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"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

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AGM. Portland D136.
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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am

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Torridon New Year Trip: Kinlochewe Bunkhouse.
27th Decemer 2004 – 3rd January 2005
A brilliant meet last year, this year we are going to Torridon. No better way than to welcome the new year in than in a hut in the middle of the northern highlands. Meet at ECC stores at Midday

Fort William Winter Skills Trip: Glencoe Bunkhouse
27th-30th January 2005
For this we hire a couple of unsuspecting mountain guides to take us into the mountains and teach us how to weild an ice axe. For those that already know what they're doing with ice axes... we're hoping to organise an introduction to ice climbing course. Staying in the Red Squirel hut in Glencoe.

Glen Nevis: Steall Hut
17th–20th February 2005
Brilliant location for a hut and especially interesting on the Friday night when we arrive. Its located about a half hours walk from the road which we'll be doing in the dark, on the opposite side of the river with the only way accross being a rope bridge.

Glen Coe: Alex Macintyre Lodge
4th–6th March 2005
Great chance to get out and about in Glencoe. The Ice Factor is not too far away for anyone fancying a go at ice climbing. Not to mention the brilliant mountains of Glencoe.

Braemar: Carn Dearg Hut Information on the trip
18th–21th March 2005
South East of the Cairngorms + lots of Munros = a perfect week trip.

Peak District Full Details
8th May 2005
A climbing trip for begineers in the Peak District. Also the opportunity for non-climbers to go walking. The trip is weather dependant due to the rock being shoddy for climbing in the rain! We shall leave on the Sunday morning and return that evening. The following people have signed up:

  • Nick
  • Fabian
  • Clare W
  • Ste
  • Ste's girlfriend
  • Jo (maybe, driving from elsewhere)
  • Dave R
  • Dave C
  • (Damian)
  • Alistair M
  • Chris Drew

If you would also like to sign up then email Nick or even easier then add yourself to the list above (click 'EDIT' at the bottom of the page to add your name). The trip should cost around £10.

Skye Full Details
Saturday 11th June – Sunday 19th June 2005

  • The Cuillin ridge is one of the classic Scottish ridge.
  • Opportunities for walking, climbing, scrambling and swimming!
  • To hear what happened on the trip last year have a look at the meet report from Skye 2004

Pictures from last year:
Nick's Franco's

Alps 2005
June - August 2005
Alps 2005 talk page.

Crianlarich Full Details
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th October 2005

  • We are starting the new season with a quality location: Crianlarich. The area has a mixture of easy going hills to more rugged and challenging peaks.
  • The accommodation is in the form of Wigwams which are basically wooden tents!
  • The first trip always has a few surprises and so should be entertaining.
  • Last years meet report

Aberfeldy +++New MPS location+++ Full Details
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th October 2005

  • We will be staying at Glassie Farm Bunkhouse which is not far from the Ben Lawers range of Munros.
  • The bunkhouse is really well equipped and Aberfeldy is within a few minutes walk.

Glen Shee +++New MPS location+++ Full Details
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th October 2005

  • This location is a first for MPS.
  • We will be staying at Gulabin Lodge which is in the North East of Scotland.
  • The accommodation is fantastic especially with the owners being more mountain hardcore than MPS!!!

Peak District Full Details
Saturday 12th November 2005 postponed

  • A climbing trip for both beginners and more advanced climbers in the Peak District.
  • The trip is weather dependant due to the rock being shoddy for climbing in the rain!
  • We shall leave on the Saturday morning and return that evening.

Crianlarich 2 Full Details
Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2005

  • We will be staying at Inverardran Cottage just outside of Crianlarich.
  • There could be a hint of winter conditions if we are lucky.
  • Some of the most beautiful Munros are nearby and there are loads of walks to suit all abilities.
  • Last years meet report

Christmas Dinner
Saturday 3rd December 2005

  • In the day there will be a movement to Hathersage. From there people can do what they want (climbing / gear shopping / walking / pub /etc)
  • In the evening there will be a curry meal. Details of times etc to follow.

Newtonmore Full Details
Thursday 29th December 2005 – Thursday 5th January 2006

  • What better way to spend to New Year than in the Scottish Highlands?
  • We will be staying at Newtonmore Hostel and apparently the New Year Celebrations in the Town are quite something.
  • The choice of walking also is immense – to the East are the Cairngorms and to the North are the Monadhliath Mountains.
  • If the fun and games of last year are anything to go by this New Year should be quality.

Winter Skills Download the Winter Skills Info Sheet
Thursday 2nd February – Sunday 5th February 2006

  • On the Friday and Saturday we have mountain guides to teach us the essentials for winter walking or winter climbing.
  • On the Sunday we will be putting our new skills to practice in the Glen Coe area.
  • We will be staying in the Alpine Bunkhouse at the Glen Coe Hostel in Glencoe.
  • There will be 3 different courses on offer:
    1. Winter walking for beginners
    2. Winter walking for those with previous winter experience
    3. Winter climbing
  • The cost for courses 1 and 2 will be £65 and £85 for course 3. (Cheques to "U of NSU (MPS)" or cash) - please bring them with you to the sign up . This is the only way to ensure you get on the trip.

Glen Nevis - Steall Hut Download the Steall hut Info Sheet
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th February 2006
Brilliant location for a hut – 2km from the nearest road (about 30 minutes walk). The walk to it is awesome – It will be in the dark followed by a wire bridge to cross a river to get to the hut. Always a quality trip with Ben Nevis towering over the valley. With the possibility of bothying/climbing/winter walking this trip will be another classic. The hut maybe remote but the view on the Friday morning is always spectacular.

