Socials

See below for details of upcoming socials.

We usually have one social each month. These are often in the pub but in the summer we sometimes do something outdoors instead.

Pub social
Wed 08 Nov 2017

Drinking and carousing.


Venue Details

The George, 77 Borough High St, London SE1 1NH

Slideshow
Wed 22 Nov 2017

Video presentation: "10 days in the Dolomites"

Come and experience a thrilling adventure in the Dolomites, from epic multi-pitch climbs to via ferrata, from Octavian and Jolan.

As Octavian and Jolan are two of our new climbing reps, this would be an excellent opportunity for new members (climbers or not) to ask questions or have general discussion about climbing with the Rockhoppers!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Time: Upstairs room from 7pm, presentation around 7.30pm


Speaker

Octavian & Jolan

Venue Details

The Old Kings Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NA

Christmas party - India Club Restaurant
Wed 06 Dec 2017

It's that time of year again, and you are hereby cordially invited along to the annual Rockhopper Christmas bash!

This year we have secured a most exclusive venue at a convenient central location, namely the India Club Restaurant at the Strand.

For more information and to book a place, please visit the meets page: https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets


Venue Details

Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA

Slideshow - Making friends with the Alpine Club: Saas Grund 2017
Wed 24 Jan 2018

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.


Speaker

Giles Robertson and Clare Cummings

Venue Details

The Old Kings Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NA

Corner to Corner: A journey from the Isles of Scilly to Shetland
Wed 28 Feb 2018

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.


Speaker

Lucy Wood

Venue Details

Upstairs room, The Old Kings Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NA

BANFF Mountain Festival
Tue 20 Mar 2018

Book here: https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6034


Venue Details

Union Chapel, London

Pub social
Wed 28 Mar 2018

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.

From 7pm.


Speaker

N/A

Venue Details

Upstairs room, The Old Kings Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NA

Slideshow/social
Wed 25 Apr 2018

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.


Speaker

Rob and Craig

Venue Details

Upstairs room, The Old Kings Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NA

Pub social
Wed 23 May 2018

Drink booze, eat crisps, talk nonsense and plan for upcoming trips. From 7pm.


Speaker

n/a

Venue Details

Upstairs room, The Old Kings Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NA

Picnic
Wed 27 Jun 2018

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!


Speaker

n/a

Venue Details

Jubilee Gardens, next to the London Eye

Rockhoppers Summer Social: Bermondsey Brewery Mile
Sat 21 Jul 2018

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).


Speaker

N/A

Venue Details

Bermondsey Brewery Mile

Drinks & engagement discussion
Wed 25 Jul 2018

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.


Venue Details

The Old King;s Head, London Bridge, SE1 1NA

"Variety is the Spice of Life"
Wed 22 Aug 2018

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.


Speaker

Nigel Braggins

Venue Details

The Old King;s Head, London Bridge, SE1 1NA - upstairs room from 7pm, presentation around 7.30pm

Pub quiz
Wed 26 Sep 2018

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.


Venue Details

Old King's Head, London Bridge - upstairs room, stairs behind the bar

Annual General Meeting
Wed 24 Oct 2018

The next club social night will be our 2018 AGM.

The AGM is your chance to hear all about the club's activities in 2018, 2019 and beyond, to input into the meets list for the forthcoming year, to the elect the new committee and perhaps even stand for election yourself (!)

7pm start.


Venue Details

Upstairs at The Old Kings Head, London Bridge

Little adventures by ski and by sea
Wed 28 Nov 2018

7.30pm.

Last Easter 3 Rockhoppers took two sledges and a tent on a tour of the mountains on the border between Norway and Sweden. Mixed weather gave us some fantastic skiing and views, as well as periods to finesse our tea drinking and story telling as we sat out the blizzards.
In the summer 4 Rockhoppers set out kayaking and canoeing from Glen Shiel to travel up the West Coast of Scotland ... 2 made it right into the heart of Knoydart. Along the way we camped on tiny islands, dragged kayaks over a mountain pass, saw dolphins, seals, squid, clams, otters and sea eagles ... and ate fish caught by Charles (he caught 4 in 10 minutes from the canoe!).

