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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I can Climb HVS again!

went up to Bright Beck Cove today and seconded a couple of VSs and HVSs , my elbow was more or less OK, great news ๐Ÿ˜

Best route up there was Walking on Sunshine HVS 5a. The two VSs were HARD!

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I can Climb HVS again!
went up to Bright Beck Cove today and seconded a couple of VSs and HVSs , my elbow was more or less OK, great news ๐Ÿ˜
Best route up there was Walking on Sunshine HVS 5a. The two VSs were HARD!Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Good effort Steve! Back to caving soon?

Great news Steve! Did you not do my route, "Nobble Nibble"?

Good to hear it's improved enough to climb HVS!

Just so you all know I am cycling Fron landsend to Johnagrotes un asisted for mountains rescue.

Just arrived at Leominster 250+miles into the trip .

I have a just giving page.

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23 hours ago

FMC Evening Climbing

Tuesday night

Wilton 1

This week's outdoor evening climbing meet is at Wilton 1.

The crag is in great condition at the moment by all accounts! So, best get there early before the midges do!

As always, please comment on here or on the WhatsApp group if you are going so others know there will be someone there to climb with.

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FMC Evening Climbing
Tuesday night
Wilton 1

This weeks outdoor evening climbing meet is at Wilton 1.
The crag is in great condition at the moment by all accounts! So, best get there early before the midges do!

As always, please comment on here or on the WhatsApp group if you are going so others know there will be someone there to climb with.

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I will be there later on this afternoon!

Good meet at Wilton last night! Some good stuff done!

Hello I live in Carleton, Poulton le fylde and would love to try climbing. Would it be possible to join your club. I am reasonably fit, carry my own weight but have no climbing experience (other than basic indoor fun stuff - clip & climb)โ€ฆ.many thanks in advance Colin

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7 days ago

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Hello Colin. You'd be most welcome to get involved in the club. Best to point out at the start that we're not instructors - people learn climbing by coming out to the crag and trying it and maybe taking a formal instruction course at their own cost. But - hey just come out with us and see ! Simon DM me if you want and we can talk

As Simon says we do not offer formal instruction. A fair few of our members do hold various climbing instructor qualifications and our members have many years of experience that they are happy to share on in informal basis. You are welcome to join us

I live in Carleton ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Just a query๐Ÿค”

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4 weeks ago

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I 'abdicated' membership in 1966 when I went first to Manchester then Sussex then Scotland. They let me back in in 1985. And still tolerate me!๐Ÿ˜‰

Hi Mike, I remember you from when you were a member all those years ago! Only problem you may have is that you don't live in the area!๐Ÿ˜‰

I joined when at College in 85ish and despite not renewing my membership after moving up to Cumbria I continued caving and climbing with FMC members until 2015!

Mike - I've sent a message to you but you've not seen it. Can you please contact me? Their Simon

Just reading some of the old newsletters that my dad (Brian Wilkinson) had written articles in. I have some fabulous memories of walks and holidays. Especially camping in the Isle of Mull. The songs the kids used to sing on the coach and the stop off at The New Holly on the A6 on the way home.

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7 days ago

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Your Dad was a great character, Sue! Fond memories from times in the Thatched and from on the Owd Lags meets! ๐Ÿ˜‰

FMC Evening Climbing

Thursday night

This week's evening venue is down on the syllabus as Trow Gill. It's a sport venue where the easiest route is 5c. On a recent visit, Nick Hepburn found that there was a lot of vegetation on the easier routes. He also found the routes done were very soily. A lot of trees came down at the top during a storm a couple of years ago and whilst they have since been stabilised it does seem that some detritus may have been washed down onto the routes. I would suggest that a different venue may be more suitable? Any comments and suggestions below please!

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No suggestions but if its an easy(er) mainly sport venue then we might come along ๐Ÿ™‚

There may be a rumour that a certain rock god is starting his comeback trail at Noggarth tomorrow....

Tro will be fine just need a bit of tlc. Dandelions frequently grow early year but just needs it of a tug

There are folks going to Noggarth, however whether they will be there still in the evening is debatable.

Another week; another evening meet. At Troy Quarry this week's chosen few (fresh euphemism for poor turnout) comprised me, Grumpy Graham, Craig, Martin D, John Hickman and Nick H. Arriving early we had the best of the warmth for at about teatime the wind backed (or veered?) and brought clouds so it got a bit cooler - jackets were pulled on.

The photos tell the story really - the venue is well known to most I think, and provides mostly steep solid climbs on positive holds.

