Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC June 2015 Update

June 2nd, 2015 by


Dear HMC

Since our last update we have had a brilliant trip to the Isle of Purbeck in May with lots of sea cliff climbing despite a wet Sunday. Here are some images on Facebook taken by one of our new members. Thanks Przemek. The upcoming HMC events are listed below.

Dolomites Summer Trip Meeting – 8:30pm – Tuesday 9 June – The Three Horseshoes –

Paul Hearn is holding a meeting to review the details of the upcoming Dolomites trip. If you are going to the Dolomites or are intending to go on the Dolomites trip, this meeting will be a good opportunity to get more details and finalise plans and travel arrangements. If you cannot attend please do contact Paul Hearn.

Baysbrown Farm – Lake District – 19 June to 21 June

This camping trip is booked at Baysbrown farm Campsite in Great Langdale Valley. Baysbrown Farm Campsite is located about 7 miles from Ambleside in the village of Chapel Stile at the entrance to the stunning Great Langdale Valley at the heart of the Lake District. It is a working Lakeland farm with an area set aside for camping.

The view from the campsite is spectacular and is a superb location for fell walking and climbing. Routes include Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, The Langdale Pikes and even Scafell Pike. There are great low level walks through woodlands, valley bottoms and picturesque villages including Elterwater. It is also a great base for exploring the larger villages nearby including Ambleside, Grasmere and Hawkeshead. Basic facilities include solar powered showers, toilets, a washing up room and drinking water. We also have a waste/recycling point. Small camper vans and motorhomes are welcome but a narrow entrance with a hump bridge makes anything larger impossible. There is no hard standing or electric hook-up.
Organiser: Rebecca Smith (Outdoor Meets Rep)

Bays Brown Farm Campsite

The view from Baysbrown campsite of Great Langdale

HMC Pub Social – Tuesday 30 June 2015 – The Three Horseshoes – 8:30pm.

Its our usual monthly gathering on Tuesday 30 June at the Three Horseshoes starting at 8.30pm. We have had low turnout for the monthly socials over recent months. As well as being an opportunity to meet up with fellow club members and enthusiasts, the monthly social is usually the first point of contact for potential new members to come and talk to members to find out more information. The socials are there to provide members the opportunity to discuss and plan upcoming events as well as having a good catch up with others. If you can, I would like to encourage all members to consider attending at least one of the monthly socials each year – please do use the event listing on the HMC website to post a message if you intend to go which may encourage others to attend.


HMC Summer Dolomites Trip – 3 July to 19 July

Our summer trip this year is to the fabulous Dolomites in north Italy. The image below speaks a volumes about what adventures you can have in this location. The plan is to spend one week camping near to Cortina to explore the mountains in that region which could include the famous Tre Cima national park. During the second week the plan is to relocate to a campsite in Corvara (to the west of Cortina) to explore that region which includes the mightly Marmalada, Queen of the Dolomites. Ice and crampons required for that one. There are plenty of opportunities for daily hikes, multi day hikes (using the huts), climbing, via ferrata and even mountain biking.

Contact Paul Hearn if interested in going as the organiser for the trip












The magnificent Dolomites

 Hardhurst Farm Camping, Peak District – 24 July to 26 July

The HMC are returning to the Hardhurst Campsite near Hope in the Peak District for this event. A great location to access Mam Taw, Kinder Scout, the great Ladybower reservoir or the Stannage climbing area. Basic facilities include showers, toilets and wash rooms, onsite cafe (which does the most amazing breakfast bap). Nearby pub only 5 mins walk away for a good pint and a hearty meal. Organiser: Chris Smith


Climbing in Stanage – a short drive from Hardhurst Farm Campsite

Robertson Lamb Hut – Lake District – 14 August to 16 August

One of the HMC’s favorite venues in the Lake District is the Robertson Lamb hut (RLH). Situated in the Great Langdale Valley the Wayfarers’ Club hut officially opened on Saturday 16th March 1930. RLH was the first dedicated climbing hut in the Lake District. Converted from an existing 18th century barn, the hut is named in memory of Robertson Lamb, whose sister largely financed the conversion. There have been many alterations since 1930, but they have always maintained the character of the hut and its surroundings. As a base for mountain adventure and valley conviviality, RLH has a special place in Wayfarers’ hearts.

Organiser Jane Eyre

Upstairs men only bunkroom for eighteen, two wc’s, shower, wash basins. Six bunks reserved at all times for the use of Wayfarers and Climbers Club members. Downstairs mixed accommodation in the annexe with 12 bunks, two wc’s, shower, wash basin.

Lounge with open fire. Kitchen with gas & electric stoves, ovens, microwave, fridge, pots & pans, plates, cutlery etc. Drying room. Car parking for approximately 8 cars (car sharing is a good idea for this event – or leave your car in Ambleside and take the Dungeon Gill Hotel bus, getting off half a mile before the hotel) – OS map reference NY 304067


Looking down Great Langdale

Looking east, down into Great Langdale Valley.

Glebe Farm Campsite – Bosherston – Pembroke – 28 August to 30 August

Camping in Pembrokeshire; tides are favourable this weekend for climbing sea cliffs. Plenty of walking & biking can be done in the area too. Campsite,Glebe Farmhouse, Bosherton. The camping facilities are basic , but normally does have a freezing cold shower which is great, plus easy walking to the local pub with great food. Organiser: Chris Smith

Mountain Expertise: Pembroke Rock Climbing

Sea cliff climbing in Pembroke

Tan Yr Wyddfa Hut – Rhyd Ddu – North Wales – 18 September to 20 September

Tan Yr Wyddfa hut in Snowdonia, it’s an old station masters house, at Rhyd Ddu and you can walk from here all the way to the summit of Snowdonia the well marked Rhyd Ddu path.

The hut is also a superb base for walks onto the Nantlle ridge, Moel Hebog, Mynydd Mawr and Yr Aran. There is a pub, a café and a Welsh Highland Railway station close by. Beddgelert are only five miles away. The hut is well placed for rock climbing in Snowdonia anywhere – being within easy driving distance of Tremadog, the Moelwyns, the Llanberis e.t.c. Organiser: Paul Hearn








The Tan Yr Wyddfa Hut

Thats it for now folks. Don’t forget, we’re looking to update the website with new photos and content for the next edition of Crux. Any members welcome to submit their artices/photos to the committee or upload directly to the website.

Steve Deaville

HMC Secretary