Jun
17
Sat
Portland, Dorset @ Portland, Dorset
Jun 17 – Jun 18 all-day

 

  • This is a weekend meet with campsite to be decided but can easily be done as a day trip (Portland is 1hr 30mins from Romsey).
  • The aim will be to head to the quieter areas of Portland (such as The Lost Valley on the east side) with options to head elsewhere should people wish.
  • There are a good number of easier grade 3, 4 and 5 slabs available, with plenty of top roping options. Or harder grades can be targeted, depending on what people wish to do.
  • Bouldering is also an option – I will have a crash pad and the local bouldering guide book with me.
  • Options for a swim in the sea at Ope Cove if the weather is nice.
  • The plan will also be to stop at the Chesil Chippie after the days climbing for fish and chips on the beach (or a pint at The Cove).
  • If you’re interested and use Facebook, please sign up to the Facebook Event.

Organiser: Jamie M

Members going:

  1. Jamie
  2. Lindsay (Sat or Sun)
  3. Emma (Sun)
  4. Ivan (Sat or Sun)
  5. Jim
  6. Tony (Sat or Sun)

 

Jun
29
Thu
Gower
Jun 29 – Jul 2 all-day

Climbing by the seaside, with many routes starting from the beach! The rock is excellent and there’s a wide range of routes, mainly trad but a few sport venues too. We’ll be based at Nicolaston Farm: Nicholaston Farm Touring Caravan and Campsite | Camping in Gower. From the site it’s a ten minute walk through dunes to the nearest crag.

If you’re interested and use Facebook, please sign up to the Facebook Event.

Organiser:

 

Members going:

 

  1. Pete
  2. Naomi
  3. Darren

 

Jul
14
Fri
Wye Valley @ Wintours Leap
Jul 14 – Jul 16 all-day

Only two hours from Romsey, this area offers climbing in a wide range of grades. There are single- and multi-pitch routes and some real gems in idyllic locations high above the river Wye.

If you’re interested and use Facebook, please sign up to the Facebook Event.

Organiser: Lindsay

Members going:

  1. Lindsay
  2. Jim
  3. Roland
  4. Rachel
Jul
27
Thu
Dartmoor/Culm Coast
Jul 27 – Jul 30 all-day

A summer trip to Devon, with local resident Mandy taking us to some of her favourite crags. She could take us to a moorland crag, or we could be at the seaside – only she knows!

Organiser: Mandy

Members going:

  1. Mandy
Aug
17
Thu
Pembrokeshire – St Davids CANCELLED
Aug 17 – Aug 20 all-day

After the success of last year’s trip to Pembroke, this is another weekend meet to the rugged coastline near to St Davids Head. This meet is suitable for all members as it is ideal for beginners and also the more experienced climbers in the club. If you have never climbed outside on real rock, we can take you up some really nice easy rock. There is a wide choice of sea cliffs to choose from, mainly all single pitch with a short walk in. You will need to be ok with abseiling as most of the climbing areas are approached from the top of the cliffs. You will be able to stop at the bottom without getting wet! We will be car sharing as much as possible to save fuel costs. St Davids has a couple of pubs, and some food shops. There is not much else there except of course the Cathedral which is pretty stunning.

Bring along some wet weather walking gear (waterproof coat, overtrousers and walking boots) just in case the weather turns damp and we decide to go for a bit of a stroll along the coastal path. 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 could eat at a local pub in the evenings.

 


In 2022 we stayed at a campsite at Porthclais, which is a 20 minute walk from St Davids. The site is Porthclais Farm site SA62 6RR and you can book a pitch on line by going to their website Camping – Porthclais Campsite (porthclais-farm-campsite.co.uk) and paying a 10% deposit to secure a place.

Organiser:

Sign up on the Facebook event if you want to go.

Aug
27
Sun
Fairy Cave – August @ Fairy Cave Quarry
Aug 27 all-day

This meet is aimed at outdoor novices and anyone else who needs to ease themselves back into climbing after a long layoff, although all club members will be very welcome. Fairy Cave is one of our favourite ‘local’ venues and is about an hour and forty minutes from Romsey.

There are many lower-grade routes to learn or refresh techniques and plenty of harder routes, virtually all on amenably-angled slabs, if you want to push yourself.

Organiser: Duncan

Sign up on the Facebook event if you want to go.

Sep
6
Wed
Lake District – Duddon valley
Sep 6 – Sep 13 all-day

 

We’re based in the Duddon valley, an idyllic backwater away from the crowds. I’ve booked bunks for us at High Moss Cottage (grid ref SD237966, a modern climbing hut with good facilities and with some great climbing within walking distance. Twenty minutes away is Wallowbarrow, of which Rockfax says: ‘sits in a magnificent position…friendly grades…rock quality and protection are good’. Just over an hour away is Dow Crag, one of the classic Lakes big cliffs; the FRCC guidebook says: ‘first class climbing…right across the grading spectrum…a superb setting’. There are also lots of other crags within a short drive. We stayed here in 2022 and had a great time!

