Sunday, 16 February 2014

Check the new page on our website with news of recent exploits and adventures. Read about Glenn's amazing trip to Antartica.
Come and join us in Crianlarich on 21st March for our Scottish Winter meet.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Club Member Personal Activity, Greenland

John Starbuck was in Greenland in Spring 2013. A 3 hour flight in a small twin engined Otter from Iceland and across the partly frozen North Atlantic took him and fellow expeditioners to the East coast of Greenland. A 12 hour snowmobile journey was made from the coast to the foot of the Oxford glacier.. The valley and glacier were ascended on skis, towing pulks, to establish a base camp.  Conditions were extremely cold and waist deep powder snow made the going very arduous. Very high avalanche risk conditions prevailed above the base camp, seriously curtailing climbing opportunities. A couple of technically easy first ascents were made, mainly on skis and then the last few hundred feet floundering up waist deep powder snow.

More details and video of the expedition is on the Member's Exploits page.

Club Member Personal Activity, Antarctica

Glenn Wilks was in Antarctica during December 2013.  Glenn sailed into Antarctica as a part of a ski mountaineering trip during which four first ascents were achieved.

Meet Report for Sunday 2 February 2014

Three stalwart members of West Cumbria Mountaineering Club (one aged 76) had a great day out on the Grassmoor fells on Sunday, in spite of the very strong and blustery winds.  Southwards, moist air from the Southwest enveloped the Ennerdale fells from Red Pike to High Crag in dark, ominous cloud but, being in the weather shadow, the Grassmoor fells were clear of cloud and members made the best of a day without rain for the first time in a week or more.  Fresh snow highlighted all the detailed intricacies of the crags and gullies which seam the North side of the Ennerdale fells. Parts of the path up the lower section of Gasgale Gill have been washed away and there was some minor entertainment in tackling a couple of smooth, slippery wet rock steps on the new path, with not a small drop to the blue and white churning water in the gill, in high spate, below.