Gwent Mountaineering Club

Walk, scramble and climb with us
October 2017
 
Mountaineering Club Launches Winter Programme
 
An ice climbing meet in Norway, skiing at Les Trois Vallées and a mountaineering trip to the Scottish Highlands are amongst the highlights of Gwent Mountaineering Club’s new winter programme, just launched.
Acting Chairman Alex Hardisty said, “We also offer plenty of day walks to explore the mountains of South Wales,  plus the added variety of monthly night walks and a weekend meet in Snowdonia.” “Indoor meets are a real strength of the winter programme,” according to Alex, “with regular Wednesday night trips to climbing walls in Cardiff and Trelewis.”
“He is looking forward to speakers who will “share adventure stories ranging from the Annapurna Circuit  and Stok Kangri in the Himalaya to Spain’s Sierra de Guara and the Swiss Alps.”
Social events round off what promises to be an exciting and varied programme. “There is something for everyone,” said Alex, adding that “new members are especially welcome.”
Gwent Mountaineering Club has a membership of around one hundred and new members are always welcome.  Anyone interested can contact the club’s Membership Secretary by calling 07933 456604 or visit the website at www.gwentmountaineeringclub.org.uk
 
March 2017
 
Marking the Kinder Mass Trespass
 
Members of Gwent Mountaineering Club marked the approaching 85th anniversary of the Kinder mass trespass during a walk along the edge of Kinder plateau.
Acting Chairman Alex Hardisty explained how the trespass of 24th April 1932 “helped to secure the freedoms and rights to roam that hill walkers in England and Wales enjoy today.” It is widely credited with leading to legislation in 1949 to establish the National Parks and was described by Lord Roy Hattersley as “the most successful direct action in British history.”
The Club caters for different interests and abilities and Alex described how the walk included short gritstone scrambles so that people could brush up their mountaineering skills before more adventurous meets.
Alex acknowledged “the splendid setting of YHA Losehill Hall, a converted Victorian gothic mansion formerly used as an outdoor education centre by the Peak National Park Authority,” which was a convenient base from which to walk through largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles and explore Peak Cavern.
The Club has a membership of around a hundred and new members are always welcome. Anyone interested can contact the Membership Secretary on 07933 456604 or visit the website: www.gwentmountaineeringclub.org.uk
 
December 2016
 
Above The Clouds
 
Members of Gwent Mountaineering Club found themselves above a sea of clouds as they set off from the Keeper’s Pond.  Stunning views of the Sugar Loaf and Ysgryd Fawr awaited them during their last walk of the year.
The Christmas Pudding Walk is a club tradition that stretches back nearly forty years.  It combines a friendly social walk in the Welsh hills with festivities to relax people before the holidays.
Vice Chairman Alex Hardisty said, “Mince pies and mulled wine rounded off a lovely walk around the Blorenge looking down on clouds in the valley below.”
The Club has a membership of around a hundred and new members are always welcome.  Anyone interested can contact the Membership Secretary on 07933 456604 or visit the website: www.gwentmountaineeringclub.org.uk