SOLIHULL MOUNTAINEERING CLUB MEETS SCHEDULE 2018

Every month, the club organises a weekend meet, which form the core of the club’s activities.
The 2018 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.

 

Sunday 14th January

Day Meet to the Roaches for some winter bouldering and walking.

Winter is a great time to go bouldering with the friction on the gritstone at its best. The Staffordshire moorland provides some excellent walking.

Note, if the weather forecast is poor for the Sunday, this meet will move to Saturday 13th.

 

Friday 9th February to Sunday 11th February (2 nights)

Coppermines, Coniston, Lake District

10 places at the Barrow Mountaineering and Ski Club Hut

This hut is at the heart of the Lake District, providing winter mountaineering and walking.  With some possible snow, even some ice climbing, snow gullies and scrambling awaits.

 

Saturday 3rd March to Sunday 4th March

Swanage

Camping on the Saturday night.

Some early season climbing on England’s southern coast.  Here there are loads of sport routes and trad climbing on limestone cliffs.

 

Saturday 10th March to Saturday 17th March (7 nights)

Ski trip to St Jean D’Aulps in the French Alps

10 places with 3 still available.

We will be based the massive Portes Du Soleil ski area, to the north of Morzine. This is arguably the largest linked ski area in the world, offering 650km of ski runs.

 

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April (4 nights)

Easter trip to Pembroke

Camping at Bosherston.

Pembroke is arguably Britain’s best sea cliff climbing area.  The tides will be good for us, and with over 5,000 trad routes to choose from, there is something for everyone from VD to E9.  The Pembrokeshire coastal path is one of the UK’s National Trails providing some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain, including, attractive harbours, offshore stacks and islands.

 

Sunday 22nd April

Day meet to Stanage, Peak District

Get out on rock day.

New to rock climbing or just need to dust off your rock shoes? Stanage is the perfect place from beginners to the more experienced…

Note, if the weather forecast is poor for the Sunday, this meet will move to Saturday 21st.

 

 

Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May (3 nights)

Bank Holiday trip to the Lake District

12 places at the George Starkey Hut in Patterdale.

For the first May Bank Holiday weekend, we will be returning to the Lake District, this time in Patterdale.  Here there are lots of place for rock climbing, scrambling and mountain walking.

 

Friday 25th May to Tuesday 29th may (4 nights)

Bank Holiday trip to Aviemore, Cairngorms

10 places at Mill Cottage, Feshiebridge.

For the second Bank Holiday weekend, we are off to Scotland, and the Cairngorms National Park.  One of the UK’s largest National Parks it has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine.

There is the opportunity to extend our stay at this hut for the rest of this week.

 

Friday 22nd June to Sunday 24th June (2 nights)

Snowdonia, North Wales

Camping at Capel Curig.

Snowdonia in the summer provides plenty of light to climb, scramble, and walk in the beautiful Welsh Mountains.

 

Friday 13th July to Sunday 15th July (2 nights)

Bryn Gollau Cottage in Dinas Mawddwy, Mid Wales

Part of the clubs 60th Anniversary is a mid-summer trip to our club hut with a BBQ on the Saturday evening.

 

Sunday 5th August – Day trip

This could be mountain biking, orienteering, or climbing, but we will be out.

Note, if the weather forecast is poor for the Sunday, this meet will move to Saturday 4th.

 

Saturday 18th August to Saturday 8th September (21 nights)

Big summer trip to the French Alps

12 places booked at Vallouise, Ecrins Massif, France.

The southern French Alps are said to have over 300 days of sunshine.  This area has 4,000m peaks, multi-pitch rock climbing, long Via Ferrates, mountain walking, and even some bouldering.

 

Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September (2 nights)

Dartmoor, Camping

The tors of Dartmoor offer wild walking, rock climbing and bouldering.  It is also someone’s Big Day at a church nearby on Saturday.

 

Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September (2 nights)

Gower, Camping

The sea cliffs of the Gower in South Wales, is a great family friendly place to climb off the beach, or just go for a swim.

 

Saturday 29th September

West Warwick Sports Club, Olton

The club’s annual dinner to celebrate 60 years of adventure in the mountains.

 

Friday 26th October to Sunday 28th October (2 nights)

Bryn Gollau Cottage in Dinas Mawddwy, Mid Wales

Halloween trip to our club hut.

 

Sunday 18th October – Day trip

This could be mountain biking, orienteering, or climbing, but we will be out.

Note, if the weather forecast is poor for the Sunday, this meet will move to Saturday 17th.

 

Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December (2 nights)

Nant Peris, North Wales

12 places booked at Ty’n Lon Hut, Nant Peris.

Nant Peris is situated in the heart of Snowdonia.  Winter mountaineering aplenty and maybe even some snow….