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Mehefin/June 2019 Newsletter


Annwyl Aelod/Dear Member

Here’s an update on happenings in Clwb Dringo.


Meets List for the next few months

There is another varied programme of walks in the next few months.

 Do come along to as many meets as you are able to, and don’t be shy to offer to lead a walk – I’m sure you’ve all got favourites, or places that you always intended to visit but haven’t yet got round to. Now is your chance!

As yet, we don’t have any “walk & pub” evenings planned to take advantage of the long days and the gorgeous summer weather (!). Any suggestions/volunteers to arrange?


Dringo a Cherdded / Climbing (yeah, right…) and Walking Meets

Meet at 9.30am in Heol y Parc, Porthmadog unless otherwise noted below

Date                                        Objective                 Leader

Sul/Sun Mehefin/June 16        Moel Hebog                            Cathy Woodhead

Sul/Sun Mehefin/June 23        Two Bridge walk                    Arwyn Jones

Sul/Sun Mehefin/June 30        To be announced                     Keith Roberts 

Sul/Sun Gorffennaf/July 14    Cader Bronwen, Berwyn o’r gogledd  John Williams 09.00 Start

Sul/Sun Gorffennaf/July 28    Arenig Fawr                   Hywel Madog.

Sul/Sun Awst/August  11       To be announced                     Keith Roberts

Sul/Sun Awst/August  25       Cwm Dwyfor                          Howard Peace  (tbc)

Sul/Sun Medi/September 8     Llwyngwril area                      Dafydd Hughes

Sul/Sun Medi/September 22   Dyserth area                            Arwyn Jones


Evening Meets

There is only one evening Meet planned so far – and it’s very different to most of our evening Meets.  Paul Smyth is taking us underneath mountains instead of up them!   It’s NEXT FRIDAY….see below.


Gwener/Fri Mehefin/June 21st     Underground in Wrysgan*                 Paul Smyth

*Meet Heol y Parc 6.00pm bring Torch/Helmet (if possible)/Gloves/Wellies/old clothes/food and drink    Note: No pub meal, but no doubt there will be a visit to a pub (if any will let us in)

Nosweithiau Cymdeithasol / Social Evenings later this year

Friday 25th October 2019      Des Marshall      Starless Rivers –Caving autobiography

Friday 29th November 2019   Stephanie O’Connor (kayaking/sailing Greenland/NW Passage)

Friday 28th February 2020     Gareth Roberts – mapping local history and photographing mountains in moonlight

Friday 27th March 2020         To be arranged


Residential Meet Report

Clwb Dringo had an Expedition to Llangollen  on 14th & 15th May 2019

Present: Cathy Woodhead, John Williams, John Parry, Carys Parry, Dick Parry, Howard Peace and Paul Smyth

The club spent two days in the Llangollen area based at Gales Hotel in the town centre and dining (and drinking) in the Ponsonby Arms and other hostelries…

Day One was a linear walk, driving over the Horseshoe Pass (Bwlch yr Oernant) to park near Pen-y-stryt and walking ten miles back to Llangollen on a combination of the Clwydian Way and the Offa’s Dyke path.  The scenery varied, changing from a peat bog area near the start to the impressive limestone escarpments of Eglwyseg and World’s End.  A highlight at the end of the walk was a visit to the ancient Castell y Brân which looms over Llangollen.

Day Two was a circular walk from Castell y Brân along the north side of the Dee valley through Trefor Woods to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.  The party divided at the aqueduct, with the Porthmadog branch of the Flat Earth Society following the canal towpath back to the Ponsonby Arms, whilst the hardcore members took the high level paths on the south side of the valley back to Llangollen and the rendezvous at the Ponsonby.

An excellent couple of days in fine weather and in good company.  Thanks to Cathy for organising the trip.

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             Cathy enjoys the sunshine               John Williams starts to run…


Overseas Residential Meet

It’s a while since we went Foreign (other than into Lloegr) so John Parry has planned a trip to Santiago de Compostela:

A walk along the Camino Inglés in Spain, with accommodation and meals arranged.  It sounds different and fun…and you don’t have to be a pilgrim, though prayers might be handy on the longer days…..

John Parry reports that up to now 5 people have paid a deposit. The walk is in October and you can get details from John at .   


Facebook & Twitter

We have a Facebook group! And there now thirty two members! Here’s a reminder: You can find it at: or simply search on

“Clwb Dringo” within Facebook.  Do join us and feel free to post relevant information and photos.    Our Twitter ‘handle’ is @ClwbDringo. Follow us if you use Twitter.


And finally……our regular feature, Pensioners at Play


Probably every member has heard of Hamish McInnes, very hard Scottish climber, inventor of climbing and rescue gear and doyen of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team. He has been a hero of mine since I started climbing quite a few decades ago, and I still have a pair of McInnes Terrordactyl ice axes that took me to steep & gnarly places that I was glad my mother couldn’t see! It was a sad moment when I ‘retired’ them for more modern gear!

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               Hamish and an early version               The infamous McInnes Terrordactyls!


I was surprised and delighted last year when the phone rang at home and it was Hamish himself on the line… “It’s Hamish here…Hamish frae Glencoe…I’m no dead, but ye probably thought I was….”.  

It turns out that he is writing another book and wanted to quote a poem that he thought perhaps the Climbers’ Club held the copyright for….and he wasn’t sure of the words…. He would like some help, please….

Anyway, the CC don’t have the copyright, but I was able to track down the poem for him, along with the copyright owner…  He emailed me, in upper case…..

“MANY MANY THANKS, LADDIE, YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED WHERE MANY HAVE FAILED….”   (If only he was talking about a tough Scottish ice climb….)


The poem is called Epitaph for A Voyageur, by a Canadian writer, and the first verse that Hamish wanted to use reads:

CHANGE was his mistress, Chance his counsellor.

  Love could not keep him. Duty forged no chain.

The wide seas and the mountains called to him,

  The grey dawns saw his camp-fires in the rain.


Nice words and they probably summarise Hamish’s long and exciting life….


That’s all folks…..


David Medcalf     01766 512115

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