Wales hut meet 27-29th May

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    David Cumming

    Would be up to walk, scramble or climb. Like the idea of Lockwoods and a morning across Crib Goch up from glaslyn. Haven’t been to Snowdonia for a while so happy to fit in with what others want to do.


    Hi everyone, bit of an update. Hopefully the text editor doesn’t murder the table formatting that I’ve just pasted in…


    Who Planning Departure time Driver volunteer Car
    John Lockett Multi-pitch Early Sam
    Sam Kett Multi-pitch Early Yes Sam
    Ed Hinton Multi-pitch Early Sam
    Gavin Hopps Multi-pitch Early Sam
    Matthew Diggle Multi-pitch Early Sam
    Oli Birkill Multi-pitch 6pm York Yes Oli
    Nina Prudom Jenny
    Nathan Richmond Jenny
    Jenny Pummell Multi-pitch After work York Yes Jenny
    David Cumming Multi-pitch 6.30pm Harrogate Emma
    Emma Warne Single pitch 6.30pm Harrogate Yes Emma
    John McEvoy ?
    Paul Mckenzie ?
    Giles Cooper Fun ?
    Guy Williams ?
    Dave Carrier Fun ?
    Tracey Hora Camping in valley. Independent

    I’ve identified some groups. There are:
    Early birds who can climb on Friday. Sam in that group has offered to drive.
    David Cumming and Emma coming from Harrogate later on in Emma’s car.
    Jenny leaving York after work. Can you take Nath and Nina?
    Me, leaving York at 6. I can take 3 or 4 at a push. I need to stop at Bangor supermarket.
    We need one more driver volunteer.

    Please coordinate between you. You don’t have to stick to anything I’ve suggested but bear in mind there’s limited parking at the hut. Fewer cars is better for the planet and the wallet.


    Here's how it should have looked


    We’ll be staying in a climbing hut. It’s actually quite nice- a bit like a youth hostel but with less drunk Portuguese teenagers running around. Bring a lightweight sleeping bag, earplugs, headtorch and spare footwear or slippers so you’re not trogging round in your walking boots.
    There’s abundant hot water. Cold water comes off the hill through a UV filter which only kills 99.9% of known life-forms, so if you’re immunocompromised you might want to boil it.
    You’ll be sharing rooms with each other and possibly with strangers if it’s busy. Ladies have the option of a ladies’ room. It’s not mandated.
    Mobile phone signal is dire but there’s a landline for emergencies.
    The door has a code lock and I’ll share details nearer the time.
    We’re expected to look after the place. That means paying for breakages, tidying up after ourselves, taking home recyclables, emptying the bins and giving it a clean at the end of the stay.


    Multi-pitching. The riot act.
    Lots of you have said you want to come multi-pitch climbing which is great. Let’s hope the weather holds.
    I’d strongly recommend you get out on an evening with other club members beforehand just to remind yourself how to do it, find people with equal aspirations and remember how incredibly long it takes.
    Even easy classics can be long, complex, weird and surprisingly intimidating. Don’t try to memorise the topo. Descents are rarely straightforward so check that out too. Start early and take your headtorch.
    Be honest about your abilities and pick routes you’d be happy to lead all the pitches of because it might come down to that. Look after your climbing partner.
    Take a helmet, there will be other groups around you. A midge net is also worth having. Hopefully we’ll be a bit early for them.

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