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Castle 50 Challenge

To celebrate the club’s 50th we are thinking about a fun collaborative challenge featuring the club’s three main outside activities: climbing, walking and cycling in the Peak District. Hopefully everyone can take part, both individually and in more organised Club events
The idea started off at a club dinner, so it may need altering in the more forensic light of alcohol free thinking. So ideas, suggestions, feedback on whether it is feasible etc etc are very welcome. Originally the challenge was going to be over one week – but we thought that might be too much and it meant that if people were away that week they would miss out completely, so we have extended it to three weeks.

So each week, over three weeks, we are suggesting a different challenge. These “challenges” are meant to be fun and a combined effort (although individuals can incorporate a personal challenge) and are a chance to celebrate the club’s roots in the Peak District. Each week works out to be a bit more of a challenge than the previous week.

Hopefully Mike Doyle will do the honours of declaring the club challenge open on his birthday meet, but the challenge proper
starts on Monday 10th July . The dates and challenges are:

Week One: Monday 10th – Sunday 16th July. Cycle challenge: 500 miles of cycling in the Peak District.
Marion has offered to lead some cycling trips and the aim is for the whole club to cycle 500 miles collectively. Elen might also organise a sedate electric bike ride along the Monsal trail for those with dodgy hips or unused to cycling etc

Week Two. Sun 16th – Sun 23nd July Walk 500 Peak District miles.
Elen will liaise with anyone who would like to lead a walk on either of these Sundays and of course the Thursday walk will be the big contribution. Elen also proposes a very gentle walk around Arkwright Mill, visiting the river and the canal-side. Max 1 mile – again for those recovering from hip ops or just want a gentle walk

Week Three: Sunday 16th – Sunday 30th July Climb 500 Peak District routes. This is centred around Andrew Milne’s 60 climbs in a week (end) to celebrate his birthday. Each person climb counts, roped, unroped, leader, second etc…All routes must be in a guide book and in the Peak District.

Obviously it is difficult getting three clear weeks; Steve Warwick is organising a week’s cycling in the Isle of Man during the walking week, so some club members will be away, but hopefully there will be enough club members still around to get the miles in….

Mary will be co-ordinating the count, which hopefully will appear on the website as a running total. So if anyone does any walking, cycling, climbing in the Peak District during the relevant week – just let her know – it all counts.

Question: Should we amend the Peak District rules for those, who would like to take part, but who live some distance from the Peak District (eg Scotland) ??

Sean has suggested that the club also tries to complete the Peak District Boundary Walk during this year. The Friends of the Peak District have put together a 190mile walk encircling the Peak District. The whole walk is covered in 20 day walks. We thought that from the official opening on June 17th to the dinner in October the club collectively walks the whole route. Any miles of this walk done in the walk challenge week will be gratefully accepted. More on this on your website soon.

We hope to put more details on the website, but we don’t want to over organise this, and really the whole idea is just to celebrate what we do, as well as the Peak District and the Club. Let us know if you think this is a goer .. Most of all it’s meant to be a bit of fun.

Happy 50th.

Mary, Marian, Bill and Elen

PS: Should we also aim to have 50 person cafe stops? That’s my type of challenge.

Open climbing weekends (New Members meets) April 2015

5 CI Tegness Pinnacle, It's a Rockout, April 2012

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about climbing outside, meet fellow climbers and hopefully enjoy climbing on some of the Peak District’s finest crags.

We have changed the format for the New Members weekend slightly this year. There will actually be two weekends giving us more chance of climbing outside, while we also hope to initially meet those interested in our club at Awesome Walls following the success of the day there last year.

Come and find out more about our club and its members. Contact details for more information at the bottom of this page.

Below is the text used in wider publicity of the events:

Sheffield’s Castle Mountaineering Club are holding two open rock climbing weekends in April 2015, providing the opportunity to find out more about the Club and meet some of its members. The weekends are primarily aimed at those who wish to move from indoor to outdoor climbing and are focused on the Peak District’s glorious gritstone.

Have you spent all winter down at the wall and want to move outdoors?

Are you an experienced climber looking for a climbing partner?

Do you want to find out more about what rock climbing involves?

These weekends provide the opportunity to meet fellow climbers of a range of abilities and ages, first at the climbing wall and then outdoors. We plan to meet at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on Friday 17 April from 6pm and then at Birchen Edge on Sunday 19 April from 10.30am. The following weekend we plan to meet at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on Friday 24th April and climb at Stanage Edge on Sunday 26 April starting at the same times. However, it might be raining, meaning a change of outdoor venue, so it is important to contact us in advance (see below).

