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 New Arrangements for Membership

In the coming months STMC is planning to make significant changes to its membership arrangements.  For existing members the current system of annual renewals will be discontinued and all existing members will be offered life membership.  New members will be asked to pay a one-off joining fee of £25.  New members will also be asked to complete and sign a membership application form as at present.  After the end of 2013 the Club will no longer maintain its affiliation to the British Mountaineering Council.   Members who want to continue receiving the benefits of BMC membership (insurance, discounts, Summit etc) will be able to join BMC as individual members.

Club activities will continue as at present: meets at roughly one per month, local walks, London socials and Xmas meals, and the main means of communication will be the E-News.

At the moment we have not been through this website to reflect these changes, so please be aware that in future the club will operate as described here.


Forthcoming Events 

Sept 25 – 27, South Dartmoor Bunkhouse at Buckfastleigh.  16 places @ TBA each.

Oct 23 – 25, Peak District, Thorpe Farm. 14 places @ TBA each.

Nov 19 (Thursday) – 22 (Sunday): Lake District, Bonscale Farmhouse, 12 places @ £40 each, for 3 nights, or £35 if you only wish to come for 2 nights.

Jan 1517: N Wales, Lincs MC hut at Deiniolen.  Details to follow.

Please click on 'Meets List' to see more information on the meets.
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Sunday, 09 February 2014
Meets List for 2015

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.....

Sept 25 – 27, South Dartmoor Bunkhouse at Buckfastleigh.  16 places @ TBA each.

Good quality bunkhouse on the southeast side of the Moor.  Most likely we’ll be walking on the Moor, though the S Devon Coast Path is also within reach.

Suggested maps: Landranger 202 or Explorer (OL) Dartmoor sheet

Oct 23 – 25, Peak District, Thorpe Farm. 14 places @ TBA each.

Regular STMC venue in the heart of the Peak District, close to climbing at Stanage and excellent walking on the Dark Peak. 

Suggested maps: Explorer (OL) 1 (and maybe 24); Landranger 110 (and maybe 119)

Nov 20 – 22, Lakes, Bonscale Farmouse. 12 places @ TBA each.

Bookings at Bonscale are offered for 3 nights, so we have the house available Thursday night for anyone who fancies an extra day in the Lakes.  Located above the western shore of Ullswater in the Northeastern Lakes, Bonscale is a large comfortable self-catering house (ie it's not a hut!) with double and twin-bedrooms.   Well equipped kitchen for eating-in, or choice of pubs at Pooley Bridge including the excellent Sun Inn.  We will probably try to arrange a pre-Xmas meal in the house on the Saturday evening though this is not yet sorted.  Hillwalking on the hills at the head of Ullswater, culminating in High Street.  Or drive round to Glenridding for routes on the Helvellyn Group.  There's also a superb low-level walk from Bonscale to Patterdale.

Suggested maps: Explorer (OL) Lake District series.


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 ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 )
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