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Topic - Early Warning MUMC at Froggatt Sept 2013

Natalyaaa - on 10 Jul 2013
I know its a little early, but...

Hi all. Manchester Uni Mountaineering Club will be holding our first Freshers' meet at Froggatt edge again on September 22nd. This will be a coach of 49, plus a few ex members in cars. I realise there have been many discussions about this in the past, and this is a relatively large number to bring to a classic crag. We have considered moving the meet, but haven't really found any more venues big enough, or with a decent pub that can accommodate our social meal afterwards. It's also necessary to take this number as this is how we get our money for the year, to spend on smaller trips and minibuses. However, we plan on managing this large number in the following ways:

1. Splitting the group up across Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow. This allows us to send around 17 people to each crag, which is obviously far less noticeable. These will then be split into smaller leader-second-fresher(s) groups, of around 4 depending on leader availability. No top ropes will be set up.

2. Ensuring the majority of freshers are in rock shoes, so as to cause minimal damage to routes, by having a spare shoe amnesty within the club. Any donations welcome!

3. Ensuring leaders do not take groups on 2 and 3 starred routes, where possible. We'll try and make sure our leaders find suitable quiet routes. We'll also try to spread out along the crag, not congregate at the first buttress we come to.

4. Leaders will ask their groups to pick up any litter in the area before leaving the crag, whether it is their own or not.

My aim is to manage the group in accordance with the BMC guidlines set out here https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/viewcrag.aspx?id=587 and I think these action points concur with the guidlines, where ever possible.

Hopefully I've addressed any issues or concerns anyone may have with the meet taking place here, but if I haven't, please feel free to raise any more!

If anyone has any suggestions of alternative crags which provide the space and facilities needed (place to park coach, large pub, large number of routes at lower and higher grades) please feel free to say.

Many thanks guys,

Natalya.
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