Mon 31st Dec - Wed 2nd Jan, 2019
Ty Powdwr - New Year
Members: Emily Pitts, Emma Timmis, Mark Garrod, Michelle Harvie, Meirion Tanner, Dave Wylie
Guests: Torr Pitts, Charles Kelly
To ensure that there was a proper mountaineering end to 2018 and that 2019
started in true KMC style, a small team assembled at Ty Powdwr on New Year's Eve.
En-route to the hut from a 10am rendezvous outside the house of the meet
leader (who was still asleep in bed at that point!), Meirion and Dave broke
the journey with a final ascent for the Old Year. They went up Moel Wnion from
Abergwyngregyn. Unfortunately, at only 580m (1900ft), it may not actually qualify
as an official "mountain" by UK standards. Its name (or, at least, the presumed
pronunciation) does, however, make it a worthwhile summit. It was then on to
Ty Powdwr, where Mark and Michelle arrived next, with Emily and co. completing
the team a few minutes later.
With everyone assembled, there were still a few hours left before the new year
was due to arrive. It would have been remiss of a the club to waste these, so
the meet leader had come prepared with a set of suitable mountaineering activities.
These were as follows:
1) Launching marshmallows across the lounge floor, using a catapult-like
device made from the end of a balloon and a part of a plastic cup.
A score of 10 points was awarded for each marshmallow that landed in
the target bowl.
2) Moving M&Ms from one bowl to another, by sucking them onto the end of
a straw. Points were awarded for each sweet successfully (suck-sessfully?)
moved, but deductions were made for any that were dropped.
3) Stacking satsumas, in a single column, using a pair of spoons to handle
the fruit. Ten points were given for each satsuma in the stack.
4) Carrying grapes between bowls using just a spoon held in the mouth.
Each grape was worth two points.
5) Completing a jigsaw that had been made by cutting up a box that had
held camomile tea bags. Each correctly joined piece would get five points.
6) Manoeuvring a chocolate from the forehead into the mouth by use of
only head movements and face muscles. Success would earn fifty points.
Emily was, of course, adjudicator and Meirion was elected as Official
Photographer so neither of these two competed. The other six mountaineers
set to with exceptional levels of skill and enthusiasm.
Mark proved to be the best shot with the marshmallow catapult, beating
Emma and Dave into joint second place by one mallow.
Mark also turned out to be the biggest sucker of the evening, transporting
the most M&Ms - though Torr and Emma were not too far behind him.
The maximum satsuma stack height was three, achieved by Mark, Torr, Emma
and Dave. Local seismic disturbances may be to blame for preventing any
Dave just managed to beat Emma in grape carrying, getting all of them
from one bowl to the other. Emma's selection of a spoon with a plastic
coated handle may have helped her, while Dave's use of a wad of kitchen
paper round the handle of his spoon (ostensibly to protect his teeth)
was tantamount to cheating.
There was some controversy in the jigsaw section. Had some of the
contestants seen the results of the attempts of others? How should
Michelle's layout be scored, when she had assembled several
separate groups of pieces? Did the adjudicator actually know the
correct solution? After a stewards' enquiry, Charles and Dave were
given joint first place in this event with Emma following on closely.
Everyone managed to get the full 50 available points for the facial
chocolate manipulation, but the real winner here was the amusement
value for everyone else seeing the attempts.
The final scores were as follows:
Event 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
Dave W. 60 23 30 86 110 50 359
Mark 70 37 30 74 60 50 321
Michelle 0 12 20 80 20 50 182
Torr 10 32 30 78 25 50 225
Charles 30 -2 10 64 110 50 262
Emma 60 30 30 84 90 50 344
No prizes for guessing that there were no prizes!
Most of the survivors of the above trials stayed up to midnight and
migrated to the outside of the hut to see out the Old Year and welcome
in the New. Although the KMC now abstain from any pyrotechnic displays
at Ty Powdwr, there were plenty of fireworks visible in the area to
brighten up the skies in celebration. Happy New Year!
Tuesday, New Year's Day, dawned damp and drizzly. This would not, however,
put a damper on the enthusiasm of the KMC. Mark and Michelle headed off
with a plan to go up Moel Siabod. The last that was heard of them was
a 'phone message to say that the weather was better in that part of the
world. Let us hope that they did at least reach their summit, which at
872m is worthy of the "mountain" classification.
Meet dates: Monday 31st Dec - 2nd Jan
A group of intrepid KMCers and friends will be convening on the afternoon of New year's Eve at the Hut to bring in 2019 with 90's dance tunes, board games, cards and other similar frivolity.
Any time from now onwards. I will be arriving a small band of merry men and women in the afternoon of NYE and staying until 2nd Jan.
Bring a harness (and some gear) and maybe we can get in a cheeky trip to the Beacon or even outdoors if the weather stays this mild and gets a bit dryer. Most likely is a gentle walk to Llyn Ogwen on New Year's Day.
Bring your own.
Contact me for more info if needed: 07870 360213 or firstname.lastname@example.org