It was well attended by over 50 Lakes climbers and expertly facilitated by BMC Volunteers' Officer, Martin Kocsis. Also present, perhaps signifying the importance of this meeting was BMC CEO Dave Turnbull, Dan Middleton - Technical Officer and Cath Flitcroft - Access & Conservation Officer.
See a photo-montage of the assembled throng here.
The purpose of the meeting was to encourage more climbers to participate with and help the exisiting BMC Lakes Area Meeting who have served Lakes' climbers for quite some time - but more than that. There are lots of issues in the Lakes that need addressing and lots of work to be done. Below are some of the topics which were discussed as recorded by Marian Parsons.
To finish, Ron Kenyon kindly gave a slide-show of a recent climbing trip to Croatia and Slovenia.
At least two volunteers came forward, Carissa Lough and Ellie Fowler who will be writing, designing and helping to distribute the BMC Lakes Area Meeting newsletter.
The next meeting will be held on 28th November at a bigger venue to be announced. Wilf's Cafe and the Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall at Staveley has been suggested. It is hoped that more people will step forward to help.
It was a lively meeting, and friendly, but it seems that the bolt debate is not quite over. Despite there being retrobolts on some routes on Lakeland slate and limestone passions still run high, and opinions are divided. This will be one of the issues addressed at the next meeting in November but meanwhile...........
VIDEO: We've uploaded an unedited 10 minute video clip of Ambleside celebrity Stuart Wood in full anti-retrobolt flow. You can watch the video HERE