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The Journal and its future

Neil Goldsmith, our Journal Editor writes: When the 2022 Journal lands on your doormat sometime in February or March, you will notice that it is thin by normal standards.  That is simply because I received fewer articles than normal despite several attempts to engender a response from the membership.  With one exception, articles are from the usual suspects.  There are no women represented and only one author not of a certain age.  I am told that Club members are out there doing stuff, but they clearly don’t feel the need to write it down and let the rest of the Club know about it. When I raised the topic of the future of the Journal in the digital age earlier in the year, I was assured that it was valued, people like to have a book in their hands.  To exist it needs contributors.  I can only publish what I receive. It might be that it is simply that I am no longer very active in Club activities and this means that I do not encounter members (particularly younger members) who are doing noteworthy things who I can then badger to produce an article.  The fact remains that we need[…]

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Tuesday 10th January @ Heaton Moor and on Zoom. Utah Big Walls & Desert Towers and Dover to Cape Wrath

Tuesday 10 Jan – Bill & Dom’s Excellent Adventures Episode 13 and John Lord’s ‘Other Corners’ – Heaton Moor Rugby Club (and on Zoom) A contrasting double bill (don’t worry, there’s only actually one ‘Bill’) of desert adventure and a huge human-powered undertaking Bill and Dom’s first post-covid adventure took place in the desert of south west Utah, famed for its sandstone canyons and towers – A tale of Big Walls, Vertiginous Towers and Excellent Microbreweries!   Following on from his successful walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats, John Lord (a glutton for punishment!) set out to travel between the other corners of Great Britain: Dover to Cape Wrath Admission is FREE for EVERYONE so be sure to bring your friends! Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. For those of you who are unable to join in person, you can also watch live on Zoom: Meeting ID: 828 0738 1553 Passcode: The Year of Founding of The Rucksack Club Google Maps Link for the Heaton Moor Sports Club: https://goo.gl/maps/wbwKG3UPTBsGuoPT6 …and here’s the address for those who own and can still operate an AtoZ: Green Lane, Stockport SK4 2NF

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2022 Annual Dinner

Last weekend [18-20 November] the 2022 Annual Dinner was held at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands once again. As last year the hotel staff worked very hard and looked after us extremely well.  After dinner on Friday evening Jeremy Windsor gave a highly entertaining and educational talk around the subject of “It’s nothing serious…a tale of injuries and illnesses in the mountains”. For the second year running, Saturday was a lovely day and 22 members and guests joined me for a walk over Black Combe via White Combe, followed by a well-earned pub stop in Broughton on the way back!  Other members biked, walked, climbed, visited the Kendal Mountain Festival or enjoyed Grange itself. Guest speaker Finlay Wild kicked off the Annual Dinner celebrations in the evening with a talk entitled “Light, fast and loving it” giving the 107 members and guests present an insight into what is required to be one of the best mountain endurance athletes in the world. After dinner it was time to retire to the bar and catch up with friends. Sunday started clear and bright and 25 [generally more senior!] members and guests joined a leisurely stroll from the hotel to the top of[…]

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Winter Webinar Lecture Tuesday 29 November: Iain Cameron talking on “The Vanishing Ice”

For many years, Iain Cameron and his team of enthusiastic volunteers have carefully documented snow accumulations on the Scottish hills. Where once this might have been seen as a rather specialist hobby, it has in recent years fascinated a much larger audience who are seeking to understand the practical impact of the current climate emergency. In this webinar, Iain will talk to us about environmental change in Scotland and his new book, “The Vanishing Ice”. This talk is part of the British Mountain Medicine Society [BMMS]/UClan Winter Webinar Series, organised by Jeremy Windsor [who spoke on Friday evening at the Annual Dinner last weekend] and has been linked to our Indoor series too, so all RC members are able to join in for no cost. I think it will be of interest to a significant number of Club members. If you would like to watch, please use this link to their site and book a place by scrolling down to the appropriate link.

