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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.....

Feb 15th – 22nd, Scotland Winter Week, Spean Bridge. Cost TBA, maybe in the range £80 to £110, depending on how many go, for 7 nights accommodation.

We have booked a cottage at Spean Bridge – about 10 miles up the Great Glen from Fort William.  One, possibly two, places still available.  If you believe you’re likely to want to attend this meet but haven’t spoken to Julie recently, then it would be appreciated if you could get in touch with her.  As always for this meet, bear in mind that in Scotland at this time of the year you must be prepared for severe cold weather, high winds, blizzards etc; you can expect the mountains to be snow-covered; in places the snow will have turned to ice. To cope with these conditions it is essential to have good 4-season boots, winter-grade waterproofs and clothing, etc, and to have an ice axe and a pair of crampons, and to be familiar with the basic (ie. walking) use of this equipment.

March 14th – 16th: Peak District, Pondside Bunkhouse at Thorpe Farm near Hathersage.  14 places @ TBA each.  Details to follow.

 April 17th – 21st, Easter Meet: Lake District, Catbells Lakeland Bunkhouse in the Newlands Valley near Stair.  10 places @ TBA each.  Details to follow.

 May 24th – May 31st, Scotland Spring Week, Torridon. Cost approx £95-125, depending on how many go, for 7 nights accommodation.

We have booked three 4-bed chalets at Kinlochewe, at the top of Glen Torridon and about 50 miles northwest of Inverness. See http://www.mountainchalets.co.uk/ for details. Loch Maree and Slioch are nearby as well as the Torridon hills, and coastal places to visit like Gairloch and Inverewe are also fairly handy. 

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.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 February 2014 )
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