And now to the story of the 2nd venue for the evening, the pub, or as it turned out, pubs - 3 of them. Arriving first at the designated Dog Inn in Belthorn Village Graham and I found it closes at 9pm on Tuesdays. We rapidly returned a mile up the Grane Road to The Grey Mare where drinks were ordered and we were told it too would soon close! The landlord was persuaded to stay open for another 10 minutes, allowing Martin and John, 5 mins behind us, to get one in before we had to leave and head for pub 3, The Willows in Guide Village, where we got 2nd drinks and Craig and Nick caught up. Thus honour was satisfied and a dry meet was avoided. Phew!

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2 weeks ago
Another week; another evening meet. At Troy Quarry this weeks chosen few (fresh euphemism for poor turnout) comprised me, Grumpy Graham, Craig, Martin D,  John Hickman and Nick H. Arriving early we had the best of the warmth for at about teatime the wind backed (or veered?) and brought clouds so it got a bit cooler - jackets were pulled on.
The photos tell the story really - the venue is well known to most I think, and provides mostly steep solid climbs on positive holds. 
And now to the story of the 2nd venue for the evening, the pub, or as it turned out, pubs - 3 of them. Arriving first at the designated Dog Inn in Belthorn Village Graham and I found it closes at 9pm on Tuesdays. We rapidly returned a mile up the Grane Road to The Grey Mare where drinks were ordered and we were told it too would soon close! The landlord was persuaded to stay open for another 10 minutes, allowing Martin and John, 5 mins behind us, to get one in before we had to leave and head for pub 3, The Willows in Guide Village, where we got 2nd drinks and Craig and Nick caught up. Thus honour was satisfied and a dry meet was avoided. Phew!Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

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Chasing round trying to catch a beer at a closing time of 9pm reminded me of the bad old days ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks Craig for some of the photos including this from the WhatsApp group of me and Graham.

No idea which routes I climbed but all good, including the crack that I bailed on leading (it was ok on second)

FMC Evening Climbing

Troy Quarry

Tuesday night.

This week's outdoor climbing meet is at Troy Quarry, near Haslingden. Lots of good crack climbing so a good place to learn protection placing skills! The weather looks like being good!

Park in the lane, not in the car park but not in front of people's houses! The car park is being locked early by the farmer.

Beer afterwards in The Dog, Belthorn. Martin Bennett's local!

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3 weeks ago

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Me and Grumpy will be weighing in . . . weighing . . . Troy - geddit?

Taken a day or two but here are some photos from last week's "Nobs noggin' at Noggarth" evening meet which saw a select band of devotees (euphemism for a disappointing turnout) have a good night out.

First out of the traps were The 'ickses who were already at it when me and Grumpy Graham arrived from Wilton 3, followed by Chris of the Bell and lastly Craig who'd had a happy meeting at the parking spot with new member Nick Smart for his first meet, or so I understand, and most welcome he was. He had something of a baptism of fire having to cope with a 30m rope on 18m routes, but diplomatically refrained from comment and got on with it. The rest of us did plenty of commenting, by the way.

Concentrating on the Central Slabs area many of the best routes at the crag were climbed in a convivial atmosphere which continued for most at the bijou but welcoming "Banker's Draft" pub. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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3 weeks ago
Taken a day or two but here are some photos from last weeks Nobs noggin at Noggarth evening meet which saw a select band of devotees (euphemism for a disappointing turnout) have a good night out. 
First out of the traps were The ickses who were already at it when me and Grumpy Graham arrived from Wilton 3, followed by Chris of the Bell and lastly Craig whod had a happy meeting at the parking spot with new member Nick Smart for his first meet, or so I understand, and most welcome he was. He had something of a baptism of fire having to cope with a 30m rope on 18m routes, but diplomatically refrained from comment and got on with it. The rest of us did plenty of commenting, by the way.
Concentrating on the Central Slabs area many of the best routes at the crag were climbed in a convivial atmosphere which continued for most at the bijou but welcoming Bankers Draft pub. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Sorry to say I had only my phone to take pics and its a bit sad in the camera department. I hope that in the by now legendary FMC phraseology, youll deem it  a nice memento of our day!! ๐Ÿ˜†Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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Great evening out, good to see everyone ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Cracking resumé of thr evening Nob. Great meet rounded off with great company and super beer and welcome at the Bankers Draft.....

