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"Also - is anyone interested in an evening at Cleeve Hill on Wednesday? It would be nice to make the most before it gets dark too early (sunset is at 20:50 on Weds, so probably just about doable). Mostly, UKC tells me I have 4 fewer climbs in July than June, and I'd like to set that right..." -- Sarah W

Yeah I reckon: I'll be pubbing instead of Brookesing on Tues and Thurs, so I guess I ought to climb instead of pub on Weds!
Will B
2:49 PM, 28/07/14
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Also - is anyone interested in an evening at Cleeve Hill on Wednesday? It would be nice to make the most before it gets dark too early (sunset is at 20:50 on Weds, so probably just about doable). Mostly, UKC tells me I have 4 fewer climbs in July than June, and I'd like to set that right...
Sarah W
2:21 PM, 28/07/14
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"if anyone was worried by my (possibly counterproductive) attempt to use the GP to reassure people on Saturday" -- Cameron

The first message we had was Niall's text letting us know you were okay, so I'd say it was definitely useful.


"Can I appeal to the collective GP knowledge for a German translator? My Mum broke her arm and dislocated her shoulder while on holiday in Germany and now wants her physio instructions translated into English for the physio here...." -- Alison

Are you still in need of this? My sister is a translator, she's very good with German. I'm sure she would be happy to help out. Email me at sarah dot woodrow at physics.ox.ac.uk if so :-)
Sarah W
2:14 PM, 28/07/14
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Great Slab is an amazing route! Nice work!
NickD
1:53 PM, 28/07/14
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Tom W and I went up 'Great Slab', while Marion and Tim did 'Pedestal Crack'. Route finding was mainly an issue on Pitch 2, where I struggled to get on to the rib (by going too high), and then struggled to get across to the foot of the groove (by traversing too high), and then I chose to belay too early on Pitch 3 (just because there hadn't been a great deal of gear on the slab, and I didn't want to bet on their being a better spot further along).

Tom mostly took the challenging climbing and awkward anchors in good humour, though. It was his first multipitch, and he almost never told me that he'd never be speaking to me again if we ever did anything similar ever again.
Cameron
1:34 PM, 28/07/14
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What did you get done? A mate of mine did Great Wall on Saturday, while his beautiful girlfriend splashed about in the lake. You'd know if you were there at the same time Happy
NickD
1:12 PM, 28/07/14
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Yes, sorry Nick. It all got organised in a bit of a rush. We would've appreciated some extra loose rock on Saturday: most of the things I pulled on were far more stable than I was expecting them to be. Happy

And apologies if anyone was worried by my (possibly counterproductive) attempt to use the GP to reassure people on Saturday. After queuing for a route, getting stuck behind slow people, and then having route finding issues on the alternative option we chose, we topped out at 8pm in cloud, having said that we'd be back at the bags around 6pm. I was a bit worried that (since we wouldn't be all that visible in the cloud), people might start to be concerned, especially as we decided to take the long way down, and I was moderately paranoid because I really, really didn't want to meet Llanberis Mountain Rescue again (especially since we didn't need their services on this occasion).
Cameron
11:52 AM, 28/07/14
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Hey wait Cameron you were on Cloggy this weekend? You should have said - I would have come up to kick rocks down!
NickD
11:11 AM, 28/07/14
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I can do Thursday.
Mary
6:10 AM, 28/07/14
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Anyone fancy a day trip on Wednesday? Pending weather...
George
11:12 PM, 27/07/14
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Glad to hear it all worked out
Niall H.
9:50 PM, 27/07/14
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Yep. Everyone is fine. I was unnecessarily worries about people being worried, and we got back to Tim and Marion a good hour before they would have started getting concerned (albeit too late to get food anywhere).

On our way back after a big breakfast at Pinnacle Cafe and a pleasantly sunny day at Tremadog. Grinning
Cameron
7:48 PM, 27/07/14
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I trust everyone's okay.
Clare
5:21 PM, 27/07/14
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Texted Jody - I've not got Sarah's number - and texted Tim. At least there's no snow.
Niall H.
10:15 PM, 26/07/14
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Thank you very much! One more favour... Could you try Sarah W or Jody? Or Marion or Tim, but we think their phones may be dead.

We don't want anyone calling mountain rescue (this time).
Cameron
9:24 PM, 26/07/14
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His phone's going to voicemail at the moment, but I've texted him your message. Good luck!
(And now I need to find out if I have _Heartbreak Ridge_ in my movie collection)
Niall H.
9:08 PM, 26/07/14
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Hello! Cameron here, on Tom Wolfe's phone.

We have no phone numbers for anyone. My phone has died.

We're above Cloggy making our way down via the Llanberis path because we don't trust the east terrace. If someone could ring Will Benfold with this information and Tom's number: 07984677475 that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Cameron
8:53 PM, 26/07/14
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Can I appeal to the collective GP knowledge for a German translator? My Mum broke her arm and dislocated her shoulder while on holiday in Germany and now wants her physio instructions translated into English for the physio here....
Alison
9:09 AM, 26/07/14
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Boo I'm going to my end-of-rotation drinks and dinner that evening Sad
Mary
7:04 PM, 25/07/14
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So you going to Liverpool then? I get my Oxford news from the GP.
Robert
4:03 PM, 25/07/14
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Farewell drinks for Aileen: Next Tuesday 29 July, 7pm, at the Angel and Greyhound. Happy
Cameron
3:43 PM, 25/07/14
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Really? I found it so bad I switched over to Radio 2.....
Alison
1:39 PM, 25/07/14
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"Anyone fancy a beer in a sunny beer garden tonight?" -- Steve

Hmmm... whereabouts are you thinking?
Will B
4:56 PM, 24/07/14
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If you like a bit of sketch comedy check out Sketchorama on Radio 4 at 6:30pm today... www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047c7x4
Jen
4:12 PM, 24/07/14
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If anyone fancies doing the Ogwen 8 (3000s) fundraising for Ogwen Mountain Rescue, it's on 3rd August.

