Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC – May 2015 Update

May 5th, 2015 by


Dear HMC

Since our last update we have had two very successful trips. The fully subscribed Glen Coe trip over Easter saw our HMC members exploring the Aonach Eagach ridge and the CMD arete of Ben Nevis. More recently we had the Northumberland camping trip over the Bank Holiday which had some changeble weather conditions but our hardy members got out and enjoyed some good climbing over the Cheviots.

The HMC also held its AGM in April where the committee gave reports to the members over how the club was performing. Chris Smith has joined the committee as a committee representative and Rebecca Smith was re-elected as the Outdoor Meets Rep. AGM minutes will be released soon. In the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to make a plea to all members to help produce some content for the website and Crux magazine. The HMC facebook page is great for sharing photos but it would be even better if some of those photos could be uploaded onto the media section of the website too.  They could be used to help publicise the club and show how active we all are. Trip write ups, gear reviews,  photos, and any articles and content which you think is worth sharing would be really appreciated to help update the website and the next edition of Crux magazine.

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. Organiser: David Ball

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



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

HMC Pub Social – Tuesday 26 May 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.

Great Langdale Valley, Ambleside, 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 Summer Dolomites Trip – 3 July to 19 July  

Our summer trip thios 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 Tre Cima di Laverado in the South Tyrol area of the Domomites

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 

Kinder Scout found  in the heart of the Peak District

Walking on Kinder

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

The Roberson Lamb Hut

The Robertson Lamb Hut in Great Landgale

Thats it for now folks. Don’t forget, we’re looking to update the website and provide 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