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In the coming months STMC is planning to make significant changes to its membership arrangements.  For existing members the current system of annual renewals will be discontinued and all existing members will be offered life membership.  New members will be asked to pay a one-off joining fee of £25.  New members will also be asked to complete and sign a membership application form as at present.  After the end of 2013 the Club will no longer maintain its affiliation to the British Mountaineering Council.   Members who want to continue receiving the benefits of BMC membership (insurance, discounts, Summit etc) will be able to join BMC as individual members.

Club activities will continue as at present: meets at roughly one per month, local walks, London socials and Xmas meals, and the main means of communication will be the E-News.

At the moment we have not been through this website to reflect these changes, so please be aware that in future the club will operate as described here.


Forthcoming Events 

Sept 25 – 27, South Dartmoor Bunkhouse at Buckfastleigh.  16 places @ TBA each.

Oct 23 – 25, Peak District, Thorpe Farm. 14 places @ TBA each.

Nov 19 (Thursday) – 22 (Sunday): Lake District, Bonscale Farmhouse, 12 places @ £40 each, for 3 nights, or £35 if you only wish to come for 2 nights.

Jan 1517: N Wales, Lincs MC hut at Deiniolen.  Details to follow.

Please click on 'Meets List' to see more information on the meets.
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29 August 2012 Scotland Spring Meet 2012 - Ullapool, NW Highlands
Author : Ian Powditch
Hits : 2700
Ian Powditch provides an interesting commentary on the club's hugely popular annnual spring meet in Scottish Highlands.
10 August 2010 STMC Spring Meet - Ballater 2010
Author : Stephen Kennedy
Hits : 4811
The Spring 2010 Meet took a small band of STMC members to the east Scotland town of Ballater.  This village sits astride the River Dee and is well sited for trips into the southern Grampians and the Cairnwell, Glenshee and Lochnagar Hills and al
15 October 2009 Peak district, 2-4 October 2009
Author : Sandy Gordon
Hits : 3253
This was my third trip to our usual venue in the Peak District, Thorpe Farm near Hathersage. There are several bunkhouses on the site and this time we were in the Old Stables, easier to find than the last one we stayed at but in need of some main
23 June 2009 Scotland Spring Week 2009 - May 23-30: Glen Affric
Author : Cristina Sorelli
Hits : 4776
The base for this year's Scotland Spring Meet was Glen Affric, an area where eleven of us from the club enjoyed a wide choice of Monros and Corbets.We stayed in two comfortable self-catering wooden chalets in Tomich (just off Cannich), surrounded
09 March 2009 Yorkshire Dales Meet: 6-8 March 2009
Author : Ian Stuart
Hits : 3351
The accommodation was the Quaker Hostel at Airton, a tiny village a few km south of Malham.  A pleasant small bunkhouse that had been refurbished since our last visit, and now divided into 3 small 4 or 6 person bedrooms.  With a problem-fre
24 February 2009 STMC Sunday walk in the Ashdown Forest. 22nd February 2008
Author : Gareth Pratt
Hits : 3420
There were seven of us on the walk, Christina, Esperanza, Don, Lylli, Wayne, Sara and myself. We all turned rolled into the public car park in Forest Row around 10am and by 10.30am were ready to go. We headed out of Forest Row and soon turned right o
09 December 2008 Brecon Beacons National Park 23-25 August 2008
Author : Ian Powditch
Hits : 3372
We had parked our cars some way from the ridge, Craig Fan Ddu, and regretted the very muddy walk for the start of our day on the hills. The weather was overcast and remained so for the morning; brighter spells were forecast for the afternoon, with ra
08 December 2008 NORTH WALES-ARENIG FAWR - 29-30 Nov 2008
Author : Ian Powditch
Hits : 3526
The west of England is known to have more rain than eastern regions. The Snowdonia area of Wales very often gets the full force of low pressure induced rainfall. What a change in circumstances, while we were bathed in sunshine, albeit at -3 deg C, th
18 October 2008 North Wales Meet, 12th to 14th September, 2008
Author : Ian Stuart
Hits : 3470
This turned out to be one of the more successful meets of recent months, with a decent turnout and good weather.  The venue was the Gloucester MC Hut, situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Deiniolen (outside Llanberis).  A pleasant and
30 September 2008 Catbells Lakeland Barn, Stair 1st August - 3rd August 2008
Author : Steve Taylor
Hits : 3883
For three of us travelling up from Brighton and south London to the Lakes on Friday afternoon, this turned into an epic, particularly for driver Mike.   Arriving at the barn at just after 2200, the journey had involved 10 hours of grindingl
09 July 2008 Mountain Rescue Incident - Scotland spring meet
Author : Julie Bowler
Hits : 4267
Coming to the end of a fantastic day on Blaven on a steep downhill section of mainly loose scree over solid rock the unfortunate man in front of us fell.  Luckily only about 15 feet but over a slight vertical section that probably involved a bit
09 July 2008 Scotland Spring Meet, Plockton, 24-31 May 2008
Author : Marianne Stuart