President David Pendlebury said: “It is often daunting to move from the security of that red route you can do to placing your own gear and working out where a route goes. Joining up with our club members, who have been there before and often have many years experience, can ease this move. Our members are able to offer informal advice, mentoring and climbing partners while Club membership provides access to BMC training courses.”

Ideally you will have climbed indoors, have your own harness, belay device and shoes and can tie on safely and belay someone competently. However, the club has some equipment which willl be available on both weekends. If in doubt, please speak to one of the contacts below.

Castle Mountaineering Club members undertake a wide range of activities including rock climbing, walking, trekking, backpacking,ski mountaineering, ski touring and mountain biking. We are a sociable and supportive group with a lot of combined experience. What unites us is our love of the outdoors, whether it’s the great countryside on our doorstep in the Peak District or adventures further afield.

Andrew Milne, Membership Secretary can be contacted on 0114 2686605 and David Pendlebury, President on 0114 2219460

Slide Shows

As usual there will be a programme of Members' Slide Shows [digitally] throughout the Autumn/Winter on the first Thursday of each month, starting in October.
If you want to show your pictures, please contact me asap to avoid disappointment.
Vanda Boyd 07899056302 from 15/8/14 to 22/8 then 2665767.

CMC Member Runs 50 Peak District Miles for Charity

Runner / Member Mike Griffiths explains his charity challenge:
This year I am fifty years old and to celebrate this I decided I’d like to try one of my favourite walks in the Peak District, “The Derwent Watershed”. However, rather than split the walk over two days I decided to attempt to run it in a single day and extend the distance to fifty miles by including a section taking in the eastern gritstone edge’s Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow. For me, this is a one off challenge and I decided that I’d run this in memory of my sister in law Tanya. Tanya would also be celebrating her fiftieth birthday this year, sadly she passed away at the age of 15 months.
As a memorial to Tanya our family are raising money for the charity, Together for Short Lives. They are  a leading UK charity who support children with life-threatening and life limiting conditions and all those who love and care for them. They support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. Their work ensures that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it..
The fifty mile challenge will start from Yorkshire bridge and after ascending Win Hill, the route will drop down towards Hope and continue up Lose Hill and along the ridge taking in Mam Tor, Rushup Edge and continuing on to Brown Knoll. From here the route follows the edge of Kinder Scout to the Kinder downfall. It continues along the Pennine way to the Snake Summit. From this point the challenge starts as the route proceeds along the Pennine way and then over Bleaklow heading towards Barrow stones. The route follows the line of stakes around Swains Greave onto Swains Head and over Featherbed Moss. It heads south and goes over Outer Edge, Margery Hill, Round Hill and then Back Tor legs my ache quite significantly at this point! We continue along Derwent edge and to Moscar house. The final section of the route commences with a stagger up Stanage edge. If I’m lucky I’ll manage a jog from High Neb. We continue along the Green drive to Longshaw and to the Longshaw pole. The end is in sight when I arrive at the Froggatt gap and continue along Frogatt, Curbar and Baslow edges. Somehow I’ll make my way over the top of Gardoms edge and finish at the Robin Hood Inn for a pint! Despite my hill experience with the CMC and all the training I’ve put in for this I still doubt my ability to succeed, therefore this is a huge challenge.
I’ll be running this route on Saturday 5th July (we have a back up plan to take account of weather and other unforeseen eventualities). CMC members are welcome to join me for this epic or for sections of the route. Or join me at the end for a drink at the Robin Hood.
Further details about the route can be found the PeakDistrictAdventures blog at
http://peakdistrictadventures.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/together-for-short-lives.html
You can follow my training on twitter at
https://twitter.com/mikeg64
This has links to my training routes using a GPS and mapmyrun, you can see just how slow I really am:-)
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Together for Short Lives. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mikeg64

 

Mike

THE CMC QUIZ NIGHT!

Dear All
Yes the highlight of your social calendar has arrived THE CMC QUIZ NIGHT!
A night not to be missed.
Kick off at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse.
Questions will be a mixture of The Outdoors and then more general knowledge.
Take part in twos or on your own.
Prizes to be won.
Compere Andrew
Hope to see you there. (I won’t as I will be plastered!)
Ali  01142686605

Article on the British Mountaineering Council Website…

Progress to rock at the Castle MC open climbing weekend

Posted by Will Harris on 16/04/2014

Get out on real rock with the Castle Mountaineering Club.

