Meets

Participating in meets is what the club is all about. Meets are run by members, for members.

The club thrives by having members take an active interest in the meets that are run. To volunteer to steward a meet, or to suggest a new meet, please contact our meets secretary. The FAQ page offers advice on what to expect on a meet and guidelines for organising meets. Remember that if you have spotted potential for a new meet, the chances are high that others will also be interested!

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LMC Fronwydyr Meet
3 Feb 2023 to 5 Feb 2023

Meet up at the hut for a weekend of winter fun, with a warm, dry hut to return to at the close of the day.
16 spaces available.

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Cogne, Italy: Ice Climbing
4 Feb 2023 to 12 Feb 2023

Waterfall ice climbing in Cogne in the Gran Paradiso national park in northern Italy.

Loads of very accessible routes across all grades and relatively reliable ice conditions.

Accommodation: chalet/Airbnb TBC

We will book accommodation based on the number of people who sign up so we expect those who sign up and pay the deposit to attend.

Travel: Fly to Turin or Milan and then hire a car

Guidebook: Cogne Selected Climbs, Oxford Alpine Club

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Fronwydyr booked by outside club
10 Feb 2023 to 12 Feb 2023

12 spaces booked by Croydon MC.
4 loft spaces available for LMC members.

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Fronwydyr weekend
3 Mar 2023 to 5 Mar 2023

March madness is expecting good weather this early in the year.

Stay at the hut, walk, climb and generally make the most of a chance to escape the city.

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CIC Hut - Ben Nevis
5 Mar 2023 to 10 Mar 2023

MEET FULL!

2 people on the waiting list already

5 Nights at the CIC hut situated at the foot of the North Face of Ben Nevis. The UK's premier winter climbing crag and home to a huge range of routes including many classics!

The hut is booked from the Sunday to the Friday morning so it's recommended to travel up on the Saturday and then use Sunday to walk up to the hut with food and gear for the week and ideally do a climb that day as well (if there's time).

The CIC hut is basic. It has a kitchen, toilets, running water and drying room, but no shower. For details on facilities, and the hut more generally, see https://www.smc.org.uk/huts/cic.

All gear and food needs to be taken up on foot from the Ben Nevis North Face Car Park which takes around 2hrs 30 mins and is a real slog. But once you're there, there are negligible walk-ins to all the climbs on the North Face.

Early march is typically a good time for ice routes on Ben Nevis so you're likely to get more out of this meet if you're happy on this surface and can climb at least Scottish grade III, but there are enough easier routes to fill a week also. This meet is not recommended for those that favour winter walking as options for that activity are very limited.

The cost of a bed in the hut is £24 p.p.p.n. The full cost of £120 is payable on sign up. Unfortunately due to high demand for the CIC hut in the winter season the Scottish Mountaineering Club cannot offer refunds in the event of cancellation. If you need to cancel your place then please find someone else to take it and transfer you the money.

Guidebook: Scottish Winter Climbs - SMC (available in paperback or to download on the Rockfax app)

Travel to Ben Nevis: The drive is about 10 hours from London and can easily be done in a day. Alternatively, using the sleeper train from Euston to Fort William plus taxis could work well if there were enough people doing this to share taxi costs. (NB - Sleeper train doesn't run on Saturday night)

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Brecon Beacons
10 Mar 2023 to 12 Mar 2023

A weekend walking around the Dragon’s Back.

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Fronwydyr booked by outside club
13 Mar 2023 to 16 Mar 2023

6 spaces booked by The Somerset Levellers, leaving 10 spaces remaining.
This is a mid-week booking.

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Portland
17 Mar 2023 to 19 Mar 2023

Sport climbing on the south coast

Staying at the Portland Bunkhouse at 40 per person for two nights. I have reserved 10 spaces, but could get more so if the meet is full, please contact me :-).

If you wish to join, but want to arrange your own accommodation please contact me.

Let's hope for some sun!!!

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Cornwall Easter Meet
6 Apr 2023 to 10 Apr 2023

The best possible Easter based at Kelynack campsite with the affable Francis. Twinkling granite in the sunshine above a turquoise ocean, climbs steeped in history and stature, clifftop paths and white sand beaches, Cornish pasties, palm trees, and maybe the occasional pirate about. Three caravans booked as usual with spaces available at £71 for the four nights for the first 18 to pay. Unlimited camping in addition as always.

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West Lakes walking and climbing
21 Apr 2023 to 23 Apr 2023

A weekend of walking, scrambling and climbing based at the Murt camping barm in nether Wasdale

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Pembroke Bank Holiday Meet
28 Apr 2023 to 1 May 2023

Climbing on the sea cliffs of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.

