Cycling across Europe

Trying and inevitably failing to sum up my three month cycle trip into a snappy sound bite for curious colleagues has debatably been more challenging than the ride itself. I am not going to attempt to do that here. Instead I will focus on one country, Switzerland, during which I also enjoyed a few days […]

Lundy Trip, 17-20 September 2016

First of all, a little bit of background on Lundy… with a bit of help from Landmark Trust: ‘Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide. The first adventure, for […]

Stanage Trip – July 2016

With a slightly dodgy forecast and lots of our members away at the seaside, the numbers for the Stanage trip weren’t up to their usual highs. However, with a ton of optimism, myself, Jake and Scott headed up to the North Lees campsite for a taste of gritstone action. The forecast said rain from Saturday […]

Lakeland Day(s) – the June AMC trip

I’m not usually spooked by woods in the gloaming, but following Nick’s shortcut to the pub (“just follow the river”) had taken me into the sort of exposed root-tangles, trips and stumbles that would have the boldest hobbit calling for supernatural help. Then there were the five guys having a fire with beers in a […]

Winter Scotland trip 2016

The first weekend in March saw 29 AMC members head north of the border to the Scottish highlands for a long weekend of walking, mountaineering and winter climbing. We returned to stay on the Ardverikie estate in Laggan, a great location for access to Creag Meagaidh and equidistant from Aviemore (Cairngorms) and Fort William (Nevis area), […]

AMC Mid Wales Trip Report

After the rain of the week, those who had made the journey up on the Friday where rewarded with sunny dry evening to chat and enjoy dinner relaxing on the campsite (while feeding some of the local inset life). Saturday Early morning there was a cow lose in the tent field, which gave most of […]

How do you like your stake?

Ever seen one of these? I was away sea cliff climbing recently and found this stake.  It was the only anchor in place and it would have been madness to use it. Stakes can look brown and rusty and reasonable (?) but are actually disintegrating below the surface.  This particular stake was probably originally plain […]

Dartmoor

Dartmoor trip report by Andy H   Finally the rain passed to give way to fine weather and smorgasbord of climbs in the beautiful area of Dartmoor National Park. Staying in Ashburton saw 18 rock jocks well placed for action at The Dewerstone, Haytor and Hound tor. Saturday saw the majority of us head to […]