Mountain Talk

Mountain Talk
Paul’s Blog

My running is now firmly back on track which a great thing to be able to say, the latest outing saw me join in with a very good turnout for ‘Rory’s run’ yesterday morning in memory of Rory O’Donnell who tragically died last year at an all too early age. It was a new & unique experience to be a part of a very special run.

My lead in to Cho Oyu in now firmly underway, the running mileage has increased, the Core Exercises have begun but the most important step so far was last weeks visit to Scotland with my old’er mate Kean where we met up with Cath of Leading Edge to practice rope & snow skills. In truth we didn’t find much snow but Cath managed to simulate ropework without this minor detail. Day 1 saw a first summit, for me at least, in Glen Coe (why has it taken me so long) bookended by two jumar climbs before & an abseil down a vertiginous Grassy cliff which my crampons duly ploughed up. This may not sound technical but the crux is trying to manage ropes, carabiner’s, figures of 8’s etc. whilst wearing high altitude Mitts, dexterity was something lost in the mists. Cath was very patient as I struggled to see the light.

The second day saw Kean (still suffering from Man Flu, we’d forgotten to take the Man up Spray purchased years ago from Tim on Monte Rosa) swan off for an enjoyable 2 hour climb at Kinglochleven’s Ice Wall whilst Cath changed our plans based on inside knowledge to Aonach Mor’s Northern rib, Aonach an Nid, where at approximately 1,000 metres we found the Holy Grail, a large bank of snow at approximately 50 degree angle. Cath soon had the rope system in place & simulation of the crux of Cho Oyu could begin. There followed a number of abseils with me each time then switching to the jumar & coming back up the rope for another go. Slowly the dexterity conundrums of the day before were solved, sometimes with Cath’s help & sometimes I’m pleased to say with me thinking them through & out by myself. It was a very rewarding day & I have Cath to thank very much for her thoughtful input over both days, she was very good company to boot & I could not praise Leading Edge enough to anyone who wants to improve their hill & ropes skills, I mean I even wore crampons on a frozen tufty grass bank, what a revelation that alone was!

Next day with Cath heading South Kean & I replicated the system on easy ground so that I could talk him through the issues, I can see us practicing frequently in the weeks ahead, we like many are praying for snow in Snowdonia soon.

At the end of this week Dorina & I head for the Alps to ski but my core exercises & running will be maintained so it will only be a minor blip in my Cho Oyu prep. I have a hunch that upon our return Snowdonia will be white & Kean will get the summons ‘sod The Bond (an excellent book), you should have read that by now, get your ass over here, mate!’

Finally a quick yet deep note to Nick who despite pre-event nerves gave an excellent & enthralling presentation at the café the Saturday before last, it was a sell out raising £500 for our Reach Out for Nepal fund. I think I can speak for everyone who was in the room when I say very well done Nick & thank you!

Café News

Whilst I was away in Scotland last week (more of that in my blog later) Eric Jones paid a visit to the Café & Dorina jumped on him, not literally I hope, to get him to sign the copies of his books we have to sell. Ever the gentleman that he is he duly obliged so we now have approximately 20 of Eric’s book ‘A Life on the Edge’ available for sale. These are in addition to signed copies of Doug Scott’s books (Up & About & The Ogre) as well as Julie Carter’s ‘Running the Red Line’ & of course Nick’s ‘Photographing the Snowdonia Mountains’. They are all well worth a read.

Our next event is coming around fast with Bandabacana’s latest visit to the Café less than 3 weeks away. It is always a great night out with dancing from beginning to end, with it being their 15th anniversary we expect it’ll be even more special this year. Full details on our events page.

Open MIC Night Cancelled

We are sad to announce that tonight’s Open MIC Night has had to be cancelled, on behalf of Alan Mannouch who has had to commit to an un-scheduled work shift we offer his sincere apologies. Alan hope to make up for this in the coming weeks so watch this space.

Paul’s Blog – A belated return

Well it has been some time now since I’ve prattled on about what I get up to but before I offer apologies or justifications for my absence let me first get to a more important point.

A huge thank you from all of us involved at the Café to all our customers & supporters who voted for us in the TGO Magazine annual awards helping us get top spot in the ‘Café or Restaurant’ category winning their Gold Award. After some very near misses in recent years it really was appreciated by all of us & helps maintain enthusiasm to keep up the hard work. Of course winning the award does not mean we are the best but it does show that we are recognised & appreciated by many & that, believe me, means an awful lot!

