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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:
- Dave R
- Jon G
We’ll climb at The Dewerstone, Sheeps Tor (images above) or on any of the numerous Dartmoor outcrops (Hound Tor or Hay Tor for example) where there are many single and multi pitch routes of all grades, from very easy to quite tough! Make sure you bring suitable food and cooking gear for breakfast and also food for mid-day as there are no shops near the climbing areas for food and drink.
We’ll camp at Langstone Manor camping and caravan site, Moortown PL19 9JZ, about 2 miles east of Tavistock (www.langstonemanor.co.uk). The site is popular so we’ll need to book at least a week in advance – get your name down early! The facilities are excellent with good showers, toilets and washing up facilities, as well as an on site shop, bar, lounge and eating facilities. We’ll probably use the onsite bar for evening meals.
Meet organiser: John H
- John H
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: http://www.nicholastonfarm.co.uk/
This meet will be based at a climbing hut and will explore some of the many scrambles/easy climbs in Snowdonia.
The hut is Cae’r Fran, the climbing hut of the Merseyside Mountaineering Club, about 1km from Laanberis at grid ref SH570595. Cae’r Fran lies in the hills above Llanberis, a small hill town near Caernarfon. The maps below should be of use in finding the hut.
For those who prefer the good old OS style of map, here for your delectations it is …
Directions to Caer Fran
These directions assume you are approaching Llanberis from the SE on the A4086…
- 200m after the Snowden Railway station, turn left onto the High Street.
- After the Dolbadarn Hotel take the second left. This is Capel Coch Road.
- Continue for about 150m to a chapel on the left after which you take the turning on the
right, Fron Goch.
- Follow this road steeply up the hill, take the second turning on the left. After a few metres there is the Plas Garnedd care home on the left.
- Continue up this narrow road carefully for about 600m until you come to a gate.
- The first parking area is about 50m on the left. There is more parking about 200m further up the road.
- From the first parking there is a track leading down leftwards to Caer Fran.
- The club hut is the second building. The main entrance is a green side door between the hut and the adjacent barn.
There are three places in which cars can be parked (at their owners risk) within easy walking distance of Cae’r Fran. On no account must vehicles be driven off the tarmac road and down to Cae’r Fran. This path is a footpath and may only be used by farm vehicles. On no account must cars be allowed to obstruct the lane up towards Moel Eilio or the footpath to Cae’r Fran, both are used by farm vehicles at unpredictable times.
The hut has bunk rooms with beds & mattresses so all you’ll need are your sleeping bags and pillow (No need for roll matts). There are separate men’s and women’s rooms.
There are also seperate men’s and women’s toilets and shower rooms with lovely hot water.
The kitchen is really well stocked with cutlery, crockery, pots and pans as well as having a huge cooker / stove and fridge. You’ll need to bring your own food and snacks but the hut has everything you’re likely to need to cook it.
There is also a drying room which will be incredibly handy if the weather doesn’t play ball.
The communal living area is big and a nice space to eat and spend an evening so there is the option to eat in if anyone would prefer to cook. Pete’s Eats is a short drive away if not and is great value, serving big portions.
Plan for the day:
We will likely arrive at the hut Thursday evening and go out scrambling Friday day. We’ll make sure we’re back in time to welcome those arriving Friday- just let us know your ETA.
We’re hoping to get a couple of classic Scrambles under our belt over the weekend and are open to suggestions if anyone has a burning desire for a certain route, just let us know your thoughts. We anticipate some long days dedicated primarily to scrambling but welcome those wanting to get some easy climbing in too. Hopefully we’ll have a big enough group to accommodate both ‘missions’.
Look forward to seeing you there!
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Meet Organisers: Tom and Jenny
Members attending are:
This is an ‘Experienced climber’ weekend, aimed at members climbing confidently at or above Severe.
Meet organiser: Jon G
- Jon G
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 November, 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/.
Getting there – We’ve booked flights with Ryanair from Bournemouth Sunday 3 – Sunday 10.
Car hire – I’m renting two 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 a good price.
Accommodation – We’ve rented a house/villa for all of us and there are a couple of spare beds if we get any latecomers. Hannah has generously volunteered her excellent culinary skills again to cater for us in style on most evenings (we’ll eat out on the others).
Money – we’ll have a kitty to pay for all the above, including evening meals. The total cost will probably be £400-450.
Meet organiser: John
- Jon (possibly)
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)