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Forthcoming Meets List of the club

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Meets List for 2016

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 22 – 24: Black Mountains, Camping.

Return to an excellent campsite that we used for the first time last year; it is located on the west side of the Black Mountains so that the Brecons are also in easy reach.  Great pub nearby.
Suggested maps: Landranger 161 for the Black Mountains; 160 for the Brecons.

Scotland Spring Week:  Sat 28th May to Sat 4th June.  Tomich, Glen Affric, NW Highlands.
12 places, Cost approx £130 for 7 nights accommodation.

We have booked 2 Lodges at Tomich Holidays, down near the lower end of Glen Affric, about 3 miles up the Glen from Cannich.  If you have not already done so it would be helpful if you could let David know if you are likely to be interested in going on this meet.

 Jun 17 – 19: Camping, N Wales, Cader Idris area

July 15 – 17: Camping, Shropshire / Welsh Borders, at Panpunton

Aug 5 – 7: Lakes, St John in the Vale Camping Barn; 8 places @ TBA each.

Sept 9 – 11: Camping, North Cornwall, Padstow.

Sept 28 – 30: Thorpe Farm if no better ideas; see note at the top of this E-News.

Oct 21 – 23 or 28 – 30: Lakes, Coppermines

Nov 18 – 20 or 25 – 27: Exmoor Bunkhouse at Countisbury

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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