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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

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.

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                   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.

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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.

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A typical Montserrat climb above the campground, probably about Very Severe.

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The Refugio de San Benet with The Pregnant Girl on the left and the Elephant in the background.

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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.

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A Montserrat sheep path, part of the missing section of the Grand Traverse

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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                                        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.

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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

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.


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.

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                                                                       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.)

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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

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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

                                                                       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!
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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………

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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/

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