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Anyone down at Brooks and wants to climb 8ish, otherwise going for a boulder.
Jody

6:28 PM, 15/07/14
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Anyone down at Brooks and wants to climb 8ish, otherwise going for a boulder.
Jody

7:04 PM, 15/07/14
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I think I can come to the pub tomorrow Shock

Will anyone be there?
Mary
8:50 PM, 15/07/14
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Reckon so! Will sounded positive about Wednesday pub, too.
Glad to hear you sometimes get to escape at sensible times!
Niall H.
9:33 PM, 15/07/14
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Mary: we'll be there too! See you tomorrow Happy
Dave A.
10:52 PM, 15/07/14
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Having dinner with work people tomorrow so will be there a little later than usual, probably from 9:30ish
Will B
11:40 PM, 15/07/14
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Not sure if I'll make the pub this evening (!) - I've got a choir social on tonight.
Cameron
10:16 AM, 16/07/14
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***Guidebooks request***
Hello everyone!
Sesh has this work conference in the north of Spain (Benasque) in August and I'm coming along since they offer accommodation to families as no extra cost! Grinning Would anyone have any hiking/climbing/mountaineering guidebooks for Central Pyrenees that we could borrow? I will be briefly in the UK at the end of July so could pick them up in Oxford and then return either in person or by post. Alternatively, if no one has anything to lend, can you recommend a good guidebook to get?
Thanks a lot!
iza
11:43 AM, 16/07/14
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Hello Iza! I can't help with the guidebook request, but thought I'd say hello
Niall H.
12:41 PM, 16/07/14
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Hi Niall! Grinning
iza
1:21 PM, 16/07/14
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Happy
Pete: your management were sounding very keen just now about the office space down here!
Niall H.
3:11 PM, 16/07/14
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I'm sure they were (though "they" is a slight exaggeration, given that the number of people we classify as "management" is a very small integer).
Pete C
6:04 PM, 16/07/14
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That reminds me of the term when the caving social was rescheduled because neither of the active undergraduate members of OUCC could make it.
Cameron
6:21 PM, 16/07/14
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Argh sorry guys I've had another 13hr day and am just too tired. I need to learn that going out after work and driving is hard. But next week I'm off weds/Thursday/fri so can surely make the pub. And am also interested in a day trip Thursday if people are keen?
Mary
7:16 PM, 16/07/14
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I could do a day trip next Wednesday but working Thursday Sad
Mary: how's your a+e rota looking? I'm working more nights than days!
George
11:15 PM, 16/07/14
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Mary: that was a pity - at least next week sounds more hopeful. Sadly, I'll be reassembling my office next Thursday :~
Niall H.
11:43 PM, 16/07/14
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George I'm still waiting for my rota, they've just given us our fixed annual leave weeks off so far. I think it's going to be awful Crying
Mary
8:05 AM, 17/07/14
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Paper request! Well, book chapter request. It looks like something more along Alison's line than mine, but I do have mathematical reasons for needing it!
Cameron
8:57 AM, 17/07/14
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Talking of rotas, does anyone fancy climbing between the 11th and 15th August?
I finish work 8am on the 11th and have to go back to work at 4pm on the 15th...
Or the 1st til the 5th September?
I finish work 10pm on the 31st August and have to go back to work at 6pm on the 5th...
George
10:39 AM, 17/07/14
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Boo. I actually have that August week off, but I'm going to the Isles of Scilly with my Mum. Need my Scilly-fix!

I've got the week 20th October off though Grinning

Incidentally my prolific posting is because I have the day off today, but I still had to get up at 7:30 to get everything sorted, and am going to some swanky 'do' tonight to celebrate yet another gong for my Mum. Seriously, she has enough now!
Mary
11:16 AM, 17/07/14
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Which island are you staying on, Mary? I'd love to go back to the Scillies... stayed on Tresco a few years ago.
Lina
12:10 PM, 17/07/14
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We always stay on St Agnes - Mum gets the same cottage for 3 weeks every summer and then the rest of friends/family battle it out to come and stay! It's now extended to some people camping in the same week as those in the cottage to extend the number of people going Rolling eyes

Tresco is stunning, but feels very quaintified compared to St Agnes which is still a proper working/farming island and much wilder. Only relative of course, since the whole of Scilly is so amazing!!
Mary
1:44 PM, 17/07/14
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Yes, Tresco is very much a "garden" island, though the north side has a wilder feel. A friend's parents had a cottage timeshare there; once we finally got there (too much cloud for helecopters to fly) it was amazing! We visited St Agnes though - I think I've still got some fragments of Roman beads from the hours searching the beach...
Lina
2:44 PM, 17/07/14
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While the reviews of the Dehyrated Wine were disappointing, is seems that concentrated beer may actually be workable as a backpackable beverage
Niall H.
5:20 PM, 17/07/14
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Anyone down at Brooks tonight?
Jody

