Climbing: a collaborative poem, Annual Dinner 2019

11th February, 2019

At the 2019 Pinnacle Club dinner at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, our after dinner speaker (and Pinnacle Club member) Dr Julie Carter engaged us all in an experiment. She asked us individually to visualise ourselves climbing a favourite route and to then jot down on paper the name of the route and a few words describing how we felt about it. Our pieces of paper were then collected and Julie promised to make a poem from them. She has used almost all the words we wrote and has not added anything more. I hope you agree that the result is pretty amazing – a tribute to the power of collective imagination. Thanks, Julie!

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The Welsh 3000s: A Short Tale of Joy and Joyful Despair

8th January, 2019

Freddie’s Blog

What follows is a Blog written at the request of the President after she agreed for Freddie to stay at Cwm Dyli in order to attempt the Welsh 3000s as a tribute to his Great Grandmother, Daloni Seth Hughes, who was a member of the Pinnacle Club from 1931. The attempt did not go well but makes for an entertaining read and is a cautionary tale for those tempted to celebrate too early!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dip into the Library at Cwm Dyli for some inspiration….

30th July, 2018

From Nea Morin to Gwen Moffat, the Pinnacle Club has a long history of women who have combined literary and climbing talents. Now Julie Carter has joined this illustrious crew with her new book Running The Red Line. Like Moran (in A Woman’s Touch) and Moffat (in Space Beneath My Feet) before her, she weaves together autobiographical details with inspirational insight about her sporting endeavours. In Julie’s case, focusing on fell running and as well as climbing – surgically analysing the factors that impact her ability to push herself to her physical and psychological limits. In doing so, she generously shares her hard-won insights which have a resonance beyond physical activity and offer an approach to life.

Whether you are a runner, a climber or neither it would be difficult not to enjoy her engaging writing style and self-effacing wit.

If you want to own your very own copy Julie’s book is available at amongst other outlets. BUT all of the books mentioned above and many more are available for Pinnacle Club members to read in the library of Cwm Dyli, our hut beneath Snowdon. Many of the historic books and journals are now housed at the Bangor University Library – but the library at Cwm Dyli has a wide range of guidebooks, instructional and information books as well as some inspirational reads.

We have also had a recent donation of an additional set of journals, many dating from the 1950s,60s and 70s which are available for all to browse and make a fascinating read.

So dip in and enjoy!

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British Women Climb exhibition at Keswick Museum

15th October, 2017

Angela talking at the opening of the British Women Climb exhibition

The Mountain Heritage Trust’s British Women Climb exhibition opened on 29th September 2017, with our own Angela Soper, former Pinnacle Club president and climbing legend doing the official opening honours.  Angela reports:

“The event was at Keswick museum on the Thursday evening, which meant that most of the guests were local people, including the mayor of Keswick (a lady) and several Mountain Heritage Trust trustees. Gwen (Moffat) didn’t appear, though she hoped to visit the exhibition next time she was in Keswick. Neither did Shauna (Coxsey), who was busy organising the Womens’ Climbing Symposium, but her friends were there and the girls were interested in coming on a Pinnacle Meet.

I showed off my T-shirt and said as much as possible about the club, mentioning the original members who were active when I first joined, the growing membership, and the coming centenary in 2021. And people seemed to like it! The exhibition is well worth a visit. Kelda Roe, the collections manager has fitted lots of material into limited space, and there’s plenty to read as well as to see.”

You can read more about the opening ceremony here:

The exhibition is open at the Keswick Museum until 16 September 2018.

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