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What: With the weather warming up, it’s great to picture a whole summer spent outdoors on the crag/cliff/mountain. However, in addition to your climbing skills, do you have the skills and knowledge to get yourself and your partner out of an unexpected or emergency situation?
We have arranged training with Snowdonia Mountain Guides for improvised rescue training. Typical skills covered are:
- Tying off a belay plate and an Italian Hitch
- Ascending a rope or prusiking
- Creating an ‘auto-block’ or progress capture system
- Escaping the belay system both in-reach and out of reach
- Basic hoists – Assisted Hoist, Unassisted Hoist and mechanical advantage
- Abseil rescues
- Calling out mountain rescue or coastguard
Where: Camping in Snowdonia
Who: Attendees should already be experienced in trad lead climbing outdoors, including setting up anchors and abseiling.
As the club offers training as an investment in promoting skills and best practice among members, we ask that you are an active member and have been on at least 4 Rockhopper meets before this.
How much: Cost for the training will be up to £150 per person; this represents excellent value as it can typically cost £300 per person outside of a group booking. Additionally, the Rockhoppers Mountaineering Club will be offering a subsidy, however the value of this will be agreed once numbers are confirmed (will be divided per person from a fixed pot). Payment will be requested in advance of the training weekend to confirm your spot.
Camping, food, travel and any other costs outside of the training will be additional, as per a “regular” Rockhopper meet.
Bookings close on 13 June. To sign up, click the "Book by Email" button to email Anne Stijne. Please put “RMC Rescue Course” in the subject . Please send any queries to the same email.More
For climbers there's the Dark Peak AKA multiple Gritstone edges to smear or jam your way up as well as its opposite number The White Peak hosting many Limestone crags to slip and slide around on. Just too many to mention here but no doubt some members will head to Stanage! So with that in mind this article is worth a read! :
Eastern Grit across the grades
Walkers have endless miles of open moorland to explore in and around the Hope Valley with
Kinder Scout and Edale nearby for some spectacular hiking views.
We will be staying at Hardhurst Farm Campsite in Hope (£7pppn) which has its own cafe onsite for an artery clogging breakfast and just a short stroll away to the Travellers Rest pub for that all important end of day refreshment.
Far too many climbing guides to list here so if your in need of a guide then I'd google the following guide publishers : Rockfax, BMC, Vertabtrae and the Climbers Club who all produce guides for climbing on Grit, Limestone, bouldering as well as Off Road biking routes in the case of Vertabrae!
OL24 - Explorer 1:25 000 scale Map covers the White Peak Areas of Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock & Dove Dale
OL1 - Explorer 1:25 000 scale Map covers
the Dark Peak Areas of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow, Black Hill & Ladybower Reservoir
We're heading to Beeches Farm campsite above Tintern Abbey and a stone's throw from Offa's Dyke (an earthwork built by King Offa in 750AD to mark the border between Mercia and Powys - i.e. England and Wales).
For the climbers there is Wintour's Leap where you'll find panoramic views across the valley and the river. Shorn cliff has a selection of single pitch routes, with pocketed limestone and good tree anchors. Symonds Yat (a little further afield - about 35mins drive) is famous for the river rapids and a free standing pinnacle to ascend. Wyndcliff has both sport climbing and trad. There's also well-sheltered quarry climbing at Tintern Quarry.
For the walkers a couple of obvious options are to walk south, cross the river in Chepstow and come back up the other side. Or walk north cross the river at Bigsweir and come back down the other side. But there is plenty else to do, just browse OL14.
For cultural types; Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Monmouth Castle.More
South Pembroke - home to some of the UK’s finest limestone cliffs rising over 50m from the sea...expect an audience of bemused seals looking on.
For non-climbers, there’s some dramatic coastal walking to be had. In fact theres 186 miles to choose from! http://nt.pcnpa.org.uk/website/sitefiles/nt_page.asp?PageID=7
The Bosherton lilly ponds are nearby with beaches and fine coastal walks extending in both directions. Various watersports are also available in the wider Pembrokshire area aswell as opportunities for sealife spotting.
We’ll be camping @ Bosherton camping which is literally next door to both the cafe and local pub. We'll have part of the field sectioned off just for the Rockhoppers. This will be £4pppn and I will be collecting money Saturday morning. I believe it is only cold showers available but they have upgraded the portaloos to flush ones : )
Like other sea cliff destinations the climbing at South Pembroke is generally pretty serious. Most crags will require an abseil down to sea level with the only escape options being to climb out again or prussic up the abseil rope.
