The first trip of the year!! We’re off to the lakes, home of many classic walks, scrambles and climbs. An Ideal location for the first trip because it covers a wide range of interests/experience.
This trip we’re heading for Fort William an Ideal location surrounded by Munros and not forgetting Britain’s highest, Ben Nevis.
A bit of a shorter minibus trip for this one. The bunkhouse is right in the shadow of Snowdon offering access to more great walking, scrambling and climbing.
As it heads in to the end of term and into winter we're heading up to Scotland to Glen Coe. If you aren’t already aware, it's one of Scotland's best Glens.
New Year at home is always over-rated over-priced whereas this trip will probably cost you less than a big night in a club in Nottingham and it lasts for the whole trip. For those interested in winter climbing this could be your first chance of the year to get out or to go out with others and learn some new skills. Ice conditions are never that reliable at New Year but Ben Nevis generally has something on it and we'll be staying in accommodation owned by the Mountain Guide Alan Kimber so hopefully he'll be able to give us some pointers on where the best climbing conditions might be.
•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.
Accommodation: Ivy cottage
25th - 27th October
Accommodation: Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut
15th - 17th November
Accommodation: Ben's Bunkhouse
5th - 8th December
Accommodation: Glencoe independent hostel
29th December - 2nd January
New Years Trip (Fort William)
Accommodation: Calluna self catering (Kimber’s place)
31st January - 3rd February
Winter Skills (Cairngorms)
Accommodation: Aviemore youth hostel
27th Febuary - 2nd March
11th -13th October
It's been quite a while since the club has been here, in the south of the Cairngorms national park. Some of the best winter mountaineering can be had at this time of the year.This trip will be ideal to practice and develop your newly learned 'winter skills'. The area has a reputation for a wide range of snow and mixed climbing. But the fun is not all for the climbers, there are also many opportunities for walking routes.
21st - 23th March
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As the weather has started to improve (slightly) we'll be camping and looking to get long walks/scrambles in.
The Alps GR5 trail