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Tunbridge Wells Mountaineering Club In this issue: Message from the chairman – Midwinter – New Years Day Chimneys – A quick trip to Spain – Montserrat – In Brief – Diary and Information – Members List A message from our Chairman Spring is not exactly in the air and the idea of sandstone climbing doesn't seem very appealing at the moment. There are several possible solutions to that dilemma. You could nip down to Spain for a long weekend as Paul and Katy have just done, you could build up your power and technique at an indoor wall as a small handful of people like Mark have been doing, you could have nice walking weekends enjoying some wintery weather, for example on the club trips to the Lakes in January and perhaps Snowdonia in February or you could hibernate at home and watch the telly... I have to admit that due to an injury I've been in the last category quite a lot recently, but I am hoping to see people at the social events. The sandstone dinner at High Rocks is this Saturday (31-1-09) and if you haven't yet booked you may still be able to get tickets if you phone up Sue Luck by Friday morning (Tel. 07930 935931). We are also still having our monthly slideshows at the Junction, but attendance has been very poor the last few times. Any ideas what would get more people to come out and join us for the evening (free beer is not an option)? Regards, Ute Tim Emmett at the Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells. March 19th 2009 Tim Emmett is one of the UK's top extreme sports athletes and in spring 2009 he will be setting off on a tour of the UK with his show ‘Extreme High'. Tim is a well-known personality in the climbing world. A world leader in both rock and ice-climbing (he achieved a podium position three times in the Ice Climbing World Cup) and the a true pioneer of deep water soloing (free climbing a cliff above water), Tim has more recently become known for his ‘Para Alpinism' - climbing a big mountain with a B.A.S.E.-jumping rig and then jumping off, into freefall, to get back down. Tim has an impressive extreme sports portfolio, which includes free-climbing Kedar Dome, a 6840m peak in the Indian Himalaya; the first Para-Alpine descent of Naranjo De Bulnes, a 2500m peak in the Picos de Europa of Northern Spain and achieving 6th place in Ice Climbing World cup. In ‘Extreme High' Tim will be talking about his incredible life, giving the audience an insight into the mindset of an extreme sports athlete. A seasoned speaker, Tim's lectures are as energy-charged as his life, using video footage, sound effects and images to provide a dramatic backdrop to his gripping stories. These stories include Tim B.A.S.E jumping from a 3000m rock face in Norway and ‘flying' down with the use of a wing suit. Tim reached speeds of up to 250 MPH with absolutely no petrol or CO2 emissions! Three times more people have summited Mount Everest than have completed B.A.S.E jumps - even less have done so with a wingsuit. With numerous TV appearances, including an unforgettable race against Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson up France's Verdon Gorge (Clarkson used a car, Tim speed-climbed and won) Tim is a polished performer. In fact, he's as comfortable on screen as he is diving out of a plane at 12,000 feet. A heart-stopping insight into the adrenaline fuelled life of one of the UK's most audacious extreme sports athletes. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 1 of 18 Montserrat, Catalunya, October 2008 – Oliver Hill London has Harrisons; Paris Fontainbleau. Barcelona has Montserrat, the serrated mountain. Only 35 minutes from the airport and the city centre, it is 1100 metres high, 10 kilometres long by 5 kilometres wide. It seems to have more cliffs than the whole of North Wales. Over 5000 routes of all styles from Idwal Slabs routes to 1000 foot north wall routes for hard free and artificial routes. A rock climbers paradise. In four hours from Gatwick you could be gearing up for a south face sport climb or a north face wall climb. Or a pleasant walk to climb a pinnacle. The rock is conglomerate and the climbing unlike anything in the UK, sustained slab to face climbing typically from 50 to 80 degrees. The climbing style is closest to granite crystal climbing, where your fingers and thumbs clasp as many rough edges as they can, your feet edge on a pebble and you rock over: balance climbing. The difficulty depends on the angle and how much the pebbles stick out. Some of the most beautiful pitches are vertical to overhanging and quite often relatively easy. As they say in Spain: ‘If you climb it right, it’s not as difficult as it looks’. The monastery with the campsite in the wood on the left. Gorro Frigi is the dome on the right. A lift takes you up to a spot on the left of the gorros from where it is a five minute saunter to the start of the climbs _ lots of Severes to HVSs. