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Mountain Leader (ML) Qualification
Newbury based Clair Seymour is working towards her ML & is looking to lead local walks to count towards her ML qualification. To this end she is looking for people to join her on a walk, locally or further afield & is happy to organise walks as well. Information for Clair’s trips and how to contact her can be found on her website here: https://seymourbritain.co.uk
Million Metres of Mountain (MMM) challenge
In 2016 Newbury Mountain Club was be 25 Years old and to celebrate we have set the club members a challenge to climb a million metres of mountain (MMM) by totalling the heights of all mountains and hills that have been summited….
It was a close thing but on the last club trip of the year to the Lakes we were able to clear the 1m metres mark with a big final push so well done everybody!!!
• 1,004,413m were summited by club members.
• Total participants – 51 individuals (not including those who only attended the 25th -16 adults)
• 460 different peaks climbed
• 12 participants reached the 50,000m cap
When the challenge was set, the aim was to increase trip participation, build team spirit through having a shared goal and to encourage individuals to push themselves a bit harder than they normally would. This was a lot tougher than expected, made so by the 50,000m cap, which ensured the objective wasn’t achieved by 1 or 2 heroes.
The Wainwright Challenge
In June 2014 Steve Birkinshaw broke the Wainwright record, completing all 214 summits non-stop in 6 days, 13 hours. In May 2016, Alan and Claire completed the challenge, having taken 5 years and 1 month! But bearing in mind this was achieved in 3 or 4 weekends per year, we gave them a miss (usually) in foul weather, and we’re slow walkers not fell runners, that’s not too bad really.
It is a realistic challenge, and many of the summits have been completed on club weekends. During the first year we didn’t even know we were doing the challenge, but after a club weekend in December 2011 we noted that we had done 33 in that year without realising it (on just 3 club trips), so the challenge was on!
It has been fun planning weekend trips around tackling as many new ones as possible, which has taken us to many parts of the Lake District we had not been to before or even considered walking in. In 2015 we spent August bank holiday in some of the remotest parts in the NW and hardly saw a soul. To make it feel like a challenge we did push ourselves, by taking on an extra peak or four to what would normally be considered on a day walk (continuing on whilst our companions headed back to base), being out for long days, particularly if the weather was fine. Sometimes this involved some crazy routes that you won’t find in a guide book! Amazingly, on many of these days, other club members happily came along too for the extra peaks. On other occasions we have backpacked and had wild camps in some stunning locations.
Along the way we have met many others taking on the challenge, some doing it for the third or fourth time. There has also been the odd disagreement with other followers about which cairn is the true summit, with much waving of maps and books! It does help if you check with AW’s very entertaining pictorial guides.
Having completed all the Wainwrights, it doesn’t mean we are no longer interested in going to the Lakes; there are many areas we want to go back to via different routes or in better weather, and there is the small matter of the 110 outlying fells, which we intend to do – these are mostly in areas we haven’t yet walked in which will probably be empty of other walkers.
We therefore thoroughly recommend it – so if you’re interested, get a Wainwright map and start ticking them off…
Alan and Claire
First Wainwright: Stone Arthur (no. 173) 504m 22nd April 2011 (on route to Helvellyn)
Last Wainwright: Castle Crag (no. 214) 300m 19th May 2016