Charles is also going to do a slot on canoeing in to do remote Scottish hills. Charles & Sheila were the inspiration for the trip up the West Coast last summer & they appear to have an infinite list of remote hills that are best approached by water! Come and be inspired by Charles!


Speaker

Bruce & Charles

Venue Details

Upstairs at The Old King's Head, London Bridge, SE1 1NA

Christmas Feast of Fun
Wed 05 Dec 2018

In association with Mike's Table. Find more info and book here: http://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6049


Venue Details

Refottorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s, 51 Philbeach Gardens, London, SW5 9EB

Festive Thames Path Ramble
Sat 08 Dec 2018

We will meet at the bow (pointy) end of the Cutty Sark at Greenwich at 11am and walk along the Thames Path back into town, ending up at London Bridge in time for tea! Enroute we will take in Surrey Docks Farm who are holding their Christmas Fair. There will be mulled wine, peach brandy, and local craft stalls. Come along and pick up some gifts with a difference. There will also be sheep, pigs, goats, turkeys and of course some donkeys.

This is a chance for existing members to catch up and have some exercise, without the need to go away for the weekend. Its also an opportunity for new and potential members to meet us and find out more of what we are about. We hope to have more one day rambles to come in the future.

Email Marcus if you're coming.


Speaker

Marcus Risdell

Venue Details

Thames Path - start at Cutty Sark

Christmas Drinks
Wed 19 Dec 2018

Come and join us for festive drinks, plus a robust discussion of plans for the New Year trip! We'll be propping up the bar from around 7pm.


Venue Details

The George Inn, 77 Borough High St, SE1 1NH

Trying to get to Tuva
Wed 23 Jan 2019

In 1991 I heard a recording of a Tuvan nomad singing to calm a birthing camel. Ever since I have been "Trying to get to Tuva" to visit its throat-singing nomads and to climb its highest mountain Mongun-Tayga. This is the story of my as yet unfulfilled quest, although I did once get within sight of Tuva from remote peaks on the Mongolan/Russian/Chinese border. Expect camels, marmots, fermented horse milk and a total eclipse of the sun.


Speaker

Marcus Risdell

Venue Details

From 7pm, upstairs at The Old King's Head, SE1 1NA

Cinema trip - Free Solo
Thu 21 Feb 2019

6.15 showing at the Rich Mix cinema in Bethnal Green (walkable from Liverpool St or Old St tubes), followed by drinks in the Cinema Snack Bar on the first floor. Buy your own ticket and meet us there!

https://richmix.org.uk/


Speaker

N/a

Venue Details

Rich Mix cinema, Bethnal Green

Alpine Ski Touring in the Alps and Pyrenees
Wed 27 Feb 2019

Pete will explain what's involved in alpine ski touring and show a compendium of slides from various trips over the last few years.

Introduction to alpine ski touring: how, where and why
Equipment and safety
Techniques
Spectacular photos and short videos taken on hut-to-hut tours in the Alps and Pyrenees.


Speaker

Pete Skan

Venue Details

From 7pm, upstairs at The Old King's Head, SE1 1NA

Canyoning
Wed 27 Mar 2019

"Canyoning is a fun river sport that combines a variety of outdoor skills. Essentially it's descending a river system using a combination of down-climbing, abseiling, jumping, sliding, swimming and plain old walking." So says Craig. Come and join him to find out what it is and how it's done, and hear about a couple of his trips in New Zealand and Europe.


Speaker

Craig Scott

Venue Details

From 7pm, upstairs at The Old King's Head, SE1 1NA

Robertson’s Scrambles in the Alps
Wed 24 Apr 2019

Join Giles, Rockhoppers’s reclusive membership secretary, for a brief canter through his 2018 alpine excursions. He’ll recount the alarming, chossy and slopey ascent of the Frundenhorn; the exhausting 2km vertical approach to, and terrifying gully of, the Tschingelhorn; a glacial odyssey through the Jungfrau-Aletsch area, the alarming ascent of the Jungfrau, an exhilarating descent of the Finsteraarhorn; jolly expensive trains; overcrowded bivvy huts; rond memories of Rostis and queasy memories of cheese soup; high altitude yoga, electrical storms and the Ogre of the Monch hut. Oh, and he’ll do a plug for more fell running in the Rockhoppers.


