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Bullshit and Random Banter / Re: Lessons learned from Splosh 2015.
« on: February 16, 2016, 05:00:08 PM »
Got another one:


When on bosi ridge, for maximum fun make sure you place 3 hex's at once.  Photo for reference: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=915071263058&set=pb.36703002.-2207520000.1455621366.&type=3&theater

1/3 of those bits of gear might have actually held something meaning it is still statistically better than your gear in our first / second year ;)

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Diary / Re: Democracy Trip 26th - 28th Feb
« on: February 16, 2016, 04:57:26 PM »
Yeah but I always get my east and west confused!

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Bullshit and Random Banter / Lessons learned from Splosh 2015.
« on: February 15, 2016, 03:15:41 PM »
The latest instalment in the now yearly educational supplement. As with almost everything in climbing there's only one way to really learn a lesson, the hard way!


  • Playing odd or even with Crabb* will end badly.  (*or anyone with an equally pre-pubescant hairless chest)
  • It is possible to fit three grown men in the back of a shit convertible peugeot.
  • When you find out the driver has had sex on the back seat of said peugeot you suddenly all get less excited about this achievement.
  • Trying to find a new crag on meadery day is a poor call.
  • Fig 8s are clearly a vital piece of climbing gear and should be carried at all times, ideally multiples of them, if you're not climbing useful places to put them include your sleeping bag...
  • It is possible (in a non hypothermic way) to climb topless at splosh.
  • Cams that have been welded into a crack for many many years are good psychological gear, until you climb high enough to see that its so corroded a good sneeze could dislodge it.
  • Solar lights for your tent are a ridiculous addition and everyone else will endlessly mess with them to remind you of this point.
  • Bunting for your tent will not survive the wind either
  • In fact pretty much all tent decoration is out...
  • If you're up and ready, getting back into your tent at the other end of the field to read your book is likely to result in missing the bus.
  • 3/4 of a bottle of pinot grigio is considered too much for meadery pre drinks.
  • The author still questions the life choices that lead to considering pre drinking for the meadery a good idea.
  • Mushrooms should be smuggled into all club meals when Crabb's back is turned.
  • Driving to cornwall only for the meadery seems like a much better idea before your car starts to reallly struggle with life.
  • Don't panic buy 2 days worth of club food in 15 minutes unless you want to feel like dale winton.
  • The best way to do your first E1 is in ignorance of its grade.
  • If you want to enjoy seconding Joe Potter, suggest he doesn't bother taking his offset nuts with him.
  • The walk out of saxon is more dangerous than actually climbing it.
  • Pubs are not for sleeping in (apparently)
  • random Internet strangers very occasionally make good, real, non-rapey climbing partners. Very occasionally
  • Agreeing to meet said random internet strangers in a field in rural cornwall is definitely the best way to find out.
Additions welcomed!


Lessons from previous years are here for further education:
2014: http://www.surreyclimbs.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5734.0
2013: http://www.surreyclimbs.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5659.0
2012: http://www.surreyclimbs.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5516.0


Splosh dates for this year are: 23rd-30th March (possible tuesday night bus on 22nd)

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Diary / Re: Democracy Trip 26th - 28th Feb
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:48:49 PM »
Yeah I used "peak" to mean Stanage, Burbage etc etc. As opposed to roaches and Hen cloud.

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Diary / Re: Democracy Trip 26th - 28th Feb
« on: February 15, 2016, 11:19:23 AM »
Poll now available. Will close on the 17th at 10:30am

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Diary / Re: 12/2 - 14/2 Wye Wye Wye Delilah.....
« on: February 12, 2016, 11:32:13 AM »
Camping nearer monmouth cox, Climbing symonds yat on sat.


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Diary / Democracy Trip 26th - 28th Feb
« on: February 10, 2016, 10:50:11 AM »
Right we're going to swanage.


Bus will leave saturday AM. Hopefully staying at scout hall at langton matravers which means warm!
Club food will occur so post any allergies etc.


Because accom is tbc (therefore exact cost) and it will obviously depend on numbers attending please pay a 15 deposit and there may be a small balance to pay upon return (I'd guess somwhere between 0 and 10)



Ali's Car:
Ali
Helen
Colin (?)
Pip
(Alan, Marie ???)


Twindle / Lucas's Car
Twindle
Lucas
Joe
Abi




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Diary / Re: 12/2 - 14/2 Wye Wye Wye Delilah.....
« on: January 29, 2016, 05:05:35 PM »

Also I have an allergy to peanuts. And I don't eat meat.  :D

I'm no longer the most pesky(-tarian) person to feed!!  :P

Also note how I won with the whole diet conversion thing!  :D

1) I cannot believe ellie has gone veggie on us
2) Claiming to have 'won' any debate with your girlfriend is never a good idea...

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Diary / Re: 12/2 - 14/2 Wye Wye Wye Delilah.....
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:13:02 PM »
Count me in :) I should be able to leave work early and make the bus, but the closer to 19:00 the better.


1900 departure isn't outrageous.


I have a 12 seater and 9 seater booked so we can select whichever we prefer once people are signed up.