I'll be on a train to Scotland....

Details: http://www.ogwen-rescue.org.uk/oggie_8/
Lina
3:49 PM, 24/07/14
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We haven't had one of these for a while CASOTD - worth watching till the end - it's only 46 secs.
Alison
2:24 PM, 24/07/14
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The earth belongs unto to Lord
And all that it contains.
Apart from the Western Isles
And they are all McBraynes.
Alison
1:49 PM, 24/07/14
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If I were you I'd forget about taking a minibus, hire a car, and go for a long weekend...
Robert
1:38 PM, 24/07/14
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I like wathcing the Arran Ferry

You could probably do Arrochar in 9 hours in a minibus too.

(And you're welcome to stay Lina Happy Doubt I could fit a minibus load of people into my flat though)
Aileen
1:35 PM, 24/07/14
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The Chapel Stile campsite is good, as is the NT one in Borrowdale. And of course the Wasdale Head.

Anyone fancy a beer in a sunny beer garden tonight?
Steve
1:31 PM, 24/07/14
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And all attempts to come to a rapprochement proving barren,
The Japanese, in self defence, annexed the Isle of Arran.

Grinning
Cameron
12:18 PM, 24/07/14
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You also need to make sure you coordinate wi9th the ferry times for Arran!
Alison
12:00 PM, 24/07/14
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....I've been driven from Oxford to Arran. We left at 4am and arrived in the afternoon.
Lina
11:50 AM, 24/07/14
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"I've done 139 of them, mostly with a view as well.
Haven't been to Scotland for ages Sad I still think weekend trips in the minibus from Oxford, driving overnight, would work. Might require something extra to bribe the drivers though." -- Aileen


I reckon we could do Oxford to Arran in a minibus in 9 hours, would be so up for this Happy
Could also be bribed for something other than evil Langdale campsite, but only with a specially formulated dark chocolate malteser ...
Marion
11:41 AM, 24/07/14
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we'll be along a bit later
Clare
7:29 PM, 23/07/14
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7.30 sounds good to me. Happy
Cameron
6:36 PM, 23/07/14
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"When are people thinking of appearing at the pub?" -- Cameron

Soon... 7:30 maybe?
Will B
6:35 PM, 23/07/14
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"Dave, Alex and I came up with a variation on Wainwright-bagging at the weekend. A summit only counted if you'd done some actual climbing en route to it." -- Lina

Don't tell this guy, he'll be properly upset.
Will B
6:34 PM, 23/07/14
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Does the Library happen to have the new photo-topo Gower guidebook? Or, failing that, does anyone have a personal copy I could borrow?

And, can anyone recommend some SPA-friendly crags for me to take some 12-14 year olds to? Bear in mind this annoyingly means non-tidal, so Three Cliffs and Pobbles Bay are ruled out. Boiler Slab will probably occupy a day.
Jamie
6:25 PM, 23/07/14
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When are people thinking of appearing at the pub?
Cameron
6:21 PM, 23/07/14
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...well, Scotland is definitely a possibility if we stay at yours on the way, Aileen!
Lina
9:46 AM, 23/07/14
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I've done 139 of them, mostly with a view as well.
Haven't been to Scotland for ages Sad I still think weekend trips in the minibus from Oxford, driving overnight, would work. Might require something extra to bribe the drivers though.
Aileen
9:29 AM, 23/07/14
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Dave, Alex and I came up with a variation on Wainwright-bagging at the weekend. A summit only counted if you'd done some actual climbing en route to it.
Lina
9:28 AM, 23/07/14
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I got to one hundred and something when I was in Scotland more often. Progressing at a rate of a couple a year now... Sad
Robert
9:26 AM, 23/07/14
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Alison are you planning to live to 542? That is pretty awesome. Happy
Katja
8:55 AM, 23/07/14
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I'd like to start on them if I ever get to Scotland...
Lina
8:00 AM, 23/07/14
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I'm doing them all in winter conditions at a rate of about one every two years......
Alison
11:36 PM, 22/07/14
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mal/ bon. Teaser! Not much teasing going on here. Lots of work though! And some munro bagging planning. Hands up munro baggers if thou lurkst...
Katja
10:50 PM, 22/07/14
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bonteasers
?
Niall H.
10:15 PM, 22/07/14
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Cannae make the pub tomorrow but dead keen for some climbing this weekend
Hester

9:41 PM, 22/07/14
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What about bonteasers?
Katja
9:38 PM, 22/07/14
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"You mean dinner and a pint at the Wasdale Head Inn isn't sufficient incentive???" -- Lina
Well if that's the deal on the table then who am I to argue? Count me in.
Mike
6:26 PM, 22/07/14
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Traditionally, minibus drivers are paid/bribed with Haribo.
Gillian
2:36 PM, 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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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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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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"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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"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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