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LMC Fronwydyr Meet
5 May 2023 to 8 May 2023

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend at the hut.
16 spaces available.

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Coronation Weekend Lakes Meet
5 May 2023 to 8 May 2023

A trip to the Lake District for the long weekend of Charles III's coronation.

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LMC Working Party at Fronwydyr
12 May 2023 to 14 May 2023

Please contact Chris Watt for further details.

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6 spaces booked by Oldham MC
19 May 2023 to 21 May 2023

6 spaces booked by Oldham Mountaineering Club; leaving 10 spaces available for LMC members.

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Swanage
19 May 2023 to 21 May 2023

Sea cliff climbing on the Dorset coast

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Shetland Puffin Meet
26 May 2023 to 4 Jun 2023

Yes, there's climbing in Shetland! Who knew? Have a look at this UKC article by Martin Kocsis to whet your appetite!

There is quite a lot of info on this site: shetlandclimbing.info

Guide Book on Amazon

Whilst a lot of the climbing is on remote sea cliffs (which can be very committing if you have not done this before) there does appear to be climbing at all grades and a smattering of inland crags too.

We aim to stay in a camping bod, a form of basic hut (further details to be confirmed in the new year), but hopefully The Sail Loft.

Travel options will include flying or driving and overnight ferry from Aberdeen. We aim to have several cars on hand to be able to get to the crags.

Please email the meet steward if you are interested and bookings will open in February.

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12 spaces booked by The Alpine Club
11 Jun 2023 to 18 Jun 2023

12 spaces booked by the Alpine Club, leaving the 4 loft spaces available for LMC members.

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The Champagne Challenge 2023
23 Jun 2023 to 25 Jun 2023

It's back! The LMC annual endurance weekend, the Champagne challenge has returned.

Start and finish from the hut climbing all 14 peaks over 3,000ft in North Wales. It is a monster day out, but there should be plenty of daylight. And complete the challenge in under 15 hours you'll get a bottle of champers.

A successful Champagne Challenge also requires team support to rescue the exhausted. Anyone interested in assisting, please let the meet steward know.

Fingers crossed for good weather, I chose the weekend closest to the longest day, which I'm sure we will need every minute of daylight ;)
sunrise: 4:43 am BST
sunset: 9:21 pm BST
duration of daylight: 16 hours 38 minutes

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Gritstone Gallop
1 Jul 2023 to 2 Jul 2023

Back for its 16th year!!!

Started by Ralph Hale back in 2008, the Gritstone Gallop follows in the great tradition of the Rock and Ice club who apparently used this event for their pre-Alpine training, in days of yore.

The 'Gallop' is about 12-14 miles in length, and is done entirely on foot (and hands!). It starts in the High Neb area of Stanage in the Peak District and ends at Birchens Edge, a route is climbed on every edge/crag on the way - 12 in total!

The full Gallop is a long day, finishing up in the Robin Hood Inn near Birchen and the campsite. But you're welcome to cut it short as you wish.

Your grade for the 'Gallop' is the lowest grade you climb in the day, and the more crags you climb, the more beers you are allowed in the Robin Hood Inn.... if you make it before closing time!

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Fronwydyr Barbecue Meet
7 Jul 2023 to 9 Jul 2023

Good weather and a barbeque on Saturday night.
16 spaces available.

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LMC Fronwydyr Meet
1 Sep 2023 to 3 Sep 2023

16 sapces available.

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Fronwydyr booked by outside club
8 Sep 2023 to 10 Sep 2023

12 spaces booked by Scunthorpe MC.
The 4 loft spaces remain available for LMC members.

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Fronwydyr booked by outside club
22 Sep 2023 to 24 Sep 2023

8 spaces booked by JMCS.
8 spaces remain for LMC members.

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LMC Fronwydyr Meet
6 Oct 2023 to 8 Oct 2023

16 spaces available.

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LMC Bonfire Meet at Fronwydyr
3 Nov 2023 to 5 Nov 2023

16 spaces available at the hut.

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Fronwydyr Navigation Meet
10 Nov 2023 to 12 Nov 2023

Chance to sharpen your navigation skills both by day and night. Suitable for novice navigators or wizard-like wanderers. Some members even find their way back onto this meet for a repeat.

We will to study maps, and then go out on the hill to practice navigation using native wit and a compass. A compass will be obligatory, however we will also discuss and use any GPS-based devices people may bring along. Bookings open on 1 September.

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Fronwydyr booked by outside club
9 Feb 2024 to 11 Feb 2024

12 spaces booked by Polaris MC.
4 loft spaces available for LMC members.

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