FMC Revival 2023

We are an active and friendly club of around 160 members, based on the Fylde Coast, Lancashire. We offer a warm welcome to walkers, climbers and mountaineers of all abilities, who share our enthusiasm for the outdoors.

If you would like to find out more, please explore the rest of the website, come along to one of our meets, including winter social meets in Poulton-le-Fylde.

You can contact us here or find us on Facebook here.

The club meets regularly most weekends throughout the summer and winter months at venues aroundย the UKย and at the Club’s two huts, both of which are situated in the English Lake District.

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This is a live feed from our Facebook group. Unfortunately, recent changes to the Facebook integration have prevented us from displaying some individual member names & photos.

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FMC Subs - 2023-2024

You should have received an email today from Andy Chambers regarding payment of FMC subs for the coming year. We now have a new bank account to eliminate bank charges, please see the email for full details and how to update any standing orders.

If you have any queries, please contact Andy on the details in the email. If you haven't received the email for any reason, or have changed your contact details please let me know or comment below and we can look into that.

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6 days ago

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Thanks Steve ๐Ÿ‘

Dunno about others but the way my bank does it I couldn't amend sort code and a/c no. so had to delete the old SO and create a new one.

I don’t get any emails that are sent out Steve, Howard does but not me.

This is this Wednesday evening folks!

Get your arses down there!

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6 days ago
This is this Wednesday evening folks!

Get your arses down there!

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This is tonight folks!

Great turn out last night for the pub meet! 10 members!

This weekend is the bolt clipping meet based at Stair.

Weather looks crap so I have an alternative. If forecast doesn't alter, how about we meet up at Kendal wall on Saturday afternoon and bolt clip indoors.

Maybe go for a pint on way home.

Let me know if your interested.

Tony Hulme

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5 days ago

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Any interest?

Possibly! But I may go for a walk in Saturday to get some decent exercise outside

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3 weeks ago

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Great Photos Martin

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2 weeks ago

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Sorry Howard and I are still over in GranCanaria.

FLEETWOOD…… are you sure???

Richard Duerden I hate being called Mart, or Marty for that matter! Much prefer Nobby!๐Ÿ˜‚

FMC Evening Climbing

Denham Quarry

Tuesday night

Our FINAL official evening meet of the summer is tomorrow night at our nearest rock, Denham. Sun sets at around 7:40 so get there early to something done.

We usually then retire to The Red Lion at Wheelton for beer and a curry, however it's not a curry night tomorrow!! Food is available but not curry. We may have to go next Tuesday when it will be curry night!

As usual, please post on here or on the WhatsApp group if you intend going.

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2 weeks ago
FMC Evening Climbing
Denham Quarry
Tuesday night

Our FINAL official evening meet of the summer is tomorrow night at our nearest rock, Denham. Sun sets at around 7:40 so get there early to something done.

We usually then retire to The Red Lion at Wheelton for beer and a curry, however its not a curry night tomorrow!! Food is available but not curry. We may have to go next Tuesday when it will be curry night!

As usual, please post on here or on the WhatsApp group if you intend going.

FMC Evening Climbing

Trowbarrow Quarry

Thursday night

The penultimate outdoor evening climbing meet this year! Looks likely to be a nice sunny and warm evening! Sun sets at 8pm-ish so the earlier you get there the more you'll get done!

Please post on here or on WhatsApp group if you intend going so others know there will be someone to climb with.

Beer and snacks afterwards in The Woodlands, Silverdale.

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FMC Evening Climbing
Trowbarrow
Thursday night

The penultimate outdoor evening climbing meet this year! Looks likely to be a nice sunny and warm evening! Sun sets at 8pm-ish so the earlier you get there the more youll get done!
Please post on here or on WhatsApp group if you intend going so others know there will be someone to climb with.
Beer and snacks afterwards in The Woodlands, Silverdale.

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not for definite but I'm going to try and make it. All depends if I can finish work early

Could make it to the Woodlands if folk are going to be there....

After 3 full days out in the sun - gardening, bike riding and climbing - I'm frazzled so gonna skip outdoorsy stuff today. Here's an indication of the fun had in Borrowdale yesterday by a team of three with a combined age of 222 years. Does the average age constitute a club record I wonder ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜†

Where's this then Martin Bennett ?

Off to Crumock water tomorrow,Wednesday am if anyone fancies joining us for swimming, paddlboarding let me know

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3 weeks ago

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would love to but we work ๐Ÿ™

Might not be deep enough. They;re removing the weir (possibly as we speak) so depth will decrease by, they say, 1.3m! ๐Ÿ˜•

It's sounds wonderfully, sorry can,t make it.

