Forth For The Furth

By John Edwards

While on holiday in Ireland in June, a visit to “The South Pole Inn” at Annascaul was high on the agenda as it is world famous as the place that Tom Crean settled down as landlord at after his heroic efforts with Scott and Shackleton in the Antarctic. When we finally reached the village on the Dingle Peninsula was a bit 'miffed' when I discovered that I’d missed the 3rd Tom Crean International Festival by just a couple of days and that part of this involved an “Endurance Challen... Read full article

Oggie 8 Challenge

By Dave Jones

After completing the Oggie 8 Challenge last year, 2015 was going to be extra special due to it being the 50th year celebration for the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation (OVMRO). Being so close to WBMC hut I personally feel that it is good to support the OVMRO as a walker and member of WBMC we never know when we might require the services from the rescue team. I’m also a member of the 333 club which was set up in 1997. The purpose of the group is to help raise both the profile and ... Read full article

National 3 Peaks Challenge

By Dave Jones

For some months the National Three Peaks had been discussed and I was on the original list to attempt the challenge in under 24 hours (hopefully). The team consisted of myself, Dee Sehdeva, David Doherty, Andy Brown (driver), Paul Brindley, Liz Perks, Mike Smith, Neil Parsons, Hilary Jones & Nigel Tarr (support) who took surplus luggage and supplies down to the club hutin Nant Gwynant.

The Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest ... Read full article

NVQ Level 4

By Ken Priest

What can you get a man for his birthday who already has everything he needs? This was the dilemma I was faced with when Mel Evans turned seventy something earlier this month.

Perhaps he needed some more climbing gear, a new chalk bag? Sleepless nights passed until I was reminded of a saying that an old climbing partner used to tell me: “you’re not a proper climber until you’ve run the Dovedale Dash and climbed on Cloggy”. In Mel’s case I thought his pedigr... Read full article

The Gower weekend

By Joe Priest

On Friday morning a whole host of WBMC members made their way down to South Wales for a weekend of walking, climbing and body boarding on the beautiful Gower peninsula. Not wanting to break from tradition and alarm anyone by arriving at the time we said we would, the Priest family turned up around 9pm or so. There was a little light rain just after we’d pitched the tent, but no sign of the storm that was forecast. That evening was spent catching up around the outdoor fire and talking about... Read full article

The Nantlle Ridge

By John Edwards

If you had told me a couple of years ago that we’d only get 19 people on a coach to walk the Nantlle Ridge - probably the finest linear ridge walk south of the border - during a settled spell of weather in July, I’d have said you were bonkers, but that’s what happened last month!

Maybe the fact that it was initially advertised as a “Long Meet” put some folk off, something that was rather unnecessary as most people can complete the full ridge (7 peaks if you include Mynydd ... Read full article

South West Tour

By Mel Evans

This month pride of place must go to the ‘South West Climbing Trip’ organised on behalf of WBMC by Ken. Initially ten beds were booked in the Climbers’ Club Hut, ‘The Counthouse’, at Bosigran, half way between St Ives and St Just, on the North coast of Cornwall but, for a variety of reasons, just Ken and myself left late on Sunday afternoon for what turned out to be an absolutely fantastic week of climbing.

Monday saw us wake to see dense sea mist clinging to the cliffs, b... Read full article