Speaker

Giles Robertson

Venue Details

Upstairs at The Old Kings Head, London Bridge

Don't Lose Your Way: Protect where you love to walk
Wed 22 May 2019

Jack Cornish, Project Manager for the Ramblers' "Don't Lose Your Way" program will speak about claiming historic rights of way and give us a brief history of the Ramblers and countryside access. Hear how potentially more than 10,000 miles of historic footpaths and rights of way still lie unrecorded: many exist in law, and many exist on the ground and are even in use. However on 1 January 2026 the process by which they can be recorded will end. Those that slip through the net will be lost forever and our access to the countryside permanently reduced.

Find out more about the project here: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/dont-lose-your-way-2026.aspx


Speaker

Jack Cornish, Project Manager for the Ramblers' "Don't Lose Your Way" program

Venue Details

Upstairs at the Old Kings Head, London Bridge, from 7pm

65th birthday party
Wed 26 Jun 2019

We're 65 years old! We will be celebrating, but definitely not retiring.

Our actual birthday falls on a Sunday when we will be in Grasmere, so we are already planning something up in the Lakes for that weekend.

The following Wednesday 26 June is a pub social so let's have a party - a chance to catch up with old friends and new and celebrate our illustrious past. There will be a rolling slide show "65 @ 65" - one image for every year of our history, and by request we will also show the short film we made for the 60th anniversary - apparently lots of you have never seen it.


Speaker

N/a

Venue Details

Upstairs at the Old Kings Head, London Bridge, from 7pm

65th birthday stroll & picnic
Sun 30 Jun 2019

Rockhoppers was founded on 23 June 1954 following a meeting at The Royal Oak Hotel in New Malden. Apparently the landlord let them have the upstairs room for 10 shillings as long as they didn’t make too much noise and bought plenty of drinks.

To celebrate, we'll have a social walk along the Thames to New Malden to have a pint or two in the Royal Oak Hotel itself and toast our founders. If the weather is nice we will have a picnic in Richmond Park.


Venue Details

Meeting time and place TBC

ROCKHOPPER SHORTS 3
Wed 24 Jul 2019

A return for our ever popular evening of short talks by members and we have a conservation theme this time.

Sam Hughes: Roads, Runoff and Restoring Rivers: working on the Beverley Brook
We followed the Beverley Brook on our 65th birthday ramble. Beverley means the place where the beavers live.

Mat Mitchell: Cambrian Wildwood: Reintroducing the Beaver to Wales
A brief introduction to the Cambrian Wildwood project and their proposal to reintroduce the beaver to Wales. The project was a recipient of one of our donations in 2017.

Rob Carruthers: Climbing in Kalymnos
The Greek Island of Kalymnos lies just off the coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea. It was described by UKClimbing as "Possibly the best sport climbing destination ever".

Emiel Tijhuis: on a subject to be confirmed

From 7pm, show kicks off at about 7.30pm


Speaker

Various

Venue Details

Upstairs at the Old King's Head, London Bridge

Slideshow - Two Days Sweat and some Goat Saliva
Wed 28 Aug 2019

In June Chris Adye sent an email to members stating that "I am planning a hut to hut walking trip with a slight difference. I will be visiting the relatively quiet Ticino canton of southern Switzerland. The difference is that the route involves scrambling. As far as I can gather the scrambling is not technically hard, but the drops are impressive. I'm visualising something like Crib Goch. Accommodation is in small mountain cabins, and the area will not be crowded.So if you are an experienced scrambler with a good head for heights get in touch and I will mail you some details."

This slide show gives details of his adventures (including being attacked by a mob of hungry goats) and explains why you were wise not to respond!!


Speaker

Chris Adye

Venue Details

Upstairs at the Old Kings Head, London Bridge

Now We Cycle
Wed 25 Sep 2019

We had a simple dream and we wondered what it would be like to travel the world by bicycle. Yet many times we have said to ourselves that it is too big and not for us. But then one day something changed. Rockhoppers club has played a very important part in this!
In 2017 April we departed from our home town by the Baltic sea. Our aim was to experience the world at first hand, learn about the earth we live in, meet people, make friends, at any cost avoid any kind of stress and do all that while cycling.
We have travelled halfway around the world and cycled 16000km. This trip has finished, but it is still adding to many lessons that we have learned. This journey was not easy, but we tell a happy story of two years traveling from Europe far into SE Asia


Speaker

Dovydas Urbonas and Milda Tamasauskaite

Venue Details

Upstairs at The Old Kings Head, London Bridge, from about 7.30

Annual General Meeting
Wed 23 Oct 2019

The AGM is where we review the club's activities over the past year, discuss the meets list for next year, and elect a new committee. It's your voice into how the Club is run, so all members are asked to please come along. It's usually also a lot of fun.

