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Mar
31
Sat
Beginners – Fairy Cave Quarry(March) @ Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset
Mar 31 all-day

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Meet Organiser: John H.

This is a Beginners meet, for those members who have either never climbed outdoors before or are in need of a refresher.  The meet is open to all members, but its main purpose is to encourage newer and less experienced members of the club to come along for a safe and enjoyable introduction to outdoor climbing.

The location is Fairy Cave Quarry in the Mendips, near Oakhill in Somerset.  It is around a 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Romsey so suitable for a day trip.

Members attending are:

  1. John H
  2. Patrick
  3. Charlotte
  4. Pete T
Apr
13
Fri
Peak District – April @ Peak District
Apr 13 – Apr 15 all-day

Meet Organiser: Pete T.

This is an annual RoCs weekend meet to the delights of the Peak District National Park. We plan to camp at North Lees Peak District National Park site just north of Hathersage. We will need to book places a few weeks in advance as it is now a very popular site, so put your name down soon.

This meet is suitable for all members as it is ideal for beginners and the more experienced climbers in the club. If you have never climbed outside on real rock, we can take you up some really easy nice rock. There is a wide choice of gritstone crags to choose from, some with a few multi pitch routes, but mainly all single pitch with a short walk in.
The campsite is a small friendly site with wash and shower facilities. It also has some wooden Pods if you prefer not to use a tent. All you will need for a Pod is a sleeping mat and bag plus your own cooking gear, just as you would for a tent. There is heating and lighting in the Pods. If you wish to use a Pod, please book this in advance yourself as I will only be booking camping spaces with the warden. A deposit may be required for a Pod booking. Please indicate to me if you are camping or in a Pod so I can give the correct camping numbers to the warden when booking spaces.

The contact details for the site are 01433 650838. To get to the campsite from Hathersage, go west on the A6187 Main Street and TR before the railway bridge up Jaggers Lane, then TR up Coggers Lane for about 1/2 mile, then TR into Birley Lane. After about 1/2 mile Lees site is on your left just before a left hand bend. There is a wooden gate (often closed) to enter the site. Ignore the “Campsite full” sign as we will have a booking for Romsey Climbers under my name. We will be car sharing as much as possible due to the limited parking spaces and to save fuel costs. The site location is shown on the map above by the orange flag.

Hathersage has a couple of pubs, (although the Robin Hood pub in Hathersage is now not very good for food and atmosphere so we may need to travel further afield to the one we used last year), food shops and a few Outdoor gear shops so all you need for a weekend away with RoCs. If you prefer the luxury of a proper bed ???? then there are B&B’s, hotels and Youth Hostels in and around Hathersage, but book early to ensure a room. Be aware if you choose to book accommodation and we have to cancel the meet at the last moment due to extreme bad weather, you may loose your deposit with your booking.

Bring along some wet weather walking gear as well, (water proof coat, over trousers and walking boots) just in case the weather turns damp and we decide to go for a bit of a bog trot up on the hills. You will also need to bring along breakfast and any cooking gear required, food for mid-day lunch as there are no food facilities at the crags. We will be eating at a pub in the evenings.

Members attending are:

  1. Pete T (Camping)
  2. Mark G (Camping!)
  3. Patrick (Camping) Thursday to Sunday
  4. Helen ?? TBC (Camping)
  5. Jon – possibly (Camping) Thursday to Sunday
  6. Matt (camping)
  7. Ivan (camping) Thursday to Sunday
  8. Ro? (camping) Thursday to Sunday
Apr
27
Fri
Swanage – April
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day

Swanage is the RoCs local outdoor climbing venue and is suitable for all grades of climber from beginner (that’s most of us!) right up to those with near suicidal tendencies. The rock is a mixture of quarried and natural limestone which ranges from reassuringly solid (on most routes) to diabolically loose on others. Access to the climbs is by a mixture of walk-in, ‘easy way down’ and abseil. If you have never abseiled before then don’t panic; we can show you the text book ways of doing this safely. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee the weather but I always seem to get sunburn when climbing at Swanage so bring your Factor 50 in anticipation!
Tom’s Field (www.tomsfieldcamping.co.uk) is the traditional location for RoCs over-night stays in the area and this trip is no exception. The site is in easy walking distance of the fleshpots of Langton Matravers where the Kings Arms have been known to produce some of the best chips available on the planet.
A lot of people associate Swanage with the bolted routes at Hedbury and Windspit quarries but there are a significant number of other areas to explore. At Hedbury there is a good selection of trad routes on the Sea Walls that are often overlooked as they are not in the Rockfax guide to Dorset. Moving further east there are the trad venues of Guillemot Ledge, Cattle Troughs and Subluminal; all have routes at the low to mid end of the grade range. If you are not that keen on the walk from Tom’s field then a short drive through Swanage town leads to a car park above the lighthouse at Subluminal.
The camp site is less than 50 miles from Romsey so if you can’t make the whole weekend then a one-day-dash is well on the cards.

Meet organiser: Patrick M

Members attending are:

  1. Patrick M
  2. Pete T
  3. Ivan (Sat or Sun)
  4. Matt
  5. Hannah
May
6
Sun
Beginners – Portland
May 6 all-day

Meet organiser: Stu H

Members attending are:

  1. Stu H
May
12
Sat
Lake District
May 12 – May 19 all-day

Meet Organiser: John H.

Based in Stu’s lovely apartment in Keswick, this meet will take in some of the excellent Lakeland crags and offers numerous alternatives from scrambling and walking the Lakeland fells, to enjoying the honeypots of Keswick, Ambleside and Windermere.

