Gritstone Club 95th Annual Dinner Meet, October 2017

Accommodation was secured at the Grassington Bunk Barn for the weekend. The accommodation was excellent. The only draw back is the location which is about a mile up a rather steep hill to the north of Grassington towards Yarnbury. 28 slept there on Friday night and 34 (the maximum) on Saturday night.

Dennis, Susan, Andrew, Helen and John prepared a fine Italian style meal on Friday night which went down a treat – thank you all very much for a really good meal and to the other helpers who mucked in. The idea for the meal was “cooked up” on their recent walking trip through the Italian Alps. John’s relatives had been eating yoghurt for weeks to provide the pots for the Panna Cotta!

On Friday night I set up an impromptu slide show showing some of my photographs of my trips during the last 12 months. This was mainly to test the newly acquired projector, bought specifically for the talk on the Saturday night. I had an email from Paul Ramsden on the Wednesday evening saying that his projector was broken and did we have access to one? A few phone calls confirmed that no projector was available. The decission was taken to buy one. It arrived at my house at 11:30 am on the Friday – no panic…. An excellent bit of kit, which will prove useful on future meets and at club meetings.

Saturday morning broke grey and damp and stayed that way for most of the day. More people arrived early on Saturday to join the throng. One group of 20 set off on a walk on the hillsides above Yarnbury then dropped down to Coniston where lunch was taken in the “square”. In true Grits tradition, the party then split into two groups of 10: one taking a direct route back to Grassington via the woods and Dalesway, the other a more circuitous route via Kilnsey and the hillsides on the south side of the valley.

The meal was held at the Black Horse in Grassington. 48 people attended, including guests Chris Hilton, Vice President of the Yorkshire Ramblers, Ken Robinson from Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and Paul Ramsden, our speaker for the the after dinner talk. The room was comfortable but not an idea layout for so many people. I am waiting feedback on the meal – various conflicting reports so far! Personally I was happy with the food and the beer was very good!

Paul Ramsden gave an outstanding talk “Fastish and Lightish”, which traced some of his exploits with the club in his earlier years, but went on to show the fanastic climbs he had being doing in the Hymalayas. His routes ascended unclimbed peaks via the most attractive lines – not the via the easiest lines which is the norm. The talk was excellent and the supporting slides and video were both stunning and revealing. Thank you Paul.

Sunday proved much better weather, but I had to get home to look after my son’s dog. Various walking, cycling and rock climbing trips were swiftly organised to complete a fine weekend.

We have re-booked both the bunk barn and Black Horse for next year – one for your diaries – weekend of 5-7th October 2018 – see you there I hope.

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