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Caving in Applecross and Kishorn with May and Ben

Weekend 28th and 29th October 2017

I started work on the Canada Cavern steps, and welcomed the first visitors to the Wallows and subsequently the Sanctuary. We went looking for Hourglass Cave but failed to find it; instead we did Glasnock cave and prospected nearby.

Ian and Hannah visit

Sunday 24th to Saturday 30th September 2017

Back for the first time in over five years, we made the most of the various activities on offer, though the pictures are mostly of the kayaking.

Robinson's Pot

Saturday 1st July 2017

RRCPC trip to Robinson's Pot.

Slot Dig

Saturday 24th June 2017

Digging above the downstream limit of Poll Breugair.

Applecross Caves

Saturday 25th March to Monday 29th May 2017

The Footloose Traverse in Poll Breugair, and some adjustments to the entrance of Uamh nam Fior Iongantais (aka FRN2).

Preliminary building works at Bullpot Farm

Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March 2017

Installing concrete slabs for the new buildings we'll be constructing in a week or so.

Shale Highway

Saturday 11th March 2017

Above the waterfall in Liar's Sink. ...

Crossing the Footloose Traverse

Saturday 11th February 2017

I needed to bolt a hanging traverse to reach the top of the waterfall in Liar's Sink. ...


The Ascent of Canada Cavern

Saturday 26th November 2016

I returned to Poll Breugair with Gwen, David and Ritchie to maypole Canada Cavern and get a view across to the inlet of Waterfall Chamber.

Liar's Sink on a wet day

Sunday 13th November 2016

A re-visit to see how this cave responds on a moderately wet day. For comparison, Uamh nam Fior Iongantais was full but flowing through (rather than over) the stones.

Liar's Sink

Weekend 15th and 16th October 2016

Another digging trip to the hole I started in January with Gwen. This time, Jessica came to dig and (as it turned out) to survey.

Dundonnell canyon

Saturday 17th September 2016

Exploring a gorge with Imo and Canadian friend Jessica.

SCRO Training in Assynt

Saturday 10th September 2016

A practice rescue in Uamh an Claonaite. The scenario was intended to exercise our medical, technical and organisational skills.

Edinburgh fireworks

Monday 29th August 2016

The end-of-Festival fireworks, seen from Blackford Hill.

EuroSpeleo 2016

Monday 15th to Friday 19th August 2016

A week of caving, partying and lectures in Austwick, with old and new friends from all over the world.

Calf Holes to Browgill Cave

Saturday 16th July 2016

A short trip with GSG and some beginners.

Applecross with Hugh and Imo & Rob

Weekend 28th and 29th May 2016

Reraig beach and Applecross campsite with GSG friends.

North and South Uist

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May 2016

A kayaking trip from west Skye along the east coast of the Long Isle.

Beinn na Cailllich

Saturday 14th May 2016

Jess and Alex visited Skye, and I met up with them for the last day of their trip.

Pool Sink

Saturday 23rd January 2016

Pull-through, with Gwen, Andrew and Paul. We visited Magpie Grotto on the way down.

Liar's Sink

Saturday 9th January 2016

New dig in Allt Breagach


Tuesday 29th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016

New Year trip with Duffers, staying in Borrodale House, near Loch nan Uamh.


Wet weekend in the Dales

Saturday 5th December 2015

Lots of rain at Bullpot Farm.

Skye and Wester Ross

Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th August 2015

A handful of pictures from Julia and Colin visit.

Drag tray

Monday 10th August 2015

Construction of a drag-tray from an old boat fender.

Scarp and Harris

Monday 27th July to Saturday 1st August 2015

A week of kayaking and walking in the Western Isles.

Red Rose in Assynt

Monday 6th to Friday 10th July 2015

A group including several of the Red Rose visited Assynt. As well as caving (not pictured), we did some walking. I also did a couple of kayak trips on my own, and one on Loch Assynt with Sam.

Caving in Assynt

Weekend 27th and 28th June 2015

Visit to Tibesti Chamber in Rana Hole on Saturday, and ANUSC on Sunday.

Mellon Udrigle caves

Sunday 21st June 2015

A kayak trip with Annie looking into a selection of sea caves in Wester Ross.

Flowerdale Forest walk

Sunday 14th June 2015

A circuit of Loch na h-Oidhche over Beinn an Eòin and Boasbheinn.

Loch Maree

Saturday 9th May 2015

Paddling with Gwen in search of a gold mine. Which we didn't find, and apparently hasn't been seen for fifty years! We enjoyed the day, anyway.

Crowlin Isles with Gwen

Monday 20th April 2015

Gwen and I kayaked out from Toscaig for the day. ...

A hole in Applecross

Sunday 19th April 2015

Bullpot Farm at New Year

Monday 22nd December 2014 to Friday 2nd January 2015

Caving and Merriment in the Yorkshire Dales.

Squeeze machine

Saturday 6th to Sunday 28th December 2014

The biggest and best squeeze machine in the Dales...

Cape Kennedy Chamber

Monday 22nd December 2014

A caving trip in Lancaster Hole.


Shiant Isles and South-East Lewis

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th November 2014

A brief weather window afforded me a short trip north from Skye. No pictures from the first day, as the sea was a bit too high for photography. But the weather improved and I reached as far north as Eilean Liubhaird near Lemreway.

Top Sink to Wretched Rabbit

Sunday 16th November 2014

A great day out with Guppies Gwen and Minttu. We pulled-though Top Sink and went via Easter Grotto to come out through Spiral Staircase Passage.

Bonfire Night

Saturday 1st November 2014

The usual mayhem at Bullpot Farm.

Mid-Wales mines

Saturday 25th October 2014

On the day of the GSG dinner in Machynlleth, I visited Cwm Einion and Allt y Grib mines with other club members.

Cave Rescue Exercise

Saturday 20th September 2014

SCRO conducted a joint exercise with Assynt MRT to recover a casualty from the Farr Series of Allt nan Uamh Stream Cave.

A dram

Saturday 30th August 2014

Ben More Coigach

Saturday 2nd August 2014

A day out with Ian and Hannah to ascend Ben More from the southwest. ...

Inchindown fuel storage depot

Sunday 29th June 2014

A GSG visit to former Navy underground fuel oil tanks near Invergordon.

Julia and Colin visit

Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th June 2014

Julia and Colin came to stay; we visited Torridon and Skye.

Beinn Liath Mhòr

Saturday 31st May 2014

A walk with Peter and Lottie and also with Annie, Jo and Baxter the dog.

Jess and Alex visit

Monday 19th to Saturday 24th May 2014

Two ex-Cambridge cavers spent a week in Wester Ross and Skye.

Furnell-Brewis wedding

Saturday 17th May 2014

Liam and Jodie celebrated their marriage at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate.

Summer Isles from Badluarach

Weekend 1st and 2nd March 2014

A two-day kayak trip, with wild camping on Eilean na Saille, just west of Tanera More.

High Close, Langdale

Weekend 22nd and 23rd February 2014

The CUHWC 25th Anniversary weekend began with a walk up Silver How and High Raise. The evening degenerated into the conventional debauchery.

CUHWC 25th Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 22nd February 2014

Twenty-five years of CU Hillwalking Club celebrated in style at High Close, Langdale.

Flake Pot

Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th February 2014

Flake Pot, Applecross, with David and Ritchie.

New Year in Glen Shiel

Sunday 29th December 2013 to Friday 3rd January 2014

This year's Duffers' Trip stayed at Shiel Bridge.


Trident Series

Saturday 14th December 2013

Ease Gill trip with Hannah, Ian and Ralph.

Two caves in Assynt

Weekend 16th and 17th November 2013

I visited Tree Hole and Otter Hole with Annie, Lucy, John and Ivan.

Shiant Islands and south-east Lewis

Saturday 28th to Monday 30th September 2013

A long weekend with fine weather gave me a second attempt at crossing the Little Minch. I managed to stay on the Shiant Islands and in Rhenigeadal hostel - both long-held ambitions.

Basking shark.

Monday 2nd September 2013

A foiled crossing of the Little Minch had a compensation on the retreat - the first time I've ever seen a basking shark.