5:57 PM, 17/07/14
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Hello. It's unlikely that any if you are planning to be in North Wales this weekend (forecast: apocalypse) but there will be huge disruption in Llanberis tomorrow for the Snowdon Race. Avoid in the afternoon!
NickD
12:31 PM, 18/07/14
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Before the Met Office started referring to a high risk of zombies, some of us had been considering heading to Norwhales, but we've decided that it's probably less risky in the long run just to reinforce our fortifications at home.
Cameron
12:44 PM, 18/07/14
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Iza: I asked a colleague about Pyrenees guides and he brought in a copy of this; would that be any use to you?
Will B
1:55 PM, 18/07/14
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Hi Will! Thanks for asking! Unfortunately we won't have much opportunity to travel further afield and have to stick to the Spanish side... So the Pyrenees 1 would be more useful. I managed to borrow Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees from a library so we've got something to start with! A friend of mine was also recommending Rodellar which is nearby. Anyone been there?
iza
2:40 PM, 18/07/14
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Anyone around in oxford fancy going out for drinks or something this evening?
Aileen
4:13 PM, 18/07/14
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Possibly? I feel kinda exhausted, but I also feel like I haven't really seen much of people this week.
Cameron
4:51 PM, 18/07/14
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Might be interested... got anywhere in mind?
Will B
5:40 PM, 18/07/14
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If somebody said to me now: Let's go and drink cider in the sunshine at [insert pub here], I would be there, for at least a little bit.
Cameron
5:46 PM, 18/07/14
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Somewhere with an outside?
Aileen
5:50 PM, 18/07/14
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Sounds good to me. Do we default to the GA or do you want to go somewhere different?
Cameron
6:02 PM, 18/07/14
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I've never been to the Isis Farmhouse if that interests anybody?
Cameron
6:08 PM, 18/07/14
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"I've never been to the Isis Farmhouse if that interests anybody?" -- Cameron

Could do, I imagine it would take me an hour to get there though.
Aileen
6:14 PM, 18/07/14
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Fine for me, but might be a bit of a trek for Aileen if she's still bicycleless
Will B
6:14 PM, 18/07/14
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Ah. Let's just stick with somewhere central then. Or near you, Aileen, if there's somewhere that suits you other than the GA?
Cameron
6:16 PM, 18/07/14
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I'm happy with anywhere with nice cider and outside, central is probably easiest.
Aileen
6:22 PM, 18/07/14
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Is Thatchers' nice enough? (i.e. should I just go to the GA already?)
Cameron
6:24 PM, 18/07/14
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Right. I have tidied my desk. I am going to leave for the GA in the next five minutes unless anyone tells me to go somewhere else...
Cameron
6:33 PM, 18/07/14
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Ye, lets just go for that
Aileen
6:34 PM, 18/07/14
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Hoping you'll still be down. On my way.
Jody

7:44 PM, 18/07/14
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"Anyone around in oxford fancy going out for drinks or something this evening?" -- Aileen

unfortunately only just saw this, otherwise I would have been there but now seem to be sitting on a boat on the river Thames! Hope you had a good drink- did you not go to the lakes then Aileen?
Jen
9:38 PM, 18/07/14
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Those are some fairly chunky hailstones...
Will B
6:14 PM, 19/07/14
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and a lot of rain too, flooded the bottom of our street it did.

No I didn't end up going to the lakes Sad
Aileen
9:56 PM, 19/07/14
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Hey! Would anyone be interested in a BBQ at the Oxford Boulder tomorrow (so far I think me, Aileen and Jody are interested)
Kerry

10:05 PM, 19/07/14
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Hello folks! Does anyone have any experience with or comments on any of the following ropes - Edelrid Cobra 10.3, Beal Top Gun II 10.5, Beal Diablo 10.2, Beal Joker 9.1, Beal Booster III 9.7, Mammut Galaxy Classic 10.0? We're looking for a new single.

Also, any comments on the relative merits of "dry cover" versus "golden dry" treatments? How much is extra dry treatment worth? We might occasionally use it in winter conditions, but doesn't dry treating also improve handling in the dry?
Fred
1:59 PM, 20/07/14
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I was very sad to find that the SPECS cameras on the M1 roadworks by Chersterfield are all aimed against the flow of the traffic: that makes them very hard to wave at Confused
Sesh: while I can't comment on the advantage of Golden Dry (water repellant all the way through) over Dry Cover (water repellant sheath), I can say that my dry-treated ropes have always handled better than my other ones.
Niall H.
6:28 PM, 20/07/14
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We had excellent weather and great climbing in the Lakes. The only thing we were missing was an Aileen and a Kerry Confused
Dave A.
8:01 PM, 20/07/14
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Good on you: it was, perhaps, a little too warm and humid in the Peak (and also lacking either Kerry or Aileen, but that was expected Wink )
Niall H.
8:16 PM, 20/07/14
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Best weekend climbing in ages and fabulous weather. Wasdale and Langdale at their best! Sounds like the weather was rather more exciting down South?!
Lina
7:27 AM, 21/07/14
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Excellent! And UKC tells me that you and Dave have done Revelation again. Grinning Which of you won the toss for the steep pitch?