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 2 of 18 Climbers on a Very Severe on Gorro Frigi. Start and path clearly visible. This is the main path to San Jeroni the highest point on Montserrat, 3hours round trip from monastery or 6-9hours for the traverse of Montserrat and back via GR9. Back in 1987 I first visited Montserrat. I was camping on the Costa Brava with my family and for a change from the beach and heat we moved tent for two nights to a little terrace in an olive grove close by the monastery. That evening we happened to meet the best young climber in Catalunya _ El Rubio, the Spanish equivalent of the French star Patrick Edlinger, Le Blonde. For a consideration he offered to take me up a route he was very proud of having just made the first free ascent. It was an 800 foot route on the Cavall Bernat, the most famous spire on the North Face. I did not have a clue of even where the north face was, but it sounded a good challenge. The crux was the final third, three vertical 6c pitches. Very exciting, that night I was all psyched up, but there was a cloud burst and El Rubio changed his mind. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 3 of 18 A typical Montserrat climb above the campground, probably about Very Severe. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 4 of 18 The Refugio de San Benet with The Pregnant Girl on the left and the Elephant in the background. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 5 of 18 Directa a la Trompa. Typical slab climbing about F5, VS Since then I have stopped by many times, mostly for a walk or for a half day climb. Slowly I have discovered different cliffs and walks and climbs _ Montserrat is a very complicated massif with 600 pinnacles, cliffs and hidden paths going through the greenery: mesquite, bushes and straggly trees, and wild boar runs. The paths may pass right across the middle of a blank face, which is quite disconcerting at first, as you balance over slightly polished cobbles, a sort of steep, dry river crossing. By yourself it is quite an adventure and a map is a very good idea. What ever you do, don’t stray off the paths. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 6 of 18 A Montserrat sheep path, part of the missing section of the Grand Traverse Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 7 of 18 The eastern part of the North Wall. The pinnacle of Cavall Bernat, to the right Devil’s Wall, with the Paret del Aeri. Europe’s longest single span teleferique, the Aeri, built in 1929 went up to the antenna. HSE took it down in 1983. The Grand Traverse goes along the top and returns via the GR9 which passes along the upper green terrace For the last few years I have wanted to do a route on the North Wall, but for one reason or another we have put it off, a combination of bad weather, logistics but mostly fear of the unknown. This October Niel and I were determined to climb at least one route. We decided on the easiest route on the Cavall Bernat, probably the route first freed by Senyor El Rubio. The Pensola-Reniu is graded 6c+, 5 obligatory in the 2007 guide; 6b+ Ae, 5+ obligatory in other older guides. We took 2 etriers each, even though the old guide said to take only one if we did not have the appropriate grade. Er, was the appropriate grade 6c+, 6b+, 5+ or 5?? I have been trying to convince people that the real grade of a climb in Catalunya is the obligatory grade. It is a sort of integrated E grade. At least that is my theory. Niel is less convinced as we have encountered some routes that required harder climbing between bolts, though actually we were on the wrong route, so I don’t think that counts. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 8 of 18 Oliver and Niel gearing up at the Santa Catalina refugio. The Punsola takes the left profile of the spire. At HVS etriers were not necessary. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 9 of 18 The Punsola follows the right, ever steepening skyline. Anyway, this easy 5 obligatory route turned out to be fantastic. It started at grade 4 and steepened slowly. Quite difficult 4, too, making us wonder about the approaching 6c+! It was in the sun, and I had prepared for the cold and left my hat behind. By the start of pitch 5 we were in the shade and 6a had arrived _ so had ladybirds; everywhere, millions of metallic sheeny beetles. They had to be cleared off the footholds and handholds on every move. By pitch 6 the rock was vertical and Niel led off with 2 etriers a-swing. The angle changed to gently overhanging. Niel found the second etrier got in the way, as the parabolts were really close together. Following I was quite nervous but was looking forward to getting into aid climbing. However, it was much easier to just climb the rock and rest from a fifi hook before getting tired. Handholds