Some photos from this weekends Chester hut swap meet.

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Even though never a member of the FMC, because I'm sure he was known to many older members and known of by many more I feel it appropriate to post here that I've belatedly heard that my friend Eric "Spider" Penman died in late 2021.

Spider, an MA instructor in Snowdonia in the 1950s and 60s and a Lake District National Park Warden and stalwart of Langdale & Ambleside MRT in the 1970s, moved to South Africa many years ago. Not being an "electronic communicator" he went off the radar but he and I have kept in touch and met whenever he's been in Britain to see family and through card/letter exchanges at Christmas.

It was missing his normally reliable reply for 2 years in a row that made me think something had befallen him. This was confirmed today in a reply to an enquiry I made of The Mountain Club of South Africa. I'm still awaiting information about the circumstances.

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Even though never a member of the FMC, because Im sure he was known to many older members and known of by many more I feel it appropriate to post here that Ive belatedly heard that my friend Eric Spider Penman died in late 2021.
Spider, an MA instructor in Snowdonia in the 1950s and 60s and a Lake District National Park Warden and stalwart of Langdale & Ambleside MRT in the 1970s, moved to South Africa many years ago. Not being an electronic communicator he went off the radar but he and I have kept in touch and met whenever hes been in Britain to see family and through card/letter exchanges at Christmas.
It was missing his normally reliable reply for 2 years in a row that made me think something had befallen him. This was confirmed today in a reply to an enquiry I made of The Mountain Club of South Africa. Im still awaiting information about the circumstances.
Photos of he and I having a pint in a Leeds pub on the occasion of his most recent visit to Britain in 2017 and him on Ardverikie Wall on a perfect October day in 1975.Image attachment

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That's really sad Martin. I have fond memories of climbing with him in the Lakes when he and Maureen lived at Tilberthwaite.

just enough gear

So sad Nob, poignant times when you lose an old mate....

Sad news!

For those of you who missed the Colne pub meet (possibly because it was 'too far' ??) you missed a good night! I had a nice train ride, the scenery was lovely and people watching in the station was interesting! We met in the Wetherspoons where Richard and I had something to eat, stayed for a pint or two then Geoff took us to two great little 'shop style' pubs across the road. We sampled some nice real ales, and the second pub was busy with a diverse mixture of people and there was someone playing a guitar! Then someone else got up and played and someone else with a lovely voice took her turn singing. It was a really fun night and i would like to go there again.

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For those of you who missed the Colne pub meet (possibly because it was too far ??) you missed a good night! I had a nice train ride, the scenery was lovely and people watching in the station was interesting! We met in the Wetherspoons where Richard and I had something to eat, stayed for a pint or two then Geoff took us to two great little shop style pubs across the road. We sampled some nice real ales, and the second pub was busy with a diverse mixture of people and there was someone playing a guitar! Then someone else got up and played and someone else with a lovely voice took her turn singing. It was a really fun night and i would like to go there again.Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

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Sounds like you had a fabulous time ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

Really good night fun beer and Company๏ฟผ

FMC Evening Climbing

Wednesday night

Round Barn Quarry

This week's outdoor evening climbing venue gets all the evening sun going! Easy access and with some nice routes of all grades! Scene of some friend gobbling cracks and nut key hand punctures in the past!

Beer in No 39 bar in Darwen, the Hopstar Brewery tap.

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4 weeks ago

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Smashing evening venue if it's sunny.

Where is it?

I’m sure I’ve been before but can’t remember where it is!

Red dot middle bottom Iggy.

Chester swap this coming weekend.

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4 weeks ago

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Would love to but family and school; and headspace, are getting in the way!

I’m up for going

Regrettably as this is a favourite and the weather's gonna be good I have a prior engagement supporting Darwen Brass. Tempted to shoot down on Sunday but it's a long way for a day.

hopefully i will be going!

Hopefully i will be going

Does the club need any mountaineering books guides for the huts

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Pull-through trip in Simpson Pot this evening. Guest appearances from Nikie & Ben. 12 pitches down & 2 up. Zero style points for Craig through the duck. Missed the pub. Again.

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1 month ago

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Well done, lots of rope there was it pre rigged?

I definitely made the duck look a lot more difficult than I had too. I could have kept my head above water for a start. Great Trip.

