SOLIHULL MOUNTAINEERING CLUB MEETS SCHEDULE 2017

Every month, the club organises a weekend meet, which form the core of the club’s activities.
The 2017 programme has plenty to offer for climbing, walking and mountain biking.
Summer meets are often camping, in the colder months we are generally based in a climbing club hut.
Dates given are the evenings for which accommodation is booked – so Friday and Saturday evening, with daytime activities continuing on the Sunday, with an extra night or 2 for Bank Holidays.
In addition to this list, club members organise many more informal climbing and walking outings, from day trips in the Peak District to ski touring and alpine trips in Europe. Bookings are open to members (who have priority) and prospective members, as well as friends of members. Costs are generally around £10 per person per night for a Mountaineering Club hut.

JANUARY 21st to 22nd
Mid Wales, staying at our club hut near Cader Idris. A chance to enjoy these mountains at their very best. Maybe some winter conditions if we are lucky.

FEBRUARY 11th – 12th
North Wales, staying at The Cwm Glas Mawr Hut in the Llanberis Pass. Very close to one of the early to come in classic winter areas, Cwm Glas Bach. This trip was over booked last year so get your name on it quickly.

MARCH 25th – 26th
Dorset, staying at the Portland bunkhouse on Portland. Early season sport on Portland or both sport and trad at nearby Swanage.A venue with crags facing all directions and with routes at all grades. The bunkhouse is £17 a night, but they do have 44 beds, so I am not going to book this one up until we see a forecast and confirmed attendees.

EASTER, APRIL 15th – 23rd
Lleida, Spain. Warmed up ready for some hot rock? This is your chance to forget the thermals and drink some sangria after a hard day’s roadside cragging, or maybe a classic scramble in the mountains. Tired, well why not drift down the river on a raft or in a canoe. 12 place villa booked and waiting for us, 8 spaces already filled. Deposits of £50 to me, then book yourself a flight, buddy up with cars and see you there.

MAY BANK HOLIDAY, APRIL 29th – MAY 1st
Pembroke, camping. Said by some to be the best trad climbing in the UK, Pembroke has over 5000 routes to choose from in the latest 5 volume comprehensive guide. Hot on the heels of the last trip it’s a chance for those honed muscles to crush some trad, or enjoy classics in the sun, or both. Maybe relax on the fantastic coast paths, greatly enjoyed by many last year, or a dip or a dive in the sea.

WHITSUN, MAY 27th-29th
Torridon, staying at the Ling Hut, Glen Torridon. Staying at the famous Ling Hut, surrounded by Munros and facing the loch this is going to be special. The NW Highlands of Scotland are nothing like the Central Highlands. Here sandstone mountains burst out of the flat plain, with gneiss crags falling into the sea. UKC says of nearby Diabaig, ‘These amazing crags of immaculate gneiss offer some of the best low-lying cragging in the NW Highlands’. Even boulderers can look forward to the Celtic Jungle, a new venue with many problems on perfect rock. Only 10 spaces so get your name down for this one soon.

JUNE 24th – 25th
Lake District camping to coincide with the 10 in 10 and 5 in 5 charity walks. These 10 fells in 10 hours or 5 in 5 walks are done in aid of MS charities and have seen large SMC contingents in previous years. This one was weathered out last year, but hopefully folks will be keen to walk or climb in this classic area, abounding with Classic and Hard rock ticks as well as Wainwright’s beloved fells or just support. Campsite TBC.

JULY 22nd-23rd
Silly bugger’s weekend. Solihull Mountaineering Club’s traditional fun and frolics weekend down in the always friendly Wye Valley. Pirate boating on the Wye, BBQ, and surely a visit to the friendliest of crags Symonds Yat, a chance for young and old to make merry.

BANK HOLIDAY, AUGUST 25th – 27th
North Wales, camping. Ready for those bucket list routes, the walks you always wanted to do, the classic scrambles? Now’s the time, with Gogarth in the north and Tremadog to the south and every classic Snowdonia crag within reach, there’s no excuses for not having a great time. Campsite TBC.

SEPTEMBER 9th – 10th
The Gower, camping. Now the masses have departed, the crags will be ours, all ours! Climb off the beach, the most family friendly climbing area in the country buckets, spades, and belays, let’s see some prospective new members on this one, whatever their age! Campsite TBC.

OCTOBER 28th – 29th
Yorkshire, staying at the Lowstern Hut. Great Hut, great venue, late season walking and climbing. Never been to Malham or Kilnsey? Both offer some of the most sought after routes in the world (and not all at 9a+, plenty of more amenable trad) and stunning views. A whole guidebook of climbing suggests many less challenging crags on offer, and James Herriot’s dales to boot.

NOVEMBER 11th – 12th
South Snowdonia, staying at our club hut near Cader Idris. A work meet, pick the best day to get out and give our hut some TLC the other day.

DECEMBER 2nd – 3rd
North Snowdonia. Staying at the Vagabond Hut, Pont Y Fron, Nant Peris.Situated in the heart of Snowdonia  we might catch some early season winter conditions? Some folks wait all year for this one to get them through Christmas.
Also coming back in 2017 will be day trips organised by individuals. A chance for those outside of the committee to take us to new places or indulge in new activities. In 2015 these varied from orienteering, to climbing and biking. They are easy to do, a walk in the park – in fact one of them was just that, a walk in the park. Dates to follow, volunteers please!
2018, the club’s diamond anniversary year. Hoping to put together some special trips including the Don Whillans memorial Hut, which is seemingly perma-booked, and maybe a very big trip… watch this space!