Now back to my absence, there have been tales to tell & thoughts of telling them but three factors have combined to stop me & before you know it time has passes & the time for telling tales felt like it too had passed. So a few words instead about those three factors (for those who repeatedly verbally hear about 2 of these only read the third one).

Factor 1 – Wood – With tree falls in land adjacent to our garden affecting both the A. 470 & one of our garden walls, wood stores have dominated much of my Autumn. The Trunk Road Agency responded correctly & recently cut down in excess of 200 trees below our driveway to remove further risk but we now feel naked for all the world to see. Whilst not receiving much of this wood bonanza over the last 3 months collectively we received enough to keep my chain saws whirring on a regular basis meaning some ill winds have at least replenished our stores & kept me busy.

Factor 2 – A Victorian House needs Maintenance – After some years of neglect the summer of 2015 saw me commence an external painting programme of the house. Further progress was made in 2016 but 2017 saw the distraction of Pik Lenin get in the way meaning that by late summer 2018 there was still plenty to do. ‘Dorina, how about a working holiday at home this September?’, the Angel duly agreed, painting was back in business (although in truth the first tree fall did divert us for a few days). Over the next few months I slowly made progress (this helped by the wonderful discovery of a ‘Sash’ brush somewhat belatedly, I won’t bore you with this decorating delight further as I tend to appear as becoming a tad ‘sad’) culminating in last Friday seeing me contorting my body to complete the final Double Hung Sash Window painting it’s outside from inside, not an easy trick! My god that felt good, a little thing to feel very proud of. To boot during those months I’ve also turned my brushes on some inside rooms but will now enforce a sabbatical & move my focus towards Spring 2019, more of which later.

Factor 3 – Events at the Café – It has been our busiest season of events at the Café ever this Autumn. To all of you who came along to them a big thank you for supporting the speakers/organiser’s. Eight events in ten weeks with at one stage 4 sell outs within a month took some organising & promoting. To those I failed to thank, here at least, they were a great success & we were delighted to help bring them to fruition, my appreciation & thanks to all involved.

So you see these three factors affected not only ‘Paul’s blog’ but also Paul’s running but thankfully a final end of year spurt has seen the running return. Christmas & the New Year are times to turn a corner (although yesterday’s announcement of Nick Livesey presentation on 5th January means events continue to flow), January 1st is set, train, train, plan, plan, blog about it, Spring & Cho Oyu you have my attention from here-on.

The time to blog about failed headtorch in the Petzl night run, that Beddgelert to Waunfawr headwind in the Snowdon Marathon, those fantastic events at the Café etc. etc. is long gone, good stories all, please forgive my silence.

PS. There was one more factor in truth, mentally at times not where I’ve wanted to be for a variety of reasons but I know how to fix that, run Paul run…….

Nick Livesey Presentation now confirmed

I am delighted to announce that Nick has agreed to give an illustrated presentation of his ‘The Journey of a Mountain Photographer’ at our Café on Saturday 5th January. Our apologies for the Short notice but we felt the time was particularly apt as it follows on from the very successful launch of Nick’s superb book, signed copies of which are available at the Café & on the night itself. Full details of the presentation are listed on our Events page, we hope you can make it.

More Breaking News

We are delighted to announce a couple of new dates in our Events diary.

Firstly our ‘very own’ Nick Livesey long awaited photographic book on Snowdonia has now been printed & is available from this Thursday.

I am pleased to announce that Nick has agreed to do a book signing event at the Café to coincide with the forthcoming Christmas Quiz (in support of OVMRO) on Saturday 15th December. So to secure your signed copy simply put the date in your diary & come along between 5:00 & 8:00 pm to meet & talk to the Photographer/Author, aka as Nick.

If you can’t make the night itself copies of the book will be available through a variety of outlets including the likes of Cotswold Outdoors, Waterstones etc. etc. & of course from our counter too.

Next up Bandabacana are returning to the Café on Saturday 2nd February, they need no introduction but it will be part of their 15 years together celebrations so even livelier than normal. Full details on our Events page, thanks for agreeing to come back again guys, it’s appreciated!

Finally a reminder that the Christmas Quiz is nearly upon us so why not plan to combine the whole evening with Nick & Mike Lees as the double act.