With this in mind it is not an ideal trip for novice climbers or new club members who have no experience of climbing outdoors. However having said that if you come on the trip with an open mind then there may be some members willing to take you climbing on some of the easier crags although this is not gauranteed and you may have to join one of the walking groups instead. Which wouldn't be a bad thing since the walking is pretty stunning!
Learning how to abseil and prussic up a rope is highly advisable before climbing on sea cliffs. This is a useful article about Pembroke to read beforehand: https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/destinations/beginners_pembroke-10261
Rockfax covers all the areas in one simple guide : https://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/pembroke-2009/
Climbers club has everything in 5 volumes : https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/shop/books/mid-south-wales/pembroke-guidebooks-set/
OS Map OL36 - Explorer 1:25 000 scale covers South Pembroke
or if your venturing further afield then OL35 covers North Pembroke
The glorious Isle of PurbeckMore
This August Bank holiday, the Rockhoppers will be staying at a new campsite for the club, the picturesque Fisherground Campsite (www.fisherground.co.uk), Fellside Cottage, Eskdale, Holmrook, CA19 1TF
Located in the Eskdale Valley, nestled in the foothills of The Screes and not too far from Scarfell Pike (9.5 km, as the crow flies)
Hill walking in the area needs no introduction, there are plenty of steep fells to walk up and down, either directly from the campsite or from a short drive away. The following Wainwrights are in the vicinity: Whinn Rigg, Illgill Head, Green Crag & Harter Fell.
For climbers, Eskdale has some of the best climbing in the Lakes, with access to Scafell and all the surrounding crags. A UKC search shows 219 crags in a 10km radius! The valley has several fast drying crags, including Hare Crag which has some excellent bouldering, as does Fell End just above Fisherground. Linbeck crag has many routes on sound rock and is near the road. The gullies and buttresses of Scafell and The Pike are within easy walking distance, and Wasdale is only 20 minutes drive from Eskdale Green.
The valley has lots of scrambles including the classic 3 star route up the Eskdale Gorge. This is a great day out but you will get wet unless it has not rained for about 3 months!. Easier routes include Cow Cove Beck which starts with a hard pitch, this is best avoided unless quite dry, but the route from there is good and can form part of a circular route or as an interesting way onto the Scafell range. Birker Force is a grade 3 and quite exposed near the top, a rope would help. Many of the crags in the area have excellent routes which can be varied to depending on the weather and ability.
Another activity of interest is the The Ravenglass & Eskdale miniature steam railway which runs near to the campsite with a station located at Fisherground Halt
Also the beach at Ravenglass is not far, plus Muncaster Castle looks good for a rainy day.
There is a pub located 8 mins walk away, The King George IV Inn - very likely to be busy on bank holidayhttp://www.kinggeorge-eskdale.co.uk/
Or further away are The Bower House Inn (2.7 km), The Brookhouse Inn (2.7 km ) or The Boot Inn (3 km). All about 35 mins walk.
Eskdale Green has a small village shop for essential forgotten supplies
Arrival instructions: Late arrivals after 10pm will need to park outside the camp ground on the road side while not blocking the road and carry their gear quietly through the campsite to the area that will be allocated to The Rockhoppers. This is because the campground lock their gate overnight.More
The Chamonix trip is now full.
Chamonix - home of adventure
For those who have never been, Chamonix is a beautiful place, with some wonderful walks and hikes with stunning mountain views (and cable cars to help you up).
There's also plenty of climbing and mountaineering for the more experienced, or novices with a guide. See the link here for some ideas: https://www.chamonix.com/what-to-do,121,en.html
Please express your interest by filling out the survey:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FSZ7MKR. You cannot book this trip online.
The trip details will be confirmed by mid to end of May. The cost for accommodation (about £140 to £200 for the week) will be payable then.
As this trip is overseas and the risk is generally higher than a home trip (at least for those who go mountaineering - not so much for hikers), this trip is only open to those who have already been on at least one trip with the club.
The trip is partly intended for people to get their first taste of the Alps with like-minded folk so if you've never been, then you are welcome. We can help find nice hikes and other activities (and there really is no shortage), but as with all trips, what you do when you get there is, ultimately, up to you. We can also help organize qualified guides to spread the cost with others. This can be for anything from basic Alpine skills or to take on one of the many great routes. The more experienced members on the trip may be willing to take a group out to a hut or try for an easy peak depending on the skills of the group / individuals.
