Prime Minister summons Alan James and Mick Ryan to no. 10

Was an everyday morning here in Ambleside, still raining of course. I get up, check emails, check my news feeds and write my list of things to do for the day. Downstairs and put the kettle on for a nice cup of PG Tips and check the mail.

What's this small white envelope? Doesn't look like a bill.

Oh my goodness! It has 10 Downing Street written on the back. I must have done something really bad!

But the address says Mick Ryan, Exciting. Have MI5 been monitoring the forums? Too many climbers critical of New Labour?

Inside is a simple white card that says:

"A Reception for the BMC, in celebration of British Mountaineering.

The Prime Minister requests the honour of the company of:

........Mr. Mick Ryan......

at a Reception at 10 Downing Street, Whitehall on Wednesday 8th 2008, from 5.30 pm to 7.00pm"

I immediately start singing, just like Charlie and Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

"I've got a golden ticket, I've got a golden twinkle in my eye"

I call up and thank Dave Turnbull BMC CEO, Dave asks if Alan James, owner of, has his and then has to dash to a meeting with Sport England.

Alan is on holiday in France and Holland with his family so I call him and give him the news. Alan is very surprised indeed.

I must say we are very honoured. See you on the 8th Gordon Brown, PM.....along with 120 or so climbers and mountaineers.

See the BMC news report A reception for the BMC in 'Celebration of British Mountaineering' at No.10 Downing Street for more details.

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