Ian Helliwell

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Wimberry Climbing Meet – 28th June – Cancelled

The Wednesday evening climbing meet at Wimberry tomorrow (28th June) is cancelled due to the appalling forecast – rain, rain and more rain. Instead, Plan B: Awesome Walls (Stockport) is beckoning… Andy Stewart tells me he will be there from 6ish, it will be a bit later when I get there.  Ian

Marsden Edale – 7th January 2016

Meet as usual at Marsden at the end of Wessenden Rd (GR SE048107 OS South Pennines OL 21 map) for a 7:45 start – finish at the Rambler Inn at Edale. Granville will be running famous soup kitchen at the lunch stop and brews on the snake road later (Many thanks Granville, you are a …

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Gorple Stones

Well, maybe I was too early, or maybe it was the wind and rain that put people off… Anyway, I had the place to myself at 6:00. Very atmospheric place. Stayed a while but when it started raining I headed for the pub (where i’m blogging this from). Ironic thing is since I got here …

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Wimberry

A select crowd came out for the evening meet on the 20th July.  The weather was hot and dry, the view stunning, the midges were kept at bay by a light breeze. What could be better? Well maybe rock that wasn’t fluorescent green!  The whole of the main crag at Wimberry has been getting greener …

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Marsden – Edale 9th January

Time to take of the Santa hat, clear the empty bottles away and tuck the Christmas flab into the walking-trousers ready for the annual Marsden-Edale romp (or is that just me??).  As published in meetstaff, start time and place is the usual 7:45 at the end of the Wessenden track at GR SE048107 (OS South …

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Arran Meet 2 – 4 May – Update – ferries cancelled

Just been notified by CalMac that they have cancelled two ferries tomorrow due to “technical problems” – there is no availability on any of the alternative ferries from Adrossan tomorrow.  So looks like I won’t get to Arran until Saturday at the earliest. Ian   Arran – Climb, Walk, Cycle… The spectacular granite cliffs, ridges …

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A quiet time

Just thought I’d share a couple of photos from a solo trip to Norway (didn’t plan it to be solo – its a long story…).  Perfect weather and very, very quiet. After a late start – didn’t get off the train until 3:00pm I trekked in to the Grindaflethytta hut – 6 hours of tough …

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Another Annual Dinner triumph

Well our esteemed President has carried on the tradition set by his predecessor and pulled off another magnificent Annual Dinner at Shap Wells. Many thanks to Andy & Co for the hard work in organising this and providing great guests, great entertainment and great company. Well done All.   Here are a few pictures from …

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In Longdendale, no one can hear you scream…

Evening climbing meet – Crowden Great Quarry – 18/8/2013. Steep, loose rock, dropping temperatures, fading light – what was there not to enjoy! As well as the fine(!) climbing, we were treated to a display of aerial acrobatics by a Peregrine as it chased down a passing pigeon (more enjoyable for us than the pigeon!). …

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Its only rain – you won’t melt

Wednesday Evening Climbing – Froggatt I arrived at Froggatt just in time for the heavens to open.  I found Jeff B sat in a puddle with Guy F having a very wet and slippery time on the route: Liz had the sense to give it a miss and be content to watch from the bottom: …

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