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While trawling the internet I was delighted to see the continued existence of the Gentian Club. In the early seventies I had just left school in Jersey and like many young islanders I was yearning for the experience of large open spaces. Joining the YHA was a natural choice at the time and George Watkins

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The meet closing date now appears at the end of other meet details. It will normally be around three weeks before the meet but may be earlier where the accommodation provider requires more notice to adjust numbers.

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Fri 09/09/16 – Sun 11/09/16 Places are still available on this meet. The Upper Ceiriog Trail (14m) can be joined from the door of the Centre and passes 3 km N of the Club trigpoint. A drive will reach the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall for a route into the Berwyns with their expansive vistas and birds

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All, Independent Hostels have posted the ‘Badrallach Bothy on Little Loch Broom’ blog written by Mike following the Clubs’ visit to the area earlier in the year. Included is a short piece about the Club to attract more members. Thanks to Steve B and Ted for organising and to Mike for the article. Have a good

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Independent Hostel Guide Independent hostels, like youth hostels, have private rooms and dorms, flexible lengths of stay and self catering kitchens.  Designed with walkers and cyclist in mind they have drying rooms, boot racks and no chintz. Bunkhouses and camping barns are both types of independent hostels.  All hostels welcome groups and are able to let

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We have received the following from the BMC regarding the rebrand to Climb Britain. To: BMC affiliated clubs BMC rebranding – engagement with clubs Following my email of earlier this week I am writing to draw your attention to the update article as posted on the BMC website yesterday, see: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/climb-britain-update-from-the-bmc There has been a strong

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Down-climbing on soft snow is never a pleasant activity but with a light rain falling and mist thickening to completely obscure the glacier we recalled the old alpine adage of ‘To summit is optional, to descend safely is mandatory’ and reluctantly decided to abandon our objective and return to the hut. In Summer conditions Habicht

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The Gentian MC embroidered badges (also known as sew on patches, sewn on patches or sew on badges) are now available at £2.00 + p&p from the Membership Secretary. There may also be a supply at meets so no p&p required. Embroidered in white and Gentian blue thread, displaying these high quality patches sewn onto

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Nine Gentians met at Ynysmarchog Bunkhouse near Trecastle on Friday 15th July. Saturday dawned with good promise so we set off south towards Glyntawe by car then headed out to climb Carmarthen Fan to include Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog and Picws Du. The weather was appalling! Heavy rain, 20 metre visibility and strong winds were the order

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In November we headed to Capel Curig in Snowdonia for a weekend in the Carneddau – but not before climbing Great Orme near Llundudno on the way there. On the Saturday the weather was glorious with lots of lying snow so some of us headed up Nant y Benglog before climbing Pen yr Helgi Du via Y