BMC International Meet - Fun in the Sun!by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor May/2011
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Climbers from different countries were invited to climb in the UK and teamed up with knowledgeable UK climbers of similar ability.
The coastal crags were the best option for dry rock and became the main target for the week with several adventurous and classic routes being ticked.
The meet was headed up by Becky McGovern of the BMC. Becky reported on the week on the BMC Website:
"The rain in Llanberis Pass did nothing to dampen the spirits of our keen climbers. Each day teams quested off to find dry rock and were rewarded for their commitment with plenty of dry weather at various venues. Baiba Zale from Latvia who had never climbed a traditional route before led her first E1 (Precious Metal, at Pen Trwyn) on the final day of the meet. Rehmat Ullah from Pakistan did his first ever rock climb following Elfyn Jones up Hail Bebe (V Diff) at Bwlch y Moch. Shinta Ozawa from Japan climbed Strawberries (E7) ground-up on his third attempt. Benno Wagner and Paul Sass from Germany both steadily onsighted Tonight at Noon (E6 6b) a strenuous Lleyn test piece."
Hosts and guests alike had a fantastic week of climbing, cementing international relations and passing on knowledge and information on climbing areas across the world.
The international meet is a fantastic event and is something that British climbers should be extremely proud of. The UK hosts did a brilliant job of showcasing our climbing and making sure that our international guests had a safe and adventurous stay.
Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, USA, England, Wales and Scotland.
The BMC would like to thank all the UK hosts and the Climbers' Club . Thanks to Mountain Hardwear for providing the tents, sleeping bags, plus some prizes for the final night party. Thanks also to DMM and The North Face for donating prizes. A big thank you goes to Huw, Stefan and their team who worked all hours keeping 70 plus hungry climbers extremely well fed.