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Newsletter extracts  

Newsletters are circulated to members quarterly. The complete newsletter archive is available in the members only section of the website. To give a flavour of Club activities, a few extracts are below.

Nozag, Castle Naze Double Crack Castle Naze

Mick - the complete mountaineer

Castle Naze, March 07 Cairngorms, December 2008


Bottle Wall, Goat Crag


"It's not really intimidating, just sort of friendly scary."

Mick Cottam commenting on the scarce protection on the slabs of Goat Crag, Eskdale, August 2005.

From a keen PMC member inside a hut during very heavy rain and a force 10 gale!

'Its not as bad as it looks outside…'

Dovestones, October 06 Blea water Beck

Slab, Kyloe

Central gully, Ben Udlaidh

Northumberland Meet June 04 New Year 2004, Two views of the same trip
"Which one, the pub or the mountain?"

One member's response when a group in a minibus stopped by in Borrowdale (not far from the Scafell Hotel) and asked how to get to Scafell. The group were attempting the 'Three Peaks' and didn't know where the mountain was!
Everest from the north
Duddon 2007 Mick's Everest 2K trip
Dave: "Mick what's the snow like?"
Mick: "White and cold"

To a trembling Kath at Stanage:
"You have to smear."
"But there's nothing to smear on!"
"Well, that's smearing!!"

A problem with dialect!
"It's one of those col …. pass…. bealach things"
Cosmic Arete, Aiguille de Midi
Crianlarich 2001 Chamonix '99 Trip
Crib Goch Philosophical thoughts whilst climbing in Somerset!
"If the Avon ran that way, it would have to stop soon or it would be the Thames"

From an Environmental Officer on a Mission!
"I had to visit an unfriendly farmer and I was nearly 'ravaged' by his dogs!"

From someone with faulty memory! (Not Bob)
"I've done that route before, but it were in Wales"
Deniolen 2001 meet
"Did you do that route on 'features' only?"
"Yes, but I used bigger features than I meant to!"

From the Emma book of life:
"There's a rock in the way of my climb!"
to sales assistant in climbing shop:
"Can I have some of those … um… er …. dangly things to hang my gear on?"
Ice below High Street, Lakes
Alps 2001 trip
Ian Denton on pitch 2, Murray's Superdirect, Dow Crag
From an extreme football supporter,

"You can change your girl but you can't change your Team!"

"The key to success is drinking."

Chris Pearson of Jagged Globe describing how to do well at altitude – unfortunately he didn't mean alcohol!

Coniston 2001 meet