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Journal 2024 – Your Help Needed

Neil Goldsmith, the Journal Editor writes: Many of you will have enjoyed flicking through the archives via the postings: a dip into the Club Journals, and been impressed by past achievements and found them a useful pointer to future trips.  None of this would be possible if past members had not written the articles in the first place! In this era of social media there seems to be a reluctance to commit to print and spend the time putting together a contribution to the Club Journal.  Without your contributions, there will be no Journals and no further Journals to dip into.  Now that the holiday season is on us and trips are being planned, don’t forget to think about an article for the Journal! Please the Journal needs You!

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A Dip into the Club Journals: 1974 Phabrang by Jeff Mason

The June dip into the club journals this month reaches 1974.  Members’ articles covered: exploring the North Pennines; a trip to a remote munro; a run of the new Coast to Coast path, from East to West; early British ascents of routes in the Eastern and Western Alps; and a Himalyan Peak. I’ve chosen the latter, a trip to Himachal Pradesh and the second ascent of Phabrang, a peak of 6172m in the Lahul District, by a small team club team. Fifty years ago the walk in went through villages with a self-sufficient way of life, not the situation now. Read Jeff Mason’s article here.  And this month you can have a BOGOF as John Allen’s report of the trip is available in the Himalayan Journal archives here. For more information about the self sufficiency of Himalyan village life try Helena Norberg-Hodge’s book Ancient Futures, this describes Ladakh in the 70s and 80s and how the area changed with development, here’s a starting point. Other pictures from the 1974 journal are below, in black and white only, and here’s a link to the journal.

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Edwin Coope – Funeral Arrangements

Carole Smithies writes: Sad to report Edwin Coope, who joined the Club in 1999, passed away on Tuesday the 18th June.  Whilst Edwin joined the Club comparatively late in life, –he was in his fifties, he came with a first-class record as a mountaineer and fell runner.  The year before he joined, he did the Joss Naylor Challenge in under 14 hours, and in all, he completed 21 Lake District Mountain Trails. Edwin’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 3rd July at St. Thomas of Canterbury RC church, Lonsdale Rd., Bolton, BL1 4PN, at 10 -00am.  Please, let me know if you will be at the funeral, so we can let the family know.  Contact details as in the handbook.

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A dip into the Club Journals – 1994: Paul O’Reilly and A War of Attrition on the War Bonnet

The Rum Cullin from Orval, photo M.S. Cudahy This month we’re back in 1994, and a difficult choice, this time it’s Paul O’Reilly’s account of an epic with Andy Stewart and a pal in the Wind River Range: A War of Attrition on the War Bonnet, read it here. Andy’s OTHW is available here too. And visit the 1994 journal for more reports including Mike Cudahy’s continuous Munro round, various Alpine Adventures and others from further afield, here are a few photos … Ama Dablam, from on the trail above Dengboche, photo P.Cockshott Below, Mike Cudahy on his continuous Munro round The Goldsmiths in South Africa  

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(Almost) Complete set of RC Journals – need a good home

Dave Alderson would like to sell his RCJs, ideally to someone else in the Club. Although Dave is in NZ, the RCJs are in UK and would have to be collected.  The set is missing a few of the early annual reports (1903, 04, 05) and two or three more journals, one around WWII and maybe a couple of others later. Please get in touch with Dave to progress, his contact details are in the handbook.

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Tom Anderson Reflects … Skye Meet 2019

Tom Anderson writes: I came across this slide show recently.  Most of the photos are of Sgurr a Mhadaidh and Sgurr a Ghreadaidh from Sgurr na Banachdich.  Apart from it being a good day weather wise!  There are three figures on the ridge, Club Members I think, one is Gareth Llewellyn also Andy Tomlinson.  The third is difficult to recognise so I can’t say who!  All in the 2019 meet.   Trust you all, enjoy the video, you can find it here. Regards Tom

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A Dip into the Club Journals – 2014 – Brian Cunningham: Beyond the Bonk

We restart a new year of dips into the journal with extracts from years ending in a ‘4’.  So this month’s is from ten years ago, a very difficult choice with many excellent articles, mostly of folk putting themselves under duress. The article that sums it all up concisely is Brian Cunningham’s Beyond the Bonk, attempting to defy age, weather and Scottish terrain. You can find Brian’s article here, and the whole journal here in the club archives (under the Get Out There! tab). Here’s a clearer view of the map. PS You can find out what went on before and after in Brian’s On The Hill With here  

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Tom Anderson Reflects … Winter on the Coniston Fells

Tom Anderson writes: Being a Hut warden is always a bit of a poisoned chalice.  But I did get a lot of support from members and the committee! This video was taken when I was on a service visit during a good snowy week and was a great day out as snow always enhances the hills.  The route round the group from High Moss is good either way round and does not involve driving.  Being warden was the only job I had that involved work and play and I am glad I did it for 10 years!  My early retirement worked well for me and the Club. Trust you all, enjoy the video, you can find it here. Regards Tom [Web sec note – it may not load instantly]

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A Dip into the Club Journals – 1923 – Eustace Thomas: A Long Circuit of the Fells

Welcome to November’s dip into the journals. And there’s much to consider in the 1923 journal.  This journal celebrated the coming of age the club, A E Burns (Hon. Sec.) provides an interesting summary, this shows, inter alia, that the club has always undertaken a range of diverse activities. There are articles about solo trips through Dartmoor, Scotland and the Alps, and similar group excursions, new routes at Stanage End and High Neb, and on Ben Eighe. But this month’s pick is again an article by Eustace Thomas.  At this stage in his early fifties, his Long Circuit of the Fells describes an attempt on the Lake District Fell Record, supported by club members, which he extended within the allowed 24 hours in covering 66 1/2 miles and 25,000 feet of ascent.  Typically he kept going and achieved 30,000 feet of ascent (a personal Everest?).  This was not bettered until 1932 when Bob Graham completed his eponymous round. Read his article here, and more from the 1923 journal here.

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Fred Taylor

Carole Smithies writes: Sad to report Fred Taylor died on the 4th November.  Fred joined the Club in 1967.  His funeral will take place at St Asaph Crematorium on Friday 24th November.  Given this short notice, I‘m pleased to say that Eddie Birch will attend and represent the Club.   

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