New members’ weekend 19th & 20th March

Posted on March 1, 2016

The new members’ weekend will be on the 19th and 20th of March in Tremadog, north Wales.

It will roughly get organised as follow :

Arrival at the hut from Friday afternoon onward (car share can be organised from the Bromsgrove-Redditch area), the first in generally light the fire to warm up the building. Members usually then head for the Golden Fleece Inn in Tremadog for an evening meal and a few drinks, but the hut’s kitchen is there should people prefer cater for themselves. Accommodation is in dormitories, but showers are in individual cubicles…

On Saturday, you will need to provide your own breakfast, or you can use the café across the road if you wish to travel light. A choice of walks, climbs, scrambles, will be offered and groups formed depending on the activity chosen. Take a packed lunch for the hills with you. People meet back at the hut at the end of their day and a communal meal is them prepared (menu to be decided).

Sunday is organised as Saturday, and return to civilisation is around mid-afternoon but will depend on members and the activity you chose to undertake.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us via the “contact us” link or use the forum and go under “weekend meet” section where you can drop us a line.

As a guide, here are a few lists that can be useful to pack for the weekend.

Kit list -Walking Day

Rucksack – large enough to take all your gear, but small/light enough that you can carry all day

Food & drink – it’s always better to have too much than to risk running out. Consider taking a flask with a hot drink if it’s a cool day. Water bladders are great as they reduce in size as you consume the liquid making storage easier. Think about the food that you take with you – lunch often gets squashed in your rucksack so choose items that will last. Have a small bag to take your rubbish away with you.

Dry bag for valuables (i.e. to keep your phone inside in case it should rain)

Local map of area, map case and compass (if owned)

Walking poles (if owned)

Head torch

Whistle

Small first aid kit

Comfortable clothes are key. Take layers so that you can mix-and-match according to the weather. Jeans are not ideal for outdoor activity if there is a chance of rain as they become very heavy when wet. Wicking fabrics are better next to the skin than cotton. Sturdy shoes or walking boots are usually the best footwear along with good socks.

Waterproofs(jacket and trousers), gaiters, windproof jacket, extra layers, sun-cream, hat, gloves, sun cap, sunglasses – choose items depending on the weather forecast. Remember that even in August you may need a warm hat on the tops!

 

Kit list – Climbing Day

Harness

Helmet

Climbing shoes

Chalk bag

Karabiner and belay device

Nut key

Any other climbing equipment that you own – slings, karabiners etc.

Rucksack – large enough to take all your gear, plus some space to help carry communal gear

Head torch

Small first aid kit

Food & drink

Appropriate outdoor clothes. Remember that even on a sunny day a shady crag can still be cool, particularly while belaying.

The club has helmets and harnesses to lend, and a full climbing kit isn’t necessary if you are a novice climber.

 

Kit list – Staying at the Hut

Sleeping bag

Pillow

Towel

Toiletries

Personal medication

Ear plugs –great aid to a good night’s sleep

Head torch – great to get to or from your bed when others have gone to bed

Food and drink for the weekend, including snacks. The Hut is well equipped with kettles, fridges, ovens, hobs, microwaves and toasters, but has no freezer. The kitchen will have tea towels and kitchen paper but not foil, cling film or plastic bags. Remember that other people will be storing food too so a 4-pint bottle of milk for only a weekend may be excessive and take up valuable space.

Clothes – you will need clothes to wear on your chosen activities (climbing, walking etc), plus comfortable and warm clothes to wear around the hut.

You may wish to take an extra pair of light shoes to wear around the hut in case your other footwear becomes wet / muddy

Book / magazine to read during quiet times (or if rain stops play!)

Phone charger – mobile reception is limited so phone batteries can quickly diminish due to the phone trying to find a signal.

Camera

It is best to carry your items in a soft bag. A suitcase / hard-sided bag is not suitable due to storage.

 

PS New Members weekends are always sunny and usually we just take shorts, t-shirt, and suncream.