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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Black Mountains / Musical Jam session
12 Jan 2024 to 14 Jan 2024

Located on a working hill farm, Smithy’s Bunkhouse lies in the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park, two and a half miles from the quaint historic market town of Abergavenny.

The bunkhouse is equipped with showers, toilets, a fully equipped kitchen, a drying area, coin operated washer and dryer and an adjacent common room with piano & wood-burning stove.

There are walks to Skirrid, Sugarloaf and Blorenge from the doorstep.

Sounds like a good pub at the end of the drive.

Music is optional!

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Peaks - Hathersage
26 Jan 2024 to 28 Jan 2024

Staying at the ULGMC hut (Fallcliffe Cottage) between Hathersage and Grindleford. This has alpine style bunks in 3 dorms. Froggat, Stanage, Curbar, Millstone and many other popular destinations within easy reach.

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Snowdonia Weekender
9 Feb 2024 to 11 Feb 2024

Staying at the Karabiner Club hut, 25 minutes walk through Padarn park to Llanberis. You may camp in the grounds if you prefer. Stunning views of Snowdon, and towards Anglesey. The slate quarries, just 10 minutes walk, have 1500 trad, sport and adventure routes.

//Navigation Skills//
For those of you who would like to sharpen your navigation skills or those who would like to learn how to navigate confidently in the hills whatever the weather, then this is the weekend for you!

For those who would like to join, Will Green will take out a group and cover skills such as walking to a bearing, pacing and timing. We will also navigate to features such as re-entrants, ring contours, spurs and spot heights, and learn how to translate contours on the map to features on the ground.

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Snowchaser
14 Feb 2024 to 18 Feb 2024

MEET FULL AND RUNNING A WAITING LIST. PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP IF YOU ARE ON THE WAITING LIST AND HAVE BEEN INVITED TO A PLACE. ANYONE ELSE WILL BE DELETED!!!

This year we have booked a chalet at Glenmore Lodge - Scotland's national outdoor training centre, in the heart of the Cairngorms. There will be the option to hire instructors for some winter skills training. Whilst snow is not guaranteed the northern Cairngorm plateau is the best bet at this time of year.

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Yorkshire Dales - Helwith Bridge (Navigation Training Available)
23 Feb 2024 to 25 Feb 2024

Staying at the old schoolhouse in Helwith Bridge, owned by the Yorkshire Subterranean Society. Just down the road from Horton in Ribblesdale, if anyone is up for the 3 peaks challenge. You can eat at the Helwith Bridge Inn, including breakfast if you book in advance.

We are also putting on Navigation this weekend with Team Walking Skills. More information has been sent out via email - check your inbox or get in touch with Dayne to find out more!

If interested in Navigation training, please mention in the notes when signing up!

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Dartmoor
8 Mar 2024 to 10 Mar 2024

Home of wild ponies, jail ale and the Hound of the Baskervilles. Wild moorland walking and climbing on the tors and Dewerstone. We are staying at the Fox Tor cafe bunkhouse in Princetown in the centre of the moor.

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Lake District - Conniston (Tranearth Hut)
15 Mar 2024 to 17 Mar 2024

We're staying at the Lancashire Climbing and Caving Club's Tranearth Hut. Set in the Lake District hills, it's a beautiful area to explire a whole range of exciting scenery and activities.

The hut is well equiped, we have 20 spaces reserved, we could even increase our booking size if things get popular.. Camping for 3 tents in the garden too.. Though with the solid fuel stove and comfy sofas in the lounge, bag yourself a space indoors if you can!

Last thing to add, extending your stay before or after is an option here too :)

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https://thelccc.co.uk/club-huts/tranearth-2/

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Easter - Glenbrittle, Skye
29 Mar 2024 to 1 Apr 2024

For our last hut trip of the season we are returning to the wonderful Isle of Skye, 5 years after our last visit. We are staying at Glenbrittle Youth Hostel, in a spectacular location at the base of the Cuillin ridge. Anyone up for the Inn Pin, or wild swimming in the Fairy Pools?

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Snowdonia -- Llanberis
19 Apr 2024 to 21 Apr 2024

Roll up for the last hut trip of the season for lovers of solid fuel burners, central heating and drying rooms!

Just up the road from our recent visit to the Ty Powdwr hut, we return to the Llanberis vicinity for more walking, climbing and scrambling this April in the GMC's hut.

Next door to some soaring hills and the usual Lake district views we have the slate quarries just 10 minutes walk, have 1500 trad, sport and adventure routes. Quick access to the Glyders is also available, including the ever enticing Bryant's Gully, the longest scramble in the Steve Ashton guidebook (three stars!).

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Cornwall -- Bank Holiday
3 May 2024 to 6 May 2024

With our annual trip to the land of pasties and jam first scones comes the first camping trip of the year!

