High Moss - Duddon Valley, Lake District

Dec '19 - Dave Henchcliffe, Pete Scott & David Aldridge

On Saturday, 3 DMC ascended Sca Fell via Foxes Tarn, battered by 50mph+ wind loaded with graupel.


In better conditions, on the way up to Coniston Old Man, Mike Dowsett and David Aldridge stopped for lunch at Goats Hawse with a fabulous view overlooking Goats Water. They reached the summit but the wind was too strong and slippery on neve to continue any further so they backed off and returned to the hut by traversing the back of Dow Crag to the Walna Scar Road.



The meet had a great attendance with 22 members, young and older, enjoying a fabulous pot-luck supper on Saturday evening. The
weather was excellent: very windy, with snow on the summits on Saturday and snow down to the hut level for Sunday's walk up Harter Fell.

AGM - Cromford

Nov '19

The club held its AGM on Thursday 14th November. After completing the business of the meeting, a sale of various gear items raised £115.35 which was donated to the Edale Mountain Rescue Team.

Tan-yr-Wyddfa (Oread Hut) Meet - Rhydd Ddu

Oct '19 - Chris Radcliffe

The October meet at the Oread Hut in Rhydd Ddu started rather wet, but it cleared during the morning and a large group climbed Yr Aran from Nant Gwynant (reached by bus from Rhydd Ddu) and then returning down the quarry track back to Tan-yr-Wyddfa. Everyone contributed to a pot-luck supper on Saturday night - a hugely successful social occasion. Bright and breezy weather on Sunday saw parties walking on the Nantle Ridge and on Mynedd Mawr.

Crag Cleanup - Black Rocks

Sep '19 - Gill Francis

On Sunday 22nd September, the DMC joined forces with Greenpeace to help clear litter at Black Rocks. The area is a popular tourist attraction, especially for climbers and walkers, offering some superb views of Cromford and the surrounding countryside.

On this occasion, small clumps of pink cyclamen could be observed amongst the deciduous trees, which was a beautiful sight on a rather damp and cloudy day.

Climbers from the DMC were able to use ropes and scramble down the crags and gullies to recover many items of litter, which sadly had been thrown over the edges. Greenpeace and walkers helped by collecting litter from the base of the crags and nearby footpaths. Compostable bin bags were supplied by Greenpeace, which were much appreciated, and fitted in well with the whole ethos of caring for our environment and recycling.

Nearly 30 bags of rubbish were collected, mainly single use plastic bottles followed by beer tins and glass bottles. Finally, the local warden arrived from the District Council to disburse of the numerous bags of rubbish.

Black Rocks has had a deep clean!