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
CANCELLED 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:

  1. John
  2. Ivan
  3. Jamie
  4. Pete
  5. Tim
  6. Hannah
  7. Tom H
  8. Jim
  9. Lloyd
CANCELLED Dartmoor – April
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…)
  4.  Kirsty
  5.  Jon (if the weather is good!)
  6. Helen
CANCELLED Portland – Outdoor Novice
May 2 all-day

Meet organiser: John

Members attending:

  1. John
  2. Tim
  3. Hannah
  4. Boyd
  5. Matt
  6. Kirsty
  7. Jim
  8. Sarah
CANCELLED Fontainebleau
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. ….
CANCELLED 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
CANCELLED 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:

  1. Jim
Gower – June CANCELLED
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
  2. Sarah + 1
  3. Tony + 1
  4. Tim
  5. Emma
  6. Pete
  7. Hannah?
  8. Charlotte?
Italian Alps CANCELLED
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

3. Jamie

4. Boyd (TBC)


Peak District – June CANCELLED @ Peak District
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

Meet Organiser: Pete T.

This is an annual RoCs weekend meet to the delights of the Peak District National Park. We will be camping at the usual site near Hathersage at theNorth Lees (Peak District National Park) camp site. This is about 1 mile due North of Hathersage. 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 North 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.

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
  2. Patrick
  3. Hannah
  4. Sarah
  5. Tony
  6. Josh
  7. Helen F