Gloucestershire mountaineers celebrate opening of hostel
12:02pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A TROOP of mountaineers from Gloucestershire are celebrating after the opening of its purpose-built and refurbished facilities in Snowdonia.
The hostel-style accommodation, partly funded by a £50,000 National Lottery grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund, hosted a launch party for 33 members of the Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club.
The building will provide up to 18 people with low-cost accommodation just outside Llanberis, one of the key areas for the sport in the UK.
During the project the living and dining areas were extended into a former bunkroom, with two new bunkrooms built to maintain the same number of beds.
The drying facilities for wet clothes and outdoor equipment were also improved.
The changes make the facility suitable for groups which introduce young people to outdoor pursuits and GMC president David Pillow is keen to encourage other outdoor and youth groups in the county to take advantage.
“When it began, mountaineering was only for the upper classes and facilities such as ours were set up to enable the rest of society to pursue the sport too,” he said.
“We bought the hut as a pair of tumbledown cottages 50 years ago and until now club members have carried out most of the maintenance and improvements in their spare time.
“The Olympic legacy grant has enabled us to create a fantastic facility for the GMC and other groups to use as a base for exploring the mountains and to introduce new generations to mountaineering and outdoor pursuits.”
For more information, visit www.thegmc.org.uk
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