Glen Affric +++New MPS location+++
Download the Glen Affric Info Sheet
Saturday 25th March 2006 – Saturday 1st April 2006

  • Superb location 5 miles from public roads and in the middle of loads of Munros.
  • We will be staying in Strawberry Cottage which is equipped with all the necessary facilities.
  • The Easter trip always has the possibility of bothying/camping especially in a location like this.

Peak District
Saturday 6th May 2006 - POSTPONED
Our annual climbing day this year is at the famous “Stanage Edge”. This is excellent opportunity to get climbing outdoors. If you don’t fancy climbing the local area offers many recreational possibilities such as: walking, shopping or sitting in a country pub!

For more information check out the 'Peak District' link above!

Skye Download the Skye Trip Info Sheet
Friday 16th June – Friday 23rd June 2006

  • The first weekend of the Skye trip will be in the LAMM location.
  • The Cuillin ridge is one of the classic Scottish ridges.
  • We will be camping next to the beach at the Glen Brittle Campsite so plenty of camp fires amongst spectacular scenery.
  • Opportunities for walking, climbing, scrambling and swimming!

Alps 2006

Crianlarich Download the Crianlarich Trip Info Sheet
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October 2006

  • We are starting the new season with a tried and tested location: Crianlarich.
  • The area has a mixture of easy going hills to more rugged and challenging peaks.
  • We will be staying at Inverardran Cottage just outside of Crianlarich but 30 seconds away from the Ben More Pub.
  • The first trip always has a few surprises and so should be entertaining.
  • Last years meet report

Glen Lyon +++New MPS location+++ Download the Glen Lyon Trip Info Sheet
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October 2006

  • We will be staying at Meggernie Outdoor Centre which is not far from the Ben Lawers range of Munros.
  • The centre is a Scouts hut in a pretty remote location and ideal for getting some quality Munros.

Glen Etive Download the Glen Etive Trip Info Sheet
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November 2006

  • We will be staying at the Inbhirfhaolain Hut which is really cosy and has an open fire.
  • There are some fine hills in the area and there might even be some snow.
  • The accommodation has an interesting toilet factor too!
  • See last years Meet Report.
  • The cost of the trip is £45.

Ballachulish Download the Ballachulish Trip Info Sheet
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th November 2006

  • We are staying at the Alex Macintyre Lodge
  • A hut with a brilliant view! - Great chance to get out and about in Glencoe’s awesome mountains.
  • Fort William is just up the road and the pub is a 10 minute walk away.
  • The trip will cost £45.

Christmas Dinner - Hathersage More Information Download the Hathersage Trip Info Sheet
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December 2006

New Year Trip - Ullapool Download the Ullapool Trip Info Sheet
Thursday 28th December 2006 – Thursday 4th January 2007

Winter Skills
Thursday 1st February – Sunday 4th February 2007

Cairngorms +++New MPS location+++
Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th February 2007

  • Download the Cairngorms Info Sheet
  • We will be staying in the Mill Cottage in Kincraig.
  • A quality location ideal for getting into the Cairngorms.
  • With the possibility of bothying/ice climbing/winter walking this trip will be another classic.

Easter Trip
Glen Shiel and Glenlicht House

Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st March 2007

  • Download the Glen Shiel Info Sheet
  • Start the week at Glen Shiel Campsite then move round to Glenlicht House for some more remote Munros.
  • The Easter Trip always has the possibility of bothying/camping especially in locations like this.
  • If the conditions in this area are similar to last Easter it will be a brilliant trip.

RAMSOC Marathon
Sunday 3rd June

  • 24 or 37 miles walking or running accross the Peak District.
  • Please register your interest with Damian.

LAMM
Friday 8th June – Sunday 10th June 2007

  • The LAMM this year is a bit earlier than previous years 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, but we'll arange a trip to either fit with the Skye trip or a seperate one as well!
  • Enter NOW for LAMM 07
  • More LAMM 07 Information.
  • It is an excellent fell running competition, held in the Scottish highlands, with the location of the event only released two days before it starts!
  • If you fancy some very physical exercise or just a jog over some hills this event is for you.

Skye Download the Skye Trip Info Sheet


Saturday 16th June – Saturday 23rd June 2007
  • The Cuillin ridge is one of the classic Scottish ridges.
  • We will be camping next to the beach at the Glen Brittle Campsite so plenty of camp fires amongst spectacular scenery.
  • Opportunities for walking, climbing, scrambling and swimming!

Alps07

  • Alps planning page and Peru link

Meets Diary 2007 - 2008 Meets Diary 2007 - 2008

Glen Lyon "Scotland's Longest and Loveliest Glen"
Friday 12th October – Sunday 14th October 2007
Cost for the weekend: £42

  • We'll be staying at the Meggernie outdoor centre which is a massive Scout hut with excellent (and cheap!) facilities.
  • Glen Lyon is a long deep Glen with several munro's along its length. The munro's are rolling with deep corries. Ben Lawyers is the most famous in the area, an ascent of it and its seven satellite peaks is a long day and a big tick.
  • The cost for the weekend will be £42 which includes transport, insurance, accomodation and food (an evening meal on Staurday night and plenty of milk and tea for your breakfast). Come to the Welcome Social to sign up.
  • Please click the link for the trip information sheet: glenlyon07info.doc

Langdale
Friday 2nd November – Sunday 4th November 2007
Price for the weekend: £30
Download the Lakes Infomation Sheet


  • In a highly controversial move for mps we're having a trip that isn't to Scotland! Hopefully with less hours in a minibus and smaller mountains, this trip will be more relaxed and will make us more rested and eager to get up to Scotland on the next trip!
  • For those keen to get going with some "real" mountaineering, the Lakes should provide the ideal, slightly less-so-serious testing ground.
  • We're staying in a small hut in Little Langdale, one of the most popular areas of the Lakes with a good selection of hills and mountain crags to choose from.

