Meets

Meets are what the club is all about. They're run by members, for members. The club thrives by having members take an active interest in the meets that are run. We typically agree the next year's meets - where we're going and who's organising which meet - at our AGM in October. The Frequently Asked Questions page offers advice on what to expect on a meet.

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Wooler, Northumberland
4 May 2018 to 7 May 2018

A trip to the forgotten borderlands... long empty beaches, sandstone crags, the Cheviot hills, Kielder forest and the Farne islands.
Spend your May bank holiday exploring Northumberland. There's loads of bouldering and trad climbing, walking in the hills or along beaches, mountain biking in Kielder forest, run, swim, go to a seal sanctuary... it's a great playground.

We'll be staying here http://www.highburn-house.co.uk/index.htm.
Campsite comes with a colony of ducks and rabbits and there's pubs and shops just down the road. The camping is cheap - works out at about £8 pppn.

Cars are useful for this area - especially for the climbers so perhaps get a train to Newcastle and drive from there?

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Novice Climbers' Meet - Peak District
18 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Our annual climber’s Novice meet to Stanage, Hope Valley, staying at Hardhurst Farm camp site.

Interested in trying out climbing, or getting into outdoor trad? Come along!
Do you lead trad already? We need you to share your skills and knowledge with newer climbers in the Club.

If climbing on the classic gritstone climbing edges of Bamford, Burbage and Stanage is not for you, there is walking through Edale and Kinder Scout, or rent a mountain bike and explore the local tracks.

Camping equipment essential, basic climbing equipment (helmet, harness, shoes) suggested. Look out for the email in advance of the trip with more details.

Note: The Rockhoppers Club does not directly provide formal training, the Novice Meet simply offers guidance from club members.

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Treen, Cornwall
25 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

The annual epic bank holiday trip - sea, sand, cream teas and hopefully not too much fog.

For those as haven't been, West Cornwall is what Cornwall is really all about, beautiful scenery, stunning wild craggy coast line to walk, immaculate granite to climb on, gorgeous sandy coves to surf, swim or just laze in and more tourist tat in St Ives than you can shake a candy floss stick at. Add to that tin mines, the Minack Theater and various other wet weather alternatives just in case, and you're made for a perfect escape from London.

We're staying at Treen Farm Campsite again. A fantastic setting, a mere field inland from the cliff top and coast path, a skip from Logan Rock itself, and a gentle stagger from the Logan Rock Inn. Within a 10-15 minute walk there is a lovely beach at Porthcorno accessible at all tides by coast path & road, and the stunning 'secret' Pedn Vounder beach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedn_Vounder directly under the campsite for those prepared to scramble. This needs to be vacated before high tide though so be warned. Weather, tides and group momentum permitting we often see Rockhopper penguins gather on one or other beach for a BBQ one of the evenings. They also have a wee shop on site that does a roaring trade in coffee, croissants and pasties of a morning and a whole wealth of other stuff. Plus they usually have some flavour of food vendor on site (breakfast fry up and something different from curry to burgers of an evening) morn and night.

Camping


At the road end, turn right passed the "Camping Full" sign and follow the narrow dirt track up a short hill to the campsite gate (track turns sharp left). In the gate then right at reception and again at the toilet block (sign for Rockhoppers). About 2/3rds of the field will be reserved for us and there is usually a rope across to mark our patch - try not to drive through/over it in the dark. There is a hedge up the middle of the field longways. We have both sides of the hedge beyond the rope. Please pitch against the hedge or wall surrounding the field and park against the fence at the end of the hedge or out in front of tents NOT between them. Our host is VERY particular about this and will ask you to move things around if your tent is in risk of being run over or cars are where tents should be. Just go with it ok.

Climbing Guides:

Climbers Club West Cornwall volumes I & II
https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/shop/books/south-west/west-cornwall/
New CC book looks lurvely for those of you who don't have one or just love guides:
https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news/guidebooks/climbers'_club_guides_to_west_cornwall_volume_2nbsp-10038

Run out of petrol? there'll be somewhere to climb on route!
https://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/west-country-climbs-2010/

Tide times at the bottom

Climbing not your thing?...

Apparently you can walk too - there's Left or Right - almost certainly there will be parties going in both directions at least two out of 3 days :)
All joking aside the scenery is stunning and the walking far more enjoyable and challenging than you might imagine from this dodgy description, and there are lots of options (including a bus back for those waylaid by a cruel and heartless ice-cream salesman)

Then there's Surfing (Sennen is a good place to try this - there are two surf hire shops), Kite Surfing, Coasteering, Kayaking, (a quick google will find companies more than happy to exchange a day of adrenaline fuelled fun for some hard earned wonga) Not to mention Tin Mines, Minack, Eden (for the drive back perhaps).

Tides

(are not great time wise with high tide at 3.30 and 4.30 pm so plan your routes accordingly)

Penzance (Penwith SW)
(GMT so Add 1 hour)

25-May Fri 01:18 H 4.7m 08:00 L 1.6m 13:48 H 4.7m 20:24 L 1.6m
26-May Sat 02:12 H 4.9m 08:54 L 1.4m 14:36 H 4.9m 21:18 L 1.4m
27-May Sun 02:54 H 5.0m 09:42 L 1.3m 15:18 H 5.1m 22:00 L 1.3m
28-May Mon 03:36 H 5.2m 10:18 L 1.1m 15:54 H 5.2m 22:36 L 1.2m
29-May Tue 04:12 H 5.2m 10:54 L 1.1m 16:30 H 5.3m 23:18 L 1.1m
Thanks go to the CC : https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/information-summary-list/tidal-information/

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Rosthwaite, Lake District
8 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

To tie in with the Keswick Film Festival

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Nant Peris, Snowdonia
22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Tramp up Snowdon with our woad on: never mind if we get rained or blowed on

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North Devon
29 Jun 2018 to 1 Jul 2018

Staying at Stoke Barton Farm.

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Chew Valley, North Peak District
13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

Time to climb the Western grit for a change! Some lovely walking on and around Saddleworth Moor too.

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Dartmoor
27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Once again we will be splitting the trip in two. As well as the usual campsite based climbing trip to the tors, we will be putting together a backpacking itinerary, the National Park being the only place in the UK outside Scotland that legally permits wild-camping.

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Tremadog, Snowdonia
10 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

No doubt including a visit to Eric's cafe

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Ireland - Macgillycuddy’s Reeks/Dingle Peninsular
23 Aug 2018 to 28 Aug 2018

Bank Holiday - extended trip

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Peak District
7 Sep 2018 to 9 Sep 2018

Dark or light?

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Volunteering weekend - Snowdonia
21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

Details TBC

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Bosherton, South Pembroke
28 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

Arguably the best climbing in the UK!

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Wye Valley
5 Oct 2018 to 7 Oct 2018

Wintours Leap area

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Swanage, Dorset
19 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018

The beautiful Isle of Purbeck

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