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 www.needlesports.com 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: http://www.mountain-heritage.org/news/british-women-climb-exhibition-opens-today/

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

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Bohuslän, Sweden June 2017

17th June, 2017

I started to hear a lot about Bohuslän in the past couple of years, so when the Swedish representative on WICM in 2016 invited us to visit, we decided to organise a meet there during midsummer week. A post on the FaceBook group, Girls Get Higher, invited Swedish women to join us during the week and show us around. One major stumbling block for the northern contingent turned out to be that you can’t fly from Manchester to Gothenburg, so we ended up flying to Stockholm and resigning ourselves to the very boring (lots of trees!) 5½ hour drive to the west coast. The southern crew booked flights from London airports to Gothenburg, so had an easier trip, our base in Brodalen being only 1½ hours drive from Gothenburg.

Bohuslän is a craggie’s paradise, with outcrop after outcrop of high-quality granite (almost all of it traditionally protected), rising up from fields and woods, all fairly flat, short walk-ins and within 30 minutes drive of Brodalen. Sweden had been enduring the same wet weather as the UK for the previous week or so, but we were blessed with a sudden change in weather on the Saturday morning, resulting in a wide variety of strap marks by the end of our first day at Galgeberbet.

Over the week we tended to split into two groups: one going to crags with climbs with a range of 4s and 5s (Severe-HVS); the other seeking out the 6- (E1-ish) classics. We climbed at the wonderfully named Brappersberget, Vettekullen, Hallinden, Välseröd, Hallinds Klack, Nordens Ark, Svaneberget, Rågårdsdal and Holländareberget. The crags are mostly single-pitch in the 20-30m range, with Hallinden providing two-pitch routes at 55m and Holländareberget, the smallest, a tiny (10m) sea-side crag of golden granite. Tick-paranoia (and risk of Tick-Borne Encephalitis) ensured we gave ourselves a careful checking over each evening.

Our last day in Bohuslän, Friday 23rd June, was the official midsummer’s day in Sweden. We’d been practising our little song about Små Grodorna (Little Frogs) all week and we sang and danced round the ‘May’pole with the be-garlanded families. The rain held off till it was over, then we headed back for a traditional Swedish midsummer lunch of pickled herring (our favourite was the herring in gin!), boiled potatoes with sour cream and chives, crispbread, eggs, cheese and schnaps.

The cultured among the group explored the bronze-age rock art at Tanum, a UNESCO world heritage site and we visited the seaside and dined out at a fish restaurant on the coast. All of this, added to the fantastic climbing, made it a great trip.

Favourite routes of the week:

Jungfrun 4, Välseröd

Ödhumlan 4, Nordens Ark

Kyrkråttan 4+, Brappersberget

Snögeten 5-, Nordens Ark

Till de Utpsykade Cragråttorna 5-, Rågårdsdal

Granitsnoken 5, Svaneberget

Bergkirstis Polska 6-, Svaneberget

Prismaster 6-, Hallinden

Våroffer 6-, Hallinds Klack

Villskudd 6-, Välseröd

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Women’s climbing history for all to see

15th November, 2016

journal-coverThe Pinnacle Club library has been steadily built up since the foundation of the club in 1921 and the historic collection is now available at Bangor University Library to researchers and anyone else with an interest in the history of climbing.  The collection includes memoirs, instruction manuals, journals and even novels relating to mountaineering and rock climbing in the UK, the Alps and the Himalayas, spanning the breadth of the 20th century.

As a reflection of the climbing interests and focus  of the Pinnacle Club over the last century the collection provides a fascinating glimpse into the history and development of climbing and mountaineering during the 20th century.  The Pinnacle Club journals in particular, with their detailed descriptions of meets and the routes undertaken, offer a unique insight into how the club was pushing the boundaries in women’s climbing during this period.

tents-in-clouds-coverThe Pinnacle Club library is housed alongside the Climbers Club library at the Normal Site Library in Bangor and together the collections form an extensive and wide ranging history of climbing and mountaineering. Visitors are welcome in person (details https://www.bangor.ac.uk/library/) and the collections are catalogued on-line at http://tinyurl.com/hj8lvk7


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