Through the course of a year we go mountain and hill walking in summer and winter conditions and coastal walking in the summer. There are no official walk leaders but the more experienced members will often suggest a route; bring your own maps along and get involved in the planning. There is often a fast party setting off early and a more leisurely group setting off later on a shorter route. Unlike a Meet-up, people can split up into smaller groups for the day’s activities and come together again to exchange stories in the evening.
We also undertake longer, multi day trekking in the UK and across Europe, on our summer foreign meets. A recent example being 2018’s trip to Picos de Europa. A five day “Hut to hut” romp taking in stunning gorges, traversing high mountain passes and staying in mountain refuges. Taster pictures below…
What do I bring?!
- Water bottle, lunches, snacks
- A small rucksack to put day kit in
- Cash (many small rural cafes and campsites do not take cards)
- Waterproof coat
- Supportive boots, well worn in, summer or winter weight as needed
- Hiking socks
- Quick dry clothing
- Sun protection in summer
- Warm, lightweight layers in cooler months
- Waterproof trousers for cooler weather/ higher terrain
- Winter months: Survival bag (cheap to buy, packs down the size of a mobile phone, polythene. You may never use it in 20 years, or it may save your life)
- Map (1:25,000 is best. 1:50,000 will do)
- Plasters/ blister protection
For Spring-summer-autumn climbing outside
Warm, comfy clothes, the weather can be a variable. Crags can be baking in the sun (few trees) or feel cold as they are high and exposed. Belaying on the top you are often exposed to the wind which you can’t feel at the bottom, so a light weight windproof is useful even in sunny weather.
- Sun cream
- Fleece or two
- Rock shoes
- Belay device
- Reasonably waterproof boots or approach shoes for walking in to the crags
For camping meets
- Sleeping mat (even a simple foam exercise mat from Decathlon will do)
- Sleeping bag (3 season advised for Spring)
- Small stove and a pot to cook / boil water in (if buying one, the small Trangia Triangle stove set which burn methylated spirit is a good entry-point stove. There are small folding gas stoves at around the same price, either side of £30
- Even if you are sharing a stove I recommend bringing your own pans so you can switch pans quickly
- Lighter or matches
- Small washing up kit
- Food – we all bring our own food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There may be an option to eat out on Sat night depending on location.
- Even warmer clothes for the campsite in the evening and a little sit mat to put on the grass
- Personal gear/ towel etc.
For hut meets
Check specific instructions for that meet on sleeping bags and pillows, sheet liners etc. Always bring your own towel.
Kitchen equipment, cups, bowls, etc. are usually provided.
Same applies to eating in/out, depends on location and people’s preferences. Bring a vac-packed option to cover all bases.