Crianlarich
Friday 23rd November – Sunday 25th November 2007
Price for the weekend: £40
See the Information Sheet for more details.

  • MPS seems to go to Crianlarich every year and not without good reason. Situated at the North end of Loch Lomond the drive isn't too long but the moutains are sufficiently impressive. Around Crianlarich Ben More is the biggest annd one of the most popular hills in the area and its likely that we'll drive down to the Arrochar Alps for some slightly more angular mountains as well.
  • We're staying at Inverardran Cottage, which MPS has to been to a couple of times before. Its a nice little hut, situated about 1 minute froom the pub which is ideal!

Christmas Dinner Trip, Hathersage
Friday 7th December – Sunday 9th December 2007
Price for the weekend: £5.00/person/night for accomodation and £3.50 for dinner on Saturday night
For more information see the Hathersage Information Sheet

  • As an ex-mps member once said to a Ramsoc member, "We have our socials where you go walking." This isn't the usual mps trip, but is a fitting end to the first term.
  • The weekend will go something like this: arrive Friday night/Saturday morning by car or train. Spend Saturday out walking/climbing/seeing how much you can spend in Outside/the pub. Gerard will have spent all day indoors cooking Christmas Dinner for us to be eaten in the hut that evening. We'll no doubt stay up late and return to Nottingham at some point on Sunday (or the hardy might go out walking/climbing again).
  • A few ex-members will be making an appearance so its a good chance to get to know some of them.

New Year Trip, Fort William
Friday 28th December– Friday 4th January 2008
Price for the week:£90
Download the Fort William Info Sheet

  • New Year at home is always over-rated over-priced whereas this trip will probably cost you less than a night in a club in Nottingham and it lasts for a whole week!
  • We've chosen Fort William as the location for the New Year holiday this year because there are so many impressive munro's in the area for everyone ambitions, whether you want to go hill-walking or climbing. There's also very easy access from the south by bus and train so if you can't manage a whole week away then there's always the option of coming for just a couple of days.
  • For those interested in winter climbing this could be your first chance of the year to get out or to go out with others and learn some neew skills. Ice conditions are never that reliable at New Year but Ben Nevis generally has something on it and we'll be staying in accomdation owned by the Mountian Guide Alan Kimber so hopefully he'll be able to give us some pointers on where the best climbing conditions might be.

Winter Skills Trip, The Cairngorms
Thursday 31st January – Sunday 3rd February 2008

  • We organise the winter-skills trip every year because winter is the most popular time of the year to get out and hence is when our resources are most-stretched. We employ trained mountain guides to teach everyone the skills necersary to besafe in the mountains in winter. This will be a two-day course so that on the third day of the trip so can put your new skills into practice.
  • We usually do 4 courses that are highly subsidised so if you've ever considered winter mountaineering this is the time to start. The courses will range from a course for those with zero winter experience where you will learn basic skills such as how to arrest a fall if you slip when walking on an icy slope up to an ice-climbing course for those with some climbing experience. This will be confirmed nearer the time.
  • After a very succesful trip last year we'll be using the same guides (Talisman) and staying in the same accomodation (the Tipsy Laird in Kingussie which has a pub on-site, perfect!).
  • To get an idea of the kind of skills the courses will cover have a look at the Talisman Guides website and winter mountaineering course descriptions and also a report of last years trip on their conditions reports pages.

Latest Details
The guides are now booked. This year we are offering 3 different courses. The basic details from the guides are:

1. Introduction to Winter Mountaineering (12 spaces) Cost: £80
Course requirements: No previous experience required apart from summer hill-walking. You will be covering similar ground to Talisman Guides standard winter skills course, see details here.

2. Intro Winter Climbing (8 places)
Cost: £90
Course requirements: A high standard of fitness together with previous winter skills and some outdoor summer climbing preferred. The ability to belay, quickly tie into a climbing harness using a figure of eight and familiarity with clove hitch knots when setting up belays is essential. Familiarity with using nuts and hexes in summer rock climbing is useful. Previous winter skills and the use of crampons See here for further details.

3. Advanced Winter Climbing (2 spaces)
Cost: £130
Course requirements: A high standard of fitness, previous winter mountaineering and regular summer rock climbing experience are essential. Kit requirements: helmet, ice axe and hammer, crampons, harness, personal climbing kit. See here for further details.

And from me:
The introduction to winter mountaineering course will cover all the skills necersary for going for a walk in the mountains in winter. If you've never been out in winter before or even if you've only been out a few times before this is the best course that you could do. You will learn skills such as the effective use of crampons and an ice-axe, ice-axe braking, step cutting, general awareness of the winter environment... These are essential skills that you need to know for all aspects of winter monutaineering, not just walking. What's more if you come with us you will get this very cheaply. If you look at the guides website you will see that the price for a weekend winter walking course is £120 whereas with us it will be around half that for the whole 3-day trip.

The two climbing courses will also be similary subsidised by us. You should know if these courses are for you. In order to get the most you can out of them please pay attention to the pre-requisites. There's no point in learning skills that are out of your depth.

Finally, in the case of the first two courses, don't worry too much about finding yourself with people much more experienced than you. We will be able to group the more and less experienced people together so that the guides will be able to tailor what they are teaching you appropriately.

The sign-up will be on the 12th January 2008, at 8.30pm, in the Three Wheatsheaves. Save some of your Christmas money!


Glencoe
Thursday 21st February – Sunday 24th February 2008
Please see the information sheet for more information.

