8 Gentians gathered at Llandrindod Wells for a trip into deepest Wales.
The first night was at the New Inn bunkhouse, Newbridge on Wye. On Saturday
we set off to cross the "Green Desert" of Wales, bagging the 2
Nuttalls of Gorllwyn and Drygarn Fawr on the way. A long day of 17 miles
before reaching the independent hostel of Dolgoch. Next day was wet so we
took a short route, through some terrible, wet tussocks, to reach another
independent hostel, Ty'n Cornel. Finally, on Monday, we had a lovely
walk to Cynghordy halt before catching our trains home.
Kentmere 18 - 20
Strategically placed balloons marked the way to the Maggs Howe bunk barn.
"A bit basic" was the verdict! Saturday started and finished with
good weather but had cloud and rain in the middle. One group walked the
classic Kentmere round and the other explored the Sleddale fells. They met
on a misty Harter Fell. Sunday morning was the "Birthday Girls' Breakfast"
scrambled egg, smoked salmon and Buck's Fizz. Fortified by this,
and because the weather was perfect, a group set off on a repeat of the
14 - 16 August
A new area for the Club. We stayed in the Clogwyn MC hut, small but
but well equipped and cosy. Saturday was wet with low cloud so we had
a long tramp over the hills to Beddgelert ( Tea shop!!) and back. Sunday was
much better, so we climbed Cnicht and crossed to the Rhosydd quarries. Moel
yr Hydd gave us great views, but the clag descended so we opted to traverse
behind Moelwyn Mawr and descend via the bwlch.
Borrowdale 17 - 19 July
A return visit to one of the Club's favourite huts, High House at
Seathwaite. A poor weather forecast proved to be wrong and we had good
weather all weekend! As usual the surrounding fells were explored and the
old friends Scafell Pike and Great Gable visited.
Assynt 30 May -
What a place! Assynt is just magic. The fortunate fifteen Gentians were very
comfortably housed in the Inchnadamph Lodge, on the shores of Loch Assynt.
The weather was most kind to us, with the first two days being sizzly hot.
There was just a little rain on the Friday afternoon which made us feel
better about leaving such a lovely area. Parties climbed a good selection of
Assynt tops and one group ventured to the Old Man of Stoer.
AGM Meet 16 -
The rapid re-scheduling of this meet did not prevent the best AGM
attendance for some while. We were in Blaen y Nant, the club hut of the Mynydd Climbing Club. Very nice too, with a great view over the
Crafnant! We soon had the open fire blazing away.The weather forecast was poor but Saturday was much better than
expected, if rather windy. Sunday was very wet for a while and then changed
to give us some lovely sunshine.
Easter Meet 9
11 Gentians stayed at the Wallabarrow camping barn, situated in the lovely
Duddon Valley. A grey Good Friday saw the whole group on a walk over the
lower fells but climbing Caw. The following days were lovely, with sunshine
and very good visibility. The Old Man and Scafell were visited and Harter
Fell was close to the hut so everyone went up it at some point. We got
Mountains 13 - 15 March
A mass of Gentians gathered at Smithy's Bunkhouse near Abergavenny. On
Saturday 5 parties spread out in various directions and explored the
surrounding hills. The Sugar Loaf, Bryn Arw and the Offa's Dyke path were a
few of the places tramped on. The weather was good on Saturday and even
better on Sunday. Skirrid Fawr was so near the hut it seemed the perfect
opportunity to climb it so most Gentians had an easy Sunday walk in
lovely weather. The others disappeared into the Welsh hills.
Winter Meet 14 - 21 February
Four Gentians spent a week by Loch Tay near the village of Fearnan. Well
placed for exploring the Ben Lawers range and also Glen Lyon. Weather was
not too bad apart from being windy every day. We climbed Schiehallion and
nearly got blown down again! The highlight of the week was an ascent
Ben Lawers itself and a "sporting" descent of an icy east
ridge. We even had sunshine in the afternoon!
Night Supper 23 - 25 January
A return visit to Glan Dena, conveniently situated at the end of Llyn
Ogwen. Saturday saw the tops covered in snow and improving weather
throughout the day gave us some wonderful winter walking. Two parties
ventured into the frozen Carneddau and one climbed up behind Tryfan onto the
Glyder ridge to continue east to the end. The old road back didn't seem so
slutchy as usual.
The Burns Supper went with a swing and the haggis were very tasty.
Christmas 12 - 14 December
Selside bunkhouse was our home for the "Escape". Arriving in
the dark at a very icy and slippery car park proved interesting! Saturday
was dull and the Pen Y Ghent party had snow for a while on the top but no
rain. Mulled wine and mince pies warmed the cockles on our return to the
Sunday was frosty and everyone joined in a classic walk to Gordale Scar and
Malham Cove. There was far too much water to climb up the Cove so we had to
walk round. Generally wintry and cold all day but a nice spell of sunshine
at the end. Very enjoyable!
Meet 14 - 16 November
Our base for this meet was the Star Bunkhouse at Bwlch, not far from
Crickhowell. Very comfortable with a pub opposite. For a change, the weather
was much better than expected, with only a bit of mist and the odd drop of
rain. Groups explored the surrounding hills during the weekend with some
fine routes. An interesting item was the finding of lots of mistletoe.
Gentians carrying bunches of mistletoe was a strange sight!
The Dinner was at the Bear in Crickhowell and proved excellent. Some
Gentians scrub up well!