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    John
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    At last nights Committee meeting it was agreed that the Club should plan and launch an overseas mountain based “expedition” in 2021 to a suitably “exotic” or unusual region.
    • AIM. Mountaineer, climb, explore, engage in mountain based activities in a region that Club Members might or could not do without being a part of an organised expedition.
    • HIGH LEVEL OBJECTIVES:
    o As inclusive as possible.
    o Skills and personal development.
    o Expedition experience development.
    o Growth of knowledge about a less well known region.
    o Club profile.
    o Development of our sport.

    • DETAILED OBJECTIVES. Can be worked up when the region to be visited is decided but could include:
    o Exploring a lesser known region.
    o Guidebook development/checking.
    o New routes or first ascents.
    o Repeat ascents or climbs (or walking exploration) where they have not been well travelled, frequented or documented.
    o Linking with in-country clubs or enthusiasts.

    • PARAMETERS. Some simple parameters will help in area selection.
    o Achievable. We don’t need to over-reach to still remain adventurous.
    o Affordable. There is no need to match Everest-like costs.
    o Inclusive. Within competencies and accepting that members are responsible for themselves there is no reason why age, sex, preference for activity (obviously it must be mountain/climbing based) should be excluded. Some may be able to come and assist with the import support tasks.
    o COMMITMENT. There cannot be any passive members in an expedition team from planning through to realisation.
    o Time. We have to be realistic. Most people have jobs and a family. The actual expedition may only be 2 to 3 weeks in duration including travel.

    • TIMELINE. From experience 2+ years is just sufficient to prepare an expedition, subject to the venue and detailed objectives. Issues to be addressed include:

    o Visas and legals eg permits.
    o Training.
    o Maps and route information.
    o General regional intelligence gathering.
    o In country support eg guides and administration.
    o Equipment prep.
    o Funding.

    • at first this can seem daunting but in reality we will be following in others footsteps. Regions that spring to mind include:
    o Central Asia – One of the “stans”
    o North Africa – Morocco
    o North America – Canada
    o Iran
    • A great start will be to research the BMC trip and expedition report database plus other sources such as the Alpine Club and UK Climbing.

    If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project then let myself or any of the committee members know.

    John

    #11732

    John
    Participant

    After a chat last night at the wall I have Dave C, Andrew M and Mat D interested and options opened up to include Turkey

    #11733

    Gary Thorne
    Spectator

    Very interested and would like to support the project team.
    Gary

    #11734

    John
    Participant

    That’s great news Gary I’ll start looking at dates etc for those interested to get together for an initial discussion soon

    #11739

    Matthew D
    Participant

    @ John
    You do know that Dave will only attend a meeting if he is conned into thinking it is some of gathering involving actual climbing / mountaineering or beer….

    … just saying

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