Hope for sun and you might just feel like you've left the United Kingdom! Walkers will be enticed by the southwest coast path, some of the country's best beaches and a hearty reward of pub food after all of the day's exertion.
Climbers will find satisfying multipitch routes, and good training in overcoming the 'yuck' factor when reaching for a jug smothered in gull poop. With the benefit of the holiday weekend, you can intersperse your climbing with a day of kayaking!
This year we are back at Treen campsite, near Porthcurno. £13pp with small tent.
**Please sign up by Friday, 26th April so I can give final number to Gillian.**

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Trad Novice Skills Weekender
10 May 2024 to 12 May 2024

This meet is specifically for those of you who want to learn skills that will enable you to take on the wonderful world of trad climbing. This Skills Weekender is for you if you are already an indoor climber with the confidence to lead and belay a partner safely or you're a sport climber looking to make the leap into trad. You'll learn skills vital for trad climbing that you can then use to further your own progression.

We'll cover 4 core areas;
1) Gear, what is it and how to place it safely,
2) Belaying with half ropes,
3) Setting up anchors to keep you and your climbing partner safe,
4) Abseiling on a single line and half ropes.

We will climb on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th. The format will be 5 groups of 4 novices with 5 group leaders taking you through the areas outlined above.

We will be staying at the bunkhouse in Bamford on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May.

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Rockhoppers 70th Anniversary, Snowdonia: Garth Farm and Plas y Brenin
24 May 2024 to 27 May 2024

Join us to celebrate the founding of the Rockhoppers 70 years ago in our spiritual home - Snowdonia.

Meet full - please see the email of 9th March for details of how to get on the waiting list

This is a once in a decade opportunity to bring together members of the Rockhopper community to recognise the formation of the club all those years ago.

There’ll be plenty of opportunity to explore and do all the usual activities as well as a race around Snowdonia to collect pieces of a puzzle and pre-planned route options for walking, climbing and cycling. The evening entertainment comes in the form of a quiz on Saturday and the main event of dinner and a ceilidh on Sunday. So get your dancing shoes ready!

Booking options
Please read before booking:

There are two steps (three if you're not already a member)
0) Join the club here
1) Book onto and pay the club for this trip
2) Book and pay for any Plas Y Brenin rooms or food.

You need to book onto this trip (using the green "Book online" button to the right) and choose one of the three payment options. Fill out travel details (see FAQ) and write in the comments section "Camping", "PYB" or "Other" (along with any other comments on travel.

Then click on the PYB booking link button below if you want catering or a room. You pay PYB separately for these options.

Please refer to the booking email sent on 12th January and the FAQ page for more details.

Camping
Select the "70th dinner (including camping)" payment option when booking onto the trip.
Optional: enjoy meals at PYB by choosing the "catering only" option on the PYB booking link below.

Staying at Plas y Brenin
Select the "70th dinner (staying at PYB)" payment option when booking onto the trip then choose one of the room options (single or shared) on the PYB booking link below.

Undecided / other accommodation
Select the "70th dinner only" payment option when booking onto the trip.

PYB accommodation / catering packages
Once you've booked on the meet (using the green "Book online" button as normal), please click the button below to go to the PYB packages page and click on "Buy Tickets" and choose your option.


Booking button temporarily removed as the meet is full

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Peak District -- Stanage
14 Jun 2024 to 16 Jun 2024

A staple for anyone who's missed the grit this year, we'll be making an annual return to the Stanage/Burbage areas with some high altitude camping within a few mins walk of the crag.

For walkers, the Peaks offer multiple enjoyable meanders that will help the knees recover from and prepare for the steeper Snowdonia and Lake District trips either side of this visit.

More spaces can be made available if demand requires it.

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Lakes -- Great Langdale
28 Jun 2024 to 30 Jun 2024

We return to the National Trust campsite, from where we can still taste those delicious bacon rolls from last year. And who can forget the underfloor heating?!

Excellent facilities aside, this location offers a great opportunity to get Alps-fit before your summer adventures, with a superb variety of crags nearby, such as Ravens (15 minute approach) and Gimmer crags, and long, hard mountain days available for the keen walker. Bring oversocks for delightful ghyll scrambling (if the weather allows) and hungry bellies for the pub if the weather requires.

(Ask nicely and we might see the return of Rob's yoga tent.)

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Gower -- Beach Weekend
5 Jul 2024 to 7 Jul 2024

We return to Nicholaston Farm; a campsite with everything you could want: Endless sandy beaches, beautiful forests, a well-filled shop, on-site oven-baked pizza (possibly), hot showers with underfloor heating, a dedicated warm water dog-wash and industrial fridges to keep all of that delicious food cool. And cafes and pubs galore nearby.

Walking
Climbing (single / multi, trad / sports)
Swimming / bathing
Making sandcastles / giant penguins
Kayaking / canoeing
Historic sites

Climbing: there is something for everyone and you can walk to much of it from the campsite along the beach. Three Cliffs bay and Tor Bay offer a range of easy to hard (trad) climbs from the beach. Just watch the tides so it doesn't turn into shallow-water soloing.
There's boiler plate slab for more trad along near Port Eynon and a whole bunch of naughty-nautical themed sport climbs a scenic bus ride away (Saturday only) in Rhossili beach.