From 7.30. Some of us will be there from 6pm to make the most of the pub's "Happy Hour" before proceedings begin.


Speaker

n/a

Venue Details

Upstairs at The Old Kings Head, Kings Head Yard, London SE1 1NA.

Winter in the Mountains: what to expect
Wed 27 Nov 2019

With a winter season of trips to Scotland, Snowdonia and the Lake District upon us, here's an opportunity to come and ask us what to expect: if you are new to winter walking, climbing and mountaineering, or just want to freshen up on your knowledge, then here's your chance. We will look at gear, weather, navigation and route planning, avalanche awareness: in fact everything you need to know for when the snow and ice comes (we can always hope!!!) and things get a bit gnarly. The evening will be particularly tailored around what to expect on a Rockhopper winter trip, so please do bring along your questions. Help us to cut through the morning faff, be prepared, and manage your expectations.


Speaker

Tbc

Venue Details

7.30, upstairs at the Old Kings Head at London Bridge

Christmas dinner
Wed 11 Dec 2019

We're teaming up with Mike's Table for the Rockhoppers Christmas dinner. Tickets are £30 each for a 3-course meal, and your ticket pays for the same experience for someone in need of a night out. We'll be mingling with other guests so prepare to be sociable!

More info: https://www.mikes-table.org/

Book here: https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6089


Speaker

n/a

Venue Details

TBC

First Expeditions: Peru, Sikkim and Kenya
Wed 22 Jan 2020

Alpine Club member Nick Smith talks about venturing beyond the Alps for the first time.

Nick is a keen trad climber and mountaineering club aficionado. Having climbed extensively in the UK and Alps he went into a frenzy and completed his first, second and third expeditions in just over a year. Come see some great photos, get inspired for mountain adventure and of course kick off the new year in traditional Rockhopper sociable fashion.


Speaker

Nick Hurndall Smith

Venue Details

The Old Kings Head, London Bridge

Mixing mountains and the sea
Wed 26 Feb 2020

A Rockhopper shares his experiences with sea kayaking and suggests how to get involved.


Speaker

Rob Horton

Venue Details

The Old King's Head, London Bridge.

An introduction to the history and collection of the worlds first mountaineering club
Wed 25 Mar 2020

Nigel Buckley, Alpine Club librarian, will canter through some of the curious goings on and artefacts collected over the club's last 162 years.


Speaker

Nigel Buckley - Alpine Club Librarian

Venue Details

Old King's Head, London Bridge

What to expect when climbing with the Rockhoppers
Wed 22 Apr 2020

A brief introduction into UK Trad climbing: what you should know before going on the Rockhopper's novice meet.


Speaker

Emiel Tijhuis - Club climbing rep

Venue Details

The Old King's Head, London Bridge

Rockhopper Shorts: A variety of quick talks and videos from your fellow Hoppers.
Wed 27 May 2020

To inform, educate and entertain. Line-up TBC.

Get in touch if you've got a good one. Easily pleased audience, keen to hear good ideas for outdoorsy holidays, routes, wild camping sites, micro adventures, the evils or virtues of Paramo, short histories of cartography, getting into orienteering, great camp food ideas, the rules of Sock Wrestling, etc etc, etc. 10 minutes per topic.


Speaker

Various

Venue Details

The Old King's Head, London Bridge

July Social
Wed 28 Jul 2021

The first pub social of 2021. 7pm.


Speaker

TBC / Rockhopper Shorts

Venue Details

Upstairs room, the Old King's Head, nr London Bridge

August Social
Wed 25 Aug 2021

Pub social with speaker TBC. 7pm.


