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Closing Early on Saturday 21st October – Posted 17-10-17

We are hosting the AGM of Team 333 this coming Saturday evening so will be closing our doors early at 18:00 with last hot food orders at 17:30. Team 333 do stirling work raising money in support of our local Mountain Rescue team Ogwen Valley so we hope you’ll understand, rest assured the following Saturday we’ll be open as normal until 20:00. Also a quick heads up that on the night of Doug Scott’s presentation (11th November) we will again be closing early at 18:00, however if you have bought tickets for the presentation we will be able to take …

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Reach Out for Nepal – Posted 09/10/17

We are very pleased to announce that our current fund raising total for Reach Out for Nepal 2017 has now reached £10,429 which is just a fraction short of our target of £10,500. When combined with the totals raised in 2015 & 2016 this brings the total raised for the fitting out of the Melamchi School to circa £24,500 almost exactly the amount budgeted for the costs of the fitting out of not only the main School Buildings & the Science Lab. but also for the Students hostel accommodation, it is far more than we ever envisaged in our early …

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Paul’s Blog – Posted 06/10/17

It a very busy Saturday coming up if you are a runner in North Wales, as usual the various early morning park runs will kick things off. I haven’t done one yet but everybody I speak to who has seems to thoroughly enjoy them, my excuse is an early opening cafe, what’s yours? Then we have the Trefriw Mill Fell race, could well need good navigational skills if the forecast comes to fruition. A counter for both the WFRA North Wales & Welsh championship so a good & large field is expected, good luck to Gill & her team & …

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Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) – Posted 05/10/17 – Part 2

Day 4 – Courmayeur – Rifugio Bonatti After a restful night the curtains are pulled back the view just couldn’t be better, the sky is a brilliant blue, the snow-capped peaks shining in White sandwiched between buildings in the foreground to left & right, can it get any better. Well yes it can actually, the two framed peaks are the la Tour Ronde & the Aguille d’Entreves which were my warm up climbs in 2015, ‘Dorina, come & look at this, I’ve…’. Having pre-booked the Bonatti hut for the night ahead today would be a shorter day but we planned …

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Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) – Posted 05/10/17 – Part 1

Having been back for almost a week & been a good boy trying to catch up with cafe business including Reach Out for Nepal (watch this space in the coming days for a full update) it is time to put pen to paper on Dorina’s & my trip to the Alps. I am going to try & focus it from Dorina’s point of view more than mine because although it was a shared experience I have been focusing too much on my summer’s exploits whilst Dorina has been holding the fort so this post season sojourn should deservedly put her …

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Summer Opening Hours are Coming to a Close – Posted 22-08-17

Just a quick reminder that from Bank Holiday Monday onwards we will be closing at 6:00 pm with the exception of Saturday’s where we will remain open until 8:00 pm. We hope you have found time to enjoy our extended summer opening hours at some point this season.

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Paul’s Blog – Pik Lenin – Part 2 – Posted 18-08-17

The third part – After returning to ABC we spent 3 nights there using the middle evening to comprehensively review our individual acclimatisation, how we should divide into teams & what each teams strategy was going to be in order to maximise our chances of summitting. Kyle was able through his gadget to give us a 5 day weather forecast (these were less than totally reliable but did seem to give a good basis to think that it may well play ball with our preferred plans). We agreed to divide into two teams, mine consisted of Troels & Georgio, with …

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Paul’s Blog – Pik Lenin -Part 1 – Posted 18-08-17

In drafting this I’ve decided to blog in two parts simply because the length needed to cover 27 days in my usual plodding way can possibly create suicidal tendencies in those attempting to keep at it. Can I really have been back for more than a week already, well I have but from a functioning point of view it probably is a reality of no more than 2 or 3 days at best. Dorina knows me too well & hasn’t expected anything better but we were both a bit surprised by my being hit for six for most of Wednesday …

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Paul’s Blog – Posted 12/07/17

This’ll be the last you here from me for a while but hopefully no longer than that. A few thank you’s are due so here goes:- Firstly to all our customers & in particular to anyone who visited us on Sunday 9th July when we were more or less full from the moment we opened until early evening, you all seemed to wait patiently understanding we were doing our best & working our socks off. We are not quite sure why this particular Sunday was easily our second busiest day ever but if the trend continues there is only one …

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Paul’s Blog – Posted 05/07/17

My hectic June has now come & gone, I have survived it in one piece feeling physically pretty good & mentally very pleased with how it went. July started with one more obstacle to overcome, the Moel Siabod Fell Race, before I could finally focus my mind on probably my toughest challenge for the year. I won’t go into the Siabod Race as you should soon be able to see both the results & race report on the WFRA web-site, for those who cannot wait any longer for the results feel free to e-mail me at paul.hodges@hotmail.co.uk & I will …

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