Walking: turn left and follow the beautiful coastal forest and dunes towards and beyond Tor Bay and Three Cliffs bay with its castle, woodlands and swimming beach. Turn right and walk along the miles of empty beach towards Port Eynon and Oxwich bay with their pubs and fancy (and not so fancy) fish restaurants.
Walk to Rhossili to visit the Wurm/dragon and smile at the sunflowers before having a pint or tea and ice cream and getting the bus back. Walk backwards to get up onto the ridge and the lesser-trodden parts of Gower including some lovely frollicking fields and a strangely empty castle.High summer: the perfect time to go to the beach.

If you're still not convinced, check out some of the scenes from our last visit.

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Summer Sports in the Pass of Llanberis
22 Jul 2024 to 26 Jul 2024

I reckon you deserve a week off, staying in a lovely little hut nestled in the Pass of Llanberis, arguably the home of trad climbing in the UK. The hut is based in Nant Peris so you have iconic crags such as Graig Ddu, Clogwyn Grochan, Carreg Wasted, Dinas y Gromlech and Dinas Mot just a short walk or bus ride away - its a paradise for anyone looking to get into their multi-pitch climbing with lots of very accessible grades. Another bonus is that the position of the hut is literally only a 20min walk away from the famous sport routes of the Llanberis quarries, which, on showery days are very fast drying. Not wanting to tie in? You could explore the many world class boulders in the valley or just take full advantage of some incredible walks all from the front door of the hut.

Reach out to me if you have any questions or if you want to chat through logistics of the meet.

Dates:
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July

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Fronwydyr hut in Nant Peris at £10 per night per person.

Activities for the week
Trad single / multi pitch
Sport climbing
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Hill walking
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Snowdonia - A Weekend in the Pass of Llanberis
26 Jul 2024 to 28 Jul 2024

For those of us experiencing FOMO from the week in Llanberis trip, you will have the option to join the holidaying Rockhoppers on the tail end of their week (but at a campsite, not in their hut).

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Portland
9 Aug 2024 to 11 Aug 2024

An opportunity to scratch that sport climbing itch. For walkers, the circumnavigation of Portland is a great day walk, alternatively the coast path towards Swanage or Lyme Regis. We are staying at our usual site, Martleaves Farm in Weymouth. It is a 3km walk from Weymouth station to the campsite, or there is a regular bus service.

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Bank Holiday -- South Pembrokeshire
23 Aug 2024 to 26 Aug 2024

We return to South Pem. From the challenging limestone cliffs at Saddle Head to the iconic sea stacks of St. Govans, South Pembrokeshire has a route for every level of bravery or climbing madness.

For those who prefer their feet firmly on the ground, the coastal walks provide breathtaking views and a chance to spot local wildlife, without the risk of unplanned swimming.

Note: the showers are "traditional".

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MAD weekend Snowdonia
30 Aug 2024 to 1 Sep 2024

Our annual weekend of volunteering in Snowdonia, organised by the Snowdonia Society.

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Hartland Point, Devon
13 Sep 2024 to 15 Sep 2024

Our last coastline meander before returning inland for the autumn, Hartland Point offers a spectacular blend of coastal scenery and challenging terrain that will delight both walkers and climbers alike.

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Forest of Bowland
1 Nov 2024 to 3 Nov 2024

Walking and biking trails in an area of natural beauty. Also close to the Dales and Pendle Hill, associated with the famous 'Pendle Witches'. No doubt Pendle Witches Brew will be available in local pubs. We are staying at Dale House barn, between Slaidburn and Settle.

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Annual Dinner -- Mystery Location (for now)
15 Nov 2024 to 17 Nov 2024

Where is the president taking you this year?

We'll keep it a secret for just a little while longer, but expect it to feature beaches, lakes and big mountains within a 30-minute drive, and a beautiful ruined abbey within 15. (A penguin award goes to whomever guesses it just from that).

Join us for the awarding of Rockhopper of the Year, commiseration prizes for all of the runner-ups and a glance at the much-loved but a little bit creepy Penny the Penguin.

BYOB! (But we'll arrange food, don't worry.)

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Dartmoor
29 Nov 2024 to 1 Dec 2024

We are staying at Sparrowhawk Backpackers Ecohostel in the village of Moretonhampstead, at the north eastern end of Dartmoor, about 14 miles from Exeter. Please pay the warden on arrival.

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Snowdonia - Cwm Eigiau
13 Dec 2024 to 15 Dec 2024

High above the village of Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley nestles the remote Rugby Mountaineering Club hut. The hut is basic but snug, and catering is usually on a communal basis. It gives superb access to all the hills in the Carneddau. The last two miles are a walk in along a track from the car park There is also a camping option. Spaces have been quickly snapped up in the past!

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