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Dear Sir,

Would Mr. Taylor care to clarify his statement in the February BB (No.251) that his self appointed Holy Trinity of the B.E.C. (Messrs Taylor, Targett and Sell) are the only real climbers in the Club?  As an unreal climber I would like to attempt to defend the other followers of the faith

Basically, rock climbing is merely an integral part of mountaineering, skiing, orienteering, snow and ice climbing and straight forward daisy picking; ramblings are also part of this great pastime.

In conversation with the three concerned, never once have I heard an appreciation of the mountains mentioned.  Surely this is one of the prime reasons for climbing as many life-long participants would agree.  I have been led to believe that when one is ‘real’ climbing one starts at the foot of the mountain and climbs by one’s chosen route to the top.  Mike Luckwill wrote about ‘real’ climbing last year (BB No.242 May 1968 – Ed).  Two routes 3,000ft. in all and a total height of gain of some 6,000ft.  But I may be mistaken.

Here in Scotland we use our local crags merely as practice grounds, not ends in themselves.  Maybe our ‘real’ climbing friends should try a typical Scottish winter weekend: - Drive 200 miles, pack camp gear 4 to 5 miles, camp, plough through snow – sometimes waist deep, carrying bivvy and climbing gear.  The routes can be up to 2,000ft. of heavily iced rock – this means often cutting steps for long periods of time.  The end of the climb at 4,000ft. and then descend to camp.  Pack up next day and descend to car.  This in my estimation constitutes ‘real’ climbing.

Before I close this letter I would like to point out that I am not trying to minimise Mr. Taylor’s feat; I am trying to point out that to be a real climber one must do what one enjoys most in the hills or on the crags and not them try to belittle anyone who doesn’t particularly see any point in it.

                        Steve Grime. Fife, Scotland.

Just a Sec

With Alan Thomas

Congratulations to Tony Meaden and Phil Kingston on their forthcoming nuptials.

Kangy was home recently on a flying visit.  He was full of admiration for the French test pilot.

On a recent holiday to the skiing area of Scotland, ‘Alfie’ managed to break his right leg when a ski hit some soft snow.  He is hobbling about on one leg chasing the cat but hopes to be back in circulation shortly.

Perhaps it is time to remind members that all trips by club members should be written up in the club log, according to the rules of the club.  It does not matter that members, caving or climbing, do not return to the Belfry, where the log is kept, immediately after the trip; it does not matter if the dates are out of order.  Try to remember after a trip to write it up in the log as soon as possible after the event.

Could St. Cuthbert’s leaders also ensure that every member of their party signs the St. Cuthbert’s Log before going down the cave.  This, of course, is the book in which the leader should also write details of the trip.

It is hoped that the Club exhibition, which is on show in Wells Museum from 14th to 25th April, may go ‘on tour’ afterwards.  We should be glad to hear from anyone who can suggest a suitable venue for an exhibition of ‘Caves and Caving’ during May or June.  This could take the form of either 12’ x 6’ or 6’ x 6’ show case of exhibits.