Sheffield’s Castle Mountaineering Club is holding an open rock climbing weekend on 10-11 May 2014, providing the opportunity to find out more about the club and meet some of its members. The weekend is primarily aimed at those who wish to move from indoor to outdoor climbing, focused on the Peak District’s glorious gritstone.

Have you spent all winter down at the wall and want to move outdoors? Do you want to find out more about what rock climbing involves? Are you an experienced climber looking for a climbing partner?

This weekend provides the opportunity to meet fellow climbers of a range of ages and abilities. The club plans to climb at Stanage on Saturday and Birchen Edge on Sunday, starting at 10.30 on both days. In the event of poor weather there may be a change of venue, so it is important to contact the organisers in advance (see below).

President David Pendlebury said:  “It is often daunting to move from the security of that red route you can do to placing your own gear and working out where a route goes. Joining up with our club members, who have been there before and often have many years’ experience, can ease this move. Our members are able to offer informal advice and mentoring, while club membership provides access to BMC training courses.”

“Ideally you will have climbed indoors, have your own harness, belay device and boots, and can tie on safely and belay someone competently. However, the club has some equipment which willl be available on both days. If in doubt, please speak to one of the contacts.”

“Castle Mountaineering Club members undertake a wide range of activities including rock climbing, walking, trekking, backpacking, ski mountaineering, ski touring and mountain biking. We are a sociable and supportive group with a lot of combined experience. What unites us is our love of the outdoors, whether it’s the great countryside on our doorstep in the Peak District or adventures further afield.”

If you are interested in attending this event or would like any more information about the club then please contact :

Andrew Milne,  Membership Secretary on 0114 2686605
or
David Pendlebury, President on 0114 2219460
or
email info@castlemountaineering.com

Visit the Caste Mountaineering Club website

45th Anniversary Party – Thursday 4th October

Club Interest: Honorable Mention - Tegness Pinnacle, It

Club Interest: Honorable Mention – Tegness Pinnacle, It

This year the Club has entered its 45th year, and to celebrate, the Committee has decided to hold a party as close as possible to the date that the Club was officially constituted (believed to be the 9 October 1967). This will take place in the Clubroom, starting from 8pm.

Any members past or present and invited to join us, and we ask that those who are still in contact with former members to spread the message. We are keen for as many ‘senior’ members to attend as possible, so that we may show our gratitude to their efforts in establishing such an important element in many of our social lives. Hopefully, it will also provide an opportunity to reunite former ‘ropemates’ and for newer members to hear some tall tales from earlier times.

As part of the 45th Anniversary Party we are asking everyone attending, if possible, to bring 3 photographs representative of their time in the Club. They may record a memorable meet, day in the hills, climb or group of friends – hopefully something about which you could tell a tale, if asked! For those who can forward these electronically, we intend to set these up as a revolving slide show as a background to the celebrations. Please send your photographs to info@castlemountaineeringclub.co.uk

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want further information.

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th October.

Photographic Competition 2012

Climber taking photograph

Climber taking photograph

Hello Happy Snappers,

A reminder that the annual photo competition is not that far away. This year it will be judged by Frank Mellor, who many of you will remember as a long-standing former member of the Club. There are 3 competitive categories plus a Club Interest section.

The competitive categories are:
* Action
* Pictorial UK
* Pictorial Abroad

You can enter up to 4 photos in each of these categories. Points will be awarded for the top 4 photos in each category and the CMC Photographer of the Year will be the person who scores most points. As an added incentive we have a brand new trophy this year – yours can be the first name on it!

The 4th category is Club Interest. You can enter as many photos as you wish. The idea is to depict something unusual, embarrass your friends or, better still, make us all laugh. The winner is chosen by consensus on the night.

Please supply your photos in a .jpg format. There are no specific rules concerning photo editing through PhotoShop etc. BUT the Judge’s decision is final. A photo of you on the latest E10 or the summit of Everest is likely to be rejected! Photos should be supplied on a CD containing a folder for each category. Please put your name clearly on it. Add a tag with locational details if you wish. If this is not possible you can also enter by memory stick or by email to this address.

Closing Date is Thursday 12th April. The Clubroom will be open on that date. Otherwise you can post or drop them off at my house.

David