COVID-19 Information

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 around the UK and at the Club’s two huts, both of which are situated in the English Lake District.

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Following the recent ***provisional ***announcements regarding the easing of restrictions, it is likely that there will be a period of about 10 weeks from mid-April to late-June this year, when it will be possible to start to arrange some outdoor club activities on a 'day meet' basis, rather than the traditional weekend meets staying in the huts.

As a committee, will be meeting in a couple of weeks' time (15th March) to put together a short-term programme of events, arranged around the staged restriction dates.

Indoor climbing is unlikely to be open before 12th April, but there may be opportunity for small / household meets after this.

Outdoor evening climbing meets should be possible from 12th April onwards, weather & sunset permitting, and Martin Dale will be putting together a usual meet list for this.

Other climbing and walking will be possible if we are sensible to avoid the honey-pot areas and times.

If anyone has anything they'd specifically like to do or meets they would be prepared to lead during this time, please let us know and we can get things moving. Please comment below or contact Dave Hicks.
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Cheers Steve and yes, please let us know if you have any suggestions....

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5 days ago
Looking forward to the Woodlands!

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Should I bring you some more chilli nuts for the re-opening Martin Dale

Hopefully the king will have lost his visor by then. Do you reckon they will be profiteering with the snacks? God forbid they put them up to 60p.....

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You will have a spicy ring after eating them, Nobby.....

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So very young

The team! Back left, Roger Brookes, Phil Caley, Joe Giblin, Trudy Clarke, Tom Knowles, Mark Rogers?, Mark Broughton, Paul Clarke , Frank Pearson, Martin Cornforth (Paul and Gregg's older brother) and in front, Mick Lynch. Bobby Windsor and Dave Parker had gone home early following the news that Bob's flatmate, Gordon Tinnings had been killed in North Wales. And I took the photo!

What year was this 😎

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Roger Brookes, Redspeed

One of the best routes I've ever led πŸ™‚

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Frank Pearson, Quatermass

Freewheelin' Franklin.

Lundy 1981

One I missed!
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Lundy 1981

One I missed!

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Roger Brookes, Satan's Slip.

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Bobby Windsor, Promised Land

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Mark Broughton, Diamond Solitaire

Lundy 1981

The club's first trip! 40 years ago this year. We always struggled to fill the Lundy trips, so there will be folks you don't recognise on these photos.
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Shame I can't join the next trip owing to prior commitment πŸ˜•

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Tom Knowles, Devils Slide.

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I think so Mark. So, guess there could be another one in the pipeline!

I'm gonna start posting some Lundy photos to whet the appetite! The club's first meet there was in 1981! 40 years ago!!

For planning purposes I have, as well as the 2008 edition, and not one but two print outs of the supplement, the one before as well. Will bring 'em all.

some FMC Lundy pics

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Successful AGM 2021. Thanks to the 51 members that were able to attend.

Motions :

Motion passed to approve AGM by video conferencing & proxy voting.

Motion passed to make donations to Langdale-Ambleside & Keswick MR teams

Club Committee for 2021-2022 :

Chairman - David Hicks

Vice-Chairman - Tony Hulme

Secretary - **Position currently vacant**

Treasurer - Mike Howe

Membership Secretary - Carol Williamson / Simon Fenna

Langdale Hut Custodian - Liz Hird & Andrew Hird

Stair Hut Custodian - Chris Bell

Hut Booking Secretary - Jen Chambers

Social Secretary - Richard Duerden

What's On Secretary - John Wiseman

Journal Editor - Christine Fry

Webmaster - Stephen Clark

Ordinary Committee Members - Martin Dale, Darren Hartley, Neil Paul Baines, Iggi Moore
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Thanks to all involved πŸ‘

Cheers Steve, and thank you all for joining in.....

Sorry I couldn’t be there- looks like a great team!

Thanks to the committee for arranging it, and giving our more distant membership an opportunity to be involved and have their say

Good meeting. Thanks to Tony Jackson for his great work as Club Secretary

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Shall we have a Pembroke meet when we can?
Not been for aeons
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1 week ago

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Sounds good, you're meet leader!

Another place I have not been for years. Definitely up for it.