There was a short but very heavy shower in Oxford on Saturday (along with some rain and lightning at night), and a muggy day in the Peak District on Sunday, but it hasn't been too bad.

I, for one, had a very pleasant and relaxed weekend. Grinning
Cameron
9:00 AM, 21/07/14
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"Excellent! And UKC tells me that you and Dave have done Revelation again. Grinning Which of you won the toss for the steep pitch?" -- Cameron

Lina did the steep pitch, and led it very nicely too. And Little Alex seconded very nicely with no complaints. I feel I need to lead the tricky pitch at some point to really get the tick Confused
Dave A.
9:05 AM, 21/07/14
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Hello, catching up on the GP after 2 weeks in Lofoten. Iza - I think I have some Pyrenees maps and a Rough Guide if that would be useful? Rich may have some more as he has climbed there previously.
Cameron - did someone get you that chapter?
Dehydrated beer/cider sounds good. My bottle of Bowmore made it all round Lofoten in a sea kayak to be finally defeated by SAS baggage handlers leaving me with a bag full of broken glass and interestingly smelling socks.....
Alison
9:20 AM, 21/07/14
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Dave: It's a nice climb! That just gives you an excuse to climb it again (maybe take a relative novice up it on a club Lakes trip)?

Alison: I'm afraid not. Do you have easy access to it?
Cameron
9:22 AM, 21/07/14
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It deserves its three stars, certainly. And also its 'feature page' in the revised guidebook. That seems to be something they're doing more of in the new FRCC guidebooks, actually. There's a nice looking 3* VDiff up Pulpit Rock on Scafell Pikes in the revised Scafell/Wasdale guidebook that also gets its own feature page (and we really want to climb!)
Dave A.
9:33 AM, 21/07/14
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Ooh. I should get one of the new guidebooks. (Or, indeed, any Lakes guidebook...)
Cameron
9:34 AM, 21/07/14
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The Langdale, Scafell/Wasdale and Great Gable/Pillar guides have all been revised recently with decent topos and photos. I suppose it depends where you intend on climbing, really.

Meanwhile, Lina and I are wondering if we could bribe the minibus drivers into doing a Wasdale Head meet...
Dave A.
9:43 AM, 21/07/14
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I think that the easy solution to that is to be the minibus drivers that you want to bribe. Grinning (I know Lina's already sorted; are you far away from having had your license long enough?)
Cameron
9:46 AM, 21/07/14
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Cameron: The new guides are very shiny. Between buying guides for us, and shoes for Little Alex, we had a good time in the shops....

I confess to being rather indulged - Dave and I were taking turns, but I definitely got the best of the leads this weekend. Had a lot of fun on Revelation, and also Centipede. Raven Crag was very quiet for a sunny Sunday in July (Gt Gable on Friday was understandably empty)..... don't know where everyone was, because I've never seen the campsites so busy!
Lina
9:48 AM, 21/07/14
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A fair point. I'll be eligible to take the test in about 3 weeks, so yes, we could take that approach Wink The camping situation (expensive at the National Trust, or limited at Wasdale Head) might be an issue, plus lack of low-lying crags might have to be thought about.. But you are surrounded by the best high-mountain crags in the country!
Dave A.
9:52 AM, 21/07/14
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Hi Cameron - sorry, not from here! We don't have many Civils. Am surprised that Oxford doesn't have it though? Maybe in paper in the Bod?
Alison
10:05 AM, 21/07/14
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"Hi Cameron - sorry, not from here! We don't have many Civils. Am surprised that Oxford doesn't have it though? Maybe in paper in the Bod?" -- Alison

It says it appears in Low Impact Development 2010, which the Bod gives online access to, but I can't find that paper in it.
Lina
10:38 AM, 21/07/14
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Only on the GP would you find a classicist looking up a civil engineering paper for a mathematician...
Dave A.
10:49 AM, 21/07/14
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"The Langdale, Scafell/Wasdale and Great Gable/Pillar guides have all been revised recently with decent topos and photos. I suppose it depends where you intend on climbing, really.

Meanwhile, Lina and I are wondering if we could bribe the minibus drivers into doing a Wasdale Head meet..." -- Dave A.

I'm sure with a little food based incentive I could be persuaded (it won't take much persuading, maybe one malteser will probably do it).
Mike
8:12 AM, 22/07/14
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"I'm sure with a little food based incentive I could be persuaded (it won't take much persuading, maybe one malteser will probably do it). " -- Mike
So maybe we just need to convince all the minibus drivers it's a good idea, right? Wink
Dave A.
8:42 AM, 22/07/14
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You'll just have to work out what the club malteser budget is for convincing minibus drivers.
Cameron
8:50 AM, 22/07/14
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You mean dinner and a pint at the Wasdale Head Inn isn't sufficient incentive???
Lina
9:41 AM, 22/07/14
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Besides, I'm a minibus driver myself, but I don't deal in malteasers..
Lina
9:43 AM, 22/07/14
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