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The Rucksack Club Expedition Grant for 2023

The Rucksack Club Expedition Grant The Rucksack Club is pleased to be able to award an expedition grant of £500 each year to support expeditions by members and associate members under the age of 30. To be eligible, expeditions must involve activities fitting with the clubs ethos, with preference given to mountaineering trips to destinations outside Europe with an objective that will be challenging or present a step up for the participants. By accepting a grant recipients agree to: Acknowledge club support in any reports about the trip Write an article for the RC Journal and allow any accompanying photos to be used on the Club Website and in other club literature. Provide a brief summary of their expedition upon its completion. Agree that if the expedition is cancelled that the grant will be returned to the club in full. The deadline for applications is 31 January, for expeditions taking place in that calendar year. In order to apply email a completed application form to: will.thomas.harris@gmail.com

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On The Hill With … Tom Anderson

Welcome to “On the hill with…” a series of short interviews with members of the Rucksack Club. This edition features Tom Anderson, honorary member and hut warden (retired) of High Moss. Skye, Tom on the Dubh Ridge in characteristic attire.  Photo Geoff Gosling How did you get into walking and climbing? This was one of the defining moments of my life!  I got married! This prompted me to retire from playing rugby union, as I was picking up injuries, mainly knees and left me without an outdoor hobby.  I had met Anne on a holiday in Hassness in Buttermere hillwalking, we decided to continue with this, and as we lived in Surrey, country walking as well, because mountains are a long way off for a climb from there. I also joined the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) about this time, which also added an element of competition on the fitness front, to add to my gym work, more about this later.   I had started on my route to join the Rucksack Club. Anne looking down The Ogwen Valley towards Tryfan on one of our early walks on the hills. Uncredited photos from the Anderson Collection Who has had the most influence[…]

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Tuesday 6th December, at Heaton Moor or Zoom: Jesse Dufton: Not Just in it for the View

Tuesday 6th December, at Heaton Moor or Zoom: Jesse Dufton: Not Just in it for the View Jesse is a blind rock climber. He is best known as the first blind person to lead climb the Old Man of Hoy, and is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team (see https://jessedufton.com/) Jesse, and his wife and climbing partner Molly, are just back from a trip to Lofoten and we’ll be hearing of their exploits in these magical isles, among other adventures.     Admission is FREE for Rucksack Club Members and Associate Members (including MUMC Members) and open to all for £10 (£5 concessions) payable on the door.   Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm.   For those of you who are unable to join in person, you can also watch live on Zoom:   Meeting ID: 828 0738 1553 Passcode: The Year of Founding of The Rucksack Club  Google Maps Link for the Heaton Moor Sports Club: https://goo.gl/maps/wbwKG3UPTBsGuoPT6 …and here’s the address for those who own and can still operate an AtoZ: Green Lane, Stockport SK4 2NF

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New video added – Hard Trad and Heart Surgery plus Georgia Alpinism

The latest Virtual Meet video has been added to the collection – it’s a double bill featuring two highly accomplished Rucksackers who are recent graduates from MUMC: Hard Trad and Heart Surgery with Adam Bowman and Georgia Alpinism with Molly Worth. Watch it here or browse through the magnificent library of this and a further 35 videos in the Virtual Meets Gallery. Adam Bowman has blazed a trail through some of the UK’s hardest trad routes (and sports routes for that matter) including the hardest line on Peak Limestone: The Final Round which weighs in at E9. His accomplishments are even more remarkable for the fact that he’s fitted them around a number of major heart surgeries. Tune in to find out how! Molly Worth shared the story of her Alpine Apprenticeship with The Club on Zoom last year, culminating on the summit of The Matterhorn! What next, you might ask? We’ll be hearing about Alpine excursions further afield in Georgia.

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Craigallan Hogmanay Meet

Hi All I’m planning to head up to Craigallan over new year’s, likely ca. 28th Dec to 2nd Jan or thereabouts, for some kind of Scottish mountain based Hogmanay fun; weather, conditions and psyche will determine exactly what. All welcome, for whatever activities desired, and if it’s more than just me I’ll cook up a haggis dinner (or even if it is just me!????) Would be keen/happy to share lifts etc. Please let me know if you fancy joining- so I can confirm with John (otherwise he will make the hut available for other use). Post on here, message me direct, email and mobile details in the handbook, or send a pigeon if you’d rather! Chris P

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