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Thanks from Eunice Sinclair

Eunice Sinclair has asked me to thank the many members of the Rucksack Club and Black and Tans who sent condolences following the sad loss of her husband, Dave Sinclair. The kind words and shared memories of special times in the hills with Dave were of great comfort to Eunice, their son Stephen and his wife Denise. Rob Ferguson.

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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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Beudy bookings update

Surely the weather in the UK can’t continue for much longer (can it!)? Here’s what’s happening at Beudy until the end of (flaming?) June. Next weekend (20/21 May) is quite busy, with parties of 6, 5 and 3 already booked in. The following weekend (27/28), Rob Peppit is bringing a party of 10 from DPC. Strangely, only 2 people (from London MC) have booked for the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, so plenty of room at present. Andy Stewart has organised a last minute Meet for the following weekend (11/12 May) – let Andy know if you are up for it or, indeed, as he says – up to it! Long time regulars (and I mean long time – they have been coming every year for well over 50 years), OBEC have booked the whole hut for the weekend of 18/19 May. Veterans in Sefton have a group session booked for 20-22 May. This takes us to the Late May Bank Holiday weekend. Peak CC, who are frequent visitors to Beudy, have booked the main dormitory (11 bunks) but are wanting more spaces. Let me know as soon as you can if you want to come that weekend so that,[…]

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Barbara Conway

Barbara passed away after a short illness on April 9th 2024. Probably this will be of interest only to ex-Anabasis members of the Club as Barbara, although a long-standing member of the Anabasis, was not one of those who transferred to the Club after the demise of the Anabasis.

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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 huge thank you from Climbers Against Cancer – £4,500 raised last year!

We’ve reached the end of the ‘calendar selling’ season and I’m delighted to report that sales of the 2024 charity calendar have raised over £3,500 for Climbers Against Cancer. If you roll in the profits from sales of the joint CAC / Get Out There! merchandise then we’re looking at around £4,500 that will go to funding cancer research and support for those living with and beyond the disease. I thought you might like to know about some of the projects we’ve been able to fund, supported by the great generosity of the members of The Rucksack Club (and others who’ve bought the calendar). ·         Monaco Scientific Centre to fund the CSM’s research into paediatric cancers and brain tumours ·         The Ledge, Inverness, with Scottish Highlands NHS, piloting the use of climbing to help those recovering from cancer ·         Institute for Biological Research at the University of Belgrade, investigating new cancer treatments ·         Prostate Cancer Research, funding the ReMove pilot to encourage patients to exercise ·         Breast Cancer UK, enabling one of their ‘seed projects’ to look into breast cancer prevention …and ‘in the works’ are projects in Nepal (on paediatric radiotherapy training to enable effective treatment of young people), and Tanzania (supporting nutrition in[…]

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Heaters at Beudy – user information

On a couple of occasions in the last month or so, the heaters in the main dorm and in the dining area have been tampered with, rendering them inoperable. In each case, we have had to call out an electrician to repair and replace the damaged parts at a cost of £95. Steve and I are puzzled as to why people need to mess about with the heaters. They are easy to operate – the first press of the ‘BOOST’ button will give 15 minutes heat, the second press 30 minutes, the third 1 hour, the fourth 2 hours. Once set, the timer counts down to zero. A fifth press returns the timer to zero. We will be putting instruction notices by each heater in the hope that we can avoid any further damage and expense.

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