Brazilian Line World Premiere

With the BMC’s Winter Skills lecture (presented by Sam Leary & Mick Jones) a sell out tonight your final opportunity to come to the Cafe for a presentation this Autumn is only 6 days away in the form of Filmuphigh’s ‘Brazilian Line’ on Wednesday 28th November. Tickets are still available but with our last 3 presentations having sold out be sure to book to guarantee your seats. Full details are on our Events page.

Doug Scott’s signed books now back in Stock!

An added bonus of Doug’s visit to the Cafe is that he re-supplied us with signed copies of his latest two books, we’d sold out of previous batches weeks ago. Copies are again on sale from our counter with 100% of the sale price going to the author himself, details are:-

The Ogre – £20 – Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent.

Up & About (Hardback) – £24 – Biography of Doug’s ‘Hard Road to Everest’

Up & About (Paperback 2nd Edition – £14.95

Both books are excellent reads be sure to secure your copies you won’t be disappointed.

Doug & Tut’s presentation last Saturday

It was a memorable night despite those IT Glitches early on so I’ll address those first as lets be honest is was both embarrassing & frustrating in equal measure. My apologies on behalf of all those involved with both the inadequate volume on the CAN video hotly followed by the ‘loss’ of Tut’s slides (not Tut’s fault I hasten to add) led to the lights going back on & a significant delay. The patience the audience gave as Marion, Denise, John, Doug & Tut frantically tried to work things out was really appreciated so thank you very much for this. The biggest thanks must go to Steve Hobden a friend of the cafe who was in the audience & speeded up the up-loading of the correct programme significantly, thank you Steve!

What I can say is that Doug, Tut & Denise were far from happy about the whole situation, over breakfast at our place the following morning plans for their next matinee presentation at Brecon later the same day detailed discussions led to revised plans being put into place to ensure there was no repeat of the problems of the night before.

As to the content of the presentations themselves we had earlier been given an in depth insight into CAN’s excellent work in Nepal to help restore communities in remote areas which had been literally devastated in the 2015 quake. It highlighted to me that the reason we are lucky enough to have luminaries (which Doug & Tut certainly are) giving presentations in our Johnny come lately Cafe is simply our & our friends desire to help CAN help the people in Nepal. My reading of the audiences patience is that they saw an IT Glitch (or two) in the context of this wider picture.

Once the Glitches were past Tut began ‘The Hard Road to Everest’ with an insight into his getting into climbing & natural progression onto harder routes in the Alps & beyond, his empathy & appreciation of many climbing partners who helped him along this journey was deep felt & touching to see & hear. Their had been no Everest plan, simply with experience & reputation gained the ‘Everest’ phone rang, he & Nick Estcourt broke the rock barrier & more & 1975 entered Britain’s Everest history books for good.

There followed a shortened break before Doug began an auction of his signed photographic prints, this went really well & raised a further £2,100 for CAN. To all those who took part in the bidding thank you on behalf of CAN, Doug was delighted with the interest you showed & depth you dug into your pockets.

We moved on the the second half of the presentation, this time it was Doug’s turn to portray his own journey on the road to Everest. Times were different back then it wasn’t just a matter of kit not being what it is today (a slightly curved Chouinard single axe being a notable case in point) the logistics, scrimping, making it up as you go along tenacity made these men what they were. Doug freely admitted the fortune that shone on him as a result of Tut & Nick’s fortitude allowing him & Dougal to (along with Chris as expedition leader) receive the bulk of the accolades, but as they all knew it had been a team game executed immaculately until a post summit day storm put pay to Tut’s & others own summit hopes as well as leading to the death of one of their friends, Mick Burke, success & tragedy sum up the expedition.

After the main event the audience again showed their patience allowing John to sum up & me to present a cheque on behalf of Reach Out for Nepal 2018 to Doug for £8,000. Marion recorded it on camera & sent me over the photo’s the next day with a covering ‘Doug looks very emotional’. As I looked at these, particularly the first one with Doug & my arms around each other, my thoughts were ‘yes Marion your right but I’ve seen photo’s of me before too & in this one I can see the emotion in me too’.

There are many thank you’s to all who made everything linked to Saturday happen but I’ll single out the guy who set us out on the road that led us to Doug & CAN, Leo Holding at the 2015 Keswick Mountain Festival  just one month after the quake hit. Kean (first), take that as the best apology you’ll get mate, followed by John have informed me that Leo is giving a presentation at Caernarfon in March next year, John stop reading & reserve the tickets please!