The trip will run from Saturday 31st August to 7th September and travel will be via Eurostar and coach. The cheapest / most convenient train departs St Pancras at 07:19 on 31st and arrives Lyon at 13:00. Alternatives, changing at Paris, are available. Onward travel to Chamonix via coach or train. Return trip: Eurostar 17:25 from Lyon on 7th September.
See the forum for more details:
Please put any questions in the forum rather than emailing if you can.More
Join the Snowdonia Society, and perhaps some Alpine Club members, for an action-packed weekend of volunteer activities across Snowdonia with camping, music and food on the Craflwyn Estate, Beddgelert.
To register you need to contact Claire Holmes to book your place and secure a camping spot on the Craflwyn estate:
There are other camp sites down the road at Hafod y Llan and Llyn Gwynant. But it would be simpler to be together so book early!More
Did you know the Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve, with an outstanding quality of night sky. This status was given in 2013 and was only the fifth location in the world to be given this status (and the first in Wales!)
Also the Batcave entrance from The Dark Knight Rises is located at Henrhyd Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park. THE BATCAVE PEOPLE!
I'm sure i could stop there and watch the signatures for this trip just roll in but i wont. As I'm sure most of you will know, this area offers some of the most stunning scenery, exquisite walking and varied climbing crags in the UK.
Unlike recent trips we will be camping for this one - what better way to take advantage of that award winning night sky!
The site is Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer (link below) which is about equidistant between the crags near Ponsticill (boasting over 100 routes) and some excellent walking to the north including Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion as well as the peaks of Cribyn and Beacon's highest point, Pen y Fan for the very keen/fast.
It will be a great trip!
Camp site link:
UK Climbing crag finder:
Who will dare tackle The Sloth?
The Roaches are synonymous with classic gritstone climbing. The classic routes like Valkyrie, The Swan and The Sloth are the obvious ticks for those able to do them.
Walkers have the wonderful escarpments of Hen Cloud etc. and you might see a wallaby if you are very lucky.
We are staying at the Tearooms campsite http://www.roachestearooms.co.uk/camping.html. This is an old faithful site for the Club and is directly below Hen Cloud and there is a pub Ye Old Rock Inn within walking distance. This is really the only viable site for the Roaches. Note the tearooms are worth a visit but have nothing to do with the campsite.
For those who don’t know the campsite, it has no facilities. Water and toilets (no showers) are at the farm up the road. £5 per night.
There is also a bunkhouse down the road https://www.roachesbunkhouse.com/ and many holiday cottages if you prefer something a little warmer.
Staying at the wonderful Eco-Refugi in the remote village of Abella della Conca. A ton of amazing climbing nearby - single-pitch sport, plus multi-pitch sport and trad. Great walking options too, plus mountain biking, rafting etc.
Cost: £240 per person with £100 deposit payable now and the balance by Sept 30.
Share of car hire and petrol (drivers will be given a budget)
Travel to and from Barcelona
Food and drink
Recommended travel options:
Train (Eurostar to Paris then TGV to Barcelona) or flight to and from Barcelona, arriving after 2pm on Sat 26 Oct and departing after 6pm on Sat 2 Nov (assuming you want a morning's climbing on the last day).
Staying in the village of Fadmoor at Bransdale Mill Bunkhouse, a converted mill nestled in a secluded spot in the North York Moors National ParkMore
In the middle of WalesMore
Staying at Alstonefield Camping Barn in Dovedale. near Alstonefield on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border, Its near Dovedale, the Manifold Valley, Hartington, Leek and Ashbourne. Also close to Manifold and Tissington off road trails for cyclists, Ramshaw Rocks for climbers and for those who enjoy water sports the barn is 20 minutes drive from Carsington Water.
You need to bring usual camping equipment including camping mats or blow up air bed, sleeping bags, cooking stove and fuel, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. There is no electricity in the barn so bring torches, tea light candles and logs for the woodburning stove.More
Staying at Dewerstone Cottage, situated in the heart of the Dewerstone National Trust Estate.
If the weather is kind it is ideal for those who wish to climb as the Dewerstone, a fantastic climbing venue but also a lovely spot to walk, either through the estate or onto Dartmoor.More
Snow not guaranteedMore
Highlight: a visit to Tebay ServicesMore
Another visit to Tebay!More
Another trip to Tebay! Te-yay!More