Coulin Forest and Crowlin Isles

Weekend 10th and 11th August 2013

Brigitte visited on the way back to Vienna, and joined me for an ascent of Sgorr Ruadh and for a kayak trip out from Toscaig.

SCRO exercise at Bowdenhill Mine

Sunday 7th July 2013

Various pictures of comms and casualty packaging.

Hyskeir and Rum

Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th June 2013

A kayak trip from Elgol to the tiny and remote isle of Hyskeir, using Rum to break the journey in both directions.

Day-Bradshaw Wedding Party

Saturday 15th June 2013

Anthony and Julia celebrated their marriage at the Dalesbridge Centre with cavers and other friends and family.

Glen Shiel

Weekend 1st and 2nd June 2013

Edinburgh walkers went to Shiel Bridge. On Saturday, we traversed the Five Sisters ridge; Sunday was spent around (and around, and around) Eilean Donan Castle near Dornie.

Liberation Passage, Applecross

Saturday 2nd March 2013

A digging trip with Tam and David. These are David's pictures.

Caving in Yorkshire

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February 2013

Another trip down south. I bumped into Hugh and others at the Farm and went underground with them on Friday, then Saturday was the RRCPC trip to Shuttleworth Pot. On Sunday I did Pool Sink with GUPA but didn't take a camera.

Ruarach Cave

Sunday 20th January 2013

A visit to this obscure slip cave near Glen Shiel to identify the bones there. They appear to be Red Deer, but we don't know how they got there - perhaps dragged in by a predator?

New Year in Kingairloch

Saturday 29th December 2012 to Friday 4th January 2013

Walking and kayaking in south Ardgour and Morvern.

Christmas Otter

Tuesday 25th December 2012

Kayaking on Loch Carron, we immediately spotted an otter nearby.


GSG Christmas Dinner

Sunday 9th December 2012

A sumptuous feast in Elphin.


Saturday 24th November 2012

A weekend in Dumfriesshire with CUHWC and a bunch of Duffers.

Boundary Pot

Saturday 3rd November 2012

A small team went to re-open the connection to Mayday Series, which was accidentally blocked during digging.

Brooks family visit

Weekend 28th and 29th July 2012

Paul, Alison and Isobel spent a week in Lochcarron, which included a caving trip to Uamh a' Bhreugaireachd, coastal scrambling near Ardban, and kayaking on Loch Carron. Some of the above are included here.

Chris's 60th birthday

Saturday 23rd June 2012

A well-kept surprise - all of her siblings and children turned up to celebrate her birthday.

Walker-Bunyan wedding

Saturday 21st April 2012

Ian and Hannah were married in Haworth, and celebrated at Leeming Wells Hotel and on the Worth Valley Railway.

A boulder in Molluscan Hall

Saturday 3rd March 2012

In particular, the boulder that fell and broke my femur on Christmas Day 2011.


Bonfire Night

Saturday 5th November 2011

Bullpot Farm on the 5th of November.

Applecross with An Là and ExCS

Saturday 27th August 2011

A visit to Applecross with visiting ex-Cambridge cavers, and two newcomers being filmed for BBC Alba's news programme.

Beinn Eighe

Friday 26th August 2011

A day out with Kathryn, Edvin and Richard with gorgeous views, and only slightly marred by torrential rain at the end (after I'd put the camera away!)

Applecross Caving

Saturday 6th August 2011

Another visit to the recent find in Applecross, with sundry GSG members.

Latimer-Onions wedding

Saturday 30th July 2011

Johnny and Jude were married at Ingleborough Cave and at St James's Church in Clapham, with an evening party at the New Inn. ...

Gruar-Welch wedding

Saturday 16th July 2011

David and Alex were married in Chichester.

GSG Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 18th June 2011

The Grampian Speleological Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a dinner in Edinburgh.

Kilmory and Guirdil

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2011

Kayaking with Annie from Armadale to the Isle of Rum, and a day's walking on the island.

New discovery in Applecross

Sunday 17th April 2011

This cave was discovered by David and Jane the previous day, but only as far as a muddy canal. Ritchie and I returned with them and found exceptionally well decorated dry passage beyond. ...

Long Churn

Saturday 2nd April 2011

SOC trip to Dolly Tubs.

Rana Hole

Sunday 27th March 2011

Caving in Assynt with Bill and Dave.

Peter and Alison visit

Weekend 19th and 20th February 2011

A long day on Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a' Chaorachain, and a shorter one on the other Sgurr a' Chaorachain.

Skeg repair

Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th February 2011

A refinement to the method of repairing a skeg, installing a field-replaceable wire. ...

Liathach with Ian and Hannah

Saturday 29th January 2011

Hannah and Ian came for a weekend of hillwalking and kayaking (sorry, no kayak pictures this time).

New Year in Knoydart

Wednesday 29th December 2010 to Sunday 2nd January 2011

Lottie organised a remote trip to see in 2011, staying in Inverie.

Uamh nan Sgian

Sunday 26th December 2010

New chamber discovered on Skye.


Wretched Rabbit to Pool Sink

Saturday 27th November 2010

A CUCC trip to Ease Gill.

North Skye

Sunday 21st November 2010

A day out to the northern tip of Skye.

CUHWC in Glen Shiel

Friday 24th September 2010

CUHWC visited Glen Shiel for a week; I picked the best weather day to join them for an ascent of the Saddle via the Forcan Ridge.

Phillips-Woodford wedding

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September 2010

Danny and Gaynor were married in Ravenscar, North Yorkshire.

Annie in the Cuillin

Sunday 8th August 2010

The Inaccessible Pinnacle from Glen Brittle, as we didn't reach it from Coruisk.

Rosa's visit

Weekend 24th and 25th July 2010

Rosa came for some caving (not photographed) and kayaking.

Julia, Nadia and Pierre

Wednesday 9th to Monday 14th June 2010

Coire Lagan

Sunday 30th May 2010

A classic scrambling day with Peter and EUHWC.

Coruisk and the Black Cuillin

Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th May 2010

A day on the Dubhs ridge with Annie, arriving by kayak around Soay and leaving via Loch Scavaig.

Crowlin Islands and Liathach

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th May 2010

Richard and Sarah came to stay for a long weekend.

Link Pot repair

Sunday 11th April 2010

Removing blockage from Link Pot entrance.

Beinn Bhan

Saturday 6th March 2010

Richard and I traversed Beinn Bhan, Applecross.

Danny and Gaynor visit

Monday 22nd to Friday 26th February 2010

Danny and Gaynor (and dogs Sasha and Max) came to stay for a week.

Razor Rift

Sunday 7th February 2010

A new discovery on Skye.


Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th January 2010

A few days enjoying the snow in the Lake District with CUHWC.

Bullpot Farm

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd January 2010

Caving and cavering over New Year.


Julia visit

Thursday 17th to Friday 25th December 2009

Julia visited again; lots of snow!


Saturday 19th December 2009

New pigs.

Julia visit

Wednesday 2nd to Wednesday 9th September 2009

Julia came to stay for a few days, with mixed weather.

Clare visit

Monday 24th to Saturday 29th August 2009

Clare came to visit; Ben, Jen and Em also stayed.

Ashdown-Davis wedding

Saturday 25th July 2009

Michael and Helen were married in Oxford.

Ivy Hole

Sunday 19th July 2009

Digging in Coille Gaireallach with David and Ritchie.

Round Rona

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 2009

A circuit of Rona by kayak with Carmel and Richard, staying in Tigh Thormoid Dhuibh on Raasay.

Cycling in the Western Isles

Friday 5th to Sunday 14th June 2009

A week spent touring the Outer Hebrides by bike with Peter and Lottie, starting from Barra and working north to Lewis, via Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray and Harris. ...

Loch Maree

Thursday 4th June 2009

Freshwater kayaking with Ian Stirrups.

Otter Hole

Sunday 31st May 2009

CUCC revenge match with this one that didn't let us in last time!

Allt nan Carnan and Ardaneaskan

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th May 2009

Scrambling in the gorge and kayaking round to Loch Kishorn with Becky, Pete and Helen.

Applecross to Toscaig

Tuesday 19th May 2009

A walk in fine weather with good views.


Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April 2009

Kayak from Elgol to Camasunary, walk up Blaven and Clach Glas, then returning the same way.

