Reach Out for Nepal Day


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Reach Out for Nepal Day 2017 will be held on 24th June, for full details of events simply scroll down to the below events listing & contact the persons listed. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Doug Scott is coming back to the Cafe!

We are delighted to announce that Doug has agreed to return to the cafe on 11th November 2017 to present ‘A Crawl Down the Ogre’, this will be a fascinating account of his epic fight for survival & rescue. We expect it to be a sell out so for information on how to secure your tickets please visit our Events page.


‘Reach Out for Nepal’ began as a one-off day of events at the Moel Siabod Cafe in 2015 as our response to the devastating earthquake Nepal suffered on 25th April 2015. From the outset we decided that any monies raised should be targeted at a specific long term project which would help a specific community. It was decided that this project would be to help with the rebuilding of the Melamchi School in the Yolmo district. Prior to the earthquake the school had been progressively improved under the stewardship of it’s Headmaster Purna Gautam. Between 1998 & 2015 the school buildings were expanded & improved as student numbers increased from 19 to 220 pupils. This was achieved with significant support from Doug Scott’s charity CAN (Community Action Nepal). On 25th April 2015 the school was literally raised to the ground.

Our initial fund raising day raised £6,000, far above our expectation, it was clear we needed help in getting these funds direct to the school, our partnership with CAN began. With such a worthy cause chosen we decided that our support must be on-going so ‘Reach Out for Nepal’ is now an annual event with monies also flowing in through ongoing donations throughout the year. In 2016 we raised a further £11,000. All monies raised are forwarded direct to CAN where they are ring-fenced for fitting out costs of the school’s new science laboratory, once this has been achieved additional monies will be allocated to fitting out additional classrooms.

We simply have too many people to thank for their support, time & generosity, it is just wonderful that you have helped us help Purna & CAN in their efforts to get this wonderful school back on it’s feet.

So where are we now? The school is currently housed in it’s second set of temporary shelters after a worse than usual Monsoon. A new 2 storey building had been initially approved but was then rejected so plans for a single storey building were submitted, these plans were passed in November 2016. CAN transferred nearly £300,000.00 to various re-build projects in January 2017, these included the Melamchi School, Hostel & Road as well as the Bahrabisi, Shree Himalayan & Birendra schools. Melamchi build works start February 2017 with fit out & occupation due in Autumn this year after the Monsoon season has passed. The Science laboratory fit out is estimated to be circa £20,000, it is for this expenditure that the funds raised by Reach Out for Nepal are ring-fenced for. Clearly more funds are needed for both the completion of this fit out as well as additional classrooms. We hope once again you can help us or indeed join us in the fund raising this year.

Reach Out for Nepal Day 24th June 2017 – what’s going on & how to join in:-


23rd June

9:45pm – Paul will set off on his now obligatory charity run. Despite saying in June 2015 ‘Don’t ever let me do that again’ he will be returning to the slopes of Moel Siabod to try & ascend (& descend) the height of Mt Everest within 24 hours. This will require 13 ascents which will equate to 29,500′ (a little more than Everest). To take part e-mail

9:45pm – we hope to have an Eryri Harriers relay team on the slopes of Moel Siabod with mutual shouts of support between them & Paul. Their goal will be to try & ascend (& descend) the height of Rumdoodle within 24 hours (Rumdoodle is an iconic but ficticious mountain standing at 40,000.5′. This will require 18 ascents at an average ascent time of 1 Hour 20 Minutes. But don’t worry if you want to take part but are not an Eryri member you could join their team or run at a more sedate pace with Paul for an ascent or two. To take part e-mail

Both runs are looking for donations or a small contribution at least to join the Eryri team.

