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Forthcoming Meets List of the club

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Contributed by Ian Stuart   
Meets List for 2019 - 2020

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.....

Jan 24 – 26: Lakes, Flyde MC Hut at Stair.  10 places @ £20 each.

Meet Sec: Sandy Gordon
Joint meet with North Kingston Hillwalking Club.  We used to visit this hut quite frequently but it’s too big for our current numbers, so the joint booking is a great opportunity to get to this hut.

Feb 22 – 29: Scotland Winter Meet: Newtonmore/Kingussie

Meet Sec: Julie Bowler

Julie plans to sort out self-catering accommodation by September; please get in touch with her by the end of August if you’re thinking of attending.

Mar 20 – 22: North Wales, Rugby MC Hut, Cwm Eigiau Cottage.  8 places @ £22 each, £18 if you’re a BMC member.

Meet Sec: Ian Stuart

Our first visit for many years to this hut.  It is in a superb location towards the top of Cwm Eigiau on the east side of the Carneddau.  However, the visit involves a walk-in of about 3.5km from the road-head, on a good track up the valley, so you need to be able to back-pack in your gear & food for the two nights; maybe not unlike a bothying trip in Scotland.
April 24 – 26: Camping, Cornwall (venue TBA); we’ll likely put together 3-night option.

Meet Sec: Ian Stuart

16-23 May: Scotland spring week: Braemar

Meet sec: Sandy Gordon

Next year's spring week will be in the village of Braemar, in the eastern Cairngorms. Braemar is well-placed for the Linn of Dee access to the Cairngorm giants, numerous Munros around Glenshee, and forest walks and pleasant hills in upper Deeside around Balmoral and the Mar estate. Sandy has booked two spacious self-catering cottages (note these are not the houses in his previous email but are a better deal as they have slightly more space for the same price).  Accommodation for 8-10 with limited sharing (there are 3 double, 2 twin and 2 single bedrooms across the two properties).  Cost will be £140 to £170 depending on numbers; please secure your place by contacting Sandy and paying a deposit of £70 - ie half the likely minimum - into the club account.
Jun 12 – 14: Camping, N Wales: Willies Farm unless anyone would like to propose a different venue.

July 10 – 12: Camping, S Wales: Cwmdu Campsite on the W side of the Black Mountains.

July 31 – Aug 2: Lakes.  St John’s in the Vale Camping Barn.  8 places @ TBA each.

 Sept 4 – 6: Camping, Woodyhyde, Swanage

 Sept 25 – 27: Forest of Dean / Wye Valley.  YHA-based meet, cost and no of places TBA.

Meet Sec: Julie Bowler

 Oct 23 – 25: Dartmoor.  South Dartmoor Bunkhouse at Buckfastleigh.  16 places @ TBA each.

Nov 20 – 22: Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club Hut, ‘Lowstern’ at Clapham. 16 places @ £24 each.
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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