Peak Cavern (Titan and White River) and P8

Weekend 11th and 12th April 2009

CUCC visited the Peak District for a grudge match with two bits of Peak Cavern, and a pleasant Sunday trip.

Crowlin Islands

Wednesday 8th April 2009

Kayaking trip around and on the Crowlin Islands near Applecross.

Anniversary Dinner - formal groups

Saturday 21st February 2009

CUHWC 20th Anniversary Dinner. These are the 'official' group photos with (almost) everybody who attended. ...

Anniversary Dinner weekend

Saturday 21st February 2009

Ruth's final Wainwright and the CUHWC 20th anniversary dinner.

Moss Chamber, Peak Cavern

Sunday 15th February 2009

Trip in Peak Cavern with Laurence, Jess, Serena and Ann.

Lochcarron with Julia

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd February 2009

Quiet trip to Lochcarron.

Wretched Rabbit to Pool Sink

Friday 2nd January 2009

A through-trip with Katie and Rosie from MUSC.

Lochcarron at New Year

Saturday 27th to Wednesday 31st December 2008

A mixed caving, kayaking and walking trip with Tony, Djuke and Sarah.

The Graveyard (Lancaster Hole)

Sunday 21st December 2008

My first time to this part of Ease Gill, with Richard and Bob.

Kayaking with Becky

Sunday 12th October 2008

Becky and I went for a weekend's paddling; it was too windy to travel very far from home, but we had fun practicing in the sheltered waters of Slumbay.


Brecon Beacons

Weekend 15th and 16th November 2008

CUHWC trip to Ystradfellte, Not many shots from the wet first day on Fan Fawr, but some good ones of the Afon Mellte waterfalls on Sunday.

Ease Gill photo shoot

Weekend 1st and 2nd November 2008

Lancaster Hole to Wretched Rabbit with a very specific photo objective. Thanks to Hannah and Pete from DUSA for making it happen!

Swildon's Hole

Sunday 19th October 2008

CUCC novice meet to Mendip. I went to Swildon's Hole with Laurence and new members Maddy and Ben.

Underground in the Forest of Dean

Weekend 23rd and 24th August 2008

Two caves in the Wye valley. ...

Top Tip

Sunday 27th July 2008

Caving near Bullpot Farm.

County Pot

Saturday 26th July 2008

Caving in Ease Gill

Notts Pot II

Sunday 20th July 2008

A brief SOC trip to Committee Pot, aka Notts II

Lancs to Link

Saturday 19th July 2008

Under Ease Gill Beck for the first time, with a selection of Farm animals.

Empeg 10th Anniversary Meet

Saturday 5th July 2008

The first one I've attended!

Thames Cruise

Thursday 26th June 2008

Easegill High-Level Route

Saturday 21st June 2008

A trip from Lancaster Hole through to Wretched Rabbit Passage.

CUHWC Garden Party and punting

Saturday 14th June 2008

The annual Garden Party, followed by punting to Grantchester. We punted back, but I'd stopped taking pictures by then!

Lochcarron with Chris

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th May 2008

Another visit to Lochcarron. No pictures of our kayak trip, but a few of the beautiful Sunday when we were joined by Peter and Lottie and traversed Liathach.

Kendon-Kennett wedding

Weekend 10th and 11th May 2008

Mike and Lizzie were married in Willington, Durham.

Lochcarron with Julia

Saturday 3rd to Tuesday 6th May 2008

Tom's barbecue

Tuesday 22nd April 2008

Tom's birthday barbecue in Cambridge.

Akamas peninsula

Saturday 12th to Wednesday 16th April 2008

Second part of the trip to Cyprus, staying in the village of Droushia.


Tuesday 15th April 2008

Day trip from Droushia to the ancient city of Paphos.

Troodos Mountains

Monday 7th to Friday 11th April 2008

First part of the trip to Cyprus, staying in the village of Platres. From here, we continued on to the Akamas peninsula for the remainder of the trip.


Weekend 29th and 30th March 2008

CUHWC Easter trip to Cwm Dyli.

Cavers' Easter in Lochcarron

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2008

Some Swaledale cavers spent Easter weekend ghyll-scrambling, kayaking, walking - and even caving!

Ease Gill Caves

Weekend 15th and 16th March 2008

A couple of caves in the Ease Gill system.

Cavers at the Castle

Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th March 2008

What CUCC members look like in the pub.


Weekend 8th and 9th March 2008

CUHWC trip, in very windy weather, to the western Lake District. Some good waterfalls!

Peak Caving (and a walk)

Weekend 16th and 17th February 2008

CUCC trip staying at the Orpheus CC hut. We did a 4-party Titan/JH exchange on Saturday, and I was in the second party in the Titan-JH direction. A very late finish and sunny Sunday weather meant that a stroll along the Tissington Trail was in order.

Cadair Idris

Weekend 9th and 10th February 2008

CUHWC trip to south Snowdonia in beautiful weather, including an ascent of Cyfrwy Arête on Sunday.

Cheviot Hills

Weekend 26th and 27th January 2008

CUHWC trip staying in Byrness youth hostel.


Monday 7th January 2008

CUHWC annual post-New-Year trip to Borrowdale. I only got pictures from one day, as the rest was quite rainy...

New Year in Glen Coe

Sunday 30th December 2007 to Friday 4th January 2008

Duffers' trip organised by Peter and Lottie. As well as walking in the Glen Coe area, we went to the climbing wall at Kinlochleven, and across the ferry to Ardgour.


Gaynor's Ceilidh

Saturday 8th December 2007

Gaynor celebrated her birthday in lively style.

Burtersetts Stone Mine

Saturday 8th December 2007

SOC trip to this mine near Hawes.

Wendover Woods

Saturday 1st December 2007

Pete, Jane and I went out with the Blakes in the Chilterns for a day.


Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th November 2007

A trip on my own; I paddled to Plockton and back.


Weekend 17th and 18th November 2007

Another CUHWC weekend, staying at Yr Hafod near Idwal Cottage.


Weekend 3rd and 4th November 2007

CUHWC trip to Maesnant, near Plynlimon in mid-Wales.


Weekend 27th and 28th October 2007

CU Hillwalking Club trip to the Lakes. Saturday with David P, who was bagging his Northern Fells - Souther Fell, High Pike and Binsey - leaving just Great End for New Year. Following Saturday night's Halloween-themed party, I met Alex T and group atop Helm Crag to celebrate his Compleation.

County Pot

Sunday 21st October 2007

Caving in County Pot with SOC and guests.

Ray's riotous Rocky-Horror revelry

Saturday 20th October 2007

Ray's birthday bash at the Farm.

Bull Pot of the Witches

Saturday 20th October 2007

Tom's introduction to caving.

Lochcarron with Chris

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October 2007

We managed some kayaking and walking, saw a band play in the village, and I went caving on Skye.

White Scar Cave

Weekend 29th and 30th September 2007

CUCC trip to the Dales, and third-time-lucky with the weather at White Scar!


Weekend 22nd and 23rd September 2007

A weekend staying with Pete and Lottie, also with Clare and Ruth. Cat Bells and Maiden Moor made for a pleasant Saturday walk.

Kayaking on Coniston Water and Lancaster Canal

Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 2007

Learning some paddling techniques with Chris and Sue and Gaynor.

Lochcarron with Julia and Nadia

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007

Visiting Lochcarron again, this time picking up my new kayaks and trying them in the water. We also managed a day on Skye and a trip to Applecross. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me when the dolphins came out to play (but I probably wouldn't be quick enough with it anyway!)


Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th July 2007

CUHWC summer trip to Torridon; I stayed in Lochcarron, but joined the Club on a couple of occasions.


Monday 18th June 2007

CUHWC social event, following the Garden Party (at which I was sadly absent).


Weekend 9th and 10th June 2007

CUHWC camping trip, on which Michael F compleated his Wainwrights; on Sunday, Pete and I went for a toddle with the Blakes.

Bell-Kelley wedding

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May 2007

Peter and Lottie were married in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Buttermere, Cockermouth and Wetherby

Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May 2007

Following the wedding of Peter and Lottie, Dave Gruar 'compleated' his Wainwrights with Rannerdale Knotts, and we visited the Jennings brewery in Cockermouth. On the way home, Dave, Elen and I stopped for a wander in Wetherby.

