Bookings are open for The Salving House, Rosthwaite September 14th-16th. More info about the meet can be found at forthcoming events.
- Nine of us gathered on a damp Friday evening at this unique hut. Originally built as a Gamekeepers cottage in 1862 and belonging to the Swythamley estate, it is now managed by the BMC and is a memorial to Don Whillans.
It has a fantastic position overlooking the Merebrook valley and nestling right below the Roaches lower tier, with the kitchen area built into the rock. (This was originally a cave where Bess Bowyer lived for nearly a century, until the early 1800’s).
With a cold forecast for Saturday and the rock looking damp and green expectations for climbing were low. However, Dan and 5 coats Brayshaw and Dave and his guest Chris did manage some climbing. Shirley, Barbara, Dick, Martin and Chris went for a good walk. This took in the Roaches ridge, Luds Church (a narrow gorge), the Hanging stone and a delightful small brewery in Wincle. (The combination of beer sampling, beer drinking, good coffee and a log burner meant it was a bit hard for the team to get going again!).
On Saturday night there was the usual superb communal meal, organised by Shirley. Thank you to her and to the preppers, chefs and washers up.
Sunday was again cold, but Dan and John, Dick and Martin and Dave and Chris aimed to climb again on the Roaches. Barbara aimed for a walk over Hen Cloud. Shirley and Chris headed off to Windgather and did 3 routes before the cold persuaded Chris to suggest an early finish.
Routes climbed over the weekend at the Roaches included Black Velvet, Maud’s Garden, Damascus Crack left hand, Right Route, Saul’s Crack, Technical slab, Yong, Breakfast problem, Alpha, Alpha Arete and Sennapod crack.
It was one of those weekends where it would have been easy to stay at home ( and that was my plan at one point), but going was worth the risk of bad weather and in my case was rewarded with a great walk and climbs on Windgather, a small but perfectly formed crag and new to me.
To celebrate the members, the activities and the events that have occurred since the Craven Club was formed in 1978, we would like to gather lots of photos for a slideshow display at club events that are taking place this year.
Please can you dig deep into your lofts to find lots of photographs (funny or otherwise) that would like to share of club members who have been involved and events that have taken place, for us all to enjoy and recognise how the club has evolved over the last 40 years. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the club logbook ?
Photos should be sent to Amanda Marriott at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3rd please.
Amanda is our New Members Secretary and she’s offered to compile them all for us for digital display. Scanned hard copies, or photos of hard copies will be fine too.
It’s not long now until the Roaches hut meet and there’s still one place for anyone who’d like to join in.
If you’re still unsure, check out the recent article on UKC – the Finest Crags in UK and Ireland !
Some folk may be interested in going for a day trip too , so best to post here if you’d like to car share.
Thanks all, Shirley
Our trip to Inverardran Cottage in Crianlarich couldn’t have timed any better for an amazing fine weather window. Exceptional conditions allowed us a group tally of 8 Corbetts, 7 Munros, 2 Donald’s and a Graham in our 4 days. Scotland at its best!
As there was no evidence of anyone staying in the hut, on arrival, Flo and I did a quick clean up and cleared the fridge of a rather unsavoury looking sausage roll, meat pie and some crusty coleslaw. Sadly, it belonged to a ravenous member who was most unimpressed with me when he arrived back. With provisions galore he was offered many options but instead disappeared into his room with a banana. I’d been forgiven by the time he left!
Our group of eight and a young gang from Edinburgh were comfortably settled by Friday evening. Since extensive hut renovations, there is a very warm and spacious kitchen with a large dining area for all to share.
Lots of ideas were muted on Friday evening, but little was arranged. So after the usual disorganised faffing of who was doing what, on Saturday morning we organised ourselves into groups and headed off in different directions.
Flo and Sylvia walked up to Meall an Fhudair, a Corbett near Inverarnan, and down north via the Meall nan Caora. Dick, Giles, Steve and I headed for Glen Lochay. Dick and Giles took an interesting approach to Creag Mhor over the SW ridge over Stob nan Clach and up a gully on the SE end of Sail Dubh. Steve and I took a gentle approach up ‘quite the dullest hill in the southern uplands’ (Butterfield). Needs must (Sigh)! Actually, Meall Ghaordaich was far from dull. We motored up and back at an overall speed of 1.1 ml/ hr, but did have lots of breaks on route for views, pictures and refreshments. JohnB left quietly for one of his solo walks. During the week John ticked 5 Corbetts, 2 Donalds and a Graham……. but was initially ticked off for not letting us know where he was heading!
Sunday was an even more spectacular day and again differing agendas meant that groups went their own ways. Flo left early for a solo ascent of Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath from Glen Orchy. She arrived safely back to her car around the time that Steve and I reached the summit of Beinn Sgulaird. We’d gone up, and back, along the undulating ridge from Drumavuic and had fabulous panoramic views throughout. Dick and Giles headed for Cruach Ardrain via the east ridge and walked out to Beinn Tulaichean. A broken crampon had to be fixed on route but all was well. JohnB dropped Sylvia and Paul at Bridge of Orchy for their walk back to Crianlarich along the West Highland Way…. a really enjoyable walk past many historic sites then into a forested section reaching a high point of 350m with fabulous views of the Crianlarich hills.
Our communal meal on Sunday was another of Sylvia’s master chef suggestions. A hearty casserole with a selection of winter veggies followed by Christmas pudding (on its 3rd hut meet since purchase)! All delicious though and a very sociable evening. Our dorm was quite cramped. Alpine bunks don’t aid a good night’s sleep…. but do make the mexican wave of ‘YOUR SNORING’ easier to reach the victim!
Some of the group departed on Monday. Initially overcast and windy, the weather improved around lunchtime and cleared to a fine afternoon. Flo and Sylvia headed to Glen Lochay for Corbett Beinn nan Oighreag ….lovely walking, interesting paths and geology, and wonderful snowy views. Dick, Giles and I headed to Lochan na Lairige for the ridge running north over Meall Corranaich and Meall a’ Choire Leith. Fabulous views of Ben Lawers, a lost ice axe (retrieved) and an ice axe arrest added to the excitement of the day!
Weather on Tuesday dictated activities. We all chose a low level walk from Victoria Bridge. Dick, Flo and I walked back to the hut from Tyndrum as more of the group headed home. The rest of us followed early Wednesday morning arriving back home before the Beast reached Yorkshire.
Thank you to everyone who joined in for another great hut meet. I’m sure we’ll return there before too long as there’s plenty of unfinished business.