A massive thank you to everyone who came to the pub quiz on Friday night & everyone who helped out. There was a great turn out & we raised £317 on the night! So, there's now funds for the club to arrange future events... 😀 A few special mentions; the Errigle staff (especially during the chin up competition), Boulderworld Belfast for the free month pass, Jackson Sports for their vouchers, Mountaineering Ireland for all the rock guides and signed books, Landrover for the mystery prize! And not forgetting Paul Puddifoot for his epic work behind the scenes...
Belfast Climbing Club had its first AGM on the 20th October 2017 at the Ozone. Despite horrendous weather but with the promise of the Errigle afterwards, a dedicated bunch showed up.
- A constitution was voted in, affiliation with MI ratified and a membership rate of £10 per year adopted.
- Lisa Davison also volunteered to organise the Christmas dinner this year - more to follow!
- Minutes of the meeting can be seen here - AGM meetings
- The committee elected for the next year were:
President - Rónán Kernan
Treasurer - Peter Reid
Secretary - Vicky Ward
Membership Secretary - Paul Puddifoot
Social Secretary - John McCabe
Meets Secretary - Kyle Stewart
Webmaster - Matthew Boyd
Ordinary Committee Members - Joanna Karlic
Ordinary Committee Members - Annette Feldman
Ordinary Committee Member - Chris Connolly
The committee also made a small presentation to Katherine, John and Aidan McCabe to welcome Aidan into the world! Perhaps he should be honorary Youth Development Officer?
Absolutely fantastic evening on Saturday (November 18th 2017)! Massive thank you to Borev Hunter / @mytherapyphysio for an inspiring & funny talk! And thanks to Boulderworld Belfast for hosting. 66 people (with 3 kids & 1 baby) attended! Here’s to the next winter lecture...
BCC had its inaugural Christmas dinner on 9 December at Meelmore Lodge, in the heart of the Mournes. 14 people (and Gabe the mountain dog) made the snow-bound trek to Meelmore and enjoy a three course feast put on by the hosts. After the meal we retreated to the living room with a fire and were thoroughly entertained by hide and seek with Gabe, Vicky’s enforced fun and Paul’s inability to count to four. Several hardy folk opted to camp either in a tent or in the cars while the more decadent amongst us had a room booked for the evening.
Sunday providing spectacular Winter conditions and perfect visibility in the hills and so we went for a dander on Bearnagh with an eclectic mix of gear – Walking boots, B3s, wellies, crampons, ice grippers, a toboggan…
Fantastic views were enjoyed as far as the Sperrins and Galloway. This was Ben’s first visit to the Mournes and they’ve now effectively been ruined for him as he’s unlikely to see conditions as good for a long time!
Special mention to Lisa for carrying the toboggan up Bearnagh and making good use of it (without going over the side)!
A great weekend and no doubt the beginning of a tradition! Special thanks to Meelmore lodge for feeding us and putting us up – the food and accommodation were great, the staff friendly and the location superb! Thanks for sorting the weather for us too!
The Belfast Climbing Club and Mountaineering Ireland hosted a fasinating talk by local legend, climber, guidebook writer, videographer and route setter Ricky Bell, at the Errigle on February 9th 2018. A great night was had by all, Ricky was insightful, inspiring, and hilarious! Special thank you to Ricky for speaking for us, and Mountaineering Ireland for helping to support the evening and encourage events in Belfast.
The legendary Andy Kirkpatrick graced the Belfast Climbing Club with his presence on Thursday 22nd of March, the event was jointly organised with our friends over at QUB Mountaineering Club.
It was a pleasure to host Andy again, this is his third time visiting Belfast in the last few years, and as always he put on spectacular show! We look forward to watching Pyschovertical and reading the rest of his books!
Andy is a top British mountaineer, big-wall climber, winter expedition specialist, and has soloed some of the most difficult routes in the world. In the process of which has lead himself to become some what of an expert on climbing gear, an award-winning writer, and film-maker with an ability to captivate any audience with his unique brand of humorous and motivational story-telling, as I'm sure anyone who follows Andy's website blogs will tell you!
In this brand new show, Psychovertical: A Higher Education, which coincided with the release of the film Psychovertical by award-winning director Jen Randall, Andy Kirkpatrick looks back at forty years of climbing and adventures, from the Alps to Patagonia, Yosemite to Greenland, a story all the things that make life amazing.