Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC May 2017 Update

May 4th, 2017 by


Dear HMC Members

Welcome to your May 2017 club update

News in Brief

  • The HMC went to the Glen Coe in Scotland over the Easter break and also went to Pembroke over the early May bank holiday
  • Our next trip is to Patterdale in the Lake District at the end of May
  • Next pub social is on Tuesday 30 May at the Three Horseshoes from 8:30. Steve Deaville is in the early stages of planning a 4 week walking trip into the Himalaya in April 2018 taking in the three high passes of the Everest region. Come along and find out some details if interested.

Where have we been lately?

In April the HMC went to Scotland and enjoyed a glorious varied amount of weather in the spectacular Glen Coe  A new film was released showing the fun that was had – click here to watch the film. Over the Mayday bank holiday, members went to Pembroke to climb the sea cliffs.

Upcoming HMC Events:

Lake District – Patterdale – George Starky Hut – 26 to 29 May 2017 (Spring Bank Holiday)

The George Starkey Hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake District’s Eastern Fells. It is ideally placed for the High Street range to the East, whilst from the front there is a splendid view of Helvellyn and its neighbouring fells: to reach them, all you have to do is put on your boots and walk from the Hut.There is convenient local rock climbing at Castle Rock and Raven Crag in Thirlmere, Dove Crag in Dovedale, Scrubby Crag in Deepdale and Gowbarrow by Ullswater. Langdale and Dow Crag in the South West and Borrowdale to the North West are easily accessible. There are mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater.

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

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 will be at the pub social on Tuesday 30 May to talk about a 4 week trek in the Himalaya around April 2018 that I am planning.  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. If this sounds interesting  please contact thesecretary@thehmc.co.uk to find out more.

Swannage – 9 June to 10 June

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

Details to follow

Gower Sea cliff climbing and great walking – 25 to 28 August (August bank holiday)

Details to follow


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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