SCC Photo Competition 2021

For the keen-eyed snappers and shooters in our ranks we had a fun photo competition at our 2021 AGM and were both blown away and entertained by the breadth of entries we got from around the club.

So rather than just dropping the occasional photo in an event page or post, we thought we'd take the chance to show off a selection of the entries here in a dedicated post for all to enjoy!

These aren't all super recent photos, but given we haven't done one of these in a few years the criteria were left pretty wide open this time around. They are, however, all from some epic SCC meets and events we've had over the last couple of years. So hopