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Braving high winds and rain [please vary intro to these trip reports– Ed] several Gentian parties set out on the Saturday from the MAM hut in Coniston. Tarn Hows proved a popular destination with one group continuing on to the Cat Cafe at Hawkshead [?!? – explanation needed – Ed] for tea and buns while

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More ‘taps aff’ weather than deep Winter, the group nevertheless managed to find sufficient snow to get crampons and ice axes into play on several days starting with a day of excellent instruction in use of same from local trainer, Richard Kermode. During the week a number of Munros and Corbetts were achieved before returning

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Arriving at Idwal Cottage YHA on Friday night  it was clear that global warming had struck again as the hills were bare of snow. On Saturday crampons and iceaxes were therefore left behind and the group battled strong winds and intermittent rain to complete a mid-level ridge walk from the hut to Capel Curig, returning

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The hut stove proved to be the star turn on this meet.  Happily, the host club (Cleveland MC) had been up for a maintenance meet and left the stove on so we arrived to a warm hut. So warm, in fact, that shorts and T shirts were sought as a tropical atmosphere prevailed. The weather

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Having successfully navigated the wedding party at the adjacent Ilam Hall YHA, the group settled in at the very comfortable NT bunkhouse. On Saturday most routes involved the stepping stones at nearby Dovedale while one party ranged further afield and made the now traditional return by headtorch. Despite this all were ready when the time

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A cosy bunkhouse in a good location for a damp Saturday’s walking across the Long Mynd. ‘Long’ was the operative word here but thankfully the leader allowed a return by rail from the furthest point and Sunday saw a revitalised group ascend the old favourites of Caer Caradoc and The Lawley. Video on the Club’s

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Sunshine and crevasses! What more could you want? OK, a little less of the latter! During three days rigorous training with the guides (including a few schnapps) the group practised crevasse rescue and then short roping on the Mittlere Guslarspitze (3128m) before heading off independently. Having successfully negotiated the glaciers up to the Guslarjoch (3361

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Sunshine? In Wales?! Again?!!! Apart from the water treatment at the hut failing, the rest of the weekend went smoothly if a little too hot at times.  Saturday saw two members complete a circuit with Y Garn from the hut while another four went off to ‘Discover Scrambling’ with some excellent instruction from the staff

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Luxury accommodation with fluffy towels and wi-fi coupled with a week of baking sunshine! Could this really be a Gentian meet in Scotland? It certainly was as the photos show. Total score: three Munros and two Corbetts (one left for next time). More pics and video on the Club’s Facebook page.  

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A good bunkhouse and better weather than predicted. What more could you want? Other than a short and focused AGM which was achieved thanks to our Chair! Ridge walks were completed on both days along with the wonderfully scenic waterfalls walks nearby including one where you go behind the fall (see video!) Video on the