Long Churn and nearby caves

Saturday 19th May 2007

SOC trip, originally to White Scar Cave, but diverted due to water levels to enjoy a sporting trip to Wilson's Cave, Lower and Upper Long Churn, and Borrins Moor Cave. And a little bit of Diccan Pot.

Applecross Caves

Sunday 6th May 2007

Visiting four of the Applecross caves (Hartfield, Liar's, 3D, and Lime Kiln Resurgence) with Richard from Dornie and Richard from SOC. Photos of three of these, all on one day of a four-day trip.

Brecon Beacons

Weekend 28th and 29th April 2007

CUHWC trip to the Black Mountain and Brecon Beacons.

Goyden Pot

Sunday 22nd April 2007

Caving in Nidderdale with Alison and Danny.

Spiller-Broderick wedding

Saturday 21st April 2007

Bob and Elaine held their evening reception in Piercebridge, near Darlington.

Easter caving around Lochcarron

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th April 2007

Caving with Gaynor in Applecross, Kishorn and Skye.

Capel Curig

Saturday 31st March to Tuesday 3rd April 2007

CUHWC Easter trip to Snowdonia, staying in Bryn Brythenau hut near Capel Curig.

Devon Caving

Weekend 17th and 18th March 2007

CUCC trip staying at Buckfastleigh; visiting Aften Red Rift and Great Consul Mine.

Housewarming at Becky and Paul's

Sunday 11th March 2007

Party with Becky and Paul in Penrith.


Saturday 10th March 2007

CUHWC trip to the Coppermines valley.

Dark Peak

Sunday 25th February 2007

CUHWC trip to Snake Pass. My group went up Bleaklow and wandered randomly in the peat bogs.

CUHWC Annual Dinner

Wednesday 21st February 2007

Hillwalkers in posh togs.

North-west Highlands

Saturday 3rd to Tuesday 6th February 2007

Random pictures from a trip to Lochcarron.

Dinas Mawddwy

Weekend 27th and 28th January 2007

CUHWC trip to south Snowdonia.


Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th January 2007

CUHWC winter trip to Borrowdale.

Underground in Kishorn and Applecross

Sunday 24th to Tuesday 26th December 2006

Another Lochcarron visit, this time exploring the Sanachan mines at Kishorn and Uamh a' Bhreugadair at Applecross.


Caves of Kishorn

Saturday 2nd December 2006

A day exploring some of the caves in the Kishorn area.

Glen Coe

Friday 1st December 2006

North Lakes

Weekend 25th and 26th November 2006

CUHWC trip staying in the Naddle valley, with weather much better than the forecast storms.

Cherry Tree Hole

Sunday 19th November 2006

A wet trip with Chris and Jim.


Weekend 11th and 12th November 2006

CUHWC trip to Dartmoor. Mike and Lizzie appeared on the Sunday, so we got an Old Duffers' mini-meet, too.

Bonfire Night

Saturday 4th November 2006

Bonfire night at Bullpot Farm.

Lancaster Hole

Saturday 4th November 2006

Acting as dive sherpa again for Pete Devlin; this time we approached the sump from Wilf Taylor's Passage in Lancaster hole - and he made the breakthrough (though obviously the pictures can't show that).


Weekend 28th and 29th October 2006

CUHWC weekend trip to Ogwen valley. One wet day on Tryfan and one gorgeous sunny day on the Snowdon Horseshoe.

South Wales caving

Weekend 21st and 22nd October 2006

CUCC beginners' trip to OFD.

Swildons Hole

Sunday 15th October 2006

CUCC trip to Mendip with new members.

Bull Pot Farm

Saturday 7th October 2006

Another rogues' gallery of RRCPC

Ogof y Daren Ciliau

Weekend 30th September and 1st October 2006

CUCC trip to south-east Wales.

Dartmoor with Mike & Lizzie

Saturday 23rd September 2006

Along with Sarah and Paul, I visited Mike and Lizzie in Exminster. A walk on Dartmoor on the Saturday was followed by a coastal day, but no photos of the latter as I was using my old pocket camera with the dodgy battery.

Lochcarron with Becky and Paul

Friday 25th to Monday 28th August 2006

A very varied weekend, with a climb on Cioch Nose, a walk on the Ardaneaskan peninsula, a scramble (no pictures) up Allt nan Carnan, and a paddle out into the loch.

House improvements

Monday 21st August 2006

Lochcarron with Chris

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August 2006

Another weekend in Lochcarron.


Weekend 5th and 6th August 2006

Lottie's "Old Duffers" trip to the Lake District, with four vets in attendance. A very relaxed weekend, with more time spent playing in the lake than stomping the fells!

South Wales Caving

Sunday 30th July 2006

SOC trip to Penwyllt, where I photographed several formations near Top Entrance. No photos from Saturday, when we did a through-trip from Cwm Dwr to Top.

Glen Shiel

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th June 2006

CUHWC summer trip to Glen Shiel. I only managed one day out with the Club, up Beinn Sgritheall.

Lochcarron views

Monday 26th June 2006

I found some time away from DIY to take some local pictures.

Monolithic Towers, Bull Pot of the Witches

Sunday 18th June 2006

A trip to some impressive mud formations to improve their conservation marker tape and to photograph them. They are formed when small pebbles disrupt the dripping of water that erodes the surrounding mud, revealing the strata of deposition.

Ireby Fell Cavern

Saturday 10th June 2006

A trip with Beardy and Helen from RRCPC, together with two novices, John & Jim.

Home improvements

Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May 2006

Various DIY projects in Lochcarron.

Lochcarron with Tom and Clare

Friday 26th to Monday 29th May 2006

Tom and Clare came to visit for a sunny weekend. We went to the Black Isle on Saturday, and around Applecross on Sunday.


Sunday 14th May 2006

Day-trip with CUHWC.

Bull Pot of the Witches

Saturday 6th May 2006

Assisting Pete with a preparatory dive for the re-survey of the downstream sump.

Lochcarron with family

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April 2006

First visit for most of the clan. ...

Lochcarron at Easter

Friday 14th to Friday 21st April 2006

Easter weekend and the following week was spent at Lochcarron, including a visit to the Red Hills of Skye.


Weekend 8th and 9th April 2006

CUHWC Easter vac trip, again to Snowdonia, staying in the Pinnacle Club hut at Cwm Dyli.

Bull Pot Farm

Saturday 25th March to Sunday 2nd April 2006

Some of the characters that frequent the Farm on a typical weekend.

Ease Gill trip

Saturday 1st April 2006

An SOC trip to the Holbeck Junction area of the Ease Gill system. We entered via Wretched Rabbit passage and Spiral Staircase to Holbeck Junction, then did a loop via Easter Grotto before heading downstream to Stop Pot and exiting via Manchester Bypass and County Pot.

Gale Garth Pot

Sunday 19th March 2006

Digging trip with Johnny from Bull Pot Farm.

Alum Pot

Saturday 18th March 2006

SOC trip to Alum Pot. Gaynor, Richard and I descended the southeast route via the Greasy Slab; I returned via the big single pitch while they returned as they came. Meanwhile, Bob and Elaine were exploring in the Long Churn Caves.


Weekend 11th and 12th March 2006

First visit to my new home-from-home in the north-west Highlands.

Hillwalkers' Annual Dinner

Wednesday 22nd February 2006

CUHWC's Annual Dinner was held in Jesus College; we continued celebrating in the Maypole Inn and afterwards adjourned to David's room.


Weekend 18th and 19th February 2006

A weekend trip staying in Boot, the venue for a decade of CUHWC New Year trips. We had fantastic weather, and did many of the classic Eskdale fells.

Little Hull Pot

Saturday 11th February 2006

CUCC trip to the Yorkshire Dales

Rhyd Ddu

Weekend 4th and 5th February 2006

CUHWC trip to Snowdonia, where I was in the scrambling group both days: Eastern Terrace of Clogwyn Du 'r Arddu on Saturday, and Sentries' Ridge on Mynydd Mawr on Sunday.

Calf Holes and Bull Pot Farm

Weekend 14th and 15th January 2006

Underground with some Red Rose members and a couple of non-cavers that Johnny and I met in the Barbon;in the evening was the Red Rose photographic competition and the usual farm festivities.


Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th January 2006

CUHWC annual post-New-Year trip to the Lake District, once again staying at Seathwaite in Borrowdale. I missed the first day, and began on an extremely wet day, when Borrowdale was flooded several feet deep. But the weather improved...

Travels over Christmas and New Year

Friday 23rd December 2005 to Wednesday 4th January 2006

As well as caving in Ease Gill and walking on Skiddaw and around Glen Orchy (see individual collections), I also managed during this fortnight to visit Ripon, Darlington, Ribblesdale, Maryport, Inverness and Lochcarron. Here are some snapshots taken on my travels.

Glen Orchy

Thursday 29th December 2005 to Tuesday 3rd January 2006

Duffers and CUHWC members New Year trip.

Gavel Pot and Cow Pot to Wretched Rabbit

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th December 2005

CUCC trip to Bull Pot Farm, where I did Gavel Pot with Mark and Emma, then the Easegill High Level Route with Sophie and Dave.


Sunday 25th December 2005

A day out with Peter and Lottie in the Lake District.


Spiral Staircase (Ease Gill)

Sunday 18th December 2005

I went through the new connection to this previously obscure passage to record some of the pretties before they are demolished by gret numb Yorkshire oafs (like me). I also pushed some tight passage Johnny discovered, but would need my small camera for that!

Tatham Wife Hole

Saturday 17th December 2005

SOC caving trip with Chris and Jim. The first caving pictures with my new wide-angle lens.

St. Albans weekend

Weekend 10th and 11th December 2005

A weekend at the Blakes', with Jane and Pete also visiting. We had a short walk in Ashridge Park woods, followed by a quiet day at home.

Bull Pot Farm

Sunday 4th December 2005

Another debauched weekend with CUCC. No underground photos this time. :-(


Weekend 26th and 27th November 2005

CUHWC trip to the Achille Ratti hut at Dunmail Raise.

North-west Norfolk

Saturday 19th November 2005

A day trip from Cambridge.

Howgill Fells

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2005

CUHWC trip staying near Sedbergh. We went up by Cautley Spout over the Howgill Fells on Saturday, and did a circular walk from Dent over Whernside on Sunday - almost all in beautiful November sunshine.


Weekend 29th and 30th October 2005

A fairly wet CUHWC weekend trip staying at Caseg Fraith near Tryfan.

Ascroft-Haskins wedding

Weekend 15th and 16th October 2005

Roland and Jane were married in Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Magnetometer Pot

Saturday 8th October 2005

Another SOC trip, this time led by me to Magnetometer Pot on Fountains Fell. We descended as far as Caton Hall (actually, a little further, but without the camera!), and took several more pictures on the return.

Lancaster Hole

Sunday 2nd October 2005

A few snaps taken during a trip down Lancs with SOC.

Pictures from 2005

Monday 20th June to Saturday 24th September 2005

Various pictures taken during 2005


Weekend 10th and 11th September 2005

I helped Peter and Lottie move from Cambridge to Edinburgh.

Bull Pot, Kingsdale

Sunday 21st August 2005

SOC trip to Bull Pot in exceptionally dry conditions.

Bike Ride

Saturday 20th August 2005

A short bike ride around Boroughbridge and Roecliffe area.

South Wales caving

Weekend 30th and 31st July 2005

A weekend trip with SOC staying in the South Wales Caving Club hut at Penwyllt. On Saturday, John, Chris and I joined two SWCC members - Pat and Bill - in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, going in the original entrance and emerging in Cwm Dwr. On Sunday, the same three SOC members (and initially Chris's children Ben & Freya) went into Top Entrance and up the streamway to Top Waterfall.

Glen Shiel

Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th July 2005

The second part of the annual CUHWC summer trip to Scotland. We stayed in the campsite at Shiel Bridge, but ventured as far as the Cuillin of Skye during our visit.

Glen Coe

Friday 1st to Tuesday 5th July 2005

The first part of the annual CUHWC summer trip to Scotland. We stayed in the Red Squirrel campsite in Glen Coe, but ventured as far as Glen Etive and Glen Nevis before heading off to Shiel Bridge for the second part of the trip.

Barbecue at Clare & Tom's

Sunday 26th June 2005

Clare and Tom invited some of their friends round for a barbecue.

CUHWC Garden Party

Monday 20th June 2005

Hillwalking Club garden party, in Newnham College, followed by punting to Grantchester and beyond.

Sunset Hole

Sunday 19th June 2005

Caving near Chapel-le-Dale with friends from north-east England.


Weekend 11th and 12th June 2005

CU Hillwalking Club trip to Blake Beck camping barn, near Blencathra, and a nearby camp site. Blencathra and Great Calva on Saturday in lovely sunny weather; poorer weather on Sunday when I did Skiddaw.

West Kingsdale Master Cave

Sunday 5th June 2005

SOC trip into Valley Entrance. The cave was fairly wet, so not too many pictures (and none of the side trip up Cascade Inlet as we returned).

Formal Hall at Queens'

Wednesday 18th May 2005

Hillwalking Club formal hall at Queens' College, followed by social time in someone's room (too drunk to remember whose!)


Weekend 14th and 15th May 2005

CUHWC trip to the Eastern Fells, including High Street on Saturday and Helvellyn on Sunday.

Illusion Pot

Saturday 7th May 2005

SOC trip to Illusion Pot, which leads into the upper end of Dale Barn Cave 3, famous for its pretty formations.

Arrochar Alps

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May 2005

Duffers' trip organised by Simon for the Bank Holiday weekend. Despite moderate weather, did Beinn Luibhean and Beinn Ime, with a visit to the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar on the Sunday night.

Chapel-le-Dale caving

Saturday 23rd April 2005

SOC trip to the Dales.

Mid Wales

Sunday 17th April 2005

After Dom and Louise's wedding, three of us went to explore the nearby hills.

Strogen-O'Brien wedding

Saturday 16th April 2005

Dom and Louise were married at Rhayader in mid-Wales.

Ward-Hammond wedding

Friday 1st April 2005

Paul and Sarah were married at Fanham Hall near Ware in Hertfordshire.

Wasdale backpacking

Friday 25th to Monday 28th March 2005

An Easter trip backpacking for a couple of days with Peter, Lottie and Dave, and a day on Illgill Head and Whin Rigg with Peter, Lottie, Catherine & Chris. The western fells got the best of the weather, particularly in the evenings - cloud dominated the eastern views. ...

Cow Pot

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st March 2005

CUCC trip to Yorkshire. On Saturday, we did Pippikin Pot, but I wisely chose not to bring the camera. Sunday saw us in Cow Pot, and here are the best few pictures from that trip.

Ben Nevis

Sunday 13th to Tuesday 15th March 2005

A trip to the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis. Climbing was curtailed by a severe thaw, but we managed an ascent of Green Gully before returning home.


Saturday 12th March 2005

CUHWC trip to the Yorkshire Dales. I only managed one day as I was on my way to a climbing trip, but had a great day around Kingsdale.

Lancaster Hole

Weekend 5th and 6th March 2005

CUCC trip to Bull Pot Farm. We did Lancaster Hole on the Saturday; Sunday was Brunt Scar Cave, where I didn't take the camera.

Simpson's Pot

Sunday 27th February 2005

Caving trip with SOC to Simpson's Pot, part of the West Kingsdale system.

South Wales caving

Weekend 19th and 20th February 2005

CUCC trip to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and Little Neath Stream Cave.


Sunday 13th February 2005

A day trip with CUHWC to the Long Mynd area, where we did a circular walk around Church Stretton.

Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains

Weekend 5th and 6th February 2005

CUHWC trip staying at Ystradfellte. On Saturday, we visited lots of the nearby waterfalls; on Sunday, Mark and I did a horseshoe walk from Capel-y-ffin in the Black Mountains.

Dinas Mawddwy

Weekend 29th and 30th January 2005

CUHWC trip to south Snowdonia. Excellent weather on Saturday (the first T-shirt day of the year!) meant an ambitious scramble on the Cyfrwy Arete of Cadair Idris; less favourable Sunday weather (but still good for January) saw us on the Aran hills.