Speaker

TBC

Venue Details

Upstairs room, the Old King's Head, nr London Bridge

September Social
Wed 22 Sep 2021

Pub social. CHANGE OF VENUE to the George near London Bridge, we will try and get a space in an upstairs room.


Speaker

none - just a catch up :)

Venue Details

The George near London Bridge

AGM, George Inn ***NOTE NEW VENUE***
Tue 26 Oct 2021

Tuesday 26th October from 6:30pm

A great opportunity to meet / catch up with other club members, find climbing partners and make plans for adventures.

We also elect the new committee, agree on donations and look at upcoming trips.

This year's AGM will be held at the George Inn. Free food, with vegetarian / vegan options available!

Doors open 6.30ish
Formal AGM starts 7.30

***NOTE NEW VENUE***
George Inn, 75 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH

Exit London Bridge at the Borough Market exit onto Borough High Street. Turn left and walk down Borough High Street - do not walk down Southwark Street on the right - the George Inn is down the alley on your left past Rymans and Lloyds Bank.


Venue Details

George Inn, London Bridge

November Social
Wed 24 Nov 2021

Please do come along to the next in-person social on Wednesday 24th at the George near London Bridge / Borough.

Usual start time is around 7pm but a couple of us will be there at 6/6:30pm with a little stuffed penguin on the table.

It's a good chance to catch up, drink beer, eat crisps, meet new and old members, and plan for upcoming trips. Feel free to bring friends/family/prospective new members also!

Food is served until late or there's plenty of places to grab an earlier bite nearby.


Venue Details

The George near London Bridge / Borough

Christmas dinner
Wed 15 Dec 2021

We have organised a Christmas Dinner for our fellow rockhoppers.
We are going for a CURRY in one of the best curry houses in Brick lane (Monsoon )

What: Set menu - £20 (starter, main, rice and naan)
Drinks: not included, buy on site

Gifts: Every Christmas party needs some gifts exchange as well :) Instead of buying a silly plastic thing that will just end up in the trash I wanted to organise a sustainable gift exchange.

Can everyone please bring an item from their kit box that they do not use much or a guidebook they won't ever use again... And we will exchange this as a fun keep it in the family kind of thing.


Speaker

CURRY and NAAN

Venue Details

http://www.monsoonbricklane.co.uk/

Orientiring course in Olympic park
Sun 30 Jan 2022

To meet old and new members alike. :)

Hi Everyone. Time to brush up on your orienteering skills or maybe just come for a coffee after.

We will be meeting in Queen Elizabeth park at this location (https://goo.gl/maps/UgHCu7WjxF2F6ZRj7 , 51°32'39.9"N 0°01'03.3"W)

Time: 1pm - orienteering
Coffee time: 3 pm (Clarnico Club, Tandy Pl, London E20 3AS )

You can come with a group already set up (max 3 people) or you will be put into groups on location. The course is around 7km long so make sure you have enough time to complete it and join us for coffee afterward.

If you do no fancy running around the park on a Sunday morning then join us for a coffee and meet your fellow rockhoppers


Venue Details

Queen Elizabeth park at this location (https://goo.gl/maps/UgHCu7WjxF2F6ZRj7)

February Social - Testing the new pub
Wed 16 Feb 2022

Hi Everyone

Rockhoppers have a new pub. It is based in the Kings cross area.

The Harrison Pub & Hotel
28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF
020 7278 3966
https://goo.gl/maps/CSuDhzHobYKXW4nAA

Our first meeting there will be on the 16th February at 7pm. Please come along to meet new and old members.


Venue Details

The Harrisons

Ups I fu**k up - Rockhoppers edition
Thu 24 Mar 2022

We have all made some mistakes in our mountaineering journey. Some of those mistakes are small, some are funny, some are well gross but definitely all memorable.

The evening will consist of short talks that will open a discussion around safety, comfort, and everything in between.

The best story or stories will win an award :) so it's definitely worth it.


