All Meets

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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

Day trip to Portland – a popular sports climbing venue where all the routes are bolted so no worrying about all that pesky trad gear. Its a great venue for all abilities – easy and short walk ins, single pitch routes so nice and sociable, a large spread of grades to suit everyone, and its own micro-climate that guarantees sunshine. If you’ve never climbed outside before this is a great location to start. Sport climbing particularly makes it very easy for people to climb as much or as little as they feel comfortable with – its the natural next step from climbing on an indoor wall.

I shall probably leave the decision on exactly which crag to go to until the day itself – depending on how the weather looks (some crags can get toooo hot in the unrelenting sunshine) and who comes along. Generally we will aim to leave the Southampton area about 8am or thereabouts which gets us to the crag probably just after 10. All the transport can be arranged a bit closer to the time.

If anyone is unsure, or wants any more details then just pop something up here and I will try to help.

Members attending are:

  1. Stu H
  2. Matt
  3. Sarah
  4. Hannah
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
  3. Pete ?
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
  2. Matt
  3. Patrick
  4. Helen
  5. Pete ?
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
  2. Patrick (camping) Friday (or Saturday) to Sunday or Monday??
  3. Charlotte (Camping) Friday to Sunday
  4. Helen (Camping) Friday to Sunday
  5. John K (camping)
  6. Matt  (camping) Friday to Sunday
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 & Tina T (Caravan Sat 23rd – Sat 30th)
  4. Matt
Jun
23
Sat
Alps
Jun 23 – Jun 30 all-day

Chamonix is climbing and mountaineering heaven. Sitting in the permanent shadow of Mont Blanc and surrounded by some of the most famous Alpine peaks and climbing routes, it’s one big adventure sports playground.

Fancy having a crack at some amazing 4000m peaks? Want to push your grade with the staggering array of sport climbing routes? Trail running? Mountain biking? Paragliding? Year round ice climbing on the glaciers?

Loads of amazing restaurants, coffee shops, bars and of course shiny kit shops in the town to keep us amused when we are not in the mountains.

Here’s a nice clip which gives a good feel for what the place is like in Summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXXtEK_QdNQ

If you haven’t been then you shame on you – and do something about it by joining us on the ROCS trip to Chamonix this year.

The rough plan will be to fly from Gatwick to Geneva on Sat 23rd June 2018. Minibus transfer from there direct to our self catering accommodation in Chamonix town centre. Loads of amazing things for us to try all week and the fly home the following Saturday.

Let me know for now if you’re a definite or just interested and then I can start to look at accommodation options.

Meet organiser: Alex R

Members attending are:

  1. Alex R
  2. Stu
  3. Jon
Jul
14
Sat
Wye Valley
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day

RoCs two-day raid on Wintours Leap in the Wye Valley
Wintours Leap really does have something for everyone from total beginners to seasoned rock apes.  Single pitch, multi-pitch, trad, sports and at all grades too.  If you want a safe introduction to multi-pitch climbing in a great setting then this is the place to do it.  The rock is quarried limestone, not too polished and generally fairly sound.  To top it all off there are spectacular views of the river Wye and the surrounding countryside to be had – watching the sun go down over the Wye is to die for (not literally of course!).
The plan is to head up to Chepstow at an early but not ridiculous hour.  The drive is about two hours from the Southampton/Romsey area. 

Meet Organiser: Patrick M.

Members attending are:

  1. Patrick M
  2. Pete (A very maybe?)
Jul
16
Mon
North Wales – July
Jul 16 – Jul 23 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)
Jul
27
Fri
Roaches
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day

Meet Organiser: Caron G

The Roaches are in the ‘White Peak’ area of the Peak District National Park and although less well known as a climbing venue than their cousins in the Dark Peak they offer some excellent routes in great settings.  The climbs are virtually all single pitch trad routes on good quality rock with plenty of choice at the lower end of the grading scale.  What is there not to like about it?

Members attending are:

  1. Caron G
  2. Patrick (camping) Thursday to Sunday
  3. Pete T (camping) Thursday or Friday to Sunday
  4. Ivan
  5. Helen