Monday 10th to Friday 14th January 2005

The annual CUHWC post-New-Year trip. Windy weather didn't stop us enjoying ourselves, and when it improved, we wasted no time in a huge Pillar walk.

Dirty Platypus

Saturday 8th January 2005

The easy way to clean a drinking tube.

Bull Pot Farm

Thursday 30th December 2004 to Monday 3rd January 2005

CU Caving Club trip to the Yorkshire Dales over New Year.

Christmas at Ripon

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th December 2004

Visiting family at Christmas.


Citrix Christmas event

Thursday 2nd December 2004

This year's Christmas bash was at Legoland near Windsor, where there were entertainments such as Scalextric to keep the engineers amused.


Sunday 28th November 2004

A day scrambling on Tryfan with CUHWC.

Family gathering in Yealand Conyers

Sunday 21st November 2004

A surprise 80th birthday party (a surprise party, not a surprise birthday!)

Ripon Canal

Saturday 20th November 2004

An evening stroll alongside the Ripon Canal produced some good pictures.

Byrness, Cheviot Hills

Weekend 13th and 14th November 2004

CUHWC's first visit to the Cheviot.

Northern Lake District

Weekend 6th and 7th November 2004

A weekend staying near Keswick, where James compleated his Wainwrights with Great Cockup; some of us did High Rigg and Great How on Sunday.


Weekend 30th and 31st October 2004

CUHWC trip to the Lake District, with fantastic sunny weather.


Friday 15th to Monday 18th October 2004

SOC caving trip to Assynt. No pictures of the caves, but we did enjoy a good walk to Eas Chual Aluinn, allegedly the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in Britain.


Sunday 26th September 2004

Bouldering with Jane and Roland at Scugdale, where we also met Jim and Sarah.

Long Kin West

Saturday 11th September 2004

A trip with SOC to this very vertical cave on Newby Moss, Ingleborough.


Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August 2004

A Bank Holiday weekend bothy trip with David Gruar.

Lake District - Glenridding

Weekend 31st July and 1st August 2004

A Duffers' trip to the Lakes, involving not one, but two boats.


Sunday 18th July 2004

A visit with the Blakes to Pete's house in the Fens, with a local walk around after (until it chucked it down!)

Nant Peris, Snowdonia

Weekend 10th and 11th July 2004

A weekend in Snowdonia.


Friday 18th to Friday 25th June 2004

CUHWC trip to the Scottish Highlands.

Dowbergill Passage

Sunday 16th May 2004

The traverse of Dowbergill Passage in Wharfedale with SOC.

Yorkshire climbing - Brimham

Saturday 15th May 2004

Climbing with Lucia.

Lake District - Langdale

Weekend 8th and 9th May 2004

CUHWC trip to Langdale, staying by the New Dungeon Ghyll inn.

Yorkshire climbing - Brimham

Sunday 25th April 2004

Climbing with Jane at Brimham on a very sunny (and busy!) day. The camera was mostly idle, but I got a few shots of us on Cubic Block.


Sunday 18th April 2004

Climbing in the Peak District with CCMC.


Sunday 11th and Monday 12th April 2004

A short backpacking trip to the Galloway hills with Jane.

Peak District climbing

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th April 2004

A couple of good days cragging around Sheffield (Rivelin and Wharncliff) with Dave Jones, joined on the second day by his mate James.


Thursday 25th to Tuesday 30th March 2004

The CUHWC Easter trip went to the Pinnacle Club hut at Cwm Dyli.

Howgill Fells

Weekend 28th and 29th February 2004

A small CUHWC trip, staying at Catholes Farm bunkhouse near Sedbergh.

CUHWC Annual Dinner

Tuesday 24th February 2004

A less formal affair than the Anniversary Dinner; it was held at Pizza Express and sandwiched between drinks at St John's and drinks at Eggy's.

Ease Gill caving

Saturday 21st February 2004

Caving with SOC. Actually, just a picture of me in my smart new caving suit before heading underground.

Haskins-Essery wedding

Saturday 21st February 2004

Tim and Helen were married at Coniston Cold in North Yorkshire.

CUHWC Anniversary Dinner

Weekend 7th and 8th February 2004

Celebrating 15 years of the Hillwalking Club with a dinner at Rydal Hall in the Lake District. An extra celebration for me, as I compleated the Wainwrights on Saturday.

South Wales - Glyntawe

Weekend 24th and 25th January 2004

CUHWC trip to a caving hut at Penwyllt, between the Black Mountain and the Brecon Beacons. Saturday on the Black Mountain, Sunday visiting the Mellte waterfalls.

Lake District - Borrowdale

Monday 5th to Friday 9th January 2004

The annual CUHWC trip to the Lakes. Rainy and windy, unlike last year's beautiful weather, but we had a good time anyway.


Monday 29th December 2003 to Sunday 4th January 2004

Half a dozen Duffers spent New Year in northwestern Argyll.

Lake District

Thursday 25th December 2003

I spent a couple of days doing bits and pieces in the Lakes. No pictures from Boxing Day, though, as the weather was too foul!



Sunday 14th December 2003

A day out beginning with pub lunch in Aldbury with Pete, Jane, Margaret, James and Katherine.

Northwest Norfolk

Saturday 13th December 2003

A day out to where the Norfolk Coast Path meets the Peddars Way, with Pete and Lottie.

Swaledale Cavers' Christmas Dinner

Saturday 6th December 2003

I spent the day caving with Swaledale Outdoor Club (no pictures), and joined them in the evening for a Christmas dinner.

Citrix Christmas party

Thursday 4th December 2003

Christmas dinner in the Quy Mill Hotel. No captions - use your imagination!

Lake District - Ennerdale

Weekend 22nd and 23rd November 2003

A CUHWC trip staying in the Youth Hostel at Black Sail. I ended up doing Pillar on both days, with unexpectedly good views.


Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2003

A weekend with CUHWC at the Pinnacle Club's hut at the foot of Lliwedd.

Bonfire Night

Wednesday 5th November 2003

The fireworks display on Midsummer Common in Cambridge.

Lake District - Eskdale

Weekend 1st and 2nd November 2003

In memory of Andy Gibson, a group of his Cambridge hillwalking friends revisited Eskdale. We were joined by some more of his friends from Manchester University Hiking Club.

Halloween pub meet

Thursday 30th October 2003

CUHWC in the pub.

Halloween Lunch

Wednesday 29th October 2003

CUHWC celebrated Halloween a little early, as it didn't naturally fall on Club lunch day.


Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2003

CUHWC trip to Holwick, near Middleton. Walking on Cross Fell and Great Dun Fell on Saturday, and on Fendrith Hill on Sunday.

Yorkshire Gritstone

Saturday 18th October 2003

Rob Baldock and I went out playing at Eavestone Crag.

Ivory-Falconer wedding

Friday 10th October 2003

Katherine Falconer married William Ivory at Woburn Abbey.


Weekend 4th and 5th October 2003

Instead of going to one of the usual destinations, Lottie invited us to sample the delights of rural east Suffolk. Not much in the way of big hills, but plenty of pretty buildings and trees to look at, and we went boating on Sunday at Thorpe Ness. Oh, and to the pub, too.

Yorkshire Caving

Weekend 27th and 28th September 2003

Actually, it's "Lancashire caving" (though we parked in Cumbria!). ...

Farm scenes

Sunday 28th September 2003

Farm machinery and buildings.

Hamsterley Forest

Sunday 28th September 2003

A short walk with Peter and Lucia.

Peak District - Stanage climbing

Saturday 13th September 2003

A day climbing at Stanage End with Andy Buckley, Sue O'Mahoney and James Tedd.

Peak District - Cromford

Sunday 7th September 2003

A gentle stroll with Jane from Ambergate to Cromford, returning alongside the Cromford Canal.

Wales - Rhydd Ddu

Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th August 2003

Andy Gibson organised a Duffers' trip south of Snowdon. Hot, sunny weather and a fantastic pub ensured that we had a very good Bank Holiday weekend.

Wales - Merionydd climbing

Weekend 16th and 17th August 2003

A weekend climbing near the southern limit of Snowdonia National Park with some CCMC folk - Saturday on Craig Cywarch and Sunday on Barmouth Slabs.


Weekend 2nd and 3rd August 2003

An ODs trip organised by Lottie, who had been working in Cockermouth. The sun shone on us (too much, perhaps).