Great write up. Good company and a convivially graded crag which massages the ego ๐Ÿ˜‚

Haha, was eventful with the 30m rope, but we worked through it ๐ŸคŸ Thank you all for making me feel welcome, really enjoyed it. Will catch you all again soon

Thanks Martin Bennett for a great write up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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FMC Evening Climbing

Noggarth

Thursday 18th May

This week's venue is Noggarth. Lots of lovely slabs, mostly bolted at all grades! So, suitable for all abilities except you hard nuts! Easy and quick access. For those of you who don't know where it is, it's near Barrowford which is near Burnley.

All welcome but please comment on here or on the WhatsApp group if you are going so folks know there will be someone there to climb with.

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FMC Evening Climbing
Noggarth
Thursday 18th May

This weeks venue is Noggarth. Lots of lovely slabs, mostly bolted at all grades! So, suitable for all abilities except you hard nuts! Easy and quick access. For those of you who dont know where it is, its near Barrowford which is near Burnley.

All welcome but please comment on here or on the WhatsApp group if you are going so folks know there will be someone there to climb with.

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I’m hoping to be there.

Me and Graham plan to be there.

I'm plannings on gping

I won't be there sadly. Too steep for me! ๐Ÿ˜‚

No, actually a gig in MCR!

Would appreciate a report from anyone who went please! How many members? Who? Which pub afterwards? Was it any good? For my end of year review! Ta!

Nice pic but where's the crag๐Ÿ˜‰

I shall oblige with a post shortly Martin Dale - bit delayed but have been enjoying the weather. Most recently in the best beer garden in these parts.๐Ÿ˜Š

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Left a pair of Black jeans at Stair Hut this weekend. I will collect at the Hut maintenance weekend hopefully.

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3 weeks ago

โ€˜Welshโ€™ Meet at Stair Hut. Alex & Happy Caver topping out on a very busy Corvus, Combe Ghyll.

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4 weeks ago
โ€˜Welshโ€™ Meet at Stair Hut. Alex & Happy Caver topping out on a very busy Corvus, Combe Ghyll.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Well done Alex

Evening meet this week was blessed with unexpected sunshine at Cadshaw despite a poor forecast for the week.

The "oldies" team of me, Grumpy Graham and Paul got there first and enjoyed a number of climbs among them the sandbag Central Wall - I thought "Hard Severe my ae!" and I was seconding.

The "youngsters" team of Craig, Luke and Ryan turned up eventually, ran all over the crag, were still there when we old lags left and never made it to the pub! Talking of the pub the designated Number 39 (sounds more like a buz (as they call 'em in 'Darren'!)) was shut so we had recourse to the local 'spoon's.

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Evening meet this week was blessed with unexpected sunshine at Cadshaw despite a poor forecast for the week. 
The oldies team of me, Grumpy Graham and Paul got there first and enjoyed a number of climbs among them the sandbag Central Wall - I thought Hard Severe my a**e! and I was seconding. 
The youngsters team of Craig, Luke and Ryan turned up eventually, ran all over the crag, were still there when we old lags left and never made it to the pub! Talking of the pub the designated Number 39 (sounds more like a buz (as they call em in Darren!)) was shut so we had recourse to the local spoons.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Another fine evening......

Fond memories of earliest evening meets attended with FMC Juniors at Cadshaw. And being sneaked into the pub....

IMPORTANT- this is now cancelled. Provisional plan to go to Stair instead.

Chester Hut swap meet at Llanberis this weekend. Iโ€™ve setup a WhatsApp group for anyone likely to be coming (Howard, Jill, Christine, Peter Wilson, maybe Nick, maybe wriggers, Luke for one day, myself). Options for walking, climbing and slate mine through trip. Let me know if you may want to come and Iโ€™ll add you to the group. Weather is looking excellent for Saturday.

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IMPORTANT- this is now cancelled. Provisional plan to go to Stair instead. 

Chester Hut swap meet at Llanberis this weekend. Iโ€™ve setup a WhatsApp group for anyone likely to be coming (Howard, Jill, Christine, Peter Wilson, maybe Nick, maybe wriggers, Luke for one day, myself). Options for walking, climbing and slate mine through trip. Let me know if you may want to come and Iโ€™ll add you to the group. Weather is looking excellent for Saturday.

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Ah bugger that's annoying for those who had made plans. Hope you make a good weekend of it up at Stair!

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1 month ago

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๐Ÿ˜ฎ Strange thing. In a twofold way - it's strange in itself and strangely coincidental in that on my local dog walk this weekend we were surrounded by these:

FMC Evening Climbing tonight!

Cadshaw.

Please comment on here or on the WhatsApp group if you intend going!

