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Next Meet

"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

Next Social

AGM. Portland D136.
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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

If you don't want this for a time, please comment it-Fabian !Next Ice Climb

Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am

If you don't want this for a time, please comment it-Fabian !Next Climb

YOU'RE ALWAYS SAFE WITH

I am responsible for ensuring that MPS enjoys a safe mountaineering environment. I can offer advice on suitability of routes, equipment and ensure that groups leaders have sufficient experience. I liase with the Gear Sec to achieve this. We can help with route choice and planning, navigation, interpreting weather and local conditions forecasts as well as clothing and equipment choice, so if you are at all unsure please ask.

I'll be the one that looks like this and drinking Strongbow. Also possibly trying to force you to Ocean Nightclub.

I am also the club's sole 'ashamed bagger'. I bag Munros, yet acknowledge that it is essentially trainspotting for people with less acne, a sense of adventure and a sex life.

All these links provide useful information on mountaineering

Mountain Weather

Scottish Avalanche Information Service

Plas-y-Brenin Instructor's Top Tips Well worth a look

BMC articles on choosing kit,mountaincraft skills, general advice.

To help with bad weather navigation here's ex-Mountain Officer Graham's Timing and Pacing Chart as a Word document - you'll have to work out and enter your own pacings as the figures included are just 'average' values.

To help with planning ahead download the MPS route sheet and write up your route in advance. Gives you more time to talk up the route in the pub!!

The kit list outlines the equipment required.

Just to prove i have been on a mountain:

This is on a classic Alpine day on the summit of Wellenkuppe (3903metres), clear skies, the Matterhorn in the background and the pleasant company of President Damo. It should be noted that on the way down i dropped my ice axe down the mountain (never to be seen again) and had a crampon fall off. This resulted in me running on a glacier with not inconsiderable risk of rockfall wearing only one crampon. Some would claim this is unsafe. I disagree and maintain my assertion that this is hardcore.

So, ignoring the embarrassing ice axe incident, I help MPS remain safe. See you on the mountain!

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