Meeting at Austwick 9.45am, 8 miles approx taking… in the delights of Feizor, Stackhouse, Little Stainforth and Wharfe with a café stop at Knight Stainforth. Please let Fiona know of your interest.
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