Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC June 2017 Update

June 5th, 2017 by


Dear HMC Members

Welcome to your June 2017 club update

News in Brief

  • The HMC went to the Lake District for the Spring bank holiday
  • The ACC(UK) has issued a call for action to protect Welsh National Parks like Snowdonia (action required by 6 June to register your support)
  • Next pub social is on Tuesday 27 June at the Three Horseshoes from 8:30.

Where have we been lately?

For the Spring Bank Holiday, the HMC went to the Patterdale to explore the hills around Helvellyn and St Sunday Crag. A new film was released showing the fun that was had – click here to watch the film.

Message from the BMC – call for action before 6 June to protect Welsh National Parks

The Welsh Government plans to create new legislation regarding National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in Wales. This would mean that it would change the legal framework for the Welsh National Parks to prioritise development of tourism, economic development and renewable energy, at the expense of the Parks’ existing status as bastions of unspoilt nature.

For more information see https://www.thebmc.co.uk/new-proposals-a-threat-to-welsh-national-parks

Upcoming HMC Events:

Swannage – 9 June to 10 June – THIS WEEKEND COMING – Book now to secure your place!

Come and enjoy some of the best sports climbing in the UK, or if your a walker, enjoy the Jurassic coast and the sea air. Staying at Woodyhyde Campsite, with good facilities and a relaxed atmosphere and a great location for the sea cliffs.

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HMC Social at the Three Horseshoes from 8:30pm – Tuesday 27 June

The HMC pub social is at the Three Horseshoes as usual from 8.30pm in the main bar at the Three Horseshoes, 612 Hatfield Road, Smallford, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0HP. Come along and have a catch up with fellow members, make arrangements for trips, talk about your last adventures and meet prospective members.

2018 Himalaya Trek – Everest  Region – 3 high pass trail –  I am planning a 3/4 week trek in the Himalaya around April 2018.  There is a good video on You Tube which you can view here of the similar route but my suggested plan is to walk the traditional route from Jiri rather than fly direct to Lukla which makes this an epic  4 week trek rather than three weeks. For those that can’t commit to 4 weeks, a 3 week option is availbale to fly into Lukla and meet us in Namche. If this sounds interesting  please contact thesecretary@thehmc.co.uk to find out more.

Cadair Idris – Walking, Climbing & Biking (camping) – 28 to 30 July

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Camping in the Torrent Walk Caravan & Camping Site There are many walks surrounding Dolgun Uchaf, one of the most famous is the Torrent walk which is only 500 meters away from the site. Recently the area has become a Mecca for Mountain Biking. New toilet block with facilities for disabled etc hair dryers washing machines drying facilities fridge opening in March. http://www.guesthousessnowdonia.com/accom-camping.html

St Davids, Pembrokshire, Porthclais camping, climbing and walking – 25 to 28 August

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Porthclais Farm Campsite

We have secured an excellent campsite, with amazing views of the sea, with an easy walk into St Davids for various pub options. This area has amazing walks and also great sea cliff climbing, the campsite has great facilities including hot shower! For more information see their website: Croeso – Welcome to the Porthclais Farm Campsite!

Exmoor Camping Meet – 15 to 17 September

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In September we will be camping in Exmoor – at Sparkhayes campsite in Porlock. http://www.sparkhayes.co.uk  Lots of walking on Exmoor and along the coast.  Also climbing opportunities at Hurlstone Point and Valley of Rocks. At least 2 pubs within 5 minutes walk in Porlock

That’s it for now….

Hope to see you all at the next club trip to Patterdale

All the best

Steve Deaville

HMC Secretary

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