  • In the hope of covering all eventualities we'll be heading West for the second winter trip of the term where we'll be staying in Glencoe at the Red Squirrel bunkhouse.
  • There are loads of great days to be had on the long ridges of the Mamores on the northern side of Loch Leven and on the dramatic Three Sisters of Glencoe. And for those interested in scranbling and climbing, the traverse of the Aonach Eagach is a classic mountaineering day out, Buachille Etive Mor and Bidean nan Bian literally have hundreds of lines on them and if conditions dictate with an early start Ben Nevis is just around the corner.

Torridon
Saturday 15th March – Saturday 22nd March 2008
Price: £100 Have a look at the information sheet for all the info.


Easter is possibly the best time to go to Scotland: the nights are starting to draw out, no midges, generally good weather and the possibility of doing summer and winter climbs in the same week. See the Meet Report from last year: We went to Glen Shiel which is just south of Torridon and had nearly a full week of sunny alpine days and hard frosts every night.

This year we're going to Torridon where we'll be camping. Torridon is 'proper Scotland' - wild, remote and rocky hills, dropping straight into the sea. There are several spectacular Munros (and Corbetts) in the area such as Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe. There's also a huge wealth of rock climbing possibilities in Torridon, The Triple Buttress of Beinn Eighe will be a must-visit.


The Peak District Here is the information sheet for Rock skills incase anyone missed it at the sign up
Saturday 3rd May 2008
We're planning on spending a day at one of the quieter Eastern Grit edges in the Peak District to brush up on/learn some climbing skills and ropework. More details will follow but Vince, Hamish and Chris will be telling you everything they know about techniques such as abseiling, climbing a rope and moving together. If you're coming to Skye it'd be a good idea if you came on this trip as well...and it'll be good to get out before we have to start revision.

Sign Up Tuesday 15th April


The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) Saturday 7th June – Sunday 8th June 2008

The LAMM is a two-day foot competition, a mixture of fell-running and orienteering, put simply you have to spend two days navigating yourself over Scottish mountains carrying everything you will need for an overnight stop (including a tent). Sounds like hell? It is, but I also guarantee it to be one of the most fun things you can do for anyone remotely interested in walking/mountaineering/fell-running. Have a look at the lamm website for more information.

For such an intense event the atmosphere is always really relaxed and friendly. The best part in my opinion is the mid-camp: you should finish day one by mid-afternoon so you'll spend the rest of the afternoon lying by your tents, chatting and eating lots of food, all with 1000 other like-minded people in the middle of nowhere. MPS generally have at least 3 teams there so you'll be guaranteed some company at the mid camp.

Update: Entries are now open. If you think you might want to enter then get to the pub to find a partner and start planning! Enter here.


Skye
Saturday 14th June – Saturday 21st June 2008

The Skye trip is an annual trip, acting as a perfect end to the year. Skye is perhaps the most picuresque part of Scoland, with mountains that rival the Alps in stature.

We’ll be camping by the beach in Glen Brittle, situated at the south end of the island next to the Cuillin. In the main part this is an 8 mile long, knife-edge ridge with 11 munro’s along its length. Most of the summits require a degree of scrambling to get to and the there are several classic rock climbs on all the peaks. Perhaps the most famous mountain is the In Pinn (the Innacessible Pinancle) which you will no doubt have to do if you come: Reaching the top of this Munro involves an unnnavoidable 60m climb, followed by a 20 abseil to get off the summit.

Don't forget to save some of your student loan for this one!

Some Skye Reading


The Alps Summer 2008

For those with plenty of time and money, go to The Alps 08 page.


Lochearnhead, Lochearnhead Scout Station ++ NEW MPS Location
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th October
Cost: £45

  • We'll be staying at the Lochearnhead Scout Station which is a massive Scout hut with excellent facilities (If you were here last year and remember the Glen Lyon trip, well...the hut is even BIGGER!).
  • The munro's are rolling with deep corries. Ben Lawyers is one of the most famous in the area, an ascent of it and its seven satellite peaks is a long day and a big tick.
  • The cost for the weekend will include transport, insurance, accomodation and food (an evening meal on Saturday night and plenty of milk and tea for your breakfast). Come to the Welcome Social to sign up.

The Lake District
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October
Cost: £45

An ideal place to begin learning the necessary skills for more adventurous days out on the hill. We will be camping near ##, allowing us easy access to famous mountains and crags such as: . A wide range of walking to test your navigation as well as scrambles and easy rock climbs will make for a great weekend away. Sign Up: 30th September & 14th October depending on space.


North Wales, Coetmor Mill ++ NEW MPS Location
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th November
Cost: £45

  • This trip is a great opportunity to experience more aggressive mountains early in the year. There is great scope for all abilities; walking, scrambling and climbing of all grades are available within just a few miles, including Llanberis, The Carnedds, The Glyders, Tryfan and of course Snowdon. There are also attractive, low level, routes for the not-so-energetic(aka Hungover) in the Conway Valley or in the area south of Aber Falls
  • The hut is a converted watermill in a perfect location for access to nearly the whole of the Snowdon range.
  • Sign up at the social : 28th October '08.

Crianlarich, Inverardran Cottage
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd November
Cost: £TBC

  • MPS seems to go to Crianlarich every year and not without good reason. Situated at the North end of Loch Lomond the drive isn't too long but the moutains are sufficiently impressive. Around Crianlarich Ben More is the biggest and one of the most popular hills in the area. There are plenty of walks to suit everyone and, with a bit of luck (and snow), we might see the start of the winter season.
  • We're staying at Inverardran Cottage, which MPS has to been to a couple of times before. Its a nice little hut, situated about 1 minute froom the pub which is ideal!

Sign Up on the 11th November at the social.


