RoCs AGM by Zoom

Hi all RoCs members, don’t forget we are holding our ZOOM virtual AGM this year on Wednesday 11th November starting at 7-00pm. All are welcome, so join in for some interesting fun! I have sent everyone an invite to the Zoom meeting with the login details so while we are all locked in, this is something to do on a Wednesday evening. Such Fun. Pete

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Meets update 26 July

The Roaches last weekend was one of our most popular meets ever – no doubt due to the frustration of being confined home for so long. Sixteen members and two guests enjoyed the novelty of being away from home for the weekend – and some great climbing!

We’ve got a change to the first August meet. Instead of heading along the coast to Portland for a weekend we’ve now got the opportunity to do some multi-pitch mountain routes in the Lake District because Stu has kindly offered his flat in Keswick for a week. Matt’s stepped up to organise it and it’s going to be a great week! It’s the week of 8-15; see the webpage for more details.

Matt’s also trying to sort out the Pembroke meet. Welsh campsites can now open but whether they want us remains to be seen… Watch the webpage for details.

The first Outdoor Novice meet of the year is to Fairy Cave on 30 August. It’s a nice friendly venue with some quality climbs so hopefully we’ll have a good turnout. Sign up on the webpage!

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Climbing outside again after the Lockdown

Hi to all RoCs members,

Some important advice and guidance from Romsey Climbers to all our members.

Now that lockdown restrictions have been partially lifted and we are allowed out side again, please be aware that due to the 3 month lockdown period stopping all climbing initially for several weeks, and limited climbing in the last few weeks the conditions of some of the popular climbing crags may well have changed from what you have been used to in the past. Many of the crags and some specific routes will have become greasy and slippery due to lack of use, and the various extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing. They also may have suffered an increase in vegetation, mud and debris forming in the cracks we use for hand & footholds and more importantly for placing gear for protection.

When we are able to venture out on meets again please take care and allow for these new conditions. I am sure it will not be long before the crags and routes will be back to their former conditions as more climbers get out on rock and the routes get cleared of their new found growth and debris. Also please take into account you may be a bit slower, less flexible and slightly out of practice than you were last year due to the forced “Stay at home and stay safe” government policy over the last 3 months, so that “Easy Diff” may well be a bit more of a challenge than it was last year. It certainly will be for me!!

Please also ensure you always carry an up to date copy of our “Additional Information Form” which we supplied to you all when you first joined RoCs. For the safety of everyone in the club, and to ensure that the information is all up to date, please print off and complete this form again, which I have sent out to all RoCs members, especially the section asking for next of kin (your ICE you nominated to us when you joined). This form should then be put into your climbing and/or walking rucksack so that if you are involved in a climbing or walking incident and require medical help, the emergency services will be able to see if you have any medical requirements or conditions, and they or one of us can contact your ICE contact (partner, family member or friend) if required. This is an important requirement of being a club member with RoCs. Please ensure you carry a copy in your rucksac all the time and keep it up to date. One day we may need to use this information. This is for your own safety and peace of mind for your family.

Hoping to see you out on rock or at a climbing wall very soon, take care and stay safe.

Pete

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Meets are back!

The gloves are off and we’re hitting the ground running – and any other metaphors you want to add to the mix! After a frustrating three months we’ve now been told by the government we’re allowed to stay away overnight. It means we can start our meets programme, albeit with some tweaks. To satiate your climbing appetite here are some tasty trips coming up:

16-19 July The Roaches

The Whillans Hut is still closed so this is now a camping trip. Hanna has booked the whole campsite for us so there’s loads of space and some great climbing.

7-9 August Portland

This was a really good trip last year and a relaxing way to experience Portland without the drive both ways on the same day. Ivan originally intended organising it but has had to pull out; is somebody happy to take it on?

21-23 August Pembroke

We haven’t been here for a few years but it looks fantastic! Matt’s organiser and sorting out a campsite. Get your name down!

