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. Please keep an eye on the Meets page and/or our facebook group for events for updates. This year we’ve been trying to get members and prospective members outdoors as much as possible.
As we’ve been exiting lockdown via “England’s Roadmap”, dates on events are preliminary and subject to change – in our events pages, please look out for our Social Climbs (Outdoors/Indoors) and Social Walks.
Yearly Training Meet
Every year we try to hold a group outdoor trad-training weekend, this year’s was in North Wales. It coincides with a club meet weekend so you can meet existing members. In the evenings, attendees often organise to go to a local pub or cook together at the campsite. It is a camping meet and we arrange car shares / shared hire cars / pick ups from the local rail station. See ‘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.
This year’s training event has passed but if you’re eager to join in, there are many courses you can find – the organisations members and the club have used previously: Plas y Brenin (The National Outdoor Centre), Pure Outdoors, Snowdonia Outdoor Adventure.
If you would like some advice, including some questions about your experience level and what you want to achieve, please feel free to contact our training secretaries at firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com.
Social Climbs (Outdoors/Indoors) and Social Walks
If you’ve missed out on the training event, you can still join us on our walks at meets, social day walks, or social climbs (outdoors/indoors) to get to know us. Please keep an eye out for these in our ‘Meets‘ and ‘Socials‘ events pages.
Social Climb: Southern Sandstone – Top roping day out at Bowle’s or Harrison’s Rocks near to Tunbridge Wells. Usually accessible by train for the day to Eridge from London. These are not training events – 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.
Social Climb: Indoors – Held at one of the indoor climbing gyms in London, this may vary on which member would like to organise the event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet members and other prospective members. It is also a great alternative for when the weather stops us from heading out to the Southern Sandstone. At these sessions, we will also be testing belaying. You’re expected to bring your own shoes and harnesses or rent from the climbing gym.
As above, 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.
Currently, we might not be able to run these until larger groups can meet indoors and when booking sessions allows for easier coordination.
You may casually happen across us in the indoor climbing gyms – identifiable by our MMC shirt. If we’re not belaying or climbing (for safety reasons) please feel free to ask if they are happy to have a chat.
Social Walks – these are held within train-reaching distance (so around an hour) from London and aim to start at the walking location about 10am – 11am. This is a great way to get to know members and other prospective members, often a mix of climbers or those who prefer hiking/walking, and getting your legs ready for longer days out.
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Page last updated: 10/06/2021