Speaker

anyone

Venue Details

The Harrison, 28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF

Pub social
Wed 27 Apr 2022

Pub social in the Harrison Hotel from 7pm, we have a table booked


Venue Details

The Harrison Hotel WC1H 8JF

Pub Social
Wed 27 Jul 2022

Come along to meet new and old members. Maybe make some plans for august


Speaker

N/a

Venue Details

Harrison pub The Harrison Pub & Hotel 28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF 020 7278 3966 https://goo.gl/maps/8ZegL3UZt5UudHZh8

August Social
Thu 25 Aug 2022

Come and meet new and old friends in our lovely Pub in Kings Cross. I am sure you all have amazing stories to share and we are all very interested to hear what was going on during the summer in your climbing and hill walking world.


Speaker

n/a

Venue Details

The Harrison, Kings Cross

September social
Thu 29 Sep 2022

Some drinks in a lovely pub.


Venue Details

The Harrison, Kings Cross, 7pm

Climb! Football! Pub!
Tue 29 Nov 2022

Climb at the Castle (pre-7pm) followed by England v Wales game (7pm-9pm) followed by more drinks (9pm onwards) at the Brownswood pub (271 Green Lanes). Please let Danny Orchard know if you're coming so he can gauge numbers.


Venue Details

Castle/Browsnwood

Christmas dinner
Wed 14 Dec 2022

Dinner at Tayyabs near Brick Lane, 7:30pm-late (probably meet in a pub nearby for anyone finishing work early). It will be a set menu but there are options for carnivores and herbivores. There are limited numbers here so let Danny Orchard know if you want to reserve a space: https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6192


Venue Details

Tayyabs near Brick Lane

Banff Mountain Film Festival
Tue 21 Feb 2023

For our next social event we’ll be going to the BANFF film festival at Union Chapel in Islington, London on 21st Feb, 2023. Members or any interested parties should get their tickets via the link below and keep an eye on the forum discussion topic.

Time: 19:30

Please note: You need to buy your own ticket.


Venue Details

Union Chapel

Walkers and Climbers March Social
Sat 04 Mar 2023

Join us for a choice of a gentle stroll along Lea Valley or a climb at The Castle followed by a pub lunch where you can meet old and new members of the Rockhoppers.

The walk starts at East India DLR and takes in paths and muddy wetlands along the Lea Valley up to Tottenham Hale. The climb will involve, well, climbing but our reps will be on hand to offer assistance and find you a partner if you’re new to our club.

Then we’ll all join up for a few beers and a pub lunch to discuss the virtues of walking over climbing (or scrambling if you want to sit on the fence).

It'll be fun! :)

Walkers
- meet at East India DLR at 10am. Dayne, one of the walkers reps, will be there to meet you and guide you across the wetlands of the Lea Valley.
To contact the reps join our walkers WhatsApp group:
https://chat.whatsapp.com/JKUV0dCGDxQKAcubnsQ4xi

Climbers
- meet from 10am at the Castle Climbing centre where Michel, one of our friendly climbing reps, will be on hand to pair you up with a climbing partner.
To contact the reps join our walkers WhatsApp group:
https://chat.whatsapp.com/ImJb4j4CEVp3UvnkvW919O

Each social will be held at or near a different climbing centre to share the love around London.

Time: 10:00-15:00


Speaker

Whoever's listening

Venue Details

East India DLR Station / Castle Climbing Centre / The Brownswood Pub (271 Green Lanes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2EX)

Hiking Social
Sat 03 Jun 2023

WALKING THE LOST RIVER TYBURN
Meet at 10:15 outside Hampstead tube to set off by 10.30 to the source and follow the course to Regent's Park where it surfaces, then on to Marylebone, Mayfair, Buckingham Palace, Pimlico and Vauxhall where it flows into the Thames. 3.5 to 4 hours walking time with breaks in Regent's Park and Green Park with time for lunch.


Speaker

Led by Nikki Carter

Venue Details

Hampstead to Vauxhall

Talk: Why do things hurt? Persistent pain from a neuroscience perspective.
Wed 14 Jun 2023

Join us for a few drinks and a chance to socialise while learning some seriously interesting factoids!

This months topic is ‘Why do things hurt? Persistent pain from a neuroscience perspective.’

The talk will explore the reasons we feel pain, often in the absence of injury, and how a greater understanding of how the brain works helps explain, and give us control over, recurring injuries and persistent pains.

Hosted by one of our members, Danny Orchard, who is senior lecture in pain management at the University College of Osteopathy and Director of the Centre of Osteopathic Research & Excellence in East London (CORE Clapton).


