By Stuart Shaw

Day 1

Getting to Lundy is an adventure in itself, with the graceful MS Oldenburg ferry, from Ilfracombe. Unfortunately it wasn’t so graceful for our crossing as the sea was well choppy. Some of the group were to be found below deck talking down the big white telephone.  Once on the island you are transported back to earlier times with no roads, no cars, only fresh air and wildlife to enjoy, oh and there’s some climbing too!

A... Read full article

Welsh 3000's - FAIL

By Graeme Stanford

Starting my articles with the word ‘fail’ seems to be an emerging theme recently. The old adage “you should always be prepared to turn back” rings very true however…

Chris Dean and I decided to have a crack at the Welsh 3000’s on a spur of the moment. Busy schedules quickly brought us to May bank holiday as a date for the attempt. All we needed was semi decent weather. I think we both agreed that “as long as it’s not p**sing down we’ll do it !”. How prophetic tha... Read full article

WBMC go 3 Peaks crazy

By John Edwards

The April coach certainly cocked a snook at the idea reported in the last Newsletter to make WBMC the premier rambling club in the West Midlands, with 20 out of the 45 passengers completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks – a ramble in nobody’s books!

Eleven people attempted & completed the ‘Classic’ route from Horton-in-Ribblesdale back to Horton. Chris Dean, Mark Stevens & Graeme Stanford ran much of the 25 mile route (with 7,522 feet of ascent) to finish in 7 hrs 28 mins, in... Read full article

Loose Crampon Gully

By Ken Priest

Loose Crampon Gully: A tale of pensioners in the arctic landscape of North Wales.

Cold Climbs by Ken Wilson is a brilliant, awe inspiring coffee table book rammed full of tales and adventures of the best of British ice climbing. It is a book to be enjoyed next to an open fire with a drink in hand, whilst planning future trips when the conditions allow. It is the closest I get to train spotting and Munroe bagging; ticking the routes off.

One such route eluded me ba... Read full article

Free talk by World Renowned Mountaineer - 28th Jan

By Paul Brindley

Venue : Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B90 3PE.

We'll be joined by Mick Fowler who has kindly agreed to come and speak about his recent escapades...

Read about Mick and his tick list here -

The list includes....

Conventional rock climbs:

  • Linden (E6) in 1976 at Curbar Edge in Derbyshire (as one of the first E6 climbs in Britain this received extensive press coverage)... Read full article

WBMC Merchandise for sale!

By John Edwards

At last a local company, Acorn Printing, has come up with an easy method whereby members of clubs can buy personalised clothing & other items as and when they want them, rather than having to wait until someone from a club gets around to compiling a bulk order! Accordingly your committee agreed to pay a small fee to have a ‘jacquard’ set up, so that now any WBMC member can go online and purchase articles with the WBMC logo for themselves or a friend, selecting the size & colour required a... Read full article

The Big Scrambling Weekend...FAIL!

By Graeme Stanford

Jason Jones and I have had a plan in place for some months. A plan that involved waiting for a 'good weather window' coupled with a weekend when we were both available. This combination finally arrived early in June so we loaded the car up with climbing and walking gear (and a few beers to drink in the club hut) and set off for Snowdonia with our sunglasses firmly on!

I'm getting ahead of myself though. Let me tell you a little more about the plan.

I've been walking and gr... Read full article