Me. I'll come but currently heading for the mighty summit that is Pickabank Height aka Great Hill. One to take David Wood back to his boyhood

Good call Simon I'd be into it.

Yes, please. Want to climb Blue Sky. Mark

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Eh up Darren Hartley and Andrew Hird: I have this afternoon received a message from each of you with the same dodgy looking link labelled "Look What I Found".
You didn't actually send 'em did you? So there's summat funny going on. I wonder if all your "friends" got it too?
Any ideas?
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They've been hacked nobby. We all got the them. What a pain

Martin Bennett, Darren Hartley has already noticed this and responded! But, Andrew Hird hasn't!

Ah Andrew Hird has now noticed!

Keyboard warriors nob with nothing better to do.......I have updated password settings now but a bit of a pain........hopefully these people will take up wild swimming and not be very good at it........

I got them as well..

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Get yer resoles done cheap by the best!It’s lockdown discount time as things are so quiet here now. From today till the climbing walls reopen (whenever that may be) resoles will be Β£40 and resoles with rand repair are Β£55.

Get your shoes sorted for the return to normal, save some cash, and help keep us going so we’ll still be here when you need us again.

Do share, like, comment etc and help the clever Facebook algorithms know this is a post worth seeing.

Thanks as ever to Scarpa UK Mountain Boot for the continued support, the new banners are looking great.

www.llanberisresoles.com
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Get yer resoles done cheap by the best!

This looks awesome and was done with feet on the floor! 😜πŸ’ͺ🏼

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This looks awesome and was done with feet on the floor! 😜πŸ’ͺ🏼

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I suppose we need to increase the sample size ...all in the name of science

Think this is a reasonably well-known technique - and a proven one - esp for rehab. Speculation says it also mimics most people's climbing since it's not all about movement with feet off. Thanks for sharing.

Sadly my door frame won't withstand even the 50% effort of a small elephant trying this πŸ˜‰

Hmmm interesting stuff. For some of us, that’s all we can manage on a fingerboard! What I reckon might be going on here is that at the start of the experiment he was over-training. So over the month he gave himself a period of active rehabilitation and started to realise the training gains he had made. (It is very similar to the protocol a physio would give you to rehab an injury). If he carried on for another month he would probably plateau then start to decline. Also, he doesn’t say much about what else he was doing other than making sure he had the six hour gap following climbing sessions, so there could be lots of other stuff influencing the outcome.

**Cascade de Halton **

Two new routes 'Covid Cooler' WI 2 and 'Lockdown Luge' WI 2.

Both routes directectly over the river from our house and visible from the living room!
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Did you swim across?

Nice one Steve. been looking for owt that might lend itself to that sort of fun on my recent lockdown oot the front door walks. Nowt so far.

Great stuff Steve

I fear this might be the best ice I get this year, it gave me a little bit of amusement today and got the dog walkers bemused, as I topped out on the cycle track!

Fab.

There looks to have been some good ice conditions down in Wilton in the last week!

I saw this posted today

Neil Paul Baines Thanks. I'd been wondering about Cliviger. Did it in the last ice age of 2010 - short but good. Too far to walk or justify cycling I think. Pity.

I’m led to believe there are plenty of “foreigners” in a County just up the road.

Cool man!!

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I've meant to have a look for ice in a little gorge near here for some days and after Happy Caver's post and knowing the cold spell's at an end it was today or never so I humped my axes and crampons against a howling wind and found . . . . disappointment as I rounded each bend to see each step in the gorge. Close though - just another couple of days might have done it. Need a hero for the reser outfall - any takers? ... See MoreSee Less

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**FMC Winter Social by Zoom - Wednesday 10th Feb 7pm for 7.30pm start**

zoom.us/j/95791937522?pwd=OGpjakxhU2h2M3VmcGowcTdqRWpYZz09

Our social sec Martin Dale invites you to :

**Climbing Double Bill!!**

First up at 7:30 is Iggi Moore with ***"Training as you get older".***

Iggi will do a Q+A session. Send a question to Iggi prior to the event if you've got one via Facebook messenger, or comment on Iggi's post below.

