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Forthcoming Meets List of the club

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Meets List for 2017

For any questions about these meets, current members can contact Bookings Secretary via the e-mail address given in the monthly E-News. Non-members please contact the Membership Secretary via the Contacts page of this site). Please follow the guidelines ‘How to Book’ and ‘On the Meet’ in every newsletter and on this Website under News/Special Information/Meet Booking Information. In particular, could you please bring appropriate maps on every meet you attend. For each meet I have listed the maps that are most likely to be useful, but the list isn’t exhaustive, sometimes people will visit an area covered by an adjacent map, and it’s up to each member to have the correct maps for his/her chosen route.

Prospective Members - please see further information at the bottom of this page.....

June 23 – 25 2017 : North Wales, Camping.

Our traditional mid-summer meet in the Ogwen Valley, under Tryfan. Wide range of options for walking and scrambling on the Glyders and Carneddau.
Suggested maps: Landranger 115; or Explorer (OL) 17 and 18.
July 14 – 16 2017 : Shropshire / Welsh Borders, Camping at Panpunton near Knighton
Our regular visit to Panpunton near Knighton, literally on the Welsh Border (you have to cross the border to reach the pub).  Walking on the Shropshire Hills – the best stretches of the Offa’s Dyke Path run either side of the site; the Long Mynd and other hills around Church Stretton are a short drive away; or remote hills on the Welsh side of the border including the Radnor Hills.
Suggested maps: Landranger 137 (also 147 and 148 may be useful).
Aug 4 –6 2017 : One of the Lakeland Camping Barns, Buttermere or Borrowdale.

Located on the outskirts of the village of Rosthwaite in the Borrowdale Valley in the heart of the Lake District.  This is one of the network of Lakeland Camping Barns, a basic bunkhouse with sleeping mattresses, washroom and shower, but no equipment, so we need to bring sleeping bags and basic cooking/eating gear as for camping.  Pub nearby!
Re possible extra night(s): Right now the barn is fully available on Thursday and Sunday nights, so we have the chance to book some places for either or both of these nights and make a longer weekend of it.  However, this meet being in the school holidays, the barn may not remain available for long.  If you’re likely to be interested in staying on Thursday and/or Sunday night please let me know as soon as you can.
Suggested maps: Lake District 1:25000 Explorer OL series
Sept 1 – 3 2017 : Camping, S Wales

Return to an excellent campsite that we discovered a couple of years ago; it is located on the west side of the Black Mountains so that the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains are both within easy reach.  Great pub nearby.
Suggested maps: Landranger 161 for the Black Mountains; 160 for the Brecons.
Oct 6 – 8 2017 : Hut Meet, South Dartmoor Bunkhouse

Oct 27 – 29
2017 : Hut Meet, Peak District, Thorpe Farm

Nov 17 – 19 or 24 – 26
2017 : Lakes, Bonscale Farmhouse


The Scotland Winter Meet is planned for 2 weeks in February, starting on 11th Feb.   The plan at the moment is to have a week around Killin/Loch Tay in the Southern Highlands; and a week in the far north around Kylesku, although accommodation isn’t very easy to find that far north so conceivably it might be a bit further south.  Which week is Killin and which week is Kylesku might depend on the accommodation availability.    Coming for 1 week rather than 2 would certainly be possible, the Killin week might be the easier option for a single week.   The general idea is that one should have crampons, ice axe and be competent in their use.  Julie will need to arrange accommodation in September so would want to know numbers and sexes of people going so that she knows what size property to be looking for.  Transport could also be an issue so if you wish to come perhaps you could also include your thoughts on transportation.

Information for Prospective Members

This information is provided to give people who may be considering joining the Club a summary of STMC’s meets for the next few months. This also gives an idea of the range of the venues that we normally visit; in February we normally have a week of winter mountaineering in Scotland, and we organise a further week in Scotland at the end of May. The Club does not normally arrange overseas trips, but groups of members often get together to arrange trips to the Alps or the Pyrenees.

All meets provide opportunities for walking, whilst in North Wales and the Lakes there will often be a party doing some scrambling. Many areas also provide opportunities for technical climbing, notably the Peak District (on the gritstone edges) and North Wales. But if you’re not interested in climbing don’t worry, climbing-only meets are a rarity and there will virtually always be people on the meet to walk with. The only meet where we impose a restriction on attendance is the Scotland Winter Week, where it would normally be dangerous to go out on the hills unless you are equipped with ice axe and crampons, and have some experience in their use. The winter meets in North Wales and the Lakes sometimes, but by no means always, coincide with serious snow and ice conditions, but there are usually lower routes that you can do if you don’t have ice axe and crampons.

People are expected to be suitably equipped for their chosen routes and the conditions – usually this just means warm clothing, decent waterproofs and boots, plus food and drink – click on Equipment for more info. The only other requirement is that we do expect everyone to have appropriate maps, so that no-one is just totally depending on someone else to do the route finding and map reading.

Each meet has an assigned ‘meet secretary’, whose contact details are provided to members. The meet secretary’s role is to arrange lifts to and from the meet, and access to the accommodation (but not to lead or organise routes in the hill). The procedure for booking onto a meet is simply to contact the meet secretary.

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