Speaker

Danny Orchard

Venue Details

The Old Kings Head, London Bridge, SE1 1NA 7:00-9:00pm

Summer BBQ! (party emoji)
Sun 16 Jul 2023

We’ll be taking a portable bbq to Waterlow Park in Highgate for a BYO. Also some tunes. Hopefully in nice weather.
Bring whatever food you want to eat and 10% more for good luck. And all the booze you can drink. We’ll have ice and a cool bucket.


Venue Details

Waterlow Park https://maps.app.goo.gl/JFvSTCDxE7qoCXqe9?g_st=ic

Hike + Picnic
Sat 12 Aug 2023

Join us for a day's hike a short ride from London (TBC) where we'll pass somewhere with water where the brave can cool off their sweaty bods, followed by a leisurely picnic before returning home.


Venue Details

CANCELLED

Ceilidh Social (Scottish dancing)
Fri 15 Sep 2023

Get your kilts on and sharpen your elbows for the first official Ceilidh of the year (and possibly some training for the Annual Dinner).

Tickets cost £12 but you’ll need to get your own before they run out! This is a very popular venue.

To book tickets visit:
https://www.efdss.org/whats-on/27-dances/11985-knees-up-cecil-sharp-2023-sept

For those wanting to wet their gills before the dance we’ll be meeting at The Albert Pub from 5:30pm before the Ceilidh:

The Albert
https://maps.app.goo.gl/uKCc8Snzhrx8VSpZ6?g_st=ic


Venue Details

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Rd, London NW1 7AY

Annual General Meeting
Wed 11 Oct 2023

Our annual AGM where you get to catch up with Rockhoppers old and new, have a few drinks and make invaluable decisions about the future of the club. And join the committee if you really want to get involved (oh yes you do!).

Food of some description will be available (probably pizza).

Please arrive early for a 7pm start.


Venue Details

The Devereaux Pub, 20 Devereux Ct, Temple, London WC2R 3JJ

Christmas Dinner at Tayyabs
Wed 06 Dec 2023

We’re heading back to Tayyabs for a Christmas feast on 6 December at 7.30pm. Join us for food, fun and MORE. Cost is £35 per person paid in advance which includes about 3000 amazing courses. I have booked for 20 spaces but can increase if needed. Let me know if you have any dietary requirements ahead of time. Please use the following link to sign up:

rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6238


Speaker

Santa

Venue Details

Tayyabs 83-89 Fieldgate St, London E1 1JU

Mountains on stage film festival
Mon 18 Dec 2023

Mountains on Stage film festival are back with their winter edition, with 4 films including an alpine style ascent of lhotse, opening remote routes in Greenland, and ski mountaineering in both the Himalayas and chamonix.

More info on the website:
https://www.mountainsonstage.com/filmselection

Tickets are £16, available from:
https://www.billetweb.fr/london-2-mountains-on-stage-winter-edition-2023


Venue Details

Vue cinema - Westfield (Shepherd’s bush)

NEW YEAR NEW ME(MBERS)
Fri 19 Jan 2024

Come along to meet some Rockhoppers old and new at The Harrison's Pub, Kings Cross

If you are a new member and you are looking to get to know some climbing/walking buddies and find out more about the club, then join us at 7pm on Friday 19th Jan 2024 and listen to our members talking about their fave Rockhopper experiences, aims for 2024 and why this is obviously the BEST mountaineering club in all of GB.


Speaker

TBC

Venue Details

The Harrison's Pub Kings Cross, 28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF

Climbing & Pizza at The Westway
Fri 02 Feb 2024

Come and join the Westway lot for a session of climbing and then out to the greatest pub of all time, the Pig & Whistle for pizzas and things. Newbies encouraged!! We will pair you up and get you on the ropes.


Venue Details

Westway Climbing Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP

Anne's Epics: Tales of a Rockhopper
Wed 28 Feb 2024

Join us to listen to Anne's DEATH DEFYING stories of epic journeys through the mountains as she showcases her love for adventure and her knack for getting herself INTO and OUT OF some pretty hairy situations. Have a drink, get inspired and ask a million questions!

