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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.....
 

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: Dartmoor; Fox Tor Bunkhouse, Princetown.  12 places @ £35 each.

This is our first visit to this bunkhouse in Princetown, and our first meet for several years to the western side of Dartmoor where the highest of the Tors are located.
Suggested Map: OS Explorer (OL) Dartmoor sheet
 
Oct 27 – 29 2017: Peak District, Pondside Bunkhouse at Thorpe Farm near Hathersage.  14 places @ £37.50 each.

Regular STMC venue in the heart of the Peak District, close to climbing at Stanage and excellent walking on the Dark Peak.
Suggested maps: Explorer (OL) 1 (and maybe 24); Landranger 110 (and maybe 119)
 
Nov 17 (Friday) – 20 (Monday) 2017: Lake District, Bonscale Farmhouse, 12 places @ £40 each, for 3 nights, or £35 if you only wish to come for 2 nights.

Bookings at Bonscale are offered for 3 nights, so we have the house available Sunday night for anyone who fancies an extra day in the Lakes.  Located above the western shore of Ullswater in the Northeastern Lakes, Bonscale is a large comfortable self-catering house with double and twin bedrooms.   Well equipped kitchen for eating-in, or choice of pubs at Pooley Bridge including the excellent Sun Inn.  We will probably try to arrange a pre-Xmas meal in the house on the Saturday evening though this is not yet sorted.  Hillwalking on the hills at the head of Ullswater, culminating in High Street.  Or drive round to Glenridding for routes on the Helvellyn Group.  There's also a fine low-level walk from Bonscale to Patterdale.

Suggested maps: Explorer (OL) Lake District series.

Jan 19 – 21 2018: North Wales, Oread MC Hut at Rhyd-Ddu.

Details to follow.

Mar 3 – 10 2018: Scotland Winter Week, area of Spean Bridge.

Please contact Julie for details.  Please note the usual constraints apply to this week regarding appropriate equipment and experience for winter conditions in the Scottish Highlands.

Mar 16 – 18 2018: Yorkshire Dales, Airton Quaker Hostel.

Details to follow.

May 19 – 26 2018: Scotland Spring Meet, Shiel Bridge, Kintail.  8 places @ £130 each.

As you know, the Committee and other club volunteers try to find a different area each year for the spring meet. Some of this year's attendees suggested Plockton as a possible venue for 2018. However, after considerable web searches on both private and holiday home rentals we were unable to find suitable properties close together.  In 2013 we rented Woodlands at Shiel Bridge, Kintail, which proved to be most satisfactory, and we have decided to book the house again for 2018, from 19th to 26th May.  There are five bedrooms, two doubles and three twins sleeping eight in total, and there are four bathrooms.   We are aware that May 2018 is a considerable way off, but we needed to book early to secure a good house option.  Please look out for an announcement calling for deposits later in the year to secure your place.


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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