Hits : 3958
Ian and I had been spending the previous week in Poolewe and arrived in the late afternoon via Ruadh-stac Beag, a satellite of Ben Eighe.  The club had booked three cottages in the village, all looking out over the loch and proving comfortable,
24 June 2008 North Wales - 14-15 June 2008
Author : Vijay Kuve
Hits : 3719
Our traditional mid summer meet in this ever popular hut deep in the mountains of North Wales was very nearly jeopardised by an unfortunate fuel transport strike. However, it turned out not as bad as thought to be, and once everybody was confident th
23 April 2008 DORSET MEET 12-13 April 2008
Author : Cristina Sorelli
Hits : 3986
Despite the dreadful weather forecasts and snow in London the previous weekend, our first camping meet of the season attracted 11 members. We staid at Woodyhyde, just off Corfe village, along the Swanage steam railway. The nice hot showers and the
11 April 2008 Borrowdale - Easter weekend 21- 24 Mar 2008
Author : Sandy Gordon
Hits : 3800
The weather forecast was dire and the accommodation Spartan, so it looked like it was going to be a rather grim Easter weekend. But no – late winter snowfall and sunny intervals turned the Lake District into an alpine paradise . . .
05 March 2008 Ullswater Meet, Lake District, 2nd & 3rd FEB 2008 - BONSCALE FARMHOUSE
Author : Ian Powditch
Hits : 4374
During the week prior to our visit the weather forecasters indicated snow, winds, and sub zero temperatures - they were not wrong.The final drive through Shap on the M6, was indeed an experience. Snow was being blown into drifts at the side of the mo
21 February 2008 Kentmere 2-4Nov 2007
Author : Ian Powditch
Hits : 3766 link above to read more.
27 November 2007 Brecon Beacons meet report, Oct 19-21, 2007
Author : Marianne Stuart
Hits : 4170 link above to read more.
22 October 2007 Yorkshire Dales-23rd - 25th February 2007
Author : Gareth Pratt
Hits : 4141
Gareth Pratt provides a very interesting and insightful report on yet another brilliant STMC meet  in the Yorkshire Dales early this year. 
22 October 2007 Seathwaite, Lake District - November 3rd - 5th 2006
Author : Ian Powditch
Hits : 4421 link above to read more.
16 October 2007 Annual Dinner Meet at Llanberis, North Wales, September 14-16, 2007
Author : Ian Stuart
Hits : 3827
This meet was based at the Gloucester MC hut, which is situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Deiniolen above Llanberis
16 October 2007 August Bank Holiday, 2007, Weekend Meet on Dartmoor, Devon
Author : Ian Stuart
Hits : 3921
It was to be the last camping meet of the summer and we decided to use a site on the northeastern side of Dartmoor, a couple of miles from Sticklepath.
19 March 2006 Plas-y-Brenin, Snowdonia
Author : Michael Brooks
Hits : 4945
Following a week of vicious and deadly temperatures across Russia where dozens lost their lives in sub-Arctic conditions, anticipation of a consequent eastern chill hitting our shores caused high excitement in the days preceding our annual winter wee
19 February 2006 North Devon, November 18th 20th 2005
Author : Chris Kershaw
Hits : 4098
North Devon November 18th – 20th 2005 The meet was based in Elmscott
23 October 2005 Dartmoor 5th - 8th August 2005
Author : Gareth Pratt
Hits : 3866
23 October 2005 The Cheviot Hills April 29th May 2nd 2005
Author : Mim Chapman & Clare Gooder
Hits : 4326
03 September 2005 Bonscale Farmhouse 2005
Author :
Hits : 4225
We had all seen the weather reports and the pictures of Carlisle under water...
27 August 2005 Little Langdale meet report 16&17 of October
Author :
Hits : 4798
After the 6 hour journey from London we had arrived at our weekend base...
27 August 2005 Scotland Winter Meet Report Glencoe 2004
Author :
Hits : 4214
Scotland Winter Meet Report Glencoe 2004 What you missed!! February 2004 winter meet
27 August 2005 Shropshire Meet, August 13 - 15th
Author :
Hits : 3997
"Seeing as you will be there before me, why don't you just take the tent and put it up when you get there." Famous last words Nigel...
27 August 2005 Meet at Maesnant centre, on the slopes of Pumlumon, 1-3 October
Author :
Hits : 4346
This "compact" bunkhouse really was in the middle of nowhere, on the shores of Nant y Moch reservoir, 360m up Pumlumon, and some distance from the electricity supply...
27 August 2005 Meet Report: Plas-y Brenin, Snowdonia, 27th - 29th February
Author :
Hits : 5928
The white hills looked promising as we entered North Wales on Friday night...
27 August 2005 Meet Report: Lake District Meet, Bonscale Farmhouse, 24-5 January
Author :
Hits : 4299
On the night of 23 January thirteen intrepid souls braved deluges of rain on the route north
27 August 2005 Meet Report: Tyddyn Farm meet, North Wales, 9-11 January
Author :
Hits : 3802
14 people came on this meet based at this very comfortable farmhouse near Betws-y-Coed.
27 August 2005 Caban Cader Idris nr Dolgellau, North Wales
Author :
Hits : 5481
Caban Cader Idris nr Dolgellau, North Wales. Three groups set out to climb Cadair Idris from various angles on Saturday.
27 August 2005 Scotland Spring Meet, 2003 report
Author :
Hits : 8293
Chris Kershaw offers his view of the highlights of the Club's annual Spring trip to the Scottish Highlands.
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