In easy reach of the town are dozens of crags with hundreds of routes of all grades and you can even catch the bus to many of them! Most routes are multi-pitch and include many classics. Hopefully the weather will be kind but there are two climbing walls, some great walks, lots of gear shops and plenty of other things to do if we get the odd spot of rain…

The flat has three bedrooms and sleeping space on the living room floor; if more than six sign up any latecomers will be on the floor or in alternative accommodation. At the flat we’ll mainly self-cater but there are plenty of eateries within walking distance if you want to do your own thing.

Members attending are:

  1. John H
  2. Jon  – 12th to 16th
May
27
Sun
Beginners – Fairy Cave Quarry(May) @ Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset
May 27 all-day

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Meet Organiser: John H.

This is a Beginners meet, for those members who have either never climbed outdoors before or are in need of a refresher.  The meet is open to all members, but its main purpose is to encourage newer and less experienced members of the club to come along for a safe and enjoyable introduction to outdoor climbing.

The location is Fairy Cave Quarry in the Mendips, near Oakhill in Somerset.  It is around a 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Romsey so suitable for a day trip.

Members attending are:

  1. John H
Jun
1
Fri
Dartmoor @ Devon
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

The camping area

Meet Organiser: Pete T.

This is a weekend trip to Dartmoor camping at Langstone Manor, near to Tavistock.  The climbing will be either at Dewerstone Rocks (image above) or on any of the numerous Dartmoor outcrops (Sheeps Tor, Hound Tor or Hay Tor) where there are many single and multi pitch routes of all grades, from very easy to quite tough!! This meet is ideal for beginners and the more experienced climbers so if you are new to outside rock climbing it is an ideal meet  for you. Make sure you bring suitable food and cooking gear for breakfast and also food for mid-day as there are no facilities near the climbing areas for food and drink. We will be using the bar or a pub for evening food and drink.

We will be camping at the very posh Langstone Manor camping and caravan site, Moortown PL19 9JZ about 2 miles east of Tavistock (see picture above) shown on the map by the orange marker. We have used this site for many years and we know the owners very well. The facilities are excellent with good shower, toilets and washing up, clothes washing and drying, as well as an on site shop, bar, lounge and eating facilities. The site is sheltered on the western edge of Dartmoor only about 2 miles from Tavistock in the grounds of an old manor house. The contact details for the site are 01822 613371 and the owners are Jane and David. (See their website www.langstone-manor.co.uk). As well as camping, there are some wooden Pods with power and lighting for the less hardy climbers. You will still need to bring sleeping bag, mattress and cooking gear. If you wish to book a Pod, please do this yourself as I will only be booking camping places with Jane. There will probably be a deposit to be paid for a Pod, so book early to ensure a bed for the night. Be aware that if we have to cancel at the last minute due to bad weather you may loose your deposit on a Pod booking. Please let me know if you are camping or using a Pod so I know how many camping spaces to book.

We advise you also bring along wet weather walking gear in case the weather turns damp as there are many miles of Dartmoor to explore if we cannot climb. All that is required is a waterproof coat, over trousers, some walking boots and a small ruck sac for food etc.

We will be trying to car share as much as possible to save on fuel costs. Please indicate which nights you will be staying for and when you wish to travel to help arrange lifts.

 

Members attending are:

  1. Pete T (Camping) Friday to Sunday or Monday??
  2. Patrick (camping) Friday (or Saturday) to Sunday or Monday??
  3. Charlotte (Camping)
  4. Helen (Camping)
  5. John K (camping)
  6. Matt  (camping)
Jun
22
Fri
Cornwall
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

Hundreds of coastal trad climbs from Diff to E-whatever make this a very attractive climbing venue. Single pitch or all-day multi-pitches, there’s plenty to keep any trad climber satisfied! Amongst the classic crags are Bosigran and Sennen, but there are dozens more….

The meet is centred on Trevaylor Farm Camp Site (http://www.cornishcamping.co.uk/)  near St Just and a short drive from several crags. It’s got excellent facilities and a good pub within easy walking distance. I’ll be there from Thursday lunchtime onwards if anyone fancies climbing on Thursday afternoon or Friday.

Meet Organiser: James P

Members attending are:

  1. James P
  2. Patrick
  3. Pete T
Jun
23
Sat
Alps
Jun 23 – Jun 30 all-day

Meet organiser: Alex R

Members attending are:

  1. Alex R
  2. Stu
Jul
11
Wed
North Wales – July
Jul 11 – Jul 18 all-day

The meet is using the climbing hut of the Merseyside Mountaineering Club, known as Cae’r Fran, grid ref SH570595.  The hut is about 1km from Llanberis village and is ideal for climbing in this valley, which offers rock climbing at all standards. The hut is available to us for a 7 day period but you do not have to stay the whole time.
The hut is formerly a shepherd’s cottage, Cae’r Fran has been refurbished and extended and is subject to a programme of continual improvement. The Hut now boasts four dormitories, one for the exclusive use of women, a dining/sitting room, drying room, boot room, a large kitchen and separate male and female toilet and shower facilities. One (downstairs) dormitory is reserved at all times for the use of MMC Members only. The maximum number of places available to visiting parties is FOURTEEN.  The cost is £7 per person per night. Those wishing to use the hut must provide payment before their booking is confirmed.
For those who prefer camping there is a campsite 400m away at grid ref SH575597.

Meet Organiser: Dave R.

Members attending are:

  1. Dave R (Wed – Wed)
  2. John H (Wed – Wed)