Welsh trip for an­nual Pres­i­dent’s Din­ner

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HINCK­LEY Moun­taineer­ing and Hill Walk­ing Club cel­e­brated the years ac­tiv­ity with the Pres­i­dent’s Din­ner held in Tre­madoc in Snow­do­nia.

The din­ner was held at Lawrence House, the birth­place of “Lawrence of Ara­bia” and many mem­bers of the club ar­rived early on Fri­day to get out onto the hills.

Brian and Pete climbed Y Garn from Og­wen Cot­tage re­turn­ing by the Dev­ils Kitchen.

This was the start of Brian go­ing for 70 sum­mits in his 70th year.

Satur­day brought a dry day and leav­ing the HMC Cater­ing Corps mem­bers as they are fondly known, to pre­pare and cook a three course meal for the evening, ev­ery­one else went out for the day.

Some a more leisurely coastal stroll, some off on their moun­tain bikes, oth­ers headed off to the hills.

The largest party headed for Cnicht, known as the Welsh Mat­ter­horn due to its shape when viewed from cer­tain an­gles.

Start­ing from the tiny vil­lage of Croe­sor, this party, in­clud­ing an eight year old, a sev­enty plus year old and a cou­ple of teenagers soon got to grips with the steep as­cent of this iconic peak.

Mag­nif­i­cent views were had across to the coast and in­land to the higher peaks of Snow­do­nia al­though most were cov­ered in cloud.

In the mean­time Brian, still clock­ing up sum­mits with Pete and Alis­tair walked the 6 sum­mits of the Nan­tille Ridge.

Fol­low­ing the ex­cel­lent din­ner pre­pared by HMC “Cater­ing Corps” it was time for speeches and pre­sen­ta­tions from act­ing pres­i­dent Ed Ed­wards and Chair­man Ian Fen­dell.

The Pres­i­dent’s Shield was awarded to Nigel Cole for his ex­cel­lent work on re­vamp­ing the club’s web­site, The Don Ward Ice Axe was pre­sented to Net­tie Fen­dell for her ex­ploits on via fer­ratas in Italy and then the club’s “Tat” awards pre­sented to mem­bers for var­i­ous “in­dis­cre­tions” dur­ing the year.

Sun­day with the weather hold­ing but still windy and the Ber­wyn Hills be­ing on the way back to the mid­lands en­abled a few to climb Foel Cwm Sian Ll­wyd, de­scribed as a tor­tu­ous heather bash­ing route whilst oth­ers fol­lowed a land rover track to the sum­mit of Carnedd Fil­iast, much eas­ier.

The start of Novem­ber saw the club in the Bre­con Bea­cons.

Fri­day found the weather at its best, blue skies, no clouds and a pleas­ant tem­per­a­ture.

Sum­mits climbed by dif­fer­ent early ar­rivers in­cluded “Lord Here­ford’s Knob”, hon­est.. Its the name of a moun­tain near Hay on Wye, Pen Y Fan, he high­est in the Bea­cons, Corn Du and a few more.

Sadly Satur­day, when the whole party was ready for a day out saw the ar­rival of a storm from the west.

None the less while some took a low level ten mile route, two groups took on the 2907ft high Pen Y Fan, but un­like the pre­vi­ous days sun­shine, now it was cov­ered in low cloud, rain and a gale force wind mak­ing walk­ing dif- fi­cult.

De­spite the weather, on reach­ing the gale swept sum­mit, where the full force of the wind was met HMC mem­bers were more than sur­prised and some­what per­turbed to find a char­ity walk in full swing.

Hun­dreds of ill equipped walk­ers, more than half of them very wet and cold young chil­dren were ap­proach­ing the top and hav­ing to hug the ground to avoid be­ing blown over, close to a 1000ft drop, it­self hid­den by the dense mist.

HMC mem­bers, them­selves fully equipped and used to these con­di­tions sug­gested to adults with young chil­dren that they re­treat, the moun­tain will al­ways be there for bet­ter weather walk­ing, some of them heeded the ad­vice and turned back but ex­pe­ri­enced hill walk­ers will never un­der­stand why these events carry on in foul weather.

Hinck­ley Moun­taineer­ing and Hill Walk­ing Club meet at 9pm ev­ery Thurs­day at the New Plough Pub, Hinck­ley (un­less it is quiz night, then we move around the cor­ner to the Grey­hound pub).

We wel­come all who fancy walk­ing, climb­ing and scram­bling in the hills.

No ex­pe­ri­ence needed, just a stout pair of boots and a stout heart.

See us on Face­book, Hinck­ley Moun­taineer­ing Club or the web­site, www. hinck­leymc.org.

Mem­bers of Hinck­ley Moun­taineer­ing and Hill Walk­ing Club trav­elled to Tre­madoc in Snow­do­nia for the Pres­i­dent’s Din­ner, pic­ture shows mem­bers with their “Tat” awards

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