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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am
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Nottingham Indoor Wall Monday 16th October 4pm
Milton was going to be driving up separately and collecting and old MPS member from Penrith - Al Mc Kay?. Since the famous car breakdown at New Year we all had reservations about Matt's car making it and when we spotted him as we were leaving Penrith, we tried to call him and suggest that he came the rest of the way with us. No joy. Matt wanted his 'flexibility'.
We were dropped off on the side of the road and had several attempts to clamber up through the forest to the forest track which we then followed for about a kilometer until we found a suitable place to bosh up onto the ridge. Weather was stunning initially but the moment we reached the snow-line, came over all 'Scottish' and we spent the rest of the day in the cloud (until of course, we got back down when the clouds cleared again).
That evening, we were all treated to our new and highly successful MPS dish - bangers and mash with peas and gravy - courtisy of Matt Suddards. He had bought an enormous quantity of sausages and potatoes for the predicted number who were to be going on the trip. However, there had been a number of late pull-outs and so we all had loads to eat and even Damians tapeworm seemed to have been filled. We then headed for the local pub as it was Nicks birthday (well, it was actually on the Sunday but what the hell!). We had a few drinks and Nick was given his birthday card. The locals in the pub were having a sing-song with a guitar and the birthday boy gave us his rendition of Summer of 69 by Brian Adams which seemed to entertain all.
Crampons on as we were edging up some steeper icy patches and we walked the easy ridge to the second Munro (Stob Raineach). We decided to come down the other (eastern) side of the ridge as we predicted that the other group (climbers) would have parked nearby. A fun descent with plenty of bumsliding though Fabian was starting to struggle with a dodgy knee tendon which slowed progress. A long trudge in the glen back to the road stopping off for sandwiches and we were back at the road by about 2pm. We spotted the minibus in the distance and as we approached, it suddenly took off driven by Al H and went straight past us despite our frantic waving. Thankfully they had seen us and came back for another pass, turned round and on the third attempt - managed to pick us up!
Al then drove us back to the hut (missing the turning and having to do yet another U-turn!) and we got packing to leave.
We left early - probably breaking an MPS record as it was only just gone 3pm when we pulled out of the drive from the hut. We had to drop Matt and Al M off at some god-forsaken dump on the outskirts of Glasgow called Alexandria to collect Milton's (hopefully) repaired car. The remainder of the journey back was fairly quiet as the succession of trips in the short space of time was taking it's toll: Grahame had gone down with the flu and both Fabian and Nick were reduced to hobbling (peg legs!!)
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