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  • After Island Peak, Labouche East

    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.

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  • A wandering Mynydd Maen

    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.

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  • Becoming a competent second

    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.

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  • Convert OS grid references to lat/lon coordinates

    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…

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