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BRC January 2010 Newsletter

posted Dec 30, 2009, 5:35 AM by Brisbane Rockclimbing Club   [ updated Jan 6, 2010, 6:20 PM ]
         
Xmas Party

Many thanks to Wayne and Katrina Sutcliffe for hosting the BRC Xmas Party and thanks to the many members who attended and contributed to the BRC AGM. For those of you who missed the Xmas Party the new committee for 2010 is as follows:

President                            Dennis Reaves (as 2009)
Treasurer                            Glenn Carthy  (Committee Member last year)
Secretary                             Veronica Forde
Committee Member          Marty Hourigan
Committee Member          Mark James

The web site has now been updated with these details. Other than the spectacular feats of strength shown by members on Wayne’s climbing “gym” - our new committee member Marty had us all aghast with his prowess- the other important information which came out of the AGM was the decision for the BRC to affiliate with the Australian Climbing Association Queenland. A good time was had by all.

Prizes for Best Photo and Trip Report over the December/January Break

It’s time subscribers helped us further develop our web site, and the best photo and trip report submitted before the February Committee Meeting (tentatively 3rd or 10th February) will be rewarded with a $50 voucher for climbing/outdoor gear for the best photo and $100 voucher for the best trip report.  All submissions will be presented at the February Committee Meeting and the winners will be chosen by ballot. If you win both, with your member discount it may be enough for a new cam! Please email all entries to the committee and mark all entries “ATTENTION VERONICA – Photo & Trip Report Comp”.

Trip List

The first climbing trip for 2010 has been scheduled for 13th February at Frog Butress. As the last trip to Frog was scheduled for a Sunday, we have scheduled this one for a Saturday to give members who can’t climb on Sunday’s a chance to climb with other subscribers. If you have the opposite problem please email the committee as we may have subscribers who would climb both days.

We expect that subsciber trips will be posted after the first committee meeting for 2010 in early February. Please email in any trip requests before February 2010.

Subscribers Forum

Thanks to Sean Walsh, we now have a subscibers forum on the BRC website. The original intention was for subscibers to communicate with each other in regard to organising extra climbing trips, eg, looking for climbing buddies to go climbing on week-ends or subscibers organising trips to locations not on the published subscibers trip list. We have had requests for trips to places which are either too small to cater for a club group or are only suited to advanced leaders. This would be a good place for subscribers to discuss the possibility of going to those areas with other members. To access the forum, look for “Subscribers Forum” down the left hand side of the home page of the BRC website.  Click the "Sign in" button, then either use an existing user ID and password for Google, Yahoo, Twitter and a few others or if you don't have one of these create a "google friend" account by clicking on "Create a new Google Account" link.

Australian Climbing Association Queensland (ACAQ)

Also for those of you who didn’t attend the Xmas Party, the ACA is an association which has the intention of uniting climbers to have a more powerful voice in the community particularly in regard to accessing crags with both private land owners and political bodies and departments. The ACAQ has been formed in April 2009 and most of the initial members are quite prominent climbers, who have the philosophy that they wish to welcome all types of climbers. The ACAQ has recently taken over the running of the national body from Tasmania, and are currently updating the website. Already the ACAQ has organised crag reps which have commenced liasing with rangers, Brisbane City Council, State Government, etc and have put in submissions for access to the area under the old TAFE site at Kangaroo Point, and are liaing over access in Lamington National Park. Negotiations in regard to these areas are still progressing but regular contact is maintained. Dennis Reeves our president and myself have been in contact with the ACAQ and regular contact and attendance at meetings by committee members or other volunteers will be maintained during the year. The BRC are forwarding $10 per member to the ACAQ for affiliation. In time ince this important base work is completed, the ACAQ intends on offering other services to its members. We are the second Queensland climbing club to join, and add important support to the ACAQ during a time of critical negotiations over crag access.

Work in Progress

The new committee is currently working on a number of proposals to improve communication within the club, particularly for new members, and also the change from member to subscriber. At this time we have not completed drafting the changes. As this is not easy work please bear with us, and we will let you know when each item is completed.

 

Hope you all had a wonderful Xmas, and I’m looking forward to getting all those photo and trip reports.

Safe Climbing and have a Happy New Year

Veronica Forde
BRC Secretary

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