This weekend (22 & 23 November) was the club’s annual dinner, this year held in Coniston in the Lake District. It was a smashing weekend with around 40 members in attendance. Numerous groups formed on saturday and went of to do their own thing. A few brave teams climbed in the Coppermines valley while most other walked up The Old Man and continued around the ridge to Wetherlam before decending back the the huts in the Coppermines valley. Another team headed off to Pavey Ark in Langdale for an ascent of Jake’s Rake, a grade 1 scramble along a rising traverse gully.
For the dinner itself we returned to the Crown Hotel. It was a nice pleasant meal, and the staff did a tremendous job keeping all 40 of us happy. After the food the chairman did his usual and enjoyable awards ceremony in which he awarded members useful items in response to acts of stupidity, bravery or bad luck. 3 members were given padded knickers for slips and trips at home or on foot paths. Those who had greater falls whilst rock climbing were given a certificate of airworthiness as they achieved airtime. And one member received a tick remover for getting a tick on his… we better not say where.
Sunday was a relaxed day. Many members enjoyed an easier day while others went braved the bitting wind to summit some peaks or do a spot more scrambling. Some members sacrificed themselves and went to the cafe for a hearty breakfast, well some one had to! All in all it was a great weekend. Next year we are back in the Peak District. See you there!