Denise, we felt the pressure you bore early on Saturday, but lets be clear the wider picture is what matters & it is now in it’s rightful context of a lesson learned for Brecon & nothing more than that. A small CAN team do so much good, we applaud you all!

Reach Out for Nepal Update

Thank you to everyone involved in any way with this years fund raising for the Melamchi School, with Doug Scott’s next presentation at the cafe only days away I am pleased to give the following update on both the fund raising & the School itself, so here goes:-

The total raised to date in 2018 is £8,061.80 which is significantly higher than our earlier expectations of around 5/6K, simply a great result. This figure will go higher due to a Gift Aid application I need to make for my sponsors so the final figure should exceed £8,400.00.

We will present Doug with a cheque made out to Community Action Nepal on Saturday for £8,000.00 leaving a small residual balance in our Reach Out for Nepal bank account.

The total now raised to date for the School is now a staggering £34,450.41 since our first Reach Out for Nepal day in 2015 got underway a little over 3 years ago. In addition through the Cafe sales of Prints, Tickets for Doug’s presentations & sales of CAN’s goods & artefacts have raised a further £10,500.00, this money goes to CAN’s general funds for use on other projects. We have also sold £808.00 worth of Doug’s books with this money going rightly to the Author himself, how he finds the time to write them I really don’t know, well I do actually but it’s not for me to say!

Progress of the school & it’s hostel is being monitored by us as closely as possible given the high workload of Doug & his small team i.e. we don’t like to push too hard for detailed updates. What we do know is that the Girls hostels (3 Buildings) were completed by Spring this year & were officially opened during CAN’s Spring visit on 27th April. At that time the boys hostels were substantially built & post monsoon work to complete them & fit them out has re-commenced with completion expected this winter. As for the school itself progress is less clear but we are hoping for a fuller picture after Doug has visited us, that said the fit out of the hostels represented over two thirds of the £25K we targeted to raise so our monies raised are making an impact.

John Rowell is in contact with Purma, the Headmaster, & has made provisional plans to visit the School in Spring 2019 at John’s own cost to improve both our link with the School as well as give a detailed report on progress etc.

Subject to actual costs being fairly in line with Budgets we will have substantial funds still ring-fenced for the School within CAN’s funds. With the School continuing to expand but with the Government taking over day to day running of the School from CAN IN 2020 as CAN itself focuses on other works in the North Gorkha region we will await John’s visit before opening a debate on where these proceeds & indeed future fund raising should be targeted. From where I am sat the priorities need to be ensuring we maintain our contact with the school whilst ensuring that funds are going to the Coal face so to speak & this may well mean focusing future funds raised on CAN’s other projects or a specific one.

Finally & on a more immediate note Doug will be bringing more signed book copies down with him, selling artefacts on the night as well as auctioning more of his photographic prints so if you have booked tickets please bring a bit of cash or better still a bit of plastic, it’s all in a good cause. If you don’t have tickets but would like to come & listen to Doug & Tut please be quick & call the Cafe on 01690 720429, we only have 6 tickets left!

Thank you for giving your time & more.

Paul

Saturday 10th November

This Saturday sees us welcome Doug Scott CBE as he (together with Paul ‘tut’ Braithwaite) gives his presentation ‘The Hard Road to Everest’. Tickets have been selling well in recent days but we still have 12 left so if you want to attend please e-mail us or call the cafe on 01690 720429 as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

As last Saturday when Susanne Sholtz gave her excellent presentation about the history & behavioural patterns of the Carneddau Ponies (thank you Susanne) we will be closing our kitchen early to allow us to prepare the Cafe for Doug so please note that last hot food orders will be at 6:00 pm.

Doug will once again be selling a variety of books & artefacts as well as auctioning a number of prints, all monies going to Community Action Nepal. Hope to see you there.

 

Saturday 3rd November & Breaking News of a New Event

This coming Saturday sees us hosting Susanne’s Scholt’s Carneddau Pony Presentation with a packed house so please note that last hot food orders will be at 6:00 pm & not the usual 7:30 pm.

I am delighted to announce that our friend Rob Johnson & his Filmuphigh have chosen us as a venue to premiere his film ‘Brazilian Line’ with he date being Wednesday 28th November. Full details will be on our events page later this morning.

