Dave Bingham successfully summited Island Peak and Labouche East in Nepal. A technical peak of 6119m, Labouche East requires a six-hour ascent with difficult slabs and fixed ropes. Dave, an experienced mountaineer, describes it as one of his toughest climbs.
Trefor Beese, a resident of Pontnewydd and an established mountaineer, successfully campaigned for the restoration of the original name “Mynydd Maen” to the main summit of the mountain in South Wales, correcting decades of misplacement on Ordnance Survey maps.
Bob Thomas MBE AMI, principal of Contour Outdoor, ran a training weekend for ten new Club members to become competent seconds in rock climbing. The course covered safety, best practices, and gear retrieval, with trainees gaining experience despite varying weather conditions.
Modern technologies, like smartphone apps and in-car satellite navigation systems, can assist in finding start or meeting points for walking or climbing events. Learn how to convert Ordnance Survey grid references to latitude/longitude coordinates, and how to input these into smartphones and satnav systems. This allows easier navigation to locations, including remote ones, beyond usual street addresses or postcodes.
On 13th May 2023, Tristan Blanchard, a member of the Gwent Mountaineering Club, successfully reached the summit of Imja Tse/Island Peak (20,305ft) in the Nepal Himalaya, coinciding with his birthday.
The Club announces refreshing changes to their annual photography competition for 2023/24, introducing four new categories: The Club in action, Mountain weather, Portrait of a mountain, hill or crag, and Adventure in wild places. Entries taken during 2023 qualify for judgings in February 2024, with further rules to be detailed later.
Gwent Mountaineering Club had another successful trip to the Lake District, staying at Stair Cottage and hiking well-known and lesser-known fells. The diverse terrain and the opportunity for members to work towards completing famed hill lists made the experience rewarding.