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Diary / Re: 12/2 - 14/2 Wye Wye Wye Delilah.....
« on: January 23, 2016, 05:07:19 PM »
Hey, so how do i know if my membership is all sorted? I've payed the fee and sent in the form so i guess thats fine?   
Also, what time do you normally leave at, just so I can figure out if i can make it from work in time!

Cheers, Magnus.


We'd be looking to leave somewhere between 6 and 7 I'd say.

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Diary / Re: 12/2 - 14/2 Wye Wye Wye Delilah.....
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:38:37 AM »
What are the details for the USMC bank a/c again? And if anyone has a spare tent space can I claim, I have sleeping bag (but no mat - will endevour to get one soon)


You can find them in the members only area of the forum. If not I'll message you them. - Remember to include your name and "USMC" in the reference somewhere.

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Diary / 12/2 - 14/2 Wye Wye Wye Delilah.....
« on: January 21, 2016, 09:08:08 PM »
Right I've sorted my shit!

Looking for an excuse to get out of Valentines day? I have the solution for you! ;)

Wye valley is here.

What do you need to know?:
1) We leave friday night come back sunday
2) It's in Wales but don't let that put you off
3) We're camping (Hollah if you need a tent space or sleeping bag)
4) There is trad and sport available (one each day could be a winner)
5) I will do club dinner on the Saturday night for the standard cost of 3 per head > Tell me about allergies! Or non meat eating.
6) Total cost anticipated to be 28 assuming I have a sensible number on the bus.


Want to come? Ofc you do.
Do the following:


1) Pay 28 into USMC bank a/c and post ref below or give me cash. (25 if you don't want dinner. Anyone wanting to camp only bring 10 cash)
2) Make sure membership is sorted.
3) Let me know about tents / food


Roll up roll up, first paid first served.


1) Nash
2) Izzy (d) (paid)
3) Thom Cousins (paid)
4) Magnus (paid nash 30 cash)
5) Ellie (paid)
6) Joe Potter (Paid w/ roaches money)
7)  Jacob Rawson (Paid)
8 ) Ali G (paid)
9)
10)
11)
12)

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Climbing Trips / Re: Red Spider 28/11
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:01:12 PM »
Nash is currently trying to get a bus arranged (cos he's a nice guy and is helping me!)

Well said Si ;)

Unfortunately bus is a no-go.

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Diary / 5/12 - 6/12 Portland Trip: The one with all the sport
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:39:57 AM »
Roll up roll up

Freshers: No Safety Test Pass = No Trip

This is the last outdoors trip of the year heading down south to Portland for some bolt clipping based sport action.


For the uninitiated Sport is a different style of climbing more like leading indoors: the net result is that you're more likely to get to lead something, even if not you will probably do more climbing in a day than if it was Trad (I.e. freshers trip).


Buses will leave early saturday morning and blaze down. Climbing saturday.

We're staying in the bunker which is a great bunk house on portland. This year we are sharing the bunker so we are limited to 9 PEOPLE ONLY - also one of these 9 will have to crash on a bedroom floor or spoon it out. (It was the best I could do)


We will do club dinner on the saturday night at the usual cost of 3 so please hollah if you are a vegetarian or allergic to anything. Menu is likely to be red splat which is something approximating to bolognaise.


Potential for some club breakfast if people are keen probably around the 1.50 / 2 mark. (fry up)

Like I say only 9 spaces, anyone else wanting to come above that will need to day trip it or find another place to stay.


Total cost of trip will be 30 assuming the bus runs full (+3 for dinner) (+2?? For breakfast) (This is a tad more expensive than freshers trip because of the cost of the bunker).


One more thing: I'm not going because I'm off to watch the Mighty Quins destroy London Irish so I will need someone to be club cook and to pay the bunker lady. As per freshers trip I will do all the bus related faff on the friday evening.


You want to come?

Ofc you do!


Pay 33 into club a/c and post ref below or give to me in cash. First paid first served.


Peace Out

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Hey, any chance I could borrow a sleeping mat if there are any spares? :)


Already spoken to Jacob about this. I have zero idea how many matts we actually have. If you get chance going to sports direct, field and trek or someone and buying a foam one for the weekend might be good. I will put as many on the bus as we have (quantity unknown).

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Please may I borrow a sleeping mat too?


Yeah hopefully we have enough!

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Do i need to do anything to renew the bus licence? I can't remember the last time i filled in a form for it..


(btw i paid)


Unless you've changed address or had any points / convictions no need to do anything.

Errrr... I may need that form then as I have definetly driven the bus since I have moved... :S
Do you have a link/copy?? Best to get it sorted whilst I remember..


Only worry if the address on your drivers license has changed I think. Email leonie l.short@surrey.ac.uk

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Diary / Re: Swanage Day Trip 21/11
« on: November 08, 2015, 05:51:23 PM »
Paid with club credit USMC TAMMY COTTON - sorry to be awkward!
this is not an issue . still achieves the aim of reducing number of transactions.


however why have you given me a ref if it was credit?

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no worries, i think i've got a few spare bags. Best if someone reminds me though so i don't forget!


I will try. On the topic of your gear, I have one of your krabs. It was attached to the VF kit I borrowed and I just found it buried in my house.

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I can bring some spare sleeping bags and a roll mat


Sleeping bags could be good if you don't mind. Club has tonnes of matts at so it should be ok.

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