/ PHOTO ARTICLE: The Climbers' Club Guidebook Centenary Do
To mark this occasion the CC held a Guidebook Centennial Dinner at Shap Wells Hotel in Cumbria last weekend and published The Climbers' Club Guidebook Centenary Journal.
Presentations were given by Alex Huber, Doug Scott, Sir Chris Bonington and other well known climbers, and awards given to many volunteers that have made the CC's guidebooks a success.
Mick Ryan of UKClimbing.com was an invited guest and gives an illustrated account of this event.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1775
Good report, sounds like an excellent and memorable bash.
The number of 'silver-backs' there makes me realise: young men climb and old men write about it!
Someone assure me that Steve Long dyed his hair grey for the occasion? He was only two years ahead of me at university. Makes me feel unacceptably old.
Sir Chris has just nipped off to the Himalaya for several weeks - what is he now 74! Smiler was raving about sport climbing in Spain!
Very true - and I am having a dabble down here whilst working on the Cote d'Azure guidebook. But you have to admit there is a lack of 'yoof' in those photographs!
True young Chris.
I reckon they should get Franco Cookson to lead a CC Young Climbers Division!
Wow that looks as though it was a great event!
In reply to Mick:
Yes, sorry about that - point taken.
Mind you I didn't see too many 'ladies' in the photos who don't already qualify for their bus-passes though!
Did Alex propose to you?
But most of the photos are of the famous names, who are likely to be older to have gained that experience to get good. Okay, so there was a good proportion of oldies there, but there were a fair few younger faces too.
I think it depends on what you think of as youth, I have been in the CC for 10 years & am under 40. I was pleased (& a little supprised) at how many people from my age group & younger attended. Sure the photos of the top table show older people but given the nature of the event that is not surprising.
It is also interesting to note that Pete Stirling & Richard Wheeldon are taking/ have taken up high level positions in the PSC both are in their 40's. The main committee also has several people of a similar age including 2 VP's.
It is my considered opinion that whilst the CC has to ensure it still attracts new young members; it is at present in good health. Especially as we currently live in a time with an ageing general population & people remain active longer.
Alex Huber is a god!
Back to Bristol on the Sunday via Hutton Roof - a lovely little crag enjoyed in glorious sunshine.
Tracey (new CC member who also happens to be female and only 41!)
Were you in Black Tie Mick?
Did not do the speakers on Saturday as I was supposed to be running elsewhere which ended up only being partially achieved (it's a long story!)
I have looked at your profile, which does not give much away, have we met? I think we may have at May Cottage last August BH
That's who I thought you were, thanks for confirming it. Hope we see you again soon
Nostalgia, itís not what it used to be!! Aren't we all great. Lets give ourselves a big pat on the back.
Maybe that is why some of the recent guides produced by the CC are written in a style reminiscent of guides produced 20 or 30 years back.
Whilst I realise the substantial difficulties involved with compilation of a comprehensive guide to areas such as Meirionnydd, I would suggest that a better format would be less wordy and adopt a uniform layout to each area and crag. such as that used in the current series of FRCC guides.
> Maybe that is why some of the recent guides produced by the CC are written in a style reminiscent of guides produced 20 or 30 years back.
> Whilst I realise the substantial difficulties involved with compilation of a comprehensive guide to areas such as Meirionnydd, I would suggest that a better format would be less wordy and adopt a uniform layout to each area and crag. such as that used in the current series of FRCC guides.
That is completre rubbish, look at the three latest guides, Lundy, Llanberis and Portland, none of which fit your criticism, it is hard to distinguish the new (excellent) Ground Up guide to Gogarth North from a new CC guide.
Your typical polemic comes as no surprise, however, I am not familiar with the guides you mention and I stand corrected if styles have improved.My experience of usage of both the Meirionnydd guides and the last CC Pembroke guide prompted my comments.
The Meirionnydd guide was brought out 7 years ago, not really recent :)
I think a non standard layout to crags, i.e. photo topos for some, diagrams for others, neither for others, makes perfect sense for a definitive guide - space saving and shows attention to each area as the relevant representation is chosen. Some areas a photo topo doesn't help as you can't see up anyway, and a little plan of the bottom of the crag is more helpul, like some areas in the Wye Valley guide.
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