Nutters!๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks to Craig Hargreaves for proving that caving is definitely not for me ๐Ÿคฃ

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Hi there. Sorry to drop in on your group, but I've booked to stay at the Little Langdale Cottage this weekend and can't gain access with the code provided. Could someone message me asap. Thanks

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Hi we'll message you now.

I'don't know sorry but have messaged others who will. Watch this space!

Arthur Dolphin meet

This coming weekend, 18th, 19th August

Little Langdale hut

This weekend the aim is to climb a few of Arthur Dolphin's routes in the Langdale valley. If the weather is kind then higher crags can be visited but if not then there's plenty to go at lower down. His routes vary in grade from v diff to E2! Let me know if you're interested in coming along please!

Please note that I've unfortunately broken a finger so won't be taking part in the climbing but am happy to co-ordinate the meet.

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Would have loved that Mart but no go this weekend. I've climbed with a bloke who climbed with Dolphin and was on the 1st ascent of Sword of Damocles. Don Hopkin. 1966.

Unfortunately committed to be elsewhere

I will be there and Pauline is coming for Saturday night

I will be in Langdale mid-week. Might try and tick a couple......

KG..

Update on this meet! So far there is Stuart Gascoyne and Tony Hulme and Becky going up on Saturday. The weather is not good on Saturday but Sunday is better. I have unfortunately broken a finger so cannot climb therefore I'm not going up. So, plenty of room at the hut if anyone else fancies going?

KG was ticked Martin

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FMC Evening Climbing

Lower Montcliffe Quarry

Thursday night

Nights are drawing in now but when we last visited this venue we still had time for a couple of routes. Since our last visit, 13 lower offs have been placed at the top. There are some good routes here! It gets the evening sun too, however if you feel it's not a good venue and you wish to go elsewhere then I'll leave it up to you! Please comment below or on the WhatsApp group if you are thinking of going.

The excellent Black Edge brewery tap awaits those who fancy a beer afterwards!

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1 month ago

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The nutters may have other plans

Well attended meet last night to Costa Del Silverdale! 9 members in total.

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FMC Evening Climbing

Wednesday night

Silverdale Sport

Yes, it's sport climbing off the beach at Silverdale! Grades start at around 5. Several crags to go at along the coast. Best to park at Silverdale beach and walk round to the north. I will post the topo on WhatsApp if I can!

Beer afterwards in the Silverdale Hotel or the Woodlands, you choose!

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1 month ago
FMC Evening Climbing
Wednesday night
Silverdale Sport

Yes, its sport climbing off the beach at Silverdale! Grades start at around 5. Several crags to go at along the coast. Best to park at Silverdale beach and walk round to the north. I will post the topo on WhatsApp if I can!

Beer afterwards in the Silverdale Hotel or the Woodlands, you choose!

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This is tonight folks! Anyone going? Weather looks good!

We're driving to the French Alps on Saturday for a family holiday. Probably Les Gets (as the other half wants to do family mountain biking). Any suggestions for family friendly valley bolts and an accessible mountain refuge for one night after a moderate hike?

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Were driving to the French Alps on Saturday for a family holiday.  Probably Les Gets (as the other half wants to do family mountain biking).  Any suggestions for family friendly valley bolts and an accessible mountain refuge for one night after a moderate hike?

FMC Outer Mongolia Meet, last Thursday night!! A truly classic northern bar, "Boyce's Barrel", Newmarket Street, Colne, Lancashire.

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FMC Outer Mongolia Meet, last Thursday night!! A truly classic northern bar, Boyces Barrel, Newmarket Street, Colne, Lancashire.Image attachment

Came across this gem this morning. What a great guy!!

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1 month ago
Came across this gem this morning. What a great guy!!

Descent

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2 months ago
Descent

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Is that on Side Pike?

This is TONIGHT folks!

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1 month ago
This is TONIGHT folks!

Summit of side pike after family scramble

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2 months ago
Summit of side pike after family scramble

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2 months ago

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Due to a popular climbing venue reopening after nesting restriction have been lifted (apparently anybody can now create their own nest), the Colne pub meet has moved to the following week as per the flyer shown here. Please only post here if you are able to go and if you feel you need to tell the meet organiser you can't then contact him directly via email or text. Only positive vibes please.

See you at the pub richard.Alec

See you at the Wallace

Despite my unblemished record of attendance at Richard's pub meets I'm afraid apologies for absence are in order this time, it being my birthday weekend upon which I anticipate my loved ones will have plans for me. Or maybe not ๐Ÿ˜• in which case I'll miss out on the salubrious (?) Colne atmosphere at 'spoon's all for naught. Avagudun.

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