Finally if you here any screams in Bettws between 12:45 & 1:45 today do not call the police, it’s simply me having physio on my calves which are still as tight as hell from the Snowdon Marathon last Saturday, just why do I run ‘fast’ on tarmac? Well O.K. the scenery, the atmosphere, the supporters, the sense of achievement, definitely a case of Type 2 pain followed by Type 2 pain if you get my drift.

Weekend News

First things first, this Saturday (27th) sees us again hosting Team 333’s AGM. They do excellent work in raising funds for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation (our local rescue team). I point this out because as such we will be closing at the earlier time of 6:00 pm with last hot food orders being 17:30 pm, we trust you will understand.

Earlier in the day I & some 2,000+ others will be running & sometimes walking the classic Snowdon Marathon. Please note that the Llanberis pass will be closed from 10:00 am to Midday & that parking in Llanberis is going to be difficult, don’t park illegally as you will sadly receive a ticket. Of course good luck to all those taking part be you Organiser’s & their helpers, spectators (wrap up warm) & the runners themselves who probably like me are still thinking about kit, kit & more kit! Great event to be a part of, hope to see you in one form or another.

Finally & here is where the weekend rolls into Monday & Tuesday as the next 4 days are the last that you can cast a vote for our Cafe, if you feel so inclined we would be delighted to receive your votes, simply visit www.tgoawards2018. It only takes a few moments & there are several other local Snowdonia businesses nominated in other categories (inc. Plas y Brenin’s bar which I failed to mention in a previous post). Good luck to all the nominees for getting this far.

Now back to kit………….?

Fun Quiz Night (for all Dog lovers) – 20th October 2018

A final reminder for an enjoyable night out at the Cafe this coming Saturday. Organised by our good friend Hazel Robbins & hosted by the ever great value Mike Lees we hope you can join us for a lively quiz with plenty of laughs & scratching of heads all in aid of the Little Adoption Shop which rescues abused dogs in China.

Full details on our events page, the night will include an Auction & a Raffle, our thanks to everyone who has donated items to help this cause.

Paul’s Blog – Events

Well by now I had intended to have blogged about my endeavours in the classic Peris Horseshoe Fell race the Saturday before last but with time passing & the fantastic Autumnal colours now putting on their show (it’s a joy to be running through them at this time of year, if only I could sprint onto the scene in the way that they have this year) I feel (as they say) to have been overtaken by Events & Cafe Events at that, so:-

Thanks Tim for a thoroughly insightful & enjoyable insight last Friday into your year as a mountain guide, we were left thinking we need to do more as much as feeling admiration at the professionalism & self analysis which you put into your work & lifestyle in equal measure.

Looking forward, tickets for Susanne Schultz’ presentation about the Carneddau Ponies have been under constant demand. Out of the 100 tickets allocated we have just 5 left so if you are not coming into the Cafe in the next 24 hours & want to reserve tickets it’d be best to phone us on 01690 720429, sorry make that 4 now! 

Doug Scott returns to us on 10th November, this too has been a sell out in the two previous years, there are still plenty of tickets available at the moment but with sales picking up again I’d urge you to reserve your tickets sooner rather than later.

Before both of these we have our ‘Fun Quiz Night’ for all dog lovers (you don’t need a dog to enter) hosted by the ever reliable man of Doctor Who & the Left, Mike Lees. No need to reserve tickets but you might want to reserve a table so as not to be disappointed. The night will include an Auction as well as a Raffle with all proceeds including entry fee going to the dog charity The Little Adoption Shop.

Finally an event that is not happening, Alan Mannouch is taking a long overdue sabbatical from hosting our Open MIC Nights so the one planned for the last Saturday in November will not take place (note the October one was off already due to our hosting Team 333’s AGM on that night). Note: Alan will be hosting our Open MIC on 29th December to help  lead us towards the New Year.

To all the runners taking part in Matt Ward’s Petzl Night run on Saturday night good luck, with over 3 hours of running mostly in the dark & with a ‘troubled’ forecast on the cards we may well need a bit of luck on top of our self-determination!

The Great Outdoors Magazine Awards – 2018

We are delighted to be shortlisted again for this years TGO Annual awards in the best Cafe category making it 4 years running that we have made the short list so thanks to all those who recommended us.