South Coast sailing

Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th July 2003

A week on the Piccolino sailing yacht with Niall and Gian (her owners) and Andy.


Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th July 2003

Although lacking the height of some parts of Scotland, this is one of my favourite areas. The hills all have an individuality that makes them more interesting than a lot of the higher summits.

Climbing in Yorkshire and Cumbria

Saturday 28th to Monday 30th June 2003

Climbing with Mark Lord.

Yorkshire Gritstone - Slipstones

Saturday 21st June 2003

A day climbing at Slipstones with Jane and Roland.

Citrix Summer Event, Chalfont

Friday 20th June 2003

A return visit, following the punting day in Cambridge. The sun shone on us, and everyone had a great time!

CUHWC punting

Tuesday 17th June 2003

The annual punt trip is usually part of the Garden Party, but this year it broke free!

CUHWC Garden Party

Saturday 14th June 2003

This year, it took place at a fruit farm in Fulbourn, with a barbecue and drinks at my house afterwards.

Lake District - Langdale

Weekend 7th and 8th June 2003

CUHWC took part in the inaugural University Hiking Network trip, which also involved clubs from Lancaster and York.

Citrix punting day

Friday 6th June 2003

A combined Cambourne and Chalfont trip punting along the Cam from Cambridge to Grantchester and back.

Lake District - Glenridding

Saturday 24th to Monday 26th May 2003

An Old Duffers trip arranged by Niall to coincide with the Club's weekend at Blencathra, culminating with sailing (and racing) boats on Ullswater on the Bank Holiday afternoon.

Speight-Peakman wedding

Saturday 17th May 2003

Ben and Jenny married at Hampsthwaite, with a reception afterwards in Harrogate.

York weekend

Weekend 10th and 11th May 2003

Duffers' trip to Niall's house near York. Including the famous "team building" exercise caused by his failure to move the boat BEFORE building a garage in the way.

Yorkshire Dales - Ribblehead

Weekend 3rd and 4th May 2003

CUHWC trip to the Three Peaks area of Yorkshire.

Brimham Rocks

Saturday 26th April 2003

Climbing with Jane.

Yorkshire Dales - Malham

Saturday 22nd March 2003

A day out with Jane and Margaret and Katherine (James was in a meeting all day, so we didn't see him until after our walk).

Snowdonia - Dinas Mawddwy

Saturday 25th January 2003

CUHWC trip to south Snowdonia

Lake District - Borrowdale

Sunday 5th to Friday 10th January 2003

CUHWC winter trip to Seathwaite. Lots of lovely snow!

Loch Carron

Friday 27th December 2002 to Saturday 4th January 2003

The Old Duffers' annual winter trip, plus a day or two before and after.


Party at Sarah's

Saturday 21st December 2002

Party at Sarah's house in London.

Pictures from 2002

Saturday 2nd February to Saturday 19th October 2002

Various pictures taken during 2002

Skye - Cuillin Ridge

Weekend 21st and 22nd September 2002

Doing the Cuillin Ridge with Jeff and Matt.

Smith-Miller wedding

Saturday 7th September 2002

Rob and Sarah married in Cambridge, and had their reception at Chilford Hall near Linton.

Lake District - Langdale

Weekend 31st August and 1st September 2002

Scrambling with Austin, Jaako and (on Saturday) David Gruar.


Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th June 2002

The CUHWC summer trip was ostensibly to Glen Coe, but the midges soon moved us on and we ended up visiting the Grey Corries and Morar.

Loch Mullardoch

Saturday 1st to Tuesday 4th June 2002

Instead of the normal Bank Holiday, the Queen celebrated fifty years of service by giving us an extra day's holiday on my birthday weekend. It would be a shame to waste it, so we went backpacking. And I visited the Falkirk Wheel on the way home - the world's first rotary boat lift, which opened a couple of weeks earlier.


Weekend 4th and 5th May 2002

CUHWC weekend in Middleton. Pete took us on a Monster Walk on Saturday; Sunday was a more relaxed affair near the river.

Lake District - Borrowdale

Weekend 6th and 7th April 2002

CUHWC winter trip, to Seathwaite at the head of Borrowdale. Including a fantastic cloud inversion on the Thursday.

Norway - Geilo

Friday 29th March 2002

A cross-country skiing trip organised by Hilary. Not many photos as we were too busy doing stuff instead of taking pictures!

Lake District - Coniston

Weekend 23rd and 24th February 2002

CUHWC trip with snow.

Peak District

Sunday 10th February 2002

A CUHWC day-trip in fancy dress, for Rag - Becky's idea.

Lake District - Borrowdale

Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th January 2002

CUHWC winter trip, to Seathwaite at the head of Borrowdale. Including a fantastic cloud inversion on the Thursday.


Sunday 30th December 2001 to Friday 4th January 2002

A backpacking trip with Hilary in the snow.


North Assynt

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December 2001

A few days backpacking around Lochs Glendhu and Glencoul (near Kylesku).

Pictures from 2001

Saturday 20th January to Saturday 23rd June 2001

Various pictures taken during 2001

Scotland - Arrochar Alps

Saturday 26th May to Sunday 10th June 2001

Climbing on the Cobbler.


Sunday 20th May 2001

The hills were still off-limits, but CUHWC found Norfolk free of Foot-and-Mouth.

Glen Coe and Loch Leven

Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2001

May Day weekend in Scotland with Hilary.

Scotland - North Coast

Sunday 15th to Tuesday 17th April 2001

For a long Easter weekend, Jane and I went up to Suilven, Ben Stack, and Durness. No photos for the early part of the trip - these are mainly of the north coast and Foinaven.

Glen Coe

Weekend 17th and 18th February 2001

Climbing with Kate.

Lake District - Newlands

Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th January 2001

The CUHWC winter trip broke with tradition by not going to Eskdale. Instead, we went to Stair, near Braithwaite in the north-west Lakes.


Pictures from 2000

Sunday 30th January to Sunday 26th November 2000

Various pictures taken during 2000

Nellist-McCaffrey wedding

Saturday 4th November 2000

Pete and Ruth married at Chilford Hall near Cambridge.


Sunday 25th June to Saturday 1st July 2000

The CUHWC summer trip.

Borrowdale and Buttermere

Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June 2000

CUHWC and the Old Duffers went to Borrowdale. No pictures of Saturday evening's meal in Stonethwaite, but there are a couple of a walk from Buttermere and one of Watendlath on Sunday.

Dartmoor and Exmoor

Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May 2000

Bank Holiday weekend staying with Jane Bryden in Torrington and walking in Devon.

Glen Coe

Weekend 22nd and 23rd January 2000

A weekend climbing.

Lake District - Eskdale

Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th January 2000

CUHWC annual winter walking trip.


Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd January 2000

Duffers' New Year trip to the isle of Mull.


Long Mynd

Saturday 22nd August 1998 to Saturday 21st August 1999

A Duffers' trip staying with Pete Nellist walking in Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Lake District - Wasdale

Saturday 14th August 1999

Climbing in Wasdale with Mike and Lizzie and Dave Jones.

Pictures from 1999

Saturday 6th February to Saturday 31st July 1999

Various pictures taken during 1999

Yorkshire climbing

Weekend 10th and 11th July 1999

Climbing on Grit and limestone with Adam Marcus and Paul Eakins.

Glen Coe

Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd June 1999

CUHWC summer trip to Glen Coe, roaming as far as the Black Mount and Ardgour.

Utah - Indian Creek

Weekend 20th and 21st March 1999

A weekend's climbing in the desert near to Indian Creek National Park.


Pictures from 1998

Saturday 7th March to Saturday 31st October 1998

Various pictures taken during 1998

Blake-Newby wedding

Friday 2nd October 1998

James and Margaret married near Southampton.

Glen Coe

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September 1998

Walking and climbing with Hilary and Jane.


Sunday 2nd August 1998

Climbing with Paul Palfreyman and Hilary McMillan.


Saturday 13th to Monday 15th June 1998

A week of beautiful weather on the Cuillin ridge and Bla Bheinn.

North Lakes at Easter

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 1998

Easter weekend with the McMillans.


Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April 1998

CUHWC Easter trip, staying at the Bowderstone hut.