Christmas Meal, Hathersage
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th December
Cost: £TBC

As an ex-mps member once said to a Ramsoc member, "We have our socials where you go walking." This isn't the usual mps trip, but is a fitting end to the first term. A weekend in the Peak District with walking, pineapple-ing, climbing, a Christmas dinner and fun and games until late. More a social event than a trip but definitely worth attending! A few ex-members will be making an appearance so its a good chance to get to know some of them.


New Year, Fort William
Saturday 27th December - Saturday 3rd January
Cost: £TBC

  • New Year at home is always over-rated over-priced whereas this trip will probably cost you less than a big night in a club in Nottingham and it lasts for a whole week!
  • We've chosen Fort William as the location for the New Year holiday this year because it worked really well last year and there are so many impressive munro's in the area for everyones ambitions, whether you want to go hill-walking or climbing.
  • Often many ex-MPS members show their face at the new year meet, which is great not only for old members to catch up, but for new members to meet and learn from very enthusiastic and experienced members.
  • There's also very easy access from the south by bus and train so if you can't manage a whole week away then there's always the option of coming for just a couple of days.
  • For those interested in winter climbing this could be your first chance of the year to get out or to go out with others and learn some neew skills. Ice conditions are never that reliable at New Year but Ben Nevis generally has something on it and we'll be staying in accommodation owned by the Mountian Guide Alan Kimber so hopefully he'll be able to give us some pointers on where the best climbing conditions might be.

Sign Up at the social.


Winter Skills Trip, The Cairngorms
Thursday 29th January – Sunday 1st February 2009
Costs: £Individual Prices See Below£
Every year we organise the winter-skills trip because winter is the most popular time of the year to get out and hence is when our resources are most-stretched. We employ trained mountain guides to teach everyone the skills necessary to be safe in the mountains in winter. This will be a two-day course so that on the third day of the trip so can put your new skills into practice.

After a successful trip last we'll be using the same guides: Talisman Activities. We'll run 2 different courses, one for those with zero/minimal winter experience where you will learn basic skills such as how to arrest a fall if you slip when walking on an icy slope and one where you can learn the basics of Scottish Winter Climbing. The courses are all highly subsidised by our Student Union grant so if you've ever considered winter mountaineering this is the time to start. The courses in more detail are:

Intro Winter Mountaineering £85 (Winter Hillwalking Skills) for two Groups of six people.
Course requirements: No previous experience required apart from summer hillwalking.
Kit requirements: helmet, ice axe, crampons.
Further details can be found on the Talisman Activites website.

Intro Winter Climbing £95(Winter Mountaineering Skills) for two Groups of four people.
Course requirements: A high standard of fitness together with previous winter skills and some outdoor summer climbing preferred. The ability to belay, quickly tie into a climbing harness using a figure of eight and familiarity with clove hitch knots when setting up belays is essential. Familiarity with using nuts and hexes in summer rock climbing is useful. Previous winter skills and the use of crampons and an ice axe when winter walking is also essential.
Kit requirements: helmet, ice axe and hammer, crampons, harness, personal climbing kit (not essential but useful).
Further details can be found on the Talisman Activities website.

In previous years we have run an "Advanced Winter Climbing" course which aimed to be the level above the "Intro to Winter Climbing". We've decided to drop this this year because it costs the club the most amount of money and benefits the least amount of people. We also feel that once you get to this level you should be teaching these skills to yourself, whether that be by learning from your own experiences, by climbing with other more experienced members of the club or simply extending your current rock climbing knowledge. If you were desperate to go on an advanced course let us know.

As well as in the Meet Reports you can read about what we've got up to in the last two years on Ron Walkers blog, in 2007, in 2008 and again in 2008.

Sign Up at the social.


Glen Clova, Carn Dearg Hut
Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd February
Cost: £55

This trip will be ideal to practice and develop your newly learned 'winter skills'. The area has a reputation for a wide range of snow and mixed climbing. But the fun is not all for the climbers, there are also many opportunities for walking routes, and camping (or snow holing) if you are mad enough. Basic 'winter' equipment is a must, especially your own winter boots; as it would be damn right silly, and dangerous, on the hills without it.


Glen Carron, Gerry's Achnashellach Hostel
Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th March 2009
Cost: £TBC
If the winter season lasts; with a good selection of munros to bag and a few snow, ice and mixed climbing routes close by this has something for everyone. If you have some camping equipment then bring it along, I should imagine a camp out in winter conditions will be an experience for most?! I know I'd like to try it.

If the winter season doesn't last, don't despair: The munros in the area are just as spectacular without snow!



Skye
Sunday 21st June - Sunday 28th June 2009

The Skye trip is an annual trip, acting as a perfect end to the year. Skye is perhaps the most picuresque part of Scoland, with mountains that rival the Alps in stature.

We’ll be camping by the beach in Glen Brittle, situated at the south end of the island next to the Cuillin. In the main part this is an 8 mile long, knife-edge ridge with 11 munro’s along its length. Most of the summits require a degree of scrambling to get to and the there are several classic rock climbs on all the peaks. Perhaps the most famous mountain is the In Pinn (the Innacessible Pinancle) which you will no doubt have to do if you come: Reaching the top of this Munro involves an unnnavoidable 60m climb, followed by a 20 abseil to get off the summit.

Don't forget to save some of your student loan for this one!

Some Skye Reading


We Went to Snowdonia for the Freshers' Trip but some oik deleted all the info - Stayed in the Rucksack Club Hut in Beudy Mawr. It was a great trip although none of the Freshers were seen again.


Lochearnhead
Friday 6th November - Sunday 8th November 2009

Following on from the success of last year's trip we are returning to the Lochearhead Scout Station. For some this may be their first taste of Scotland and with plenty of Munros around its not a bad place to start! Just up the road there is also a nice little sport climbing crag just up the road, short, steep and with nice shiney bolts!


