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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Borrowdale
12 Jan 2018 to 14 Jan 2018

Borrowdale should need little introduction to Rockhoppers, being a Lake District favourite. As jumping off point for the acsent of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, there are plenty of Fells to explore. There are convenient valley crags nearby, but should we have a dream winter how about the routes on Great End... We can always hope!

The base for this one is the Old Grange School, a hut belonging to the Climber’s Club

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Malham, Yorkshire Dales
26 Jan 2018 to 29 Jan 2018

On this trip , the ‘hoppers are heading back up north to Malhamdale in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In the Domesday Book the village was given the name as Malgun, meaning ‘settlement by the gravelly places. Situated on the major walking and cycling routes including the Way of the Roses and the Pennine Way. Other walks could include visiting the lime pavement scenery around Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Whernside – 736m, Pen-y-ghent – 694m and Ingleborough – 793m) or other smaller Yorkshire dales. For the hardcore climbers of the club I believe there are many outstanding routes on Malham Cove itself. Or you could decide just to eat the Yorkshire pudding and drink tea for the weekend.

We will be staying in the Airton Barn.

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Ogwen, Snowdonia
9 Feb 2018 to 11 Feb 2018

Why not join us for the year's first trip to Snowdonia, with the Ogwen valley being a classic destination for hikers and climbers alike! Given current conditions there should be plenty of opportunities to get your winter gear out, and it looks like crampons and ice axes will be needed for any hill activities (please flag when you book if you need to borrow any of this gear from the club by emailing me directly). You can follow the ground conditions via the webcam on the Ogwen Valley Rescue Team website at https://ogwen-rescue.org.uk/.

We will stay in the remote Caseg Fraith hut, which sleeps 25 people and is ideally situated for hill access with its location at the bottom of Tryfan (http://www.ulgmc.org/caseg.html). Note that given the remote hut location you will need to bring food/drinks for the entire weekend with you, and we will arrange for a communal meal on the Saturday evening for those interested.

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Glenridding, Lake District
23 Feb 2018 to 25 Feb 2018

Bury Jubilee Hostel in Glenriding is just a walk down the hill from England's highest ski resort, run by the Lake District Ski Club ... bring your own skis if we're in luck with the conditions! Of course the hills around Hellvelyn are fantastic with or without the snow, so we are going to have a couple of great days out.

The hostel looks luxurious and has a wood burning stove, so bring some wood, wine and food to cook and enjoy a nice warm evening in - no need to tramp a couple of kilometers down the hill to the pubs and village lights.

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Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons
9 Mar 2018 to 11 Mar 2018

We will be visiting the most London accessible group of the Brecon Beacons on this trip, staying six miles North of Crickhowell. There are plenty of high walks to enjoy the snowy landscapes, the main summit Waun Fach intersects Offa’s Dyke path, other notable peaks include Hey Bluff and Lord Hereford’s knob. Not to be confused with the King of Hey on Wye and owner of many of that town’s famous bookshops, a twenty minute drive from the Bunkhouse providing a handy retreat in the unlikely event of poor weather. Brecon is a similar distance and if you’re going that far then the rest of the Beacons come into reach including the majestic Pen-y-fan for more walks or an icy winter dip in leech lake. Lower level walks include the lovely Ystradfellte waterfalls.

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Cwm Eigiau
16 Mar 2018 to 18 Mar 2018

Cwm Eigiau Cottage
Grid Ref: SH 713638

This one is a bit special: the cottage, which sleeps only ten, sits in spectacular isolation in remote upper Cwm Eigiau and is accessible only by foot! You will have to walk the last 3 km up a mountain path in the dark, possibly in a blizzard, whilst carrying everything you need for the weekend. The hut is a superb starting point for all the hills of the Carneddau. The classic climbs on Craig yr Ysfa are only 45 minutes walk from the front door. Snowdonia’s second highest mountain Carnedd Llewelyn can be reached via the highest lake in Wales and the wreckage of a crashed plane! In 1925 the dam of the nearby reservoir was breached, the ensuing torrent rushing downhill to destroy the village of Dolgarrog below. There are wild ponies.

Last year we cooked breakfast porridge and Saturday's evening meal together - space is at a premium so everyone needs to be prepared to help out - including burying the chemical loo on our way out. But it really is a special place and we expect it to be a popular trip once again, despite the hardships. Let's hope no-one gets lost this year ;)

Oh, and it's sort of my birthday...

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BANFF Mountain Festival, London
20 Mar 2018 to 21 Mar 2018

Come along with Rockhoppers to the annual BANFF event at the Union Chapel in North London, to enjoy a diverse range of high quality outdoor films in good company!

Sorry you have to put in lift details - we assume you will be able to make it to the wilds of Islington yourself.

We will go for the Blue programme, which among other things includes films on ice diving, free soloing, canoeing on the Amazon, acrobat BASE jumping, and a heart-warming story about a man and his dog!

The film programme starts at 7.30pm, and we will meet at the bar from 6.30pm onwards.

Venue:
Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

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Skye - Glenbrittle (Easter)
30 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

For Easter this year we are heading to the wonderful Isle of Skye.

We've booked out the Glenbrittle hostel, nestled between the west side of the famous Cuillin ridge and the sea loch Brittle. The hostel was refurbished just over 4 years ago, so we should have a comfortable stay.

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/57.21042,-6.28874,13/pin

For those that like to supplement their mountain fix, we're less than 1 km from the beach, close to the Fairy Pools and around 7km from the Talisker distillery.

Arriving earlier won't be possible at this hostel (it's closed before we arrive), but staying on will be. If you plan to arrive earlier than Friday, then the hostel in Portree will be open for you to book. Let me know if you plan to stay on afterwards and I can coordinate the booking.

Also, do let me know if you are a couple when you book for when I sort room allocations out.

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Cornwall Easter Trip
30 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

An alternative to Skye - maybe one for the climbers?

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Skye - Glenbrittle - overflow camping (Easter)
30 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

With the hostel now full, those still keen to join the Skye Easter trip can still do so by camping 1km down the road at the Glenbrittle Campsite.

This won't be club organised, but by signing up here you can see who else is going to help arrange lifts. For those looking to share transport, please also look at the main hostel trip for fellow travellers.

We've received confirmation it opens for the season on Good Friday. You can't book, but there is plenty of space.

If you'd like to be waitlisted for the hostel, let Rob Marrow know.

http://www.dunvegancastle.com/your-visit/glenbrittle-campsite-cafe/glenbrittle-campsite/

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Portland, Dorset
20 Apr 2018 to 22 Apr 2018

Time to clip some bolts

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Wooler, Northumberland
4 May 2018 to 7 May 2018

A bank holiday trip to the glorious North East

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

For those who want to get their first taste of rock, get advice or build confidence

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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

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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 Jul 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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