North Wales – Jan
Jan 31 – Feb 2 all-day

The 1* camping

Organiser – Pete Telling

Pete and Patrick will be doing their “normal” winter camping trip to North Wales with the aim to get in some mountaineering and maybe snow/ice climbing if conditions allow.  As regular RoCs members will know, Pete and Patrick will be insisting on sleeping in their tents in the Capel Curig area.  However, for the more sane RoCs members, there are other accommodation options available from bunk houses and stone barns to pubs with luxurious bedrooms (the Bryn Tyrch – to be recommended).

This Annual trip to the snow clad mountains of North Wales (hopefully) will allow any RoCs member to experience some easy winter mountaineering challenges without having to travel up to Scotland. We will be camping at Capel Curig in the 1* site next to the Bryn Tyrch Hotel on the A5, just before reaching the shops at Capel Curig. Camping conditions can be a bit windy and exposed sometimes, but not as bad as in the Ogwyn Valley. If you have a reasonable tent and a winter sleeping bag you will be fine. There are alternative options for accommodation either on site in one of the small bunk rooms where light and a bed is supplied (with mattress). There are also bunk rooms available in the Hostel adjacent to the campsite or a room in the Bryn Tyrch Hotel (phone 01690 720223 to make your booking), for the less hardy climber.

As it is a winter trip, bring with you suitable winter warm and waterproof clothing, a decent pair of mountaineering boots, crampons and a walking axe as a minimum set of gear. Quite often the snow does not settle (or even arrive) so then it can be a bit wet and wild. Be prepared to bring waterproof trousers and jacket and a set of dry clothes for the pub in the evening.

We do not need to book places for the campsite, but if the weather is forecast to be really high wind or heavy rain for the weekend, we may well cancel at the last moment, so be aware of this if booking rooms or paying a deposit for a room in the hotel or bunk house off site to the camping area.

Patrick and I will go up Thursday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Travel plans will be confirmed nearer the time depending on who is attending. Post if you are interested in joining the Winter crew on this mad adventure full of fun, possibly some winter mountaineering and more than likely a good time in the pub.

Members attending are:-

  1. Pete T – organiser (camping) Thursday morning – Sunday
  2. Patrick – sub organiser  (camping) Thursday morning – Sunday
  3. Matt ??(camping) Thursday morning – Sunday
  4. Hannah (Hostel) Thursday eve- Sunday
  5. Mandy (Hostel) Thursday eve – Sunday
  6. Boyd (Hostel) Thursday eve – Sunday
  7. Jim (Hostel) Thursday eve – Sunday
  8. John Knight (maybe) (camping) Friday – Sunday TBC
Nepal – Mera Peak
Apr 4 – Apr 25 all-day

A fantastic opportunity for adventure amongst the highest mountains in the world! We’ll be trekking (hiking and easy mountaineering) up Mera Peak, at 6,461m the highest Nepalese peak you can climb without an expedition permit. It’s not difficult but it will be strenuous at times so you’ll need to be fit, healthy and motivated to enjoy it.

We’ll be camping on the trek. The days will start early, giving us time to relax in the afternoon when we’ve reached the day’s destination. All our personal gear will be in our holdall (see below) and carried for us along with the camping equipment by porters; all we need to carry is a daysack with spare clothes and water – and a camera, of course!

We’ll organise flights (probably via the middle east) to Kathmandu, where we’ll be met by our guide and taken to a good quality hotel for two nights. It’ll give us the chance to recover from the flights, and stock up on last-minute things from the dozens of trekking shops. We’ll get a briefing from our guide and be given a large holdall to use for the trek.

Our itinerary in Nepal will be organised by an old friend of John Horton, who owns Mountain Mart Treks, which currently ranks number one of over 1,300 trekking companies in Kathmandu. He’ll organise everything in Nepal: transport to and from the airport, accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek, internal flights, guide, porters, camping equipment, food on the trek, mountaineering equipment and permits.

Nepal is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. The mountain scenery is spectacular and the remote farms and villages are fascinating. Kathmandu is a humming beehive of humanity, with people constantly on the move amongst markets, temples and shops.

Whet your appetite reading more details: We’ll be staying an extra two nights in Kathmandu after the trek so we can do an included day tour of the city and to explore the lanes, courtyards and shops.

Family and friends accompanying RoCs members are welcome to join the trip without having to join the club. The total cost should be about £3100, made up of flights £700, organised itinerary £1800, everything else £600 (insurance, visa, meals in Kathmandu, tips…). It is a lot of money for a holiday but it’ll definitely be unforgettable!

We want to organise flights in plenty of time so you’ll need to commit by 31 July.

Organiser: Patrick (with lots of help from John H)

Definitely going:

  1. Patrick
  2. Matt
Fairy Cave – April – Outdoor Novice @ Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset
Apr 5 all-day


Meet Organiser: John H.

This is a 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:

Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day

With climbing at The Dewerstone and Sheeps Tor (images above) or on numerous Dartmoor outcrops (Hound Tor or Hay Tor for example) there are hundreds of single and multi pitch routes of all grades, from very easy to extremely tough – something for everyone!

Meet organiser: Josh

Members attending:

  1. Josh
  2.  Mandy
  3.  Pete (if we’re gentle with him…)
Portland – Outdoor Novice
May 2 all-day

Meet organiser: John

Members attending:

May 7 – May 10 all-day

A long weekend bouldering in the woods at Fontainebleau, an hour south of Paris. We are driving to channel tunnel early Thursday the 7th and returning the same way Sunday the 10th. Might be one or two cars going and at the moment we have at least one bed free so if anyone else fancies this then get in touch – we are staying in a nice converted farmhouse costing roughly £100 each.

For those unfamiliar with it fontainebleau is the best bouldering location in the WORLD ! Really pleasant location for a very sociable trip that can be as easy or as challenging as you choose. And they sell lovely cheese. 

Organiser: Stu

Members going:

  1. Stu
  2. Jon
  3. Adam
  4. Matt
  5. Darren
  6. ….
Keswick – May
May 16 – May 23 all-day

Meet organiser: John

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 come we may need to have dormitories with people on the floor or there’s plenty of alternative accommodation nearby. 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:

  1. John
  2. Hannah
  3. Ivan
  4. Mandy
  5. Matt
Fairy Cave – May – Outdoor Novice @ Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset
May 24 all-day


Meet Organiser: TBC.

This is a 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:

Gower – June
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

Meet Organiser: Matt

This is a weekend meet to the beautiful South Wales coast to the Gower Peninsula.  There are some very friendly routes with good rock that are climbable straight off the beach!  It’s a really good location for all climbing abilities…and also for bringing family along who love walking or beaches!

Camping will be at Nicholaston Farm which has really good facilities and is a short walk from climbing at and around Three Cliffs Bay.  Their details can be found at:

Members attending:

  1. Matt
Italian Alps
Jun 13 – Jun 20 all-day

Join us on a trip to Italy with a plethora of climbing and mountaineering activities available, depending on your interests and budget. There are sport climbs in the valleys, via ferattas higher up and Gran Paradiso (4061m) and the southern Mont Blanc routes for the keen. You could join us for a total cost of less than £500 but it depends on your ambitions because the big peaks could need cable cars, huts and maybe a guide so nearer £1000 if your sights are high!

Organiser: Stu

Members interested:

1 Stu
2 Jim…