Meeting at the Old King's Head, private room booked from 7pm! Talk starts at 7.30 SHARP


Speaker

Anne Stijne

Venue Details

Old King's Head, King's Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NA

BANFF Mountain Film Festival 2024
Thu 14 Mar 2024

We are heading back to the Union Chapel for a thrilling selection of films ft. mountaineers from all over the globe. Event takes place on 14th March 2023 from 19:30-22:15. Film selection TBC.

Please note you will have to buy your own tickets for the event using the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/banff-mountain-film-festival-london-14-march-2024-tickets-663706242237?aff=oddtdtcreator


Venue Details

Union Chapel Islington London N1 2UN

Tej Talks
Wed 27 Mar 2024

Fresh off the back of Anne's epic stories, we thought it was time to talk SELF RESCUE at the RH. Esteemed guest speaker Tej Ajimal is coming in to share his wealth of knowledge and experience on getting yourself out of hairy scary mountain situations. He will be covering basic principles and sharing his best advice for rock and ice travel.

He will also answer your many many questions so be prepared to bombard him.

Meet you at the Devereux at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm SHARP.


Speaker

Tej Ajimal

Venue Details

The Devereux, 20 Devereux Ct, Temple, London WC2R 3JJ

London Rock Climbers X Rockhoppers 2024
Fri 12 Apr 2024

Rivals to friends, competitors to teammates, enemies to lovers: we bring you the FIRST EVER Rockhopper/London Rock Climber mixer social!

Starting at the Castle Climbing Centre we're going to buddy up with the other club and show off our climbing skills before heading to a private room at the Brownswood pub for drinks and games and realising LRC aren't SO bad after all.

Castle meet from 6pm, room booked at Brownswood at 8.30pm

You won't wanna miss this one!


Venue Details

Castle Climbing Centre/Brownswood Pub

Japan: A Spiritual Journey of Self-Discovery (and mountains)
Wed 29 May 2024

Join us as we listen to Zarif's tales of adventure and self-discovery as he recounts his summiting of Mt Fuji as well as other hikes around Japan including Kumano Kodo, Koyasan Choishi Michi, Dewa Sanzan + Jigoku Nozoki. The plan is to marvel at his beautiful photography, laugh at his jokes and take inspiration from the important lessons he learned along the way. Meet at the Old King's Head at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm. Socialising from 8.

See you there!


Speaker

Zarif Shafiei

Venue Details

The Old King's Head, King's Head Yard, London SE1 1NA

Orienteering + Picnic in the Heath
Sat 22 Jun 2024

Improve your nav without leaving London! Rockhoppers will be heading to Hampstead Heath for a round of the permanent orienteering course, which the First Lady says was more helpful for her nav skills than going to the mountains.

This outing will feel like a hike in the South Downs with hills, mud, undergrowth and a little bit of getting lost. Dress appropriately, wear sunscreen and bring sandwiches for the picnic. (The organisers can watch your bags while you're out walking, but will not accept liability if anything goes missing -- it's still London, after all.)

The walking will take between 2.5 to 4 hours and be about 8-9km in length, with those more skilled at nav walking less far and having lunch earlier. There is an option to shorten your course and get a comparable score to the full course (albeit with a penalty).

Group sizes will be between two and four.

The orienteering will begin at 10am from the Tumulus. Maps will be provided (waterproof if we can get them), but can also be found on the London Orienteering Klubb website.

Guests and prospective members welcome.


Speaker

The Pres

Venue Details

Hampstead Heath

Rockhoppers PUB QUIZ
Wed 31 Jul 2024

Details to follow (it's gonna blow you away, I promise)


Speaker

The best quiz host of all time

Venue Details


TBC
Wed 28 Aug 2024

TBC


Speaker

TBC

Venue Details


Knees Up! Ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House
Fri 20 Sep 2024

It's September! So we are heading back to Cecil Sharp House for another amazing Ceilidh (did I spell that ok) in Camden Town from 8-11pm.

Tickets are £15 and you can purchase here https://www.efdss.org/whats-on/27-dances/13345-knees-up-cecil-sharp-2024-sep

I went last year with a terrible hip injury and still had the best time ever so no excuses!

Meet at The Albert nearby around 5.30pm for some pre-dancing drinks and a catch up :)


Venue Details

Cecil Sharp House