everywhere, not necessarily where you wanted them, indeed one huge solution pocket, halfway between a jug and a bucket was out left on the overhanging arête. Footholds were more Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 10 of 18 problematic. What with the overhanginess and shadow it was difficult to find any. The prerogative to avoid arm fatigue, meant this was no place to fanny around optimising foot placements. Move or hang from the abundant bolts. Beautiful handholds though: typically a red little protruding pebble with edges for the fingers and thumb for the right hand, solution pocket for the left. Tension up the arm span, lock off, and feel around for a quartz hold. Too soon I arrived at the belay and dumped the rucksack. Que tobogan! What a slide! The 6c+ pitch did not look too steep and started off OK but then the handholds became less positive and footholds non-existent. I could see how to climb the section but something was missing: power in the arm span, better eye-sight to optimise foot placement and friction. If the angle were 80 degrees, easy, but it was 95 degrees! Maybe in 1987 but now in 2008 there was no chance. It was my style of climbing, too, like granite climbing, but with more variety. You need endurance to work out the sequences and power to complete them. But now I had bolts. They allowed me to link past the barren bits. It was all very enjoyable, quick and safe. Climb when you can, heave when you can’t. Just pretend the bolt is a good handjam! No messing with etriers or slings. This is 5 obligatory in 6c+ territory. The pitch finished too soon. It would have been nicer to continue to the top, but more friendly to belay close to Niel. Having put his etriers away, Niel was psyched to follow free and soon arrived at the first smooth bit, on the same holds I had spanned but lacked the strength to lock off on, particularly as the holds were part friction and slippery with condensation on the cold rock. Looking down I could see that the section was overhanging and that Niel needed to work his feet more, rather than making wild grabs. But of course I could not see if there were any footholds. I think it was a question of good eye-sight to locate the best angles on one of the pebbles, good memory, but mostly power and endurance to hold the span and lean out and maximise friction. Niel eventually made it, but a bit short of obtaining his 6c+ certificate. If we lived nearby so many fantastic pitches would have forced us to acquire the technique and strength. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 11 of 18 The last pitch was non-obligatory 6a for a couple of moves. It was actually quite tricky and led to steep apparently grade 4 climbing and the top, the sun and the wind. 2 raps down the south side got us to the bottom. Left would take you to the Cavall Bernat Canal descent but we were meeting Fred and Richard at the monastery so we went right down the bush enclosed path that contoured round the base of the rocks. The night before I had studied the map and knew that this path would lead back to the main path to San Jeroni eventually and then back down the Santa Maria river bed to the monastery. The question was do we do a 2 mile contour walk on a path or a 15 minute scramble down the rock and through the bush? Niel clearly was in favour of the latter. I chose the former as I did not want get shredded by the bushwacking or face awkward drop offs. I am glad we chose the safe way, even though the walk to the monastery seemed to take for ever, probably about an hour or so. It would be a good idea to spend a day walking out some of these paths to find out how to get to the Canal dels Avallanes between Paret dels Diables and Serrat del Patriarca an easier descent than the Canal del Cavall. So what where my conclusions from the day? What a fantastic route! The best VS I have ever climbed. Definetely a world heritage route. No stress, easy approach, solid protection, easy descent. Incredible place, enchanting walk in and out. This route is probably the best introduction to the North Wall, just make sure that the forecast is good and there is no wind. When? Anytime from mid March to end of October. If you are leading it probably requires confidence at HVS, seconding VS, 22 quick draws, or skip a few clips. If you are uncertain, the three star 98 Octanos on Gorro Magdalena at F6a, VS obligatory is cut down version and a good introduction to this is the excellent Bello Easo on neighbouring Gorro Frigi, pictured above. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 12 of 18 Midwinter 2008 – Chris Boylan The temperature hovered a touch above freezing. A light, insistent wind tried to insert cold fingers between shivering ribs. As a warm-up, I started to solo a VDiff. The air was damp and the rock was greasy. Cold fingers felt unreliable. I reversed. It was Lawrencefield on Monday, 29th December. A bunch of noisy lads from Birmingham had gathered wood for a small bonfire in front of the Gingerbread Slab. Hely and I had driven up to the CC hut at Froggatt after an early dinner the night before and we had arrived in time for a beer at The Grouse. In the hut, the electric showers were functioning but the gas had run out: we spent a cold night. Lawrencefield was chosen because it is usually sheltered. The noisy boys left soon after we arrived and, occasionally, people turned up to warm themselves by the fire. A group of three serious climbers were giving it a cautious go. I geared up and led Nova HS4b. Hely led Three-Tree climb at the same grade. We explored another part of the crag and decided that it might be worth a visit one day. We left. In Hathersage, I bought a little, foam mat in case I might need to sit on a cold rock. Hely bought an extra sleeping bag so as to have double insulation for the night in a cold hut. On Tuesday, conditions were much the same. We decided to walk, not climb. From the hut, we went up the hill, down through the woods to Grindleford Station, where track work was in progress, across the bridge and up the picturesque Padley Gorge. At the Longshaw Estate cafe, we had a pot of tea and a “Longshaw” which is a bit like a “Bakewell” but with different nuts. From there, off up to the Burbage Valley, where we inspected Carl Wark, the atmospheric Iron Age fort. Then down to Surprise View and past Lawrencefield until we rejoined the path back to base. After a shower for me (Hely is not keen on that sort of thing) we decided that a warm bed in Chislehurst might be a good idea. Following a pint and a ham sandwich at The Grouse, we headed south. No new ticks were achieved, no great climbs were surmounted but it was a fine midwinter break from the post-Christmas gloom. NEW YEAR’S DAY CHIMNEYS. By Rob Foster After the overindulgences of Christmas, most sensible people would be quite happy to take some exercise, to burn off some of those excess calories. Perhaps a bracing walk, or a fast bike ride? Not TWMC, though! We are obviously a bunch of masochists, because its time to go and do battle with those ghastly chimneys at High Rocks again!! New Year’s Day dawned fine but bleeding freezing. There was a weak sun, but no sign of this entered the gloomy north-facing depths. On the good side, much recent dry weather meant that the usual green slime was less evident than before. Paul Highams, our valiant organiser, had set up an interesting challenge – he had used the list of Chimneys in the new Sandstone Guide, left out the one at Harrison’s, and invited us to tick the remaining nine. Therefore we were asked to attempt (in ascending order) Shelter Chimney 2b, One of Our Chimneys is Missing 2b, Chockstone Chimney 2b, Hut Traverse Passage-Rufrock Route 3a, Crown of Thorns 4a, Anaconda Chimney 4b, Shelter Passage 4b, Bell Rock Traverse Passage Route One 5a and last but by no means least, Boa Constrictor Chimney 5a. Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 13 of 18 The players for this event were to comprise TWMC but also the CC, with the notable addition of one Stephen Venables! (see pic on left) Stephen is a big celeb in the climbing world, if you didn’t know, e.g. first Brit up Everest without supplementary oxygen, President Alpine Club, TV personality, etc etc. He told me that he had been visiting family in Rotherfield, and had got a day pass for a bit of sandstone climbing. Can I remember all the club members who were there? No, to be honest, but it was a very good turnout, and even a few young offspring came with parents. I made a start, dressed fetchingly in my best boiler suit, on Shelter Chimney, with Rob Naylor; Rob also completed the route, an excellent testimonial to his regime of hard exercise and fewer pies! Rob then belayed Mr Venables. Moving on to the Bell Rock Passage area, which was quite busy, I noticed that Rob Houston had put up a rope on Passage Route 2, and it was free for use. Someone behind me offered me a tug – and it was Stephen Venables. Well, thank you, I said, and tied on. Dear reader, can you imagine how I felt – a world class climber was obviously expecting me to get up this thing, quite the hardest chimney I had ever attempted! But I got to the top, slowly. Stephen then did it too, faster than me, but I was relieved to see that he struggled a bit. In fact, I think Crown of Thorns defeated him, and I declined to try it, being far too wide for this narrow cleft. We moved on to some of the chimneys overlooking the railway – Chockstone Chimney was almost pleasant climbing. After a couple more, Stephen declared that time was getting on and perhaps he had better get back to Rotherfield; by now the poor guy’s smart fleece was plastered in green but he did not seem to mind. In fact he came across as a very decent bloke, just out for a bit of climbing like the rest of us. However, he was able to join us all for a beer at the Crown. Paul’s proposed ‘points per chimney’ competition sort of got forgotten by now, but never mind, it was all judged a great day out. Roll on next year! And who will we get then, Sir Chris Bonnington, perhaps…………? (Ed: In preparation for a trip to a Scottish sea stack in 2009, we also had a practice at a tyrolean traverse across the grand canyon, Ian can be seen above getting to grips with the ropework. Next year slacklining anyone? The winners of the chimney competition were Robin and Sarah with a total of 7 chimneys each.) Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 14 of 18 A quick trip to Spain – Paul Highams The date for my knee operation was fast approaching, and that would mean a month off climbing, could I squeeze one more trip in? A look at the UK weather for the weekend 23-25th Jan did not look promising, could I afford to go to Spain? 3 hours later via the power of the internet Katy and I had booked the following: • Flights to Alicante • 4 star Hotel in Alicante for 2 nights • Car Parking at Gatwick • Hire Car for 3 days • Travel insurance including rock cover from the BMC (with bad knee excluded) The grand total came to £115 each. We would take hand baggage only so we didn’t have to hang about at the airport, which meant travelling very light. We managed to get everything into one bag each weighing the max 10kg allowed for hand luggage, and so on Friday morning we set off to Gatwick. We landed at about 5:15 and by 5:30 we were our Ford Ka and leaving the airport, now we had to try and find our hotel in Alicante. This didn’t prove very difficult as the hotel was one of the tallest buildings in Alicante so we could see it from every direction. By 6pm we were checked in and wandering around Alicante to find somewhere to eat and get a beer. Alicante has a good night life with lots of bars and restaurants, and despite the poor exchange rate the prices were good. After a great paella and a few glasses of the local lager called Mahou we went back to the our 24th floor room with views over the marina. During the night I awoke a few times hearing the wind but quickly went back to sleep. On Saturday morning we found a great local café for breakfast, who also made us rolls for lunch, and then it was off to climb. As we drove out of Alicante it was very windy, signs were blown down, there was an overturned lorry and litter was swirling everywhere. It took about 40 minutes to get to our chosen crag for the day, Marin was only a 5 minute walk from a small layby and consisted of two crags. The Main Face consisted of 2 pitch sport routes, and the western buttress had a number of single pitch routes. We started at the main face and climbed a 3* route called Prats which was really good. When we got to the top a short scramble across the ridge led to a descent down a steep gully, but with the full force of the wind at the top of the crag it was impossible to stand up when the strong gusts of wind came. So the scramble across the ridge had to be protected and the scramble made in short quick bursts between the strong gusts of wind. The gully itself although steep was thankfully out of the wind and enjoyed our lunch of Spanish cured ham, cheese and tomato rolls. We did a second climb on the main face this time Katy led the long first pitch and I led the shorter second pitch. We then headed across to the western Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 15 of 18 buttress which wasn’t highly rated in the rockfax guide, but the route we did was an excellent 5+ and the other routes looked good. We arrived back at the hotel and switched on the news to find that there had been the biggest storm in Spain for 10 years the night before and although Alicante hadn’t been the worst place affected there had been considerable damage. Just down the coast at the Puig Campana power lines had been brought down which caused forest fires and required evacuations of several villages. On Sunday morning we went back to the same Café for breakfast that was packed with locals. The most popular breakfast consisted of doughnut strips dunked in chocolate, accompanied by a strong coffee, a beer and a cigarette, and I thought I was being continental having a croissant! On Sunday we went to a crag called Forada, wow what a place. It is set way up in the mountains and proved a severe test for our little hire car. 11kms of pot holed track lead you to 2 kms of very bumpy dirt track, I was beginning to worry about not taking out the extra wheel cover! Then a 10 minute walk takes you to a stunning piece of rock with outstanding views (see left). The rock is set on top of a hillside, the North Face is for serious hard men with warm-up routes being F7a!, but when you go round to the sunny south side the routes are far more doable with grades from F4 to