We’ll be sharing the chores in the hut. I’ve booked six bunks; if it looks like there are going to be more of us, I’ll see what I can arrange with the hut warden and I’ll probably need a deposit.

Organiser: John H

Members going:

    1. John H
    2. Jim K
    3. Kirsty
    4. Matt

Sign up on the Facebook event if you want to go.

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Sep
21
Thu
The Roaches, Staffordshire @ The Roaches
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

The Roaches are on the southern edge of the Peak District, about 3.5 hours drive from Romsey. There’s something for everyone, with plenty of Trad climbing and Bouldering on the finest gritstone at both the Roaches and Hen Cloud.  The Trad ranges from easy to Extreme and is mainly single pitch, with a handful of two pitch climbs. We’ll probably stay at Hazel Barrow Farm (Hazel Barrow Farm Camping And Glamping , Leek Campsites, Staffordshire (ukcampsite.co.uk)), which has camping, glamping, a bunkhouse or even a cottage if you’re feeling flush! And it gets better, because Pete’s discovered that BMC members (that’s us) get a 5% discount – what more incentive could you need?



Organiser: Patrick

Who’s going:

  1. Patrick (volunteered to organise)
  2. Pete (Thursday – Sunday) going with Trevor – camping
  3. Trevor (Thursday – Sunday) going with Pete – camping
  4. Ivan (Thursday – Sunday) – camping
  5. Tony (Thursday – Sunday) – camping
  6. Lindsay (Thursday or Friday, staying on after Sunday) -camping
  7. John Duffield (Thursday – Sunday??) – camping
  8. Roland (Thursday – Sunday?) camping or bunk room?
  9. Rachel (Thursday – Sunday?) camping or bunk room?
  10. Sam?????
  11. ….
Oct
4
Wed
Capel Curig, Snowdonia – scrambling and easy climbing
Oct 4 – Oct 9 all-day

On this meet we’re going to explore some of the great scrambling, easy climbs and mountain walks in Snowdonia. RoCs has a copy of the excellent 2020 Rockfax book detailing hundreds of interesting routes – and because it’s Rockfax, the sun’s always shing!

We’re staying at The Barn climbing hut at Capel Curig, which belongs to North London Mountaineering Club. It sleeps 30 in three bunkrooms and we’ve got the whole hut to ourselves so there will be plenty of space. The barn is set in a beautifully secluded location with wonderful mountain views and only five minutes’ walk from the Tyn Y Coed Pub and A5 lay-by (GR: SH 737572, postcode: LL24 0DT). It’s centrally situated, very handy for scrambling and climbing in Ogwen and has mountain walks from the door. More details:Guest Barn – North London Mountaineering Club (nlmc.co.uk)

Organiser:

Who’s going?

  1. Pete
  2. Hannah
  3. Jim
  4. John H + 1
  5. Keith S

 

Oct
15
Sun
Spain – El Chorro
Oct 15 – Oct 22 all-day

Village sign

 

 

Late autumn in Spain – the rock’s warm, the beer’s cold and the pool has had eight months to warm up. If you fancy a week sport climbing in a T shirt in October, this is the trip for you! El Chorro has dozens of crags with thousands of routes and RoCs has a copy of the Rockfax guidebook. We’ll explore several areas, probably including some long (40m+) and multi-pitch routes. For more inspiration see https://mojagear.com/sport/2017/06/01/climbing-destination-guide-el-chorro-spain/.

Twelve of us went in 2022 and had a brilliant time!

More details:

Getting there – Ryanair fly from Bournemouth and some of us have already booked for 15-22 October; we’ve done this route a few times and it’s been very efficient.

Car hire – I usually book cars from Malagacar, which I’ve used several times. It’s off-airport (just), the cars are a bit older than the big companies but I’ve found it to be a reliable company.

Accommodation – I’ve rented a house for the twelve members who’ve already signed up. Hannah has generously volunteered her excellent culinary skills again to cater for us in style on most evenings (we’ll eat out on at least one), but everyone is expected to help out with chores. The house is full, but some people may not be able to make it so sign up below and I’ll add you to the reserve list. And there are plenty of other accommodation options if more want to meet up to climb.

Money – we’ll have a kitty to pay for all the above, including evening meals. The total cost will probably be £450-500 (including your flights) plus climbing-specific insurance – BMC cover recommended at about £50 for the week.

I’ve booked car hire and accommodation for those who’ve given me their deposit. I’m happy to assist anyone who wants to organise another rental property nearby!

Meet organiser: John H

Members going:

  1. John
  2. Hannah
  3. Matt
  4. Emma
  5. Sarah
  6. Tony
  7. Adam F
  8. Kirsty
  9. Steve E
  10. Jon G
  11. Mandy
  12. Tash

Reserve list:

  1. Tessa