All Meets

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Aug
8
Sat
Keswick – August
Aug 8 – Aug 15 all-day

Meet organiser: Matt

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. Matt
  2. Hannah
  3. Mr Hannah
  4. Caron
  5. Mandy
Aug
21
Fri
Pembroke – August
Aug 21 – Aug 23 all-day

Let’s see if we can get enough people to run this trip! Could those of you who expressed interest early in the year (seems so long ago!) confirm whether you’re still interested, and anyone else add your names here so there’s a rough idea of numbers. Ta!

Organiser – Matt

Members attending:

  1. Matt
  2. Jon
  3. Jim K
  4. Pete
  5. Helen
  6. James P
Aug
30
Sun
Fairy Cave – August – Outdoor Novice @ Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset
Aug 30 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:

Sep
4
Fri
Wye Valley – September
Sep 4 – Sep 6 all-day

Meet organiser: Patrick

The Wye Valley is a brilliant place to climb!  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!).  There are also the crags at Wyndcliff, Ban y Gor (mostly sport), Shorn Cliff and Symonds Yat, amongst others, to enjoy in the vicinity if you prefer.

Members attending:

  1. Patrick
  2. Ivan
  3. Sarah
  4. Tony
  5. Mandy
  6. Hannah
  7. Matt
Sep
12
Sat
Scotland – September CANCELLED
Sep 12 – Sep 19 all-day

Ben Nevis

 

 

 

 

Scrambling on Aonach Eagach Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor

 

 

A week-long walking/scrambling/easy climbing trip to the Highlands. We’ll be based in the Fort William/Glencoe area surrounded by lots of big mountains (or hills, as the Scots call them!) with a fantastic choice of activities for days out.

We’ll stay in a cottage or other self-catering accommodation.

Update 25 March – along with all the other RoCs meets in 2020 this meet is tentative and a decision will be made nearer the time whether it will go ahead or be postponed until 2021…

Organiser – ?

Members attending:

  1. Mandy
  2. Hannah + 1
  3. Matt?
Sep
16
Wed
Fontainebleau
Sep 16 – Sep 19 all-day

A long weekend bouldering in the woods at Fontainebleau, an hour south of Paris.

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.

Contact Stu for more information.

Organiser: Stu

Members going:

  1. Stu
  2. Jon
  3. Adam
  4. Matt
  5. Darren
  6. ….
Sep
25
Fri
Peak District – September @ Peak District
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day

Meet Organiser: Ive

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.

Exact venue to be decided…

Members attending are:

  1. Ive
  2. Helen N
  3. Mandy
  4. Boyd?
  5. Matt
  6. Helen F?
  7. Pete?
  8. Hannah
Oct
2
Fri
Baggy Point – Experienced
Oct 2 – Oct 4 all-day

Meet Organiser – TBC

Members attending:

  1. Mandy
  2. Pete
  3. Matt
Oct
11
Sun
Spain – El Chorro
Oct 11 – Oct 18 all-day

Village sign

John at the top of the second 40m pitch

Naomi belaying Mike at Valle de Abdalajis

Mark, Stu and Darren at Los Cotos

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 new (December 2018) Rockfax guidebook. We’ll explore several areas, perhaps 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/.

Eight of us went in 2019 and had a brilliant time!

This year quite a few of us have already booked Ryanair flights from Bournemouth to Malaga, but there are plenty of flights from London airports if you want more options. I’ve booked a large villa: https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p10456446, which has plenty of space and flexibility. It’s also got several fun activities for entertainment including ping pong so from now on will be known as Ping Pong Palace! We’ll self-cater (well, Hannah organises it with our assistance!) and rented several cars for flexibility (volunteer drivers needed…).

Meet organiser: John H

Members booked:

  1. John
  2. Mandy
  3. Matt
  4. Hannah
  5. Jon
  6. Sarah
  7. Tony
  8. Patrick
  9. Adam
  10. Emma
  11. Stu
  12. Roland
Apr
5
Mon
Nepal – Mera Peak
Apr 5 – Apr 26 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: https://www.mountainmarttreks.com/destinations/nepal/peak-climbing/mera-peak-climbing.html. 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