24th June


3 Sponsored Walking Challenges
– The Siabod Challenge led by Matthew, a member of the Austrian Alpine Club. This is a big mountain day with some 8,800′ of ascent over 23 miles. To join Matthew e-mail
– The Siabod Half Round led by Nick Livesey, slightly tamer but still a significant mountain day with 5,400′ of ascent over 15 miles. To join Nick e-mail
– Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant led by Fraser Mackay, a scenic & lower level walk but with a testing 2,100′ of ascent over 10 miles. To join Fraser e-mail


Moel Siabod Sportif Charity Bike Ride – Ian Draisey is planning a 100 mile bike ride starting & finishing at the Cafe a great way to explore the mountain roads through Snowdonia. You are welcome to join him & seek sponsorship. Interested? e-mail

Mountain Biking

Tim Harrop will be leading 2 sessions of two hours or so. The morning one in the Llyn Elsi area & suitable for everyone including Beginners, the afternoon one around Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant for those with more experience. Suggested mininmum donation minimum per route of £10 to take part (or seek your own sponsorship) as Tim leads you around some of Snowdonia’s wonderful landscapes. Interested? e-mail

Wild Swimming

Charlotte Evans will introduce you to ‘An adventure into the wilds of Snowdonia come & explore a secret mountain infinity pool for an exhilarating dip to remember forever’, Suggested minimum donation of £10 to take part, or raise more by seeking sponsorship. To join Charlotte e-mail

Cafe Simply turn up on the day for the following attractions.

Games Mike Lees will be running a series of games throughout the day including ‘roll a pound’ & ‘team challenges’, sure to be a lot of fun.

Yoga We are delighted that Sara Jackson has again volunteered to lead Yoga for the Outdoors, simply donate to take part.

Craft Stalls Twiggy Price & friends, including Trifoil, will have craft stalls and of course Twiggy & Peter continue to source books which are available throughout the year in our entrance foyer, simply choose the ones you want & donate in the box.

Food Gaby will cook her Dal Bhat, all proceeds from it’s sale will go to the fund.

Melamchi School Presentation – At 7:00 pm on the day itself John Rowell will give a brief presentation outlining both progress on the School as well as our fund raising efforts.

Charity Auction – To follow on immediately from John’s presentation Mike Lees will host our Charity Auction with 10 excellent items up for grabs, these already include a superb photographic print signed by the likes of Doug Scott, Chris Bonington and Reinhold Messner.

Charity Quiz – At 08:00 pm Mike will follow up the Auction with one of his excellent Quiz’s. Always popular with adults and children alike, expect knowledge of Nepal, The Labour Party and Dc. Who to be of assistance. Entry fee simply a donation of £10 per team or more if you can.

For further information about our Excellent Quizmaster, Mike Lees’ other fund raising Quizzes you should take time to have a look at the below link too.