Yorkshire - Brimham

Sunday 29th March 1998

Climbing with Hilary.

Yorkshire Gritstone

Weekend 21st and 22nd March 1998

Climbing with Hilary at Almscliff and Rylstone.

Tryfan scrambling

Saturday 14th February 1998

Nor' Nor' Buttress Variant on Tryfan, with Hilary.

Glen Coe

Saturday 24th January 1998


Pictures from 1997

Sunday 27th July to Sunday 14th September 1997

Various pictures taken during 1997


Tuesday 9th September 1997

A trip organised by Margaret, staying at Rogart and visiting the mountains of Assynt.

Arrochar Alps

Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 1997

A bank holiday weekend in the south-west Highlands.


Saturday 16th August 1997

An Old Duffers weekend in north Wales.


Saturday 19th July 1997

An Old Duffers trip to Dartmoor.


Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th June 1997

CUHWC summer trip to Torridon, followed by a couple of days in Fisherfield.

CUHWC Garden Party

Saturday 14th June 1997

The Garden Party was at New Hall. Despite being knocked off my bike and suffering a broken thumb, I still managed to get a few pictures.

Yorkshire Gritstone

Saturday 31st May 1997

Climbing at Brimham with Paul Palfreyman. No pictures from the Sunday, when we climbed at Chevin.


Weekend 24th and 25th May 1997

Walking, scrambling and climbing in Glen Rosa.


Monday 7th to Saturday 12th April 1997

The CUHWC Easter trip went to Snowdonia. Lots of climbing, even though it was ostensibly a hillwalking trip!

Yorkshire Gritstone

Weekend 8th and 9th March 1997

Climbing at Almscliff and Ilkley with CCMC.

Lake District - Eskdale

Saturday 4th to Wednesday 8th January 1997

The annual CUHWC Eskdale trip.


Northwest Highlands - Dundonnell

Saturday 28th December 1996 to Wednesday 1st January 1997

This was the only bit of Britain to have beautiful clear, cold, calm weather over New Year - ideal for winter climbing.

Skye - Cuillin scrambling

Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st September 1996

ODs trip to Skye in September 1996. We started in the north, at Sligachan, then a few days in the west, at Glen Brittle, and finally in the east, at Camusunary.


West Highlands

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December 1995

Solo backpacking trip from Glenfinnan.

Lake District

Sunday 19th and Monday 20th November 1995

CUHWC weekend with walks around Grasmere, Helvellyn and Ambleside.

Yorkshire Dales

Sunday 5th November 1995

CUHWC weekend trip.

Kinder Scout

Saturday 14th October 1995

CUHWC day trip with Paul, Karen, Emer and Stuart.

Brecon Beacons

Weekend 30th September and 1st October 1995

First visit to South Wales, with the Old Duffers.


Monday 4th to Sunday 10th September 1995

My first visit to McLeod's Tables, followed by a stay at Camasunary with Nicky, including my first ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle.


West Highland backpacking

Saturday 2nd to Saturday 30th July 1994

A long backpacking trip, from Lochinver all the way south to Glen Coe. Unfortunately, the second film was ruined so no pictures south of Knoydart.


Weekend 30th April and 1st May 1994

CUHWC weekend staying in Thorney How youth hostel.


Wednesday 6th to Tuesday 12th April 1994

CUHWC Easter trip. ...

Pictures from 1994

Saturday 5th March to Monday 4th April 1994

Various pictures taken during 1994. ...


Weekend 26th and 27th February 1994

CUHWC trip to western Lake District, and beginning with a "Captain Shandy Challenge" of Rannerdale Knotts before breakfast.

Yorkshire Dales

Weekend 12th and 13th February 1994

A CUHWC weekend staying in Chapel-le-Dale.

Peak District

Sunday 23rd January 1994

A day walk on Derwent Edge with CUHWC.


Friday 31st December 1993 to Friday 7th January 1994

CUHWC winter trip to the usual place.



Sunday 26th December 1993

We were asked to care for a badger that had been injured in a road accident. ...

Grampian Mountains

Saturday 11th to Wednesday 15th December 1993

A short, but difficult trip. No pictures of the walking, but I spent two nights in each of these bothies.

Pictures from 1993

Friday 1st January to Sunday 21st November 1993

Various pictures taken during 1993.

West Highlands

Friday 11th to Monday 14th June 1993

The start of a backpacking trip from Glenfinnan through Knoydart to Torridon, where I spent a week with CUHWC. Unfortunately, I ran out of film before Knoydart proper, so no shots of the second half of the journey, nor of the club trip.


Weekend 8th and 9th May 1993

CUHWC trip to the Rhinog and Aran hills, staying at Dolgellau.

Northern Highlands

Sunday 21st to Friday 26th March 1993

I hitched via Thurso to Loch Eriboll, then walked and hitched to Lochinver, meeting Adam at Suileag, whence we crossed to the east coast over a few days.

North Lakes

Saturday 27th February 1993

CUHWC trip to the North-Western Fells. No pictures of Sunday, when Jane, Pete N, Andy and I went up Scales Fell from Scales.

Alport Castles

Sunday 14th February 1993

CUHWC trip to the Peak District, where I walked with Adam and Julia from Bamford over Win Hill and Alport Castles to Fairholmes.

Yorkshire Dales

Weekend 23rd and 24th January 1993

CUHWC trip staying at Hawes Youth Hostel.


Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 6th January 1993

CUHWC New Year trip to the Eskdale Centre at Boot.



Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th December 1992

Backpacking to Tunskeen bothy, then helping repair it.

Central Highlands

Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th December 1992

Backpacking from Dalwhinnie to Kinloch Rannoch via Corrour.

Pictures from 1992

Sunday 20th December 1992

Various pictures taken during 1992.


Weekend 28th and 29th November 1992

CUHWC trip to the Lake District.

Arrochar Alps

Weekend 14th and 15th November 1992

A backpacking weekend with Adam Nelson and Gareth Jones.


Weekend 31st October and 1st November 1992

Weekend trip to Capel Curig.


Saturday 17th October 1992

Freshers' meet with CUHWC.

Almscliff Crag

Tuesday 1st September 1992

Climbing with Jane.

Northwest Highlands

Wednesday 17th to Thursday 25th June 1992

CUHWC summer trip to Wester Ross.

Climbing in the Peak District

Weekend 23rd and 24th May 1992

A weekend with Ian and Martin to Chatsworth Edge, Millers Dale and Staden Quarry.


Weekend 2nd and 3rd May 1992

CUHWC trip to the Rhinog hills and Cadair Idris.


Lake District

Wednesday 11th September 1991

On the way back from Glen Coe, I spent a couple of days traversing the Central Fells from north to south.

Glen Coe

Wednesday 4th to Monday 9th September 1991

A week camping near the Clachaig.

Dales backpacking with Clare

Saturday 24th August 1991

Backpacking from Nidderdale to Wharfedale with Clare Woodall and a couple of her friends.

Four Summits

Weekend 4th and 5th May 1991

CUHWC attempt on Skiddaw, Sca Fell, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn in 24 hours. ...

Easter backpacking in the Lake District

Tuesday 2nd to Monday 8th April 1991

CUHWC Easter trip from Blencathra to Langdale via Skiddaw, the Northwestern and Western Fells.

Yorkshire Dales

Weekend 9th and 10th March 1991

Fountains Fell and Malham Tarn on Saturday; Ingleborough and Whernside on Sunday.

Pictures from 1991

Thursday 7th February to Tuesday 5th March 1991

Various pictures taken during 1991.

Peak District walk

Sunday 17th February 1991

Day trip walking along Stanage Edge.


Sunday 30th December 1990 to Wednesday 9th January 1991

My first ever trip with the Cambridge University Hillwalking Club. ...


West Highland Way

Thursday 23rd to Tuesday 28th August 1990

After visiting Scotland for the first time in July, I was quick to return.


Wednesday 1st August 1990

First trip to Scotland - I backpacked from Schiehallion, but only have pictures of Fort William where I finished.

Lake District

Sunday 18th and Monday 19th February 1990

Solo backpacking from Foxfield to Patterdale and beyond.


Cumbria Way

Tuesday 22nd to Monday 28th August 1989

Solo backpacking trip through the Lake District.