11-18 October El Chorro, Spain

The big trip. We had a brilliant time last year and there are still hundreds of routes for us to do – we might even get up some of them! It’ll probably be the last time you wear your shorts this year and there are lots of apres-climb activities… See the webpage for more details.

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Meets update – 15 June

The English countryside is opening up and it looks increasingly likely that camp sites will be allowed to open on 4 July. Climbing huts and bunkhouses remain closed for the foreseeable future but it’s looking promising for climbing/camping meets, although we may not be able to go where we intended (Wales and Scotland are currently off-limits) and to conform to the rules we should travel separately.

Looking at the meets calendar we’ve got two meets scheduled for July: Dartmoor at the beginning of the month is cancelled – or more correctly, it’s hopefully postponed, because we hope to get there later this year; The Roaches – although we can’t stay in the Don Whillans hut, we hope to run this meet as a camping trip. Hannah is looking into the options so keep an eye on the webpage and Facebook.

Next update mid-July…

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Meets update – 14 May

The latest government and BMC guidance has opened up the countryside for very limited climbing: you can climb with a member of your household, or with someone else if you keep 2 metres apart. If you are considering it take a look at the BMC RAD first because several crags (including Fairy Cave) are closed. There is no restriction on how far you can travel but you can’t stay away overnight. Camp sites, climbing huts and pubs remain closed. Sadly we’ve now cancelled the June meets. Who knows what the situation will be in a month’s time but there’ll be another meets update in mid-June.

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Meets update – 15 April

We hope you’re all staying safe and are able to maintain fitness and sanity in these strange days. Unfortunately the pesky virus continues to put paid to our climbing activities and the May meets in the calendar have now been cancelled. Hopefully we’ll be able to get back to the crags and indoor walls before too long; let’s patiently hang in there (on your training board if you’ve got one!) and we’ll have another meets update in mid-May.

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Corona Virus update. April meets & Climbing outside.

The latest decision by RoCs is that we have cancelled the April meets that were listed on the meets page (Fairy Cave Novice and Dartmoor) due to the Corona Virus situation, except for the Nepal meet, which has been postponed to April 2021.

We will be monitoring the situation on a monthly basis for future meets in 2020, and will be guided by the Government, NHS and BMC advice regarding travel, group meetings and climbing outside. It will also depend on the availability of individual campsites, bunk house accommodation and use or access to pubs and cafes etc in the climbing areas. Please check and comply with the guidelines listed on the relevant websites and the BMC website link regarding individual members going outside for personal exercise outside.

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/should-you-go-climbing-outdoors-and-hill-walking

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Corona Virus

Hi all RoCs members. Although some of our activities take place outside, we also meet up at climbing walls and sometimes in pubs. With the current situation where the number of cases are increasing in the country, please can you all consider the well being of our climbing society by not attending any walls or meets inside or out if you have any signs of being infected by the corona virus in line with the advice from the NHS or the government statements. If you think you are infected or even if you think you just have cold or Flu symptoms, please self isolate for the required period and do not pass on any infections to other climbers.

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Meets – get your name down soon!

We’ve got a healthy meets schedule this year and the following need early commitment so if you’re interested let the organiser know soon.

  • 30 Jan-2 Feb North Wales (this weekend): there are still beds available in the hostel and pitches free at the campsite (surprise!)
  • 4-25 April Nepal: only two members on this trip at the moment but it’s not too late if you want to join the adventure…
  • The April/May trip to Kalymos has proved too tricky to organise but there’s a new meet in the calendar:
  • 7-10 May Fontainebleau: Stu’s organising. See the webpage for details but be quick because he’s just about to book.
  • 13-20 June Italian Alps: another of Stu’s trips. He’d like expressions of interest soon so he can book accommodation.
  • 16-19 July Roaches: only three beds still available in the Don Whillans Hut.
  • 12-19 September Scotland: Keith needs numbers by 29 Feb.
  • 11-18 Oct El Chorro: I’ve brought forward the deadline to 31 March so we can get flights and accommodation booked early.

The climbing season will soon be with us (not soon enough though…)

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