Climbers’ Club AGM & Party Weekend

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!

The President's quiz at Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley
The President’s quiz at Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley
Paul, Keith, and Pete debate the difficulties of Richard's quiz questions
Paul, Keith, and Pete debate the difficulties of Richard’s quiz questions

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…

The Mountain Biking team at the end of the metalled road about to set off on one of Kentmere's best circular trails
The Mountain Biking team at the end of the metalled road about to set off on one of Kentmere’s best circular trails
Single-track mountain biking in Kentmere
Single-track mountain biking in Kentmere
Richard, Steve, and Pete take a break before the final big descent back to Staveley
Richard, Steve, and Pete take a break before the final big descent back to Staveley

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! 😯

The Treasurer, Becky Moore, outlines the running costs of the club
The Treasurer, Becky Moore, outlines the running costs of the club

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.

CC AGM

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 President, Richard Wheeldon, laying down the rules!
The President, Richard Wheeldon, laying down the rules!
The dynamic AGM Party organising duo, Steve Crossley and Alison Athroll
The dynamic AGM Party organising duo, Steve Crossley and Alison Athroll

The Climbers’ Club AGM, aka
“The Face of Adventure Weekend Party”

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””

Portland AGM

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…

Paddling at Bournemouth Pier
Mini-golf

Laetitia pasted me at mini-golf!

Laetitia: Mini-golf Champion

Of course she reaped all the benefits of a champion – caffè latte and cake in the café at the end of the pier! :yum:

Cakes on the pier for the Mini-golf Winner!

On the way to our traditional Friday night curry, we spotted this…

Surfing style?

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:

Richard climbing on very cold Portland limestone

The rest of the gang were there too, including the (well wrapped up against the cold) new CC President, Fiona Sanders.

Fiona, the new President of the CC

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.

at Portland Bill
Loud Loud Loud!
Chesil Beach