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Climbing Team Names

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 Will Hunt 22 May 2020

Bear with me. Mick's Vector Generation article got me thinking about the names given to associations of friends and climbing partners over the years. I've heard loads of these names but the "membership" doesn't stick in the mind so easily. Unfortunately my friends and I have only ever been dubbed "those punters". What well-known "teams" have there been and who was in them? Off the top of my head:

The Rock and Ice (a club rather than a nickname really)

The Alpha Club

The Burnley Lads

The Black Pudding Team

The Steam Team (Scottish, but who were they?)

The Well-Oiled Machine (was that Berzins and Sowden?)

The High Moors Society (Franco, Warbs, Marks and...?)

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 Andy Hardy 22 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

Altrincham All Stars (now the Tuesday Nighters)

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In reply to Will Hunt:

'Dawson's 94th' a band of bogtrotters led by 'Colonel' Cecil Dawson in the early 1900's who first completed the Colne to Buxton walk. He also held the record for an early version of The Bob Graham Round in 1916. This is from High Peak by Eric Byne & Geoffrey Sutton - well worth a read if you can get a copy.

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 Rick Graham 22 May 2020
In reply to Andy Hardy:

> Altrincham All Stars (now the Tuesday Nighters)

Some are now Grump members.

Also the self styled,

Grand alliance 

Tristars

Cream team

Black and tans.

North lakes team.

Other groups are the Edinburgh squirrels , south lakes team , the divots , clean hand gang.

Andy burnell and mark spreadborough completed the well oiled machine. 

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 Fredt 22 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

The Clean Hand Gang

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 webbo 22 May 2020
In reply to Rick Graham:

Tony not Andy and Nick Hallam.

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 Lankyman 23 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

When I was a caver in Manchester (MUSS) we used to refer fondly to our Lancaster rivals (LUSS) as 'W*nkfaster'.

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 DaveHK 23 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

Lecco Spiders

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 Pedro50 23 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

The Vulgarians from the Gunks, and their short lived magazine the Vulgarian Digest. Worth a Google.

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 myrddinmuse 23 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

Based in Cardiff there is an AC/DC (Advanced Climbing/Drinking Club)

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 Lankyman 23 May 2020
In reply to Rick Graham:

> Andy burnell and mark spreadborough completed the well oiled machine. 

Wasn't Graham Desroy 'well oiled' as well? Also, Tony Burnell, Rick (not Andy).

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 Rick Graham 23 May 2020
In reply to Lankyman:

> Wasn't Graham Desroy 'well oiled' as well? Also, Tony Burnell, Rick (not Andy).

Correct.

Just dug out my 86 frcc journal.

The component parts are ,MB,CD,MS,TB.

Spare parts,

Gordon Higginson

Nick Hallam

Graham Desroy .

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 Steve Clegg 23 May 2020
In reply to Rick Graham:

CD or CS?

Steve

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In reply to Will Hunt:

The Z team - a bunch of old MUMC climbers.

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In reply to Will Hunt:

The Bradford Lads - Denis Grey referred to them

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 Red Rover 24 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

Not very well-known but I'm in the Technical Winter Alpinism Training Society

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In reply to Will Hunt:

When I was at Uni in Norwich I was a member of the Cromer Ridge Mountain Rescue Team. Climber and Rambler published our appeal for new members but we got no replies so it just faded away..

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 Rick Graham 24 May 2020
In reply to Steve Clegg:

CS, sc.

> CD or CS?

> Steve

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In reply to Will Hunt:

> The Steam Team (Scottish, but who were they?)

Pretty sure the Steam Team included Norrie Muir, formerly of this parish.

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 Sean_J 24 May 2020
 Lankyman 24 May 2020
In reply to keith-ratcliffe:

> When I was at Uni in Norwich I was a member of the Cromer Ridge Mountain Rescue Team. Climber and Rambler published our appeal for new members but we got no replies so it just faded away..


What? No mountain rescue in Norwich? I'm not surprised no-one goes there to climb!

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In reply to Lankyman:

What have you done on concrete? ;)

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 brianjcooper 24 May 2020
In reply to Will Hunt:

>  What well-known "teams" have there been and who was in them?

I was a member of a group from Leicester who called themselves the FRCPA 

Fellows of the Royal College of Piss Artists. (Climb hard. Drink hard)

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 brianjcooper 24 May 2020
In reply to keith-ratcliffe:

> What have you done on concrete? ;)

Brilliant!!!

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 Lankyman 12:39 Mon
In reply to keith-ratcliffe:

After a chuckle I thought: 'Actually, I have crimped a fair amount of concrete over the years (but definitely not in Norwich)'. The old Inglesport wall (80's), the Sands at Carlisle and West View in Preston were all part concrete. My first wall at Horwich was all brick with some concrete jutting ledges if I remember correctly. Am I a concrete crusher?

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In reply to Lankyman:

Finedon Slabs gets a mention in my old Leicestershire Climbs guide of 1993. Although it's in the high peaks of Northamptonshire.   

I think you have to be really desperate though.   

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In reply to Lankyman:

Glad you took in good spirit. I recall that Stone Monkey had some footage of Johnny Dawes on Sheffield structures and incidentally I think I am right in saying that after his climbing exploits JD went to University of East Anglia to do a Masters in Overseas Development. Perhaps he hit the Norcrete then.

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