F6b. We spent a great day here with a couple of groups of Spanish climbers. Suddenly the sun was gone and big grey clouds were approaching. I felt the first few spits of rain, unfortunately Katy was having a difficulty finishing the route she was on due to a lack of holds she could reach, by the time she had finished and stripped the route it was looking very black. We just got back to the car as the heavens opened, but the excitement wasn’t over yet. The dirt track was largely limestone and as the rain poured over it became very slippery, it was like driving on ice and there was lots of opposite-lock on the very slow drive back to the pot holed road. Forada is a great crag and I’ll definitely be going back. Our flight back wasn’t until 10:50 on Sunday night so we had time to go back into Alicante to have an evening meal and a beer before heading to the airport. We dropped off a very muddy hire car and scarpered. We landed at about 1am and were in bed by 2am. I was due into hospital for the operation at 7:30am but I figured it didn’t matter how tired I was as they were going to put me to sleep anyway! Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 16 of 18 In Brief November club trip to North Wales Despite mixed weather this proved to be a very successful trip. Some people did some scrambling and a traverse of crib goch. Paul and Katy did some mountain biking. Rob Munday and Dan entertained us with tall stories around the fire, and Head Chef Rob Naylor with his assistant chefs Katy and Zara produced a fine selection of dishes for the communal meal. Club Christmas Curry We packed out the Kirthon restaurant for our pre-xmas curry, it was a lively evening and plans were hatched for 2009 adventures. Thanks to Sue Paddon for organising. In the Next Issue • Thailand – Rob Munday, Ellie and Ed are there now, I’ll be demanding a write-up on their return • Jan club trip to the Lakes – volunteer please. • Feb trip to North Wales – volunteer please. A taster for the Feb slide show……… Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 17 of 18 Diary and Information Page Indoor Climbing Tues 3/2 Craggy Island, Sutton (http://www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 5/2 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 10/2 Craggy Island, Guilford (www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 12/2 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 17/2 Craggy Island, Sutton (http://www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 19/2 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 24/2 Craggy Island, Guilford (www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 26/2 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 3/3 Craggy Island, Sutton (http://www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 5/3 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 10/3 Craggy Island, Guilford (www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 12/3 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 17/3 Craggy Island, Sutton (http://www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 19/3 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 24/3 Craggy Island, Guilford (www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Thurs 26/3 K2, Crawley (www.high-sports.co.uk/) Tues 31/3 Craggy Island, Sutton (http://www.craggy-island.com/index.php) Wednesday Social Meets (Junction Inn) 11th Feb The Hidden Kingdom – A walk in the Mountains of Bhutan (Ute) 11th Mar Climate change and renewable energy sources (Rob Basto) 13th May Yosemite (Adrian Paisey and Ian Bryant) 10th Jun Social Meet 9th Sep Social Meet 14th Oct Social Meet and AGM 11th Nov Social Meet 9th Dec Christmas Curry Away Meets 10/11 Jan 2009 Lake District, Coniston (contact Ian Hicks) 14/15 Feb North Wales, Tyn Lon (contact Ute Wegerhoff) 14/15 Mar Portland 10/13 Apr (easter) Lake District, Patterdale 1/4 May (bank hol) Peak District, Roaches Don Whillans Hut 22/25 May (bank) Belgium, Freyr Camping 13/14 Jun Peak District, Camping 27 Jun/5 Jul Alps trip, (Camping, venue to be confirmed, contact Rob Foster) 11/12 Jul Dartmoor, Camping 12/13 Sep Gower, Camping 17/18 Oct Peak District, Thorpe Farm 14/15 Nov North Wales, Tyn Lon Special Events 31st Jan 2009 Sandstone Dinner at High Rocks Inn (contact Sue Luck) 19th March 2009 Tim Emmett – Assembly Halls 27 Jun/5 Jul Alps trip, (Camping, venue to be confirmed, contact Rob Foster) 28 Aug/4 Sep 2010 Lundy, Barn (contact Mark Hazell) Other Local Climbing Walls Craggy Island www.craggy-island.com/index.php Westway www.westway.org/sports/wsc/climbing The Arch www.archclimbingwall.com/ The Castle www.castle-climbing.co.uk/ Tonbridge School http://www.tonbridge-school.co.uk/contactus/map-pitches.pdf Mile end www.mileendwall.org.uk/ Web: www.twmc.co.uk email: twmc_climb@yahoo_groups Page: 18 of 18
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