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4GEE Community Cinema Club

POSTED: 19th July 2017 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Bolting, Family & Group Adventures, Gear Reviews, Qualifications, Staff @ Play, Technical Committee, Technical Courses, Video, Winter Conditions, Young People

For me, when I was young, a trip to the cinema meant a 40 min drive and a rare occasion. ​It has been great to work with EE, we have been one of the first to experience a screening from the 4GEE Community Cinema Club. What a treat… to finish a day’s rock climbing on Gimmer Crag with a movie snuggled up with a brew on a portaledge!

Our team carried 984kg of kit to...


Have you checked your camming devices recently?

POSTED: 29th November 2013 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Bolting, Gear Reviews, Qualifications, Staff @ Play, Technical Committee, Technical Courses

​I stand on the BMC Technical Committee representing the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and over recent years we have been receiving an alarming number of cam failures, these have been a result of users not checking them thoroughly for wear and tear.

Click the link here to read more on the BMC website.

Dan Robinson


Staff Day Out

POSTED: 22nd July 2011 BY: Mark
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play

​What a way to unwind after a long year. We canoed out to Peal Island with the teachers from Lindale and Marton School and had a BBQ after some fun and challenge along the way. Highlights of the afternoon / evening were jumping off the island into the lake and having a good swim about, stories over the BBQ with a small glass, then more fun as we swam under the boats and...


Boot Failure

POSTED: 30th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

Today we headed over East where it is a little colder and more snow. We skinned into the Corrie’s to climb Aladdin’s Mirror Direct, head out over the top and back down the ski runs. The plan was scuppered when Andrews boot fell apart, one of the bolts that hold the thing together fell out rendering his progression disabled so we limped back to the van and out...


Testing the Limits of Soft Shell

POSTED: 29th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

Alan Halewood was free to climb with so we headed in to have a look at what was safe and possible during this slight thaw and mild conditions. As we walked in the ice in the Castle Coire was so obvious that we went to Compression Crack. we solo’ed up to the foot of the first steep ice pitch for me to take the first lead of the day.
The second pitch traversed right...



POSTED: 28th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play

Well it would be a shame to come north and not use my new ski’s.

Today we slid about the slopes of the Nevis Range.


Sgurr Finnasg-aig Falls

POSTED: 27th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

Driving through Glencoe ice fall after ice fall were cascading off every crag and gully line. The Screan, No. 6 Gully where both in. Elliot’s Downfall was close.

It would have made sense to stop on the way through but as my climbing partner for the week was still in Kendal alternatives had to be found.
Bridget Thomas and Andrew were easily persuaded to join in...


Grey Mere’s Tale

POSTED: 26th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

So the van was packed with toys for a weeks play in Scotland with a pall from the Lake’s & keys hidden for him to drive to Moffat to pick me up after escaping from the family. Andy, Ellen, Frith and Alex dived into Andy’s car. We met another Andy at Southwaite Services before joining the swarm of Boxing day climbers.Frith lead Alex and Ellen up the RH...


Coutley Spout

POSTED: 23rd December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

Roger Chaldecott, Rich Maywhort, Steve Stout and I headed over there early this morning. We all had commitments at 9am like work and meetings so an early start it was!Conditions where good, less ice than the time I was on it back in January at the beginning of the melt but also less water!The Bottom pitch is superb, protectable via rock gear on the left and ice...