Trad Meets

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Aug
25
Sun
Fairy Cave – August – Outdoor Novice @ Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset
Aug 25 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. Patrick
  2. Pete
  3. Sarah
  4. Adam
  5. Caron
  6. Matt
  7. Mandy
  8. Dave R
  9. Jon G
Aug
30
Fri
Dartmoor
Aug 30 – Sep 1 all-day

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

Members attending:

  1. John H
  2. Caron
Sep
13
Fri
Gower – September
Sep 13 – Sep 15 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:  http://www.nicholastonfarm.co.uk/

Members attending:

  1. Matt
  2. Pete??
  3. Charlotte
  4. Mandy
Sep
27
Fri
North Wales – Scrambles & Easy Climbs
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

John on Pinnacle Ridge

Dave on Arete and Slab, Bochlywd

Dave on Pinnacle Ridge

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.

Map of Llanberis area

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!

If interested, please add a comment so we can add you to the booking.

Meet Organisers: Tom and Jenny

Members attending are:

  1. Tom
  2. Jenny
  3. Charlotte
  4. Hannah
  5. Patrick?
  6. Pete?
Oct
11
Fri
Baggy Point – Experienced
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

This is an ‘Experienced climber’ weekend, aimed at members climbing confidently at or above Severe.

Meet organiser: Jon G

Members attending:

  1. Jon G