The Rucksack Club
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Peter Greenaway

Carole Smithies writes: Sad to report Peter Greenaway, who joined the Club in 1963, passed away on Sunday 19th February.  He was a Vice President in 2003.  Peter who turned 90 last year was a very active member of the London Section of the Club for many years. He chaired the LS Committee from 1998 to 2001.   I will post the arrangements for his funeral as soon as I receive them.

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The Rucksack Club

Trevor Hart

Carole Smithies writes: Sad to report Trevor Hart, who joined the Club in 1963, passed away on Tuesday 14th February.  After he and his family moved South, Trevor was a very active member of the London Section of the Club. He chaired the LS Committee from 1996 to 1999. Trevor’s funeral which took place on 2nd March was for the family only.  Afterwards, they celebrated Trevor’s life by going for a walk and a pub lunch.

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Tuesday 14 March – Success and Failure: Expedition Alpinism with Will Harris and Baffin Big Wall climbing with Neil Chelton – Zoom

The season finale will feature two thrilling tales of new routing in remote and extreme environments: Will Harris is a British Mountain Guide, based in Chamonix, a highly accomplished Alpinist, and a Rucksacker. He’s made numerous lightweight expeditions in the Greater Ranges and is going to talk about success and failure in alpine climbing in general – with tales and photos from lots of times when it went wrong as well as once or twice when it went right. Neil Chelton is one of the world’s most capable Big Wall climbers and the founder of the instructional website: https://www.vdiffclimbing.com/ He and his partner Maria Parkes have just completed an epic first ascent in Baffin Island, involving a ten-day approach and 20 days on the wall! If you can’t wait until March, there’s a sneak preview here: Admission is FREE for EVERYONE – Be sure to share the event with your friends 🙂 Zoom Doors open at 7:15pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82807381553 Meeting ID: 828 0738 1553 Passcode: The year of Founding of the Rucksack Club

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Survey Results

Initial Survey Results

The results are in and they have been overwhelming positive.   As well as answering the survey questions you have provided over 650 comments in response to the survey.    The committee will be analysing these in detail over the coming months but we wanted to share some high level results with you as soon as possible. Here is some high level information on the responses. Total no of respondents: 176 Average Age (173 Responses): 62 years (Range 22 – 90) Average Length of membership (174 Responses): 22 years (Range 1 – 62) Gender Split (173 Responses): 143 Male / 30 Female Click here for full details – RC Survey – Initial analysis for membership  

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High Risk with Brian Hall – now available to view on catch up

If you missed last night’s zoom indoor meet (other priorities on Valentine’s Day?) you’re in for a treat – you can view the catch up video by clicking on “Virtual Meets” in the “Get Out There” menu (along with every other zoom show from the last 3 years). Alternatively you can go straight to the “High Risk” action by clicking here: And don’t forget, if you enjoyed Brian’s fascinating and forthright insights into the High Risk world of cutting-edge mountaineering, you can still get a signed hardback copy of his Boardman Tasker winning book. Only a few left and they’re now out of print – special Rucksack Club price of £22 if you can collect or £25 including postage. Email me at dominic@oughton.uk.com. Cheers, Dom

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A Dip into the Club Journals: from 2013, Alaska by Will Harris

We are relaunching the “Dip into the Club Journals” (previously known as “Classic Journal Articles”) in a more systematic way. There will be an article every month with links to the Club Instagram and Facebook pages. The plan is to look back through the archives at 10 year intervals, starting this month with an article from the 2013 Journal and in March one from 2003…and so on. So, for starters we have chosen an article by Will Harris recounting adventures on his first trip to Alaska. Whilst Will had recently completed his university studies he was already an accomplished mountaineer and he describes, in an understated way, the ascent of some significant routes whilst also being brutally honest about what is considered the gold standard for completing these routes! Finally, he provides some useful Beta (even 10 years later) on climbing in Alaska…click here for the article and enjoy!

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Joint RC/CC Meet 10-16 July 2023, Bosigran, Cornwall

Joint RC/CC Meet 10-16 July 2023, Bosigran, Cornwall It’s time to think about summer! I am running a joint RC/CC Meet at the Count House [with Rob Seymour as the CC host] for the week of 10-16 July. The RC has 17 beds set aside for members to book and, to date, I have 10 RC members booked, so the bunk spaces are starting to fill up. There is, however, a reasonable amount of space for both tents and vans. I have had a request from a member to bring 3 guests too, but have asked that, at this stage, we wait to see what the demand is from RC members. The Count House is superbly situated, being about a 10 minute walk to Bosigran, with many other excellent Cornish crags within walking distance or a short drive away. There is also excellent walking, biking, sea kayaking or just lazing around enjoying the sea air! The plan is to have a BBQ, which the CC is kindly hosting, at the weekend. As it’s two weeks after the Gogarth Meet, you’ll have your sea-cliff legs [and head!] well in tune! Come and join us for all, or part of, the week[…]

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Wednesday Evening Climbing Wall Meets

The Rucksack Club meets every Wednesday evening through the winter at a climbing wall in Manchester: Summit-Up, Oldham (25 Jan, 15 Feb, 8 March) https://summitupclimbing.com/ BlocHaus, Manchester (1 Feb, 22 Feb, 15 March) https://www.blochausclimbing.com/ Awesome Walls, Stockport (8 Feb, 1 March, 22 March). https://awesomewalls.co.uk/stockport/ Look out for the “Get Out There!” T-shirts and come and say hello! And keep an eye out for the start of our outdoor Wednesday evening meets at local crags throughout The Peak and the North West – starting as soon as the clocks go forwards!

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Craigallan Winter Bookings

John Patrick, Craigallan warden writes: Craigallan Winter Bookings I have a high occupancy rate at Craigallan this winter so I hope this update may be useful. We have three Rucksack Club meets to look forward to at the hut over the winter period so please contact the meet organisers directly to book in.  The snow is building up nicely. There is some midweek availability but weekends are pretty full.  When other clubs are using Craigallan I am always happy to ask if there is space for small groups of our Members so it might be worth checking even when a club booking is in place.  This arrangement usually works well.  Those in charge of external bookings often have late changes in numbers and they know that RC Members may ask at short notice. Please remember that our current health guidance requires booking in advance. Weekend Bookings are as follows January 28/29. Rucksack Club meet – Ros Murray February 4/5. MUMC meet (expected to be full) February 11/12. Five beds booked February 18/19. Merseyside Mountaineering Club February 25/26. Rucksack Club meet – Kevin Wheeler March 4/5. Climbers Club March 11/12. Austrian Alpine Club March 18/19. Rucksack Club meet – Danny Struggles[…]

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7:15pm 14 February: High Risk, Climbing to Extinction with Brian Hall – live on Zoom

Brian Hall is an internationally certified mountain guide, who’s numerous credits include the BAFTA award-winning film Touching the Void and founding the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. He will be sharing some tales from his book: High Risk, Climbing to Extinction – WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS BOARDMAN TASKER MOUNTAIN LITERATURE AWARD 2022. (see https://test.rucksackclub.org/…/book-review-high-risk… ) The event is ONLINE ONLY. Admission is FREE for EVERYONE – Be sure to share the event with your friends Zoom Doors open at 7:15pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82807381553 Meeting ID: 828 0738 1553 Passcode: Year of Founding of The Rucksack Club

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