Since March 2020 most of the world and outdoor recreation has been put on hold, opened again at some point, and re-closed. For good reason. Fortunately, in 2020 we had the amazing opportunity to meet prospective climbers in those brief periods where we could run a couple of ‘New Climbers Meets’ at Harrison’s Rocks and go for casual day walks.

The committee have discussed and put forward 2021 Events, Socials, and Meets for all things climbing, including the new to outdoor climbing events that we hold every year. Dates on events are preliminary and subject to change until we know when we can continue organised sport. Please keep an eye on the Meets page and/or our facebook group for events for updates.

A general idea of the 2021 new members events to help you get started with climbing outside with the club:

New Members Intro MeetsTop roping day out at Bowle’s or Harrison’s Rocks near to Tunbridge Wells. Accessible by train for the day to Eridge from London. This is not a training event – belaying will be tested at the start of the sessions. You’re expected to bring your own shoes, harnesses, and if you prefer helmet. Please keep the next day or weekend free in-case of poor weather.

If you can’t yet tie in and belay, ask about short courses at your local roped climbing wall, to get you up to speed.

Group outdoor trad-training weekend. Held at one of the fantastic climbing areas, usually in the Peak District or North Wales. You will meet others new to outdoor climbing and new to the MMC. The training is held on a club meet weekend so that you can meet existing members – we welcome you to join us at the local pub on Saturday night to share stories of the day. It is a camping meet and we arrange car shares/ shared hire cars/ pick ups from the local rail station. See ‘Meet Us’ and ‘Meets’ for details.

The baseline prerequisite for the course is again, to able to tie in and belay indoors, so that the instructor can quickly move you all on to outdoor techniques.

  
The 2019 training team at Stanage Edge.

If you have any questions about your experience level and what you want to achieve, contact chair@themmc.org.uk for a chat.

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Other training options: Check out Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre, as they offer a course specifically designed for you: Moving Out.

Page last updated: 16/02/2021