Crianlarich Friday 20th November - Sunday 22nd November 2009
An old favourite of the club thanks to the area being home to stacks of Munros and not too long a journey either. Arrochar is also nearby so there will be a chance to climb and do some climbs on the famous Cobbler as well. With any luck there may also be some snow about!

We're staying at Inverardran Cottage, which MPS has to been to a couple of times before. Its a nice little hut, situated about 1 minute froom the pub which is ideal!


We spent New Year near Ullapool but yet again some twat deleted that before I could sort it out properly. Twas good.


Winter Skills - The Cairngorms
Thursday 28th January - Sunday 31st January 2010
Every year we organise the winter-skills trip because winter is the most popular time of the year to get out and hence is when our resources are most-stretched. We employ trained mountain guides to teach everyone the skills necessary to be safe in the mountains in winter. This will be a two-day course so that on the third day of the trip so can put your new skills into practice. The northern corries afford some of the best and most convinent (40 min walkl in) winter climbing in scotland, for those wishing to escape the crowds and put up with a slighly longer walk in there is the loch Avon basin with crags such as Hells Lum and Shelterstone crag. Also sevral remote munros and bothys.

After a successful trip last we'll be using the same guides: Talisman Activities. We'll run 2 different courses, one for those with zero/minimal winter experience where you will learn basic skills such as how to arrest a fall if you slip when walking on an icy slope and one where you can learn the basics of Scottish Winter Climbing. The courses are all highly subsidised by our Student Union grant so if you've ever considered winter mountaineering this is the time to start. The courses in more detail are:

Intro Winter Mountaineering(Winter Hillwalking Skills) for two Groups of six people. £95

Course requirements: No previous experience required apart from summer hillwalking.

This covers essential winter skills such as use of ice axe and crampons, navigation and basic winter belays. Further details can be found on the Talisman Activites website.

Intro Winter Climbing(Winter Mountaineering Skills) for two Groups of four people. £100

Course requirements: A high standard of fitness together with previous winter skills and some outdoor summer climbing preferred. The ability to belay, quickly tie into a climbing harness using a figure of eight and familiarity with clove hitch knots when setting up belays is essential. Familiarity with using nuts and hexes in summer rock climbing is useful. Previous winter skills and the use of crampons and an ice axe when winter walking is also essential. Further details can be found on the Talisman Activities website.

Of course there will also be places for those who already possess the necessary skills and just want to enjoy what one of Britian's best mountain ranges has to offer.


Braemar+++New MPS location+++
Thursday 25th February - Sunday 28th February 2010

Being further inland than many places in Scotland Braemar provides the most reliable winter condtions in Scotland and by this time of year the days will be getting a bit longer giving more time to enjoy the "delights" of Scotland in winter, notably there is Lochnagar which provides some of the best winter climbing in Scotland with a mix of grades from Grade I gullys through Grade V ice falls and Mixed buttress climbing at ameniable grades. There are also many Munros in the area, some of which a very close together.

DUE TO EXCEPTIONALLY BAD WEATHER WE COULDN'T ACTUALLY GET UP TO BRAEMAR, BUT MADE OURSELVES CONTENT IN THE LAKES THANKS TO BEN'S PARENTS' HOLIDAY HOME.


Easter - Glencoe?
Saturday 3rd April - Saturday 10th April 2010

MPS havent been to Glencoe for a year or two now, but its a great place, with the Anoch Eagach ridge traverse by all acounts one of the best days in British Mountaineering (Dean, Greg, Matt and Tim did this with Matt and Tim finishing with a can of beer - Ben J), also there is the Buachaille nearby one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and there is some great climbing on it. Easter can be a good time to visit Scotland, with longer days, but with the chance that there will be snow still around and hopefully a full winter of freeze and thaw will have left the icefalls fat (unsure as to this as we spent two days on the Ben instead as the outlook for Stob Coire nan Lochan being in condition wasn't great - Ben J), and if the weather is really good there might even be some rock climbing (or as least walk up there and pull faces at Agag's Groove then do Curved Ridge instead - Ben J).


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Torridon
Saturday 2nd April - Saturday 9th April 2011

Its been a few years since MPS has been to Torridon, it may be a long way to go but with hills such as Liathach (shown above) and Beinn Eighe its worth the drive up. Easter can be a great time to visit Scotland, with the possibilities of both winter and rock climbing. We are staying in the Kinlochewe hotel bunkhouse so right next to the bar, which is ideal really.

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Skye
Saturday 18th June - Saturday 25th June 2011

The Skye trip is an annual trip, acting as a perfect end to the year. Skye is perhaps the most picuresque part of Scoland, with mountains that rival the Alps in stature.

We’ll be camping by the beach in Glen Brittle, situated at the south end of the island next to the Cuillin. In the main part this is an 8 mile long, knife-edge ridge with 11 munro’s along its length. Most of the summits require a degree of scrambling to get to and the there are several classic rock climbs on all the peaks. Perhaps the most famous mountain is the In Pinn (the Innacessible Pinancle) which you will no doubt have to do if you come: Reaching the top of this Munro involves an unnnavoidable (but very easy) 60m climb, followed by a 20 abseil to get off the summit.

Don't forget to save some of your student loan for this one!

Some Skye Reading



Freshers weekend: Lake District - Penruddock

Lake District - Penruddock
14th - 16st Oct 2011

Accommodation: Ivy Cottage.

The lake district is a shorter drive than to Scotland; hopefully less hours in a minibus will make us refreshed and eager to get back up to Scotland. The Lakes has loads of classic walking, climbing and scrambling; whatever the whether, their will be much fun to be had. The cottage we are staying in is also very cosy...!


