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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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.

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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 (to be confirmed) 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

High summer: the perfect time to go to the beach. We return to Nicholaston Farm, where the long steps down to the dunes precipitate an excellent day of sandy walking, and from where beautiful climbs can be reached with a short drive (or a swim!).

What does this trip offer beyond amazing climbing, walks and great public transport?
Endless sandy beaches, beautiful forests, a well-filled shop, on-site oven-baked pizza, hot showers with underfloor heating, a dedicated warm water dog-wash and industrial fridges to keep all of that delicious food. And cafes and pubs galore.

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
Bouldering
Hill walking
Scrambling

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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.

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Montafon (Austria)
24 Aug 2024 to 1 Sep 2024

We are staying in the small town of Schruns in the Montafon Valley in western Austria, on the border with Switzerland, where we have rented a holiday apartment. This is a family friendly alpine resort, which offers a variety of mountain based activities.

Activities include walking through Alpine meadows and up to summits approaching 3000m, via ferrata both in the valley and on longer mountain routes, and rock climbing either in single pitch klettergarten or longer multi-pitches, There is also the opportunity to stay overnight at one of the many high mountain huts, or undertake a glacier ascent to a 3312m peak. Its up to you to group together with other participants to organise your own activities to make the most of this trip.

Before booking you first need to email the meet steward to request the full details, so that you are aware of what is on offer, including recommendations for guide books, maps, insurance, and transport.

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MAD weekend Snowdonia
6 Sep 2024 to 8 Sep 2024

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

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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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New Year trip - Glencoe
27 Dec 2024 to 2 Jan 2025

Our annual festivities in an iconic location. Details to follow.

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