17th - 19th October
Accommodation: Ivy Cottage
What better way to start the year by heading to the Lakes! A great mix of classic walks, scrambles and climbs to get the old cogs back into gear. And for those of you just starting out, the Lakes is the perfect way to start: The area has so much to offer for all levels of experience
30th October -2nd November
Accomodation: Steall Hut
Our next trip takes us deep into the valleys of the Scottish Highlands. The hut, which requires a walk in, is set amongst the dramatic scenery of the many glens and gulleys which is sure to inspire a great weekends mountaineering.
21st - 23rd November
Accommodation: Tyddyn Du Bunkhouse
Slightly closer to home, but no less impressive, this trip will take us into the heart of Snowdonia. The bunkhouse is situated at the foot of the Carneddau mountain.
NAVIGATION DAY - PEAK DISTRICT
Navigation skills are a mountaineer's most important tool! Places in the Peak district can get particularly difficult to navigate when the weather is poor, so this day should provide an excellent opportunity to practice or learn to navigate using a map and compass.
28th December - 2nd January
NEW YEAR'S TRIP- TORRIDON
Accommodation: Kinlochewe Bunkhouse
New Years will be spent in Torridon this year, set in the northwest highlands of Scotland. Set to be wild windy and cold, there will be plenty of reasons to be sipping a whisky after a long day on the hill. A perfect opportunity to make the most of the winter conditions for those looking to do some winter mountaineering, and an even better opportunity for those seeking their first bit of experience and guidance on the snow.
30th January- 2nd February
WINTER SKILLS- CAIRNGORMS
Accommodation: Glen Beg Bunkhouse
Winter is the most popular time of year to get out, but also the most challenging, so club resources are most stretched. We hire trained mountain guides to run winter skills courses, to teach everyone the necessary skills to be safe in the mountains in winter. The courses are 2 days, and on the 3rd day of the trip is an opportunity to put your newly learnt winter skills into practice.
We will probably be running 3 courses this year. They are heavily subsidised by the club, so if you've ever considered winter mountaineering this is the time to start.
The courses will span all ranges and abilities. A complete beginners course expects you to have some summer hill walking experience only, where you will learn basic skills such as such as the effective use of crampons and an ice-axe, ice-axe braking, step cutting, general awareness of the winter environment. In contrast, on the most advance course you will be introduced to ice-climbing; summer multi-pitch rock climbing leading experience is prerequisite for this course. There will also be an intermediate course for those with a little winter experience, who would like to advance their understanding and skills in Scottish winter mountaineering. The exact details of all courses will be confirmed nearer the time.
After successful trips in the past, we will be using the Talisman guides again this year. Check out their website to get an idea of what you will learn.
Summer Trip to Skye 20-27th June
We will be heading up to the beautfiul Isle of Skye for our annual summer trip. What better way to end the year than by walking and scrambling in the impressive Cuillin mountains.
We'll be camping in Glenbrittle campsite which is situated next to the beach, at the foot of the Cuillins.
In the main part, the Cuillins present an 8 mile long, knife-edge ridge consisting of 11 munro’s. Most of the summits require a degree of scrambling to get to and the there are several classic rock climbs on all the peaks. Perhaps the most famous mountain is the In Pinn (the Innacessible Pinancle) which you will no doubt have to do if you come: Reaching the top of this Munro involves an unnnavoidable (but very easy) 60m climb, followed by a 20m abseil to get off the summit.
Skye also has some excellent swimming to offer, including the sea, rivers in Glens but most notably the fairy pools, including a natural rock bridge and plunge pool.
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