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1 month ago

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Grumpy and I will be there

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1 month ago

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A meeting of the future committee

To follow on from Steve's post. Excellent family meet this weekend. Some action shots from Thomas's first unassisted ascent and descent of Cat Bells ๐Ÿ˜

As Steve says, great to see the kids enjoying the huts and the mountains!

Thanks to Steve for organising ๐Ÿค—

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To follow on from Steves post. Excellent family meet this weekend. Some action shots from Thomass first unassisted ascent and descent of Cat Bells ๐Ÿ˜

As Steve says, great to see the kids enjoying the huts and the mountains!

Thanks to Steve for organising ๐Ÿค—Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

Family meet at Stair a great success, lots of hiking, eating, a fire pit and of course Minecraft for the older ones. Wet weather on Monday forced us to Kong climbing wall and Rheged soft play. Nice to see the kids enjoying our great huts.

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Family meet at Stair a great success, lots of hiking, eating, a fire pit and of course Minecraft for the older ones. Wet weather on Monday forced us to Kong climbing wall and Rheged soft play. Nice to see the kids enjoying our great huts.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Brewery about to open in Guide where Chinese Restnt was. From our house equidistant to Dog Inn, Belthorn. Will create my kind of dilemma๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคฉ

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Brewery about to open in Guide where Chinese Restnt was. From our house equidistant to Dog Inn, Belthorn. Will create my kind of dilemma๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป๐ŸคฉImage attachment

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Mind you, just noticed something - I may not be able to do bizz with them for they seem to have apostrophe blindness - perhaps marginally better than the opposite affliction suffered by many greengrocers but... ๐Ÿ˜‚

Evening Walk from Garstang today. 7pm. Contact : John Wiseman.

Meet 7pm in the main car park in Garstang. W3W "constants.front.however" grid ref SD493454. ..

The walk will be easy - old railway line and fields probably a canal towpath. route dependant on the ground at the moment it is wet and squidgy. The Royal Oak will be towards the end of the route back to the car park. Please let me know nearer the time if you are coming. John Wiseman. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Howard and Jill will be there

A chat on an FMC WhatsApp group has led me to realise my copy of this is missing from my guide book shelves. Have I lent it to anybody reading this? Please.

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A chat on an FMC WhatsApp group has led me to realise my copy of this is missing from my guide book shelves. Have I lent it to anybody reading this? Please.

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Martin - I think I may have borrowed it from you. Let me check!

And you had Simon Fenna thanks. And here it is just to prove to Andrew Hird I do have two!

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1 month ago

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Bags of action!๐Ÿ˜‚

Where is that?

FMC Evening Climbing

Warton Pinnacle Crag

Wednesday night

This week's outdoor climbing meet is at Warton Pinnacle! Lots of good quality easy routes and some great bouldering. Hopefully the sun will shine! Park up in the small quarry behind the Old School Brewery in Warton and walk up from there. There is also climbing to be had in the small quarry (recently cleaned) and on the upper crag.

We will be having a beer in the Old School Brewery afterwards!

Hope to see loads of you there. Please comment below or on the WhatsApp group if you are coming!

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FMC Evening Climbing
Warton Pinnacle Crag
Wednesday night

This weeks outdoor climbing meet is at Warton Pinnacle! Lots of good quality easy routes and some great bouldering. Hopefully the sun will shine! Park up in the small quarry behind the Old School Brewery in Warton and walk up from there. There is also climbing to be had in the small quarry (recently cleaned) and on the upper crag. 

We will be having a beer in the Old School Brewery afterwards!

Hope to see loads of you there. Please comment below or on the WhatsApp group if you are coming!

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I'm totally trashed after trying (and failing) to follow Andy H up some stuff at Scout Scar this afternoon ... but Old School Brewery certainly sounds attractive. I don't know how active the deer ticks are at this time of year but there's a lot of them about at Warton Pinnacle, so a bit of Smidge around the ankles might be a good idea.

That photo's putting me off Mark Harding. Might see you at OSB though. My diary tells me I went there once in 1983 and solo'd 20 climbs up to Hard VS 5c. But that was then and this is now...

I’ll be there. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I’ll be there ๐Ÿ‘

Tom Lyons been telling you to join.

Good turnout last night! Here's Grumpy leading Lone Tree Groove.

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FMC members in action at Warton Pinnacle Crag

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FMC members in action at Warton Pinnacle CragImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

The only usable footage from a prolonged pull-through trip in Swinsto Hole on Tuesday night. More chance of breakfast than a pint.

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1 month ago

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Kevin Stephens these are Nutters!๐Ÿ˜‚

First time I've seen that entrance in daylight.

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