13 Jun 2011 09:49

A busy night last night with a load of folks from The Climbing Works turning out to support the BeanFever lecture in Grindleford, which was held to help raise funds for Bean Bowers and his fight against cancer. It was a great night with lectures from the mad monk of Grit - Adam Long, a fascinating insight in how to amuse yourself in a small tent during prolonged periods of rain by Ben Bransby, and a masterclass in how to swear whilst trapped in a rainsoaked portaledge by Leo Houlding and Jason Pickles. They also talked about climbing a little bit.

As the auctioneer, I managed to bully plenty of people into parting with their cash throughout the evening - highlights being flogging a broken childrens bicycle donated and signed by Johnny Dawes to a bewildered Leo, who was even more suprised than the rest of the audience that such a pile of junk should cost him £135! The lady who bid for the 'services' of Ben Bransby for half a day seemed particularly pleased with her purchase, as did Big Marv who managed to secure the services of Dave Simmonite for a half day photoshoot - lets just hope Dave's good at climbing trees!

All in all, a cracking nights entertainment which has raised a good deal of cash for Bean (almost certainly well in excess of £2500 according to early estimates) although there's still plenty of time to donate if you couldn't make it last night. Just go to the BeanFever website, and donate online.


The now infamous Johnny Dawes owned by one bewildered Leo Houlding. The price went higher and higher after an auctioning battle with Sam Whittaker over this prized piece of equipment.