Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC – March 2015 – Monthly Update

March 6th, 2015 by


Dear HMC Members

Our first two events for 2015 have had a full turn out which is excellent considering it is the cold winter months. The Castleton trip in January saw our intrepid HMC members facing full mountain winter conditions as a load of snow was dumped on the Dark Peak a couple of days before. The second day was a walk around the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs where the Dambusters Squadren uses to practice with Barnes Wallace’s bouncing bomb.

The Lakes trip to the Murt camping barn saw seven would be HMC adventurers sleeping in a fabulous little converted barn in Nether Wasdale. While there was lighting and running water, the heating was a little thin on the ground but at least we all kept warm by going to the local pubs in the evening to be entertained by a horse racing and raffle evening. Our table won three prizes no less. There was a great thaw on the hills over the weekend and much of the ground was wet and boggy but conditions on top of Scafel were still clinging onto the last traces of winter to ensure we didn’t get away to lightly.

Upcoming events

Annual Dinner – Snowdonia Mountain Hut – Friday 20 March 2015 – please book now

Our trip to Snowdonia have always been a great way to get inspired by mountain scenery. With so many route choices up to the summit, the mountain caters for all abilities. For a long slow plod, try the route from the SNowdon Ranger. For those with a good head for heights, try Grib Goch. Most conveniently the mountain hut sits at the base of the Watkin path which presents a quieter way to get to the summit than perhaps the more popular Pyg track or miners trail.

We are planning to have our regular annual dinner at the Snowdonia Mountain Hut with the annual dinner lovingly prepared by committee members (and any willing volunteers) on the Saturday night. Please click here to book now for a super evening where the Committee will be catering for you at the hut. The menu is below:


A rich Onion Soup flavoured with cognac, parmesan croutons.
Salade Nicoise.
A choice of Paellas served with garlic bread; choose from:

Meat or
A choice of Puddings:

Raspberry Pavlova
White chocolate and ginger cheesecake with cranberry sauce
Apple tart with custard served warm
Cost for the weekend is £45.00. Meal only option is £12.00 if staying elsewhere.

Please sign up today and let us have your main and dessert choices as soon as possible by emailing thecommittee@thehmc.co.uk


Dare you try the Grib Goch route on Snowdon?

A Night of Adventure – 24 March 2015

The HMC has been made aware (via one of our members) of a special night being held in aid of charity fund raising that has already raised £150,000. This looks like a great event: 12 different adventurers speaking on one night at a Night Of Adventure in London on March 24th. All the proceeds go to Hope and Homes for Children. The adventures include skiing to the South Pole, paddling through the Congo, walking a lap of Wales with a donkey, motorbiking round the world, sailing round Britain, speedflying in Greenland, and the joys of sleeping on a hill. More details and ticket information can be found here: http://goo.gl/ueedmX

HMC Pub Social – Tuesday 31 March 2015 – The Three Horseshoes – 8:30pm.

Its our usual monthly gathering on Tuesday 31 March at the Three Horseshoes starting at 8.30pm. Come along to renew your membership and collect your new HMC membership cards for 2015 and hear all the latest gossip from our last club trips.

Glen Coe – SYHA Glen Coe – Scotland – Easter Trip – Thursday 2nd April 2015 – already half full

Glen Coe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glen Coe has hillwalking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing. It could be a combination of winter and/or spring conditions at this time of year. Staying at the Glen Coe SYHA accommodation only . Also it is a short walk away from the famous climbers pub, the Clachaig Inn which is well worth one, if not several visits!

Booked to arrive Thursday and leave Tuesday; over lapping Easter weekend, so hopefully avoiding Bank Holiday traffic at each end to make a good worthwhile trip. Click here to book on the event. Half the places are already booked up so get your place quickly for what promises to be an excellent trip.


A view of the famous Anoch Eagach Ridge in Glen Coe – a must for all those with a good head for heights and exposure

AGM 2015 – Tuesday 14 April, 7:30pm – Cotswold St Albans

Cotswolds St Albans have kindly agreed to host our AGM once more. It will take place on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm to which every member is invited to attend. An agenda will be published in due course. I do hope that you can attend.

Demesne Farm Campsite – Northumberland – Friday 1 May to Monday 4 May

Demesne Farm, is located in Bellingham, just to the south of Northumberland National Park and a traditional stop on the Pennine Way. The Northumberland National Park covers more than 400 square miles of awe-inspiring landscapes from Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site in the south, to Kielder Water & Forest Park in the west, then northwards to the Cheviot Hills along the Scottish Border. Being the least populated of all the National Parks, we have the clearest air and the cleanest rivers. Criss-crossed by 700 miles of footpaths and rights of way, you can walk, cycle or horse-ride with only the sounds of nature for company.

The campsite boasts 30 all grass pitches of which 13 have 10amp electricity hook-ups. There are clean & modern ladies and gents toilet and hot shower blocks imaginatively developed within one of the traditional stone buildings and surrounded by a quaint cobble yard. Dishwashing facilities and a wide range of local attraction information are situated in the blocks which are located on the outskirts of the working farm buildings.

The campsite is located around 100 metres from the village centre, although you’d never realize it as the place has a tranquility all of its own. This central location means that you are never very far from local shops, pubs, tourist information centres and tea-rooms meaning walkers and cyclists following the Pennine Way or the Reiver Coast to Coast routes have somewhere to fuel up on their doorstep. Dogs are welcome on the site but we would ask all owners to be responsible and in control of their pets at all time.

Hardians Wall, Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland

Isle of Purbeck (Swanage) – 22 May to 25 May

Come and enjoy some of the best coastal 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.

Reserve a tent spot to guarantee your place.  £8per person per night.


Isle of  Purbeck (England), Durdle Door

Isle of Purbeck, Durdle Door – beautiful coast views along the Jurassic Coast and some good coastal climbs

HMC Membership for 2015

Thank you to all members who have renewed their subscriptions. I can confirm that the current list of HMC members (as of 5 March) has been sent to the BMC and will receive the next edition of the BMC magazine, Summit.

If you have yet to renew your club membership for 2015, fees can be made by:

– e-bank transfer to the HMC account – please notify the treasurer (thetreasurer@thehmc.co.uk) and the secretary (thesecretary@thehmc.co.uk) by email once completed
– sending a cheque made payable to the Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club to the treasurer or secretary.
– cash given to committee members at the pub socials.

Please note that if any of your contact or address details have changed over the last 12 months, please complete a HMC membership form providing your new details and send it to the Secretary together with your membership fee. Membership forms can be downloaded from here http://www.thehmc.co.uk/membership/

A window of three months is open to renew your membership until 31 March.

As a demonstration of support for our mountain rescue services in 2015, the HMC is offering the option to make an additional discretionary contribution of £3 as part of the membership renewal which will be given to a nominated mountain rescue charity. The contribution will be entirely optional. If you wish to make a contribution please add £3 to your membership fee.

Multiple BMC Membership – refund available

For any HMC members who have multiple membership of more than one club affiliated to the BMC (or indeed are individual full members of the BMC and are in addition members of an affiliated club) can claim a refund of their fees. Please contact the club Secretary to get a copy of the form that is required to be filled in and sent to the BMC who will then process the refund.

All the best

Steve Deaville
HMC Secretary