Last summer in the Cirque of the Unclimbables we met David Russell… David is a prolific big wall climber and a mural artist. More “CC AGM Mountain Art Mural at Kendal Climbing Wall”
In my humble opinion last year’s CC AGM was a fantastic success. For me there are a lot of boxes to “tick” when deciding where to have the AGM. A location that offers: outdoor activities for all weathers and all pursuits; a quality indoor climbing wall that will join in the fun; an AGM and dinner venue that is big and comfortable enough and is able to provide good food; all that, and it needs to be relatively near to where a large enough number of CC members live. This isn’t an easy combination of attributes to put together. And unfortunately realistically there aren’t that many major climbing areas that can provide all of these ingredients. So this year the CC AGM machine made a repeat visit to Kendal. However, there’s likely at least two other venues that can also fit the requirements: Bristol and Sheffield. Watch out for where the AGM will go to next year…
Friday night, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley – The President’s Quiz
Friday night saw the start of the opportunities to have fun with a light hearted quiz, with our President Richard as the quiz-master, at Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley. Amazingly Pete put in his best ever performance in any type of quiz; a winning score of 21 out of 25! Ye ha, a couple of spangly new colourful carabiners as prizes!
Saturday morning, Mountain Biking around Kentmere
Saturday’s weather forecast was quite pleasant. That is, pleasant in a particularly damp winter in a particularly damp part of the country, the Lakes. So rather than going to the indoor climbing wall in Kendal we opted for the mass mountain biking adventure around Kentmere, led by one of our Vice Presidents, Steve. I’m sure the wall would have been great – there were coaching sessions and climbing challenges with big prizes. However, the lure of the great outdoors was stronger for us…
Saturday afternoon, The Climbers’ Club Annual General Meeting
Saturday afternoon was time for the AGM itself. There were some big issues to cover at this year’s AGM: a big rise in annual subscription charges to cover the rapidly escalating costs of running eight club huts; and Pete’s election to Vice President! 😯
Saturday evening, the AGM Dinner
The dinner at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal on Saturday evening, organised by Alison Athroll and Steve Crossley, was of course another amazing party. The word must be getting around that CC AGMs aren’t as stuffy as they might once have been perceived to be – numbers were up significantly on last year.
Duncan Bourne’s artwork for the dinner cards were to his usual incredibly high standard! However, I was a bit shocked when people started asking Pete to sign it thinking it was supposed to be him! 😯 Of course it isn’t. But Duncan hardly helped when he started laughing and encouraging the notion! 🙄
The Climbers’ Club AGM has for me been traditionally a great opportunity to meet up with friends, enjoy a slap up dinner, and get involved helping set the direction of those that manage the club More “The Climbers’ Club AGM, aka
“The Face of Adventure Weekend Party””
Over the weekend we travelled to Portland, via EasyJet to Bournemouth airport and a free night (thanks to reward points) in the Bornemouth Marriott hotel, for the Climbers’ Club AGM. Some commitment eh? Well, it was Smiler and Laetitia’s valedictory dinner as President and Vice Presidents respectively. Also, as Chair of CC publications (a post Smiler championed me for) I wanted to support as much as I could… 😛
Friday was a day of tourist fun and games; paddling in the (cold) sea, mini-golf, and cakes…
Laetitia pasted me at mini-golf!
Of course she reaped all the benefits of a champion – caffè latte and cake in the café at the end of the pier! :yum:
On the way to our traditional Friday night curry, we spotted this…
On Saturday morning we drove across to Portland and met up with Richard for some sunny Portland limestone rock climbing. Well, actually it wasn’t that sunny, and there was a sharp easterly breeze! All in all, nice to get out rock climbing (we did do six routes!), but bloody hell it made for cold fingers! :freeze:
The rest of the gang were there too, including the (well wrapped up against the cold) new CC President, Fiona Sanders.
Saturday afternoon was the AGM itself, and in the evening the AGM dinner. Alan Hinkes gave a great after dinner talk about his 14 x 8000m summits. I’ve heard Alan’s talk twice before, but every-time his brilliant yorkshireman-comedic style can’t fail to entertain!
Sorry, no pix of the dinner.
Sunday morning was the usual first meeting of the new committee. So while I joined that, Laetitia (now newly freed from the committee which she’s worked on for seven years!) went for a quick sightseeing trip around Portland. The sun was out but the wind was wicked. In other words, it was very very cold, even colder than Saturday despite the powerful sunshine. The weather forecast said it would feel like -15°C! :freeze: So rock climbing might have been a tad unpleasant.