We are delighted to announce that we have just broken through the £10,000 barrier for this years event as our total continues to edge higher & higher. Donations received in the last week include one from a friendly farmer from Lincolnshire, one handed to us by Mark Rapton on behalf of the Dragon Rally as well as the proceeds from 4 more of Doug Scott's signed prints. We were kindly allocated 11 prints by Doug & now have only 3 left for sale all of which are displayed at our Cafe, so be quick if these collector items are of interest to you. As ever a big thank you, donations for Paul's charity run are still gratefully accepted over our counter.  On my journey back from the Alps whilst doing a stop over in Lille an e-mail from John - 'There's been a £1,500 deposit into the Reach Out for Nepal Bank account, any ideas on who it could be from?' Initially no but then a second guess led me to point the way to a possible foreign connection to friends of the late Dc. Tony Jones & indeed it was! Our very special thanks to Mr. James Ho & all his colleagues in Hong Kong's 'Civil Aid Service' a wonderfully pleasant surprise. With other monies received whilst I was away our total is now standing at circa £9,250.00, with further monies still due there is a real possibility that the 10K barrier could be broken which would be simply magnificent, massive thank you to everyone involved! More details on my Mountain blog soon. New total to announce, we have gone through the £7K barrier with the total now at circa £7,400.00 with monies still coming in so hopefully we might surge onto £8K & beyond. Big thank you to all those who have contributed since the day itself. 2016 Reach Out for Nepal appeal has gone through the £6,000 barrier! Massive thank you to everyone who took part on a very successful & enjoyable day & of course to all those who have contributed to the cause, so far, full update on our Mountain Talk page. Further donations very welcome.
Charity Auction Items are flooding in, some but not all listed below:- Plas y Brenin have donated 2 Deuter Speedlite 15 Rucksacks & 2 copies of Jim Krawiecki & Andy Biggs book 'Welsh Sea Kayaking'. Mountain Bike Instructor Tom Hutton has been extremely kind to donate a variety of Rucksacks, Walking Poles etc. Doug Scott's signed prints - Classic Mountaineering photographs taken by Doug Scott OBE signed by Doug as well as the likes of Reinhold Messner & Chris Bonnington. Cotswold Outdoor & Moel Siabod Cafe have combined to offer a pair of Running Shoes with a RRP of up to £120.00 including professional fitting at Cotswold's Betws y Coed store. Bromborough Paints have donated a Voucher worth £50.00 The Moel Siabod Cafe Suppliers Hamper - A treat for those who enjoy our food & Alcoholic Beverages. Soul of Snowdonia Gallery have donated a print from their Gallery, our thanks to John, Nick & Marion. Thanks to all those who have contributed, we hope the bids reward your generosity.
Parking on the Day - Our thanks go out to both Gwelliem Jones & George, Mark, Jayne & Helen of the Tyn y Coed Hotel for providing us with two Overflow Car Park options on Saturday 25th June. The details are:- Option 1 - Bryn Tyrch Campsite - if approaching Capel Curig from Betws this can be found 100 metres after our Cafe on the Right Hand Side, please ensure that you do not restrict Gwelliem's access to his barn which is opposite his Farmhouse. Option 2 - If Bryn Tyrch Campsite is also full you can park at  the Tynny's car park which, again approaching via Betws, is 400 metres before our Cafe on the Left Hand Side. However so as not to infringe on their evening trade you must move your cars from here by no later than 6:00 pm. Both options are Free of Charge, so thanks guys for your support. Great news with just 6 days to go until the day itself we have a new running total of £2,600.00, thanks to everyone who has contributed so far! Plas y Brenin are being great in their support this year, to cap their initial offer they have now decided to reduce the cost of their Reach Out for Nepal Navigation sessions to just £10 per head, just visit their web-site to sign up to this one-off bargain. Life on the hills will never feel the same once they have enhanced your skills! Saturday 4th June saw the first round of Mike Lees' 'Quiz Nights with Altitude' take place at the Wanlockhead Inn in the Scottish Borders. Despite clashing with other events (including a Beer festival nearby) local teams enjoyed a fun night (as ever when Mike is involved) raising almost two hundred pounds for 'Reach Out for Nepal' bringing our running total up to approximately £1,300 already. Well done Mike, Dorina & I look forward to joining you at the Tan Hill Quiz in Northern England on Sunday 12th June for round two, hope to see a great turnout, remember you'll have the chance to bid for one of Doug Scott's signed photographic prints too! Plas y Brenin are joining us! Simply great news to announce that Plas y Brenin will be providing instructors based at the Café on the day to provide Navigation Lessons for just £20 per head with all proceeds going to our cause. Simply a must for any enthusiastic but nervous Hillwalkers, these lessons will open you up to a new world of possibilities! See above for booking details. Walks from Siabod Cafe now confirmed - Please see above for details of the 12 Guided Charity Walks, simply contact the individual walk leaders to sign up, preferred minimum Donation £10 per walk, these are a great way to find out the hidden depths of Capel Curig's beautiful surroundings. For more information about each walk see our web-site or visit the Cafe. Paul has set his running schedule, kicking off at 21:46 on 24th June with Walk 1 & ending (hopefully with Walk 13 at 21:26 the next day, if you want to take part on any of these runs, e-mail him at '' & he will forward the full schedule to you. Doug Scott ticket sales have passed the 40 mark in the first week! See Mountain Talk page for an update on Phil & Paul's planned charity run, post dated 21st March 2016. Can you help? Tickets selling like hot cakes, please book soon to avoid disappointment! Doug Scott to give his 'Everest the Hard Way' presentation at our Cafe this Autumn, more info. on our Mountain Talk Blog & Events Page, don't miss the chance to see this great Mountaineer in Capel Curig.


See above for a detailed listing of what's going on in the Cafe on 25th June 2016