On the fourth Wednesday of the month we host a slideshow at The Old Kings Head, London Bridge, in the upstairs room (ask the bar staff for directions if you can’t find it). Our slideshows are usually by members, although occasionally we have speakers from outside the club. These cover a wide range of climbing and walking topics, from trips our members have been on to lectures by notable climbers and mountaineers. The show starts at 7:30pm and will generally finish about 9:30pm.
We sometimes organize other ad hoc socials, which will be added here once details are known; email notifications will also be sent.
We will be hearing from two of our committee members who dared to make friends with the Alpine Club and venture into the Saas Valley. It's the right time of year to hear about icy Alpine adventures, getting you ready for the winter season ahead.
Last year I resigned from my job, moved out of my flat, put all my possessions in my parents’ garage and took the leap. From taking the first step away from Land’s End to walking into John O’Groats was 1,231 miles taking 131 days. I didn’t set out to achieve a new LEJOG speed record nor did I have a set end date, instead this journey was about exploration and learning - not just about myself but about the history, culture and heritage of the places I walked through. By passing through the landscapes at a slower pace - and you can’t get much slower than my walking pace! - I learnt so much about this country.
I also included the islands as a way to bookend my walk. From Cornwall I travelled to Long Point, St Agnes (the most south westerly point of the Isles of Scilly) and from John O'Groats I sailed and drove to Skaw, Unst (the most north easterly point of the Shetland Islands).
Come along if you want to hear more and see some photos of my trip!
From 7pm, presentation around 7.30pm.
Book here: https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6034
Use this social to discuss your Easter plans! Save time in Skye or Cornwall - get those maps out and plan your hikes and climbs before you arrive. Secure the best people in your group ;)
If you don't have ambitious plans for Easter just come along for a friendly chat and a beer.
We will be hearing about Rob and Craig's adventures in Norway, ski touring the Jotunheimen Haute Route.
Time: Upstairs room from 7pm, presentation around 7.30pm.
Drink booze, eat crisps, talk nonsense and plan for upcoming trips. From 7pm.
As it is now officially summer our next social will be a little different! We will be having a picnic in the park to enjoy the long summer nights and (fingers crossed) warm London evenings.
Wednesday 27 June: Picnic in the Jubilee Gardens - next to the London Eye - nearest tube Waterloo.
Time: From 7pm, and don't forget to bring snacks and your beverage of choice!
We look forward to seeing you all there!
It's time to celebrate the summer with your fellow Rockhoppers! On Saturday 21 July, we will combine two of everyone's favourite activities: Walking (a little bit at least) and drinking (probably a whole lot more….).
We will attack the famous Bermondsey Brewery Mile, which consists of a string of micro-breweries set up in railway arches starting in South Bermondsey and stretching all the way into Tower Bridge.
We will start at Partizan Brewing, at 2pm (nearest station is Surrey Quays or South Bermondsey) and then work our way into Southwark Brewing Co (nearest station is London Bridge) with expected finish around 7pm. Below is an approximate time schedule planned for each brewery, which includes walking time in-between. It would be great to see as many of you as possible for the 2pm start, but obviously you can join at any time/location that suits you!
Various food options will be available along the way, including the epically hip Maltby St street food market.
1. 14.00 Partizan Brewing, 8 Almond Road, London SE16 3LR.
2. 14.45 Eebria Tap Room, 15 Almond Road, London SE16 3LR.
3. 15.30 Brew by Numbers: Arch 79, Enid St, SE16 3RA.
4. 16.15 U Brew: Arches 29-30, 24 Old Jamaica Road, SE16 4AW.
5. 17.00 Bottle Shop: 128 Druid Street, SE1 2HH.
6. 17.45 Anspach & Hobday: 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH.
7. 18.30 Southwark Brewing Co: 46 Druid Street, SE1 2EZ.
There’s no need to sign up to this event in advance (it’s free other than your beer budget…), but if you join at a later stage than Partizan Brewing you may benefit from either texting or calling Mette or Alex when you’re on your way to get a progress report.
We will do our very best to stick to the schedule, but obviously there are no guarantees! (given that most of the breweries are tiny and/or get busy we will likely need to stretch ourselves out a bit in terms of arriving in any case).
At the last AGM and annual dinner we discussed club participation and engagement and agreed we needed to look in more detail about what motivates people to take part in club activities in general and leadership roles in particular.
This month we plan to use the social, at the Old Kings Head, to get your views. Club member Phillippa Banister will be running a session to find out what you think and it would be great if as many of you as possible could make it along.
If you can't make it, never fear, we still want your views. We will be sending out a web survey link in the next couple of days that will take your responses - anonymously or not as you wish.
If you can make it, we'll be in the upstairs room from about 7.30.
A picture-rich, light-hearted presentation and I’ll talk a bit about the different ways I’ve enjoyed having fun rock climbing, ice climbing, summer & winter alpine, ski mountaineering, bouldering, (buildering), scrambling, deep water soloing and generally having as much fun as possible in locations like the Alps, Haute Atlas, Anti Atlas, Pyrenees, Yosemite, as well as popular destinations like N Wales, Peak, Pembroke, Cuillin etc.
Calling all Rockhoppers: We are nearing the end of the club year, and for our last social of the year before the AGM we have a Rockhopper pub quiz lined up, custom-made by our very own Chris Adye!
In the days when the club was advertised in alphabetical listings the Rockhoppers got "lost" somewhere after Rochdale MC. So in order for it to appear with other London clubs we used to advertise it as "London Rockhoppers Mountaineering Club". The rounds for the quiz will therefore be London, Rockhoppers, Mountaineering, and Club. You have been warned, so get revising trivial factoids about penguins! (Probably the shortest round...)
Please come along to the Old Kings Head on Wednesday 26 September at 7.30pm for a jolly night of pints and climbing trivia. You are welcome to put your own team together before the evening of course, but in any case we will make sure to team everyone up on the evening.