Then from 8pm, Tony Hulme gives us ***"FMC kapers in Kalymnos"***

An account of what we get up to when released. A cornucopia of photography, music and video. There's some facts, some myths and some down right lies, but all in the spirit of entertainment.
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**FMC Winter Social by Zoom - Wednesday 10th Feb 7pm for 7.30pm start**

https://zoom.us/j/95791937522?pwd=OGpjakxhU2h2M3VmcGowcTdqRWpYZz09

Our social sec Martin Dale invites you to :

**Climbing Double Bill!!**

First up at 7:30 is Iggi Moore with ***Training as you get older.***

Iggi will do a Q+A session. Send a question to Iggi prior to the event if youve got one via Facebook messenger, or comment on Iggis post below. 

Then from 8pm, Tony Hulme gives us ***FMC kapers in Kalymnos***

An account of what we get up to when released. A cornucopia of photography, music and video. Theres some facts, some myths and some down right lies, but all in the spirit of entertainment.

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I'll be there! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸΌ

This is TONIGHT folks❗See you all there!😁

Thanks to Iggi Moore and Tony Hulme for tonight's presentations! Great stuff guys, and a great turn out!

Iggy & Tony Hulme sorry couldn't make it. Thanks for doing your things I gather I missed a good do - and the photo of "me + sponge" πŸ€ͺ

Gosh. I like the look of Iggi Moore 's 'Training Temple'. Quite an outlay on finger boards there. Admire the dedication to the cause.

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Iggi will be doing a Q & A session on Wednesday night at the social zoom meeting, to be advertised shortly!

Iggi, thanks for this. I would just like to know what I can do to build up finger strength and forearm strength so I don't get pumped out when I hit the rock in spring . I don't get to the climbing wall over winter and never get enough mileage in during the season . I feel my technique is fine but just need some simple exercises to do at home regularly and ones that won't injure me.

David Wood asks : "How long did it take for you to develop the strength to one arm lock-off and how you maintain that ability?"

I'd be interested to know how you think training relates to trad climbing for the general punter. what's the most useful training to do for someone (ie. me) who can safely lead v-diff/sev but would like to be solid at VS? is it even worth specific exercises or is it just mileage on real rock?

I have a similar question Igg. I've never been able to get my head around training, ie setting routines etc. Before a trip ill just climb a bit more but I plateu. Maybe you could suggest some circiuts for novice trainers like myself

I love artificial climbing how do you train to do this πŸ™‚ 18 pitch F8B+ 320 meters youtu.be/7HAKBIK-wL0

I too struggle with motivation to train. I've got a beastmaker in the loft but rarely use it. I've always used climbing as training for climbing so am happier when able to get outdoors and climb wherever, even just down the prom wall. I also struggle to find interested parties! No one wants to climb hairy trad anymore! Perhaps you could help Iggi Moore?

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Excellent video of Rob Matheson returning to climb Paladin E3 5c at White Ghyll, 50 years after his first ascent. Makes it look like VS. Inspiring stuff! ... See MoreSee Less

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But did you also see the short about him making a first ascent of an E5 6a at Cam crag Wasdale, even more inspiring given he was 69 at the time!

Think that's mentioned in an article on UKC at the moment - www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/rob_mathesons_paladin_-_50_years_on-13349

Yep, inspiring stuff! Am up for a go on the E6 if anyone fancies it? I did ask Craig if there were any other new route possibilities on that crag, but didn't get a reply! I did Paladin after a wild night in the Golden Rule back in the eighties. I managed to get a head/shoulder jam in at the lip of the overhang, take both hands off and have a full body shake!

Wriggers rang last night to alert me to this. Brilliant. As a septuagenarian there is this tendency to feel inadequate when watching this sort of stuff. Still, I couldn't have led Paladin when at me best so... Mind I did make a half decent job of seconding it with Ron Cowels in 1982.

Was it an actual shake or a smoothie?

Probably more likely to be climbing v. Diff once all this no climbing wall wall is over Martin! Me that is.

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Amazing skills! Nearly as crazy as a potholer!

Dubhs slabs/ridge - 1000m Moderate. Looks an awesome day out, anyone done it?

Great picture Caroline!!!

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