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Forthcoming Meets List of the club

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Contributed by Ian Stuart   
Sunday, 09 February 2014
Meets List for 2013

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.....

Oct 3rd – 5th, Lake District, St Johns in the Vale Lakelands Barn.  8 places @ £25 each.
Our first visit to this Lakeland Barn located SE of Keswick.  It’s a camping barn but from the description one of the better appointed.  Possibility of staying extra nights (Thurs or Sun), please enquire when booking.

Oct 31st – Nov 2nd, Yorkshire Dales, Airton Quaker Hostel.  12 places @ £34 each.

Small bunkhouse in the Dales village of Airton. On the Pennine Way a few miles south of Malham, one of the best known areas of the Dales. Excellent walking, a chance to see Malham Cove, Goredale Scar.

Nov 21st – 23rd, Exmoor, The Exmoor Bunkhouse (NT) at Countisbury.  16 places @ £38 each

Return visit to one of the National Trust’s ‘basecamps’. Comfortable, well equipped high quality bunkhouse about a mile east of Lynmouth on Countisbury Hill. Excellent walking on the N Devon coast path or up on the Moor. Pub next door!  Thinking about a celebratory meal in the hut to mark the last meet of the year.

Jan 16 – 18, Southern Peak District, Don Whillans Hut at The Roaches.  Details to follow.

Feb 14 – 21, Scotland Winter week.  Self catering cottage at Tyndrum in the Southerh Hihglands.

Please contact Julie for details.

Mar 13 – 15, North Wales.

April 2 – 7 (Easter), Sedbergh, for access to the Dales and the Lakes.

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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