Freshers weekend: Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy
28th – 30rd Oct 2011

Accommodation: Glassie farm bunkhouse.

Aberfeldy is at the head of Glen Lyon. Glen Lyon known as "scotlands longest and loveliest glen". It has several munro's along its length. The munro's are rolling with deep corries. Ben Lawers is the most famous in the area, an ascent of it and its seven satellite peaks is a long day and a big tick.



Freshers weekend: Snowdonia - Snowdon Bunkhouse

Snowdonia
11th - 13th Nov 2011

Accommodation: Snowdon Bunkhouse.

We will be staying in the Snowdon Bunkhouse which is in an awesome location at the foot of Snowdon. The 20 min walk in to the accommodation adds to the excitement. Snowdon has loads to offer, ranging from hill walks, to scrambles to rock climbs. All of these activities will be on offer, conditions dependent. The trip cost includes transport, BMC insurance, accommodation and food (evening meal and plenty of milk for your breakfast). Come to the welcome social to sign up.


Freshers weekend: Crianlarich

Crianlarich
2nd-4th Dec 2011

Accommodation: Ochils mountaineering club hut.

The Scottish winter season typically sets in during November, so for this trip, early December, we can expect snow on the summits! A few mix-winter routes may even be in condition, albit lean condition - dry tooling anyone? But if thats not your flavour, this area has plenty of classic walks and munros. Scottish novembers can be quite gnarly... epic. Also, the pub is less than 5 minutes walk away, which is ideal.


Meets Diary 2011 - 2012


New Years: Braemar

Braemar
28th Dec 2011 - 4th Jan 2012

Accommodation: Braemar Lodge.

New Year at home is always over-rated over-priced whereas this trip will probably cost you less than a night in a club in Nottingham and it lasts for a whole week!

If you only want to come on one trip this year, I would say to you; that is daft because you missing out on so much fun. You won't need many hours in the pub with us to realize that week trips are typically filled with hilarity, adventure and more fun than you can shake a stick at. Braemar, situated in the southern Cairngorms, has a full range of winter activities, from interesting winter walks through to challenging winter/ice climbs in Lochnagar. This will offer a great opportunity to learn some new winter skills.

And how could I almost forget to mention, Braemar lodge has its own single-malt wiskey lounge and taxidermy (stuffed animal collection - deer heads mostly).


Winter Skills (3 day): The Northern caingorms

Winter Skills
26th Jan- 29th Jan 2012

Accommodation: Aviemore Bunkhouse.

  • Winter is the most popular time of year to get out, but also the most challenging, so club resources are most stretched. We hire trained mountain guides to run winter skills courses, to teach everyone the necessary skills to be safe in the mountains in winter. The courses, are 2 days, and on the 3rd day of the trip is an opportunity to put your newly learnt winter skills into practice.
  • We will probably be running 3 courses this year. They are heavily subsidised by the club, so if you've ever considered winter mountaineering this is the time to start.
  • The courses will span all ranges and abilities. A complete beginners course expects you to have some summer hill walking experience only, where you will learn basic skills such as such as the effective use of crampons and an ice-axe, ice-axe braking, step cutting, general awareness of the winter environment. In contrast, on the most advance course you will be introduced to ice-climbing; summer multi-pitch rock climbing leading experience is prerequisite for this course. Their will also be an intermediate course for those with a little winter experience, who would like to advance their understanding and skills in Scottish winter mountaineering. The exact details of all courses will be confirmed nearer the time.
  • After successful trips in the past, we will be using the Talisman guides again this year. Check out their website to get an idea of what you will learn.

----3 day weekend: Glen Coe

Glen Coe
23rd-26th Feb 2012

Accommodation: Blackrock cottage.

Glen Coe, if you arn't already aware, is one of Scotland's best Glens. These are just a few highlights:

  • Anoch Egach - probably Britain's most committing summer scramble, it is a grade 2 winter route.
  • Stob Corie Nan Lochean, a classic winter climbing venue, includes the notable Dorsal Arete.
  • Buachaille Etive Mor has loads of routes - see picture of black rock cottage.
  • But most notable of all mountaineering routes is that to the Kings house, one of Britain's best pubs.
  • We are staying at Black Rock cottage, which has an open fireplace! We are also going to be right by Glen Coe Ski centre, if anyone fancy's bringing/hiring a pair of ski's.

And thats a very brief description, sign-up, come along, and find out more!


Snowdonia

Nant Peris, Snowdonia
12-14th October 2012 Accommodation: Ben's bunkhouse.

Our first trip of the year! We will be staying south of the border for this trip (well south of the Scottish border, we will be over the Welsh border!). Ben's bunkhouse is a new venue for MPS. It looks like it'll do the job! We've got up to 24 beds on this trip so basically everyone can go. You'll have all your student loan as it's only 2 weeks into term so no excuses not to go! Expect some good mountain walking and climbing in Snowdonia. The only things lacking are the Munros! But there will be plenty of those on later trips, don't you worry. Looking forward to seeing as many of you on it as possible.

The trip cost includes transport, BMC insurance, accommodation and food (evening meal and plenty of milk for your breakfast). Come to the welcome social to sign up.


Freshers weekend: Glen Lyon

Glen Lyon
02nd – 04rd Nov 2012

Accommodation: Meggernie scout centre.

Bridge of Balgie is about half way along Glen Lyon. Glen Lyon known as "scotlands longest and loveliest glen". It has several munro's along its length. The munro's are rolling with deep corries. Ben Lawers is the most famous in the area, an ascent of it and its seven satellite peaks is a long day and a big tick.


Freshers weekend: Lake District - Penruddock

Lake District - Penruddock
16th - 18st Nov 2012

Accommodation: Ivy Cottage.


