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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
Was Ramsoc really that bad?
Well, their old logo was pretty awful, the much maligned Hunchback tripping over a Molehill, seen here on a Ramsoc tie, a batch of which had been commissioned very long before the MPS founding generation (FG) arrived at Nottingham, but which were still 'available' at a much reduced price, (there are probably some still in stock today!)
But the FG, getting elected onto the Ramsoc committee in 1989, inherited the new, super-cool ice-axe wielding mountain hero from the previous committee, and, at the AGM got asked by an impertinent member of the audience if any of us had ever actually used one. We had to admit that our only relevent experience was that Rupert had once seen a diagram in a book showing how to do an ice-axe brake. Maybe that question was the true birth of MPS, as, being (as can be seen in many early MPS photos) very proud of our 'well-ard Ramsoc' T-shirts, we immediately started planning to find some real snow. A New Year 1990 meet in Glencoe was suggested, (where some of us had already been in the summer), and our grant application for 90-91 to the Student's Union requested funding for this. As the history page relates, the denial of this funding lead directly to the founding of MPS.
The FG didn't simply defect to the new club, we got ourselves re-elected to the 90-91 Ramsoc committee too, (four out of the six MPS committee members were simultaneously Ramsoc committee and one more was ex-committee) so MPS really began as an extension of Ramsoc into new territory, in terms of destination, meet timing, accommodation and transport.
We had some pretty epic walks with Ramsoc in this time and later years too, like the Carneddi range at night in deep new snow, and the 3-nation peaks in winter in 24 hours, although we increasingly formed a kind of autonomous MPS faction, culminating in our only-slightly-serious attempt to thwart the election to president of the useless power-crazed arsehole Dr Spunkenscarper (see Cartoon Strip History). Unfortunately, life in the real world generally doesn't work out like in the cartoons, and our counter-candidate Simon Ashby was comfortably defeated, but at least we made Duncan sweat a bit, and rumour has it that he resorted to paying for loads of his friends to join Ramsoc just to vote for him.
Anyway, Ramsoc remained lots of fun, at least for us, with some pretty silly things being done on Ramsoc weekends, like Crib Goch and the Yorkshire Three Peaks three-legged, , and many attempts on our world standing-on-a-trig-point record of five people.
Pen Y Fan 5-legged; we made it too!
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