published by The Ernest Press).
Above: Colin Kirkus (photo by Eileen Kirkus)
The Club wishes to recognise the wide voluntary support it receives for its guidebook activities from the climbing community and has established the Fund as a way of putting a proportion of its guidebok profits back into that community.
It is envisaged that generally contributions would be related to cliffs and hills in the Club's guidebooks areas, but there may be causes outside these areas that would justify contributions. Some examples of recent contributions are:
• BMC Access Fund
• National Trust Snowdon purchase
• Footpath Trust's Stac Pollaidh Appeal
• Ground erosion work being undertaken at Stone Farm Rocks
• John Muir Trust purchase of Ben Nevis
• One-off contributions to voluntary Rescue Associations