Newsletter – June 2020

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Tip of the Month

The end of ‘lockdown’ is partly in sight. Depending on your circumstances, you may be lucky enough to have been getting out into the hills for some walks.  

However, we have also seen on the news that many thousands of people have taken the opportunity to visit beauty spots and have quite literally ‘trashed’ them, turning them into vast litter bins.

This is not so much of a tip as a suggestion or request. It’s not a new idea, but now more than ever we could do with more people doing this. Next time you go out walking, why not take a bin bag and an empty rucksack in your group? Aim to fill it with whatever litter you come across (that you can pick up safely) and bring it back to some proper bins, even if it means taking it all the way home with you.

Fact of the Month

Many of you probably own at least one item of footwear made by Scarpa. But do you know the origin of the brand?  It was originally set up by Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, an Anglo-Irish businessman, and was an acronym for Calzaturieri Asolani Riuniti Pedemontana Anonima (CARPA – Association of Footwear Manufacturers from the mountain area of Asolo), as well as being a play on words of an Italian word for ‘shoe’.

Route of the Month

Ingleborough is a well-trodden hill, particularly as one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Many millions of feet have made their way up and down the two paths that form the ascent and descent on the Y3P, whichever way you do it.

However, I’d thoroughly recommend taking a walk up one of the other routes. The route from Clapham is especially fine – good facilities in the village; a lovely walk to Ingleborough show cave (well worth a visit inside); then an ascent through the limestone gorge of Trow Gill; passing the entrance to Gaping Gill cave system; and finally reaching the summit ridges. It’s possible to make a circuit and return to Clapham by a slightly different route.

Photo of the Month

Another stunning sunrise in Wharfedale. An early start was required but it was worth it. Hopefully the photos will turn to more conventional climbing material in the very near future!

 © thesummitisoptional

Forthcoming Events

These are some of the scheduled events coming up in the near future, lockdown permitting:

  • July-September – availability for rock climbing, scrambling and navigation courses in north England. This is now working well in a very controlled manner.
  • July – recommencing Support and Development Programmes

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