Voting is now underway so if you feel we deserve your vote simply visit www.tgomagazine.co.uk & click on the Awards tab, you should find us on the 2nd page, your support would be greatly appreciated by all of us at the Cafe.

There are a number of other local businesses who are nominated in other categories so hopefully they’ll get your votes too, in particular Joe Brown’s are nominated in the Independent retailer, they are most supportive of our cafe & have great kit to boot so they got my vote. Cotswold Outdoor got my vote in the Chain retailer, basically the Betws store greets me with a welcoming smile every time I walk in (is that because that’s very often) & continue to support the Moel Siabod Fell race as well as help promote our events.

Cunningham’s also get short listed in the Independent retailer & two local camp sites, Dol Gam & Gwern gof Uchaf also get nominated in the best Camp site, both have had busy years so that’ll be a close call.

Voting doesn’t take long so if you can find time to do so between now & 31st October to support the Betws/Capel nominees it’d be great, thanks.

Tim Blakemore’s Presentation – A Year as a Mountain Guide – Friday 5th October

A final reminder that tomorrow our good friend Tim gives his presentation about his working life in the Outdoor World, tickets can be reserved at our counter or by phoning the Cafe on 01690 720429. We should also be able to accomodate a few walk ins but best to reserve just to be sure.

Please note last hot food orders are 5:30 as usual but we should be able to rustle up some late Goulash after that for anyone who is attending the presentation until approx. 7:00 pm. Extended drinks license with presentation kicking off at 8:00 pm.

Hope to see you there.

Paul’s Blog – Peris Horseshoe Race – Saturday 29th September

With on the day entries still thankfully permitted there is still time to commit to this classic long race which starts at 11:00 am & of course for those looking for an ‘easy’ option there is always the short course option. Both provide an incredible experience, I can highly recommend them. 

As for me I was certainly looking forward to the long peris hoping my recent run in the Ultra Trail Wales would stand me in good stead. Alas the extraction of a large molar tomorrow leaves this all in doubt, the Dentists last words were ‘It’s going to hurt & you will need pain killers for a few days’, not exactly music to my ears, don’t bite on a polo, it’s expensive & …… Of course pain killers, heavy sweating in a race are not recommended for the old Kidneys, this could be a time to be sensible.

So with this doubt in mind I edged my bets & got out for a 21 miler yesterday (after a 10 miler on Monday which had gone very well), good effort but felt sluggish or was it a recent tick bite & the subsequent Lyme’s disease type rash playing with my mind. Either way at least I’ve got one long run in this week, is there a 2nd left in me?

Whether I make it to the start line or not best of luck to all those who do take part, enjoy the pain (Fell runners are very good at this) & of course good luck to Stuart (race organiser) & the rest of his team, may the sun shine on his Marshalls!

For race details, see our Events page or better still go to Eryri Harriers web-site.

Autumn Season of Events Kicks off this Saturday

Our full Season of Events kicks off on Saturday 29th September when Alan Mannouch hosts this months Open MIC Night a regular last Saturday in the month feature. If you haven’t been along to one before why not pre-record your favourite TV shows & get back into a Saturday night out. The evenings are relaxed & if you want to play or sing you’ll find warm appreciation.

Hot on the hills of this Friday 5th October sees Tim Blakemore (who for his sins had guided Paul & friends on more than one Alpine tour among many others expeditions throughout the world) present ‘A Year as a Mountain Guide’, tickets are still available at just £5 with all ticket sales going to Tim’s chosen charity.

These starters will be followed by several other Events throughout the Autumn & early winter, for full details of the above simply visit the Events page or look at the notices displayed in the Cafe, we hope you can make it to some of them.

Finally keep a look out for details of Nick Livesey’s new book launch which we hope to help launch with Nick giving his own presentation within the near future.

Tim Blakemore presents ‘A Year as a Mountain Guide’ – Tickets now Available

A quick reminder that the first of the Cafe’s Autumn season of events kicks off on Friday 5th October when we welcome our friend Tim Blakemore to the Cafe. Tim who has guided throughout the world including Antartica, Greenland, The Himalaya’s & Scandinavia is an IMGA based in Les Houches near Chamonix.

A fascinating insight on how someone who has chosen the mountains to both live & work & help others achieve their own personal goals. Full details are on our events page, ticket proceeds going to Tim’s chosen charity www.peopleskitchen.com.

We hope you can make it!