The lake district is a shorter drive than to Scotland; hopefully less hours in a minibus will make us refreshed and eager to get back up to Scotland. The Lakes has loads of classic walking, climbing and scrambling; whatever the whether, their will be much fun to be had. The cottage we are staying in is also very cosy...!


----3 day weekend: Glen Coe

Glen Coe
29th Nov-02th Dec 2012

Accommodation: Alex McIntyre bunkhouse.

Glen Coe, if you arn't already aware, is one of Scotland's best Glens. These are just a few highlights:

  • Anoch Egach - probably Britain's most committing summer scramble, it is a grade 2 winter route.
  • Stob Corie Nan Lochean, a classic winter climbing venue, includes the notable Dorsal Arete.
  • Buachaille Etive Mor has loads of routes - see picture of black rock cottage.
  • But most notable of all mountaineering routes is that to the Kings house, one of Britain's best pubs.

And thats a very brief description, sign-up, come along, and find out more!


New Years: Torridon

Kinlochewe, Torridon
28th Dec 2012 - 4th Jan 2013

Accommodation: Kinlochewe bunkhouse.

New Year at home is always over-rated over-priced whereas this trip will probably cost you less than a night in a club in Nottingham and it lasts for a whole week!

It has been a few year since MPS last visited Torridon, however it is a classic location. Situated in the North-West highlands, it is Glen Torridon is very remote and hence the locality supports beautifully diverse and sensitive wildlife. Torridon also boasts some of Scoltands most famous munros, such as Liatach, Beinn Alligin, Beinn Eighe and Slioch. The traverse of any of these in winter conditions will promise to be a day to remember!

Often many ex-MPS members show their face at the new year meet, which is great not only for old members to catch up, but for new members to meet and learn from very enthusiastic and experienced members.


Winter Skills (3 day): The Northern caingorms

Winter Skills
25th Jan- 28th Jan 2013

Accommodation: Aviemore youth hostel.

  • Winter is the most popular time of year to get out, but also the most challenging, so club resources are most stretched. We hire trained mountain guides to run winter skills courses, to teach everyone the necessary skills to be safe in the mountains in winter. The courses, are 2 days, and on the 3rd day of the trip is an opportunity to put your newly learnt winter skills into practice.
  • The courses are heavily subsidised by the club, so if you've ever considered winter mountaineering this is the time to start.

* The courses will span all ranges and abilities. A introduction to winter mountaineering (walking) is suited to those with little or no winter experience; it just requires some summer hill walking experience. On this course you will learn basic skills such as such as the effective use of crampons and an ice-axe, ice-axe braking, step cutting, general awareness of the winter environment. Then in contrast a winter climbing course will be on offer where you will be introduced to scottish winter-climbing. For this course, summer multi-pitch rock climbing leading experience, and also a well consolidated basic winter mountaineering (walking) experience is are both absolute prerequisite for this course. Usually most people are better suited to be on the introduction to winter mountaineering course. The exact details of all courses will be confirmed nearer the time.

Their will also be an intermediate course for those with a little winter experience, who would like to advance their understanding and skills in Scottish winter mountaineering.

  • This year we are proposing the following courses:

1) Winter Mountaineering:

  • Pre-requisites: Basically just some hill walking experience in Summer. If you have already come on an MPS trip this year and were happy with how it went then this counts!
  • The course includes: All the essentials for safe travel in the mountains in Scottish Winter, including effective use of crampons and ice axe, ice axe braking, step cutting, awareness of the winter environment and winter navigation.

2) Winter Climbing:

  • Prerequisites: Competence at leading summer multi-pitch rock climbs, and well consolidated winter mountain experience (walking). You should be comfortable with soloing steeper snow slopes.
  • The course includes: considerations of route choices, placing protection in winter, snow anchors and awareness of the climbing environment.

3) For the more experienced their is also the option to come along and do your own thing.

We are happy to ask the guides to tailor the courses to peoples specific needs; so if you feel your experience lies in between the two courses above, please come along to the signup and discuss your previous experience/needs with us. The guides will also tailor the course while actually out mountaineering and you can ask questions and advice the whole time.

  • After successful trips in the past, we will be using the Talisman guides again this year. Check out their website to get an idea of what you will learn.
  • Here is a link to some useful information on Winter Mountain Boots.

Wild Camping

wild Camping
1st March- 3rd March 2013

Accommodation: Ivy Cottage and Tents.

Some of you will already know, and other won't, the next trip is going to be a little different. We are going to do a wild camp in the lake district. Wild camping gives the opportunity to cover a long mountain journey, taking you into more remote and unspoilt areas.

The plan is to drive up on Friday 1st March (evening) and spend the night at Ben's Cottage. We will then set out on Saturday to Scafell Pike area from the North. Saturday night will be spent in the hills, next to a river or tarn, before returning to the Cottage on Sunday afternoon for a brew and quick shower, before blasting back to Notts! The Scafell Pike area offers several options for easier and more challenging walks, through mountain passes or over summits. The exact routes are open to discussion and hopefully we their will be 2 walks (an easier and a more challenging) which converge at the same campsite.

The signup will be at the next social. Ana will send a message where it is soon. If you can't make the social but want to come, just Email me. The cost of this trip is a bit cheaper than previous, £30 (win!).

Equipment wise, all you really need is your usual day walking stuff, sleeping bag and a slightly bigger ruck-sack (50-60L is ideal). A roll mat is also a good idea - foam ones are really cheap. You will also need a small camping stove - I think enough people in the club have a spare that we can lend one if you need. The club has couple of spare tents if you don't have one. Cooking and sleeping will be in pairs/threes. Let me know if you need to borrow any equipment (listed above).

I will send out a complete suggested kit list after the signup, with a few other hints and tips on saving weight!



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