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July 10 – 12: Camping, S Wales: CANCELLED

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Sept 25 – 27: Forest of Dean / Wye Valley.  YHA-based meet, cost and no of places TBA.

Oct 23 – 25: Dartmoor.  South Dartmoor Bunkhouse at Buckfastleigh.  16 places @ TBA each.

Nov 20 – 22: Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club Hut, ‘Lowstern’ at Clapham. 16 places @ £24 each.

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Caban Cader Idris nr Dolgellau, North Wales

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Caban Cader Idris nr Dolgellau, North Wales.
Three groups set out to climb Cadair Idris from various angles on Saturday.
Meet Report: Caban Cader Idris nr Dolgellau, North Wales

Location: Caban Cader Idris nr Dolgellau, North Wales
Dates: 28th February - 2nd March 2003
Attendance: 14

Three groups set out to climb Cadair Idris from various angles on Saturday. The group I was with walked up the northern side from the caban and traversed the wonderfully rugged terrain between Cyfrwy and Gau Graig. The other groups negotiated the more dramatic southern slopes. The weather looked reasonably promising early on but soon turned 'atmospheric' as we ascended. The tops had a heavy shroud of mist and we were blasted with icy showers. I think all of us took advantage of the summit shelter during the day. By late afternoon torrential rain had set in and arriving back soaked we struggled to find enough space to hang up our sopping wet kit. The caban is big on character but rather low on comfort !

Some of us enjoyed excellent home cooking on Saturday evening, while the rest of the crew partook of the hospitality offered at the George III Hotel, Penmaenpool.

There was the usual chaos on Sunday morning as missing over trousers were located and damp engines coaxed into life. The weather looked hopeful as some of us donned soggy goretex and headed out to explore Cadair's less frequented western flank. Luckily we enjoyed a dry day with great views across surrounding hills and down to the coast. There was even a bit of sunshine to warm our lunch stop. Cadair Idris itself stayed firmly under its cloak all day and we wondered how many clear days the summit actually sees.

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