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!

To subscribe to the meets calendar on your smartphone, please use the URL: https://www.londonmountaineeringclub.com/icalendar/view_all

Useful Links:

Meet Guidance for Participants

Online Meet Booking Instructions

COVID 19 Advice for Meet Participants

CANCELLED — Swanage Meet - Camping
27 May 2022 to 28 May 2022

Unfortunately, there is no steward for this meet, so it has now been cancelled. If anyone wants to still go on their own accord, Nick Irons has three camping places available for £20 each at Tom's Field Camping.

South coast limestone Seacliff climbing in Dorset. Fantastic routes for all levels with most cliffs facing South.

If you are not keen on climbing then the coastline is beautiful and there are lots of walking opportunities. All this within 2.5hrs drive from London - a result!

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Jubilee Weekend Skye Meet NEW
1 Jun 2022 to 6 Jun 2022

**UPDATE**

6 of us have secured accommodation at the Portree Independent Hostel. Feel free to contact them directly to book a bed, or there are plenty of other options on Skye - just be quick as accommodation gets booked up quickly!

**UPDATE**

Celebrate the Queen's jubilee weekend in one of the best places to walk and climb in Britain.

Skye really does have the most dramatic mountains in the UK. The Back Cuillin are spectacular and rugged. Scrambling is required to reach many of the summits and a few require rock climbing, such as Inaccessible Pinnacle and the Bhasteir Tooth. The main ridge traverse is considered by many to be the finest in Britain.

For those less vertically inclined, there are a wealth of walking routes replete with outstanding scenic views.

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See new Skye meet details
2 Jun 2022 to 5 Jun 2022

There is now a new meet entry for the Skye meet as we require all those wishing to attend to pay a deposit for the hostel accommodation. Please see the new meet entry above (https://www.londonmountaineeringclub.com/meets/6248)

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The Gritsone Gallop
10 Jun 2022 to 12 Jun 2022

An ideal way to get fit for the Alps.

But what is this Gallop? The idea is to climb one route at each of the eastern edges walking between them carrying all gear and food etc.

Teams generally leave a car at the starting point and collect afterwards.

Galloping is not obligatory and there are plenty of other climbing or walking options

Starting at Stanage (high neb)
Stanage (plantation)
Stanage (popular)
Burbage north
Burbage south
Millstone
Lawrencefield
Frogatt
Curbar
Baslow
Gardoms
Birchen

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The Champagne Challenge
24 Jun 2022 to 26 Jun 2022

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.

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Climbing Portland - Camping
1 Jul 2022 to 2 Jul 2022

A weekend of sport climbing on the South Coast. There is no camping on Portland so we will camp on the mainland a short drive from the climbing area.

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Summer Alps Meet - Pralognan, Vanoise, France
2 Jul 2022 to 10 Jul 2022

A week of climbing and walking in the Vanoise region of France
Accomodation: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3936379?c=.pi80.pkYm9va2luZy92MV9taWdyYXRpb24vcmVzZXJ2YXRpb25fYWNjZXB0YW5jZV9jb25maXJtYXRpb25fZ3Vlc3Q%3D&euid=7d1e9911-2358-20e1-73bd-202d53385b92&source_impression_id=p3_1651140096_YbYIEYmFCcJN0uOi

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Climbing and Walking Meet - Lakes
15 Jul 2022 to 16 Jul 2022

This meet will be potentially based in Buttermere (Skye Farm Campsite - tbc). Great walking from the tents, including Red Pike, Grasmoor, Robinson and Haystacks - there are also plenty of ghyll scrambling and climbing options.

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Climbing - Stanage
29 Jul 2022 to 30 Jul 2022

Climbing on Grit - what could be better!

Ideally camping at the North Lees campsite which is about 10 minutes from Stanage Plantation.

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Summer BBQ Meet
5 Aug 2022 to 7 Aug 2022

The club's annual barbecue meet in Wales.

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August Bank Holiday - Lake District, Borrowdale
26 Aug 2022 to 28 Aug 2022

Climbing, scrambling and walking over the long August BH weekend exploring the area around Borrowdale.

Meet steward to be confirmed.

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Fronwydyr booked by LMC members
26 Aug 2022 to 29 Aug 2022

All 16 spaces have been booked by LMC members.

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Climbing Meet - Portland
2 Sep 2022 to 3 Sep 2022

A return visit to the South Coast for long warm days of sport climbing on Limestone.

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Climbing Meet - Swanage
9 Sep 2022 to 10 Sep 2022

See out the Summer with a weekend of climbing at Swanage. The Swanage area including the bolted quarries at Dancing Ledge, Winspit and Hedbury) offer a good variety of climbing for all abilities.

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Climbing in the Verdon Gorge
24 Sep 2022 to 1 Oct 2022

A week of climbing in one of the most amazing limestone gorges in Europe. Walls up to 300m with plenty of long multi-pitch offerings. It's bolted, but most of the classic routes require a light rack (unless you are happy with long run outs!).

You will need to be confident leading 6a, comfortable placing gear and happy with long abseils to get the most out of the climbing. Some additional background from UKC https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/destinations/gorges_du_verdon-2076

Further information on logistics will be posted closer to the date. For all other information, please contact the meet steward.

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The club yomp - Dartmoor
14 Oct 2022 to 15 Oct 2022

The return of a regular club classic.

This year's yomp will be over the Tors and through the valleys of Dartmoor.

Saturday will be the main event covering roughly 24KM, hopefully on paths! Sunday can be more relaxing exploring the local countryside or some of the local crags if people want to climb.

More information closer to the date.

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Fronwydyr booked by outside club
14 Oct 2022 to 16 Oct 2022

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

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Navigation Meet with Fireworks - North Wales or Peak District (tbc)
4 Nov 2022 to 5 Nov 2022

This is the ideal meet to help you sharpen your navigation skills, whether you are a beginner or think of yourself as an 'expert'.

We will to cover many aspects of navigation, including a short night navigation exercise, plus some fireworks after dinner if we still have some energy. This year I'm planning to spend more time focussing on maps themselves, and correspondingly a little less time "on the hill". Having said that when this meet last ran before Covid we did manage to spend nearly 14 hours on the hill after Saturday morning breakfast! A compass is obligatory, and we'll also talk about the use of altimeters and GPS-based devices.

The meet will either be held at the club hut in North Wales or potentially at a venue in the Peak District.

Finally put the evening of Monday 31 October in your diary for an informal meet up in a London pub near Kings Cross to do some pre-meet map-reading.

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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

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

Guidebook: Cogne Selected Climbs, Oxford Alpine Club

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Fronwydyr - outside club booking
10 Feb 2023 to 12 Feb 2023

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

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

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).

I plan on doing this, staying at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel near Fort William on the Saturday Night (4th March) before the CIC hut and then the Friday and Saturday night after the hut (10th and 11th March). If you'd like to be included in a group booking at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel for any/all of these additional dates, please state this in the comments box when you sign up.

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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