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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.....

Apr 21 – 23 2017 : Camping, Swanage, Dorset

One of our regular spring meets: attractive walking on the Dorset Coast Path or the Purbeck Hills.

Suggested maps: Landranger 195 (194 may also be useful)


Sat 20th to Sat 27th May 2017 : Scotland Spring Week, Glencoe. 


Over the summer Ian booked 2 self-catering houses in the village of Kentallen on Loch Linnhe, just outside Glencoe.  Together the 2 houses have 11 places; the cost has yet to be determined – depends partly on how many takers there are, but think in terms of £130-£150.  Both houses are goodly size places, with twin bedrooms, decent kitchens, multiple bathrooms, etc.  One of them is near a pub !  Kentallen is about a 10 minute drive from Glencoe, which has enough hills to keep you going all week; you can get to the Mamores in 20 minutes; and Fort William, for Ben Nevis, is maybe 30 minutes away.  At the moment there are 8 definite takers for the meet so there are just three places available.  

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
Aug 4 –6 2017 : One of the Lakeland Camping Barns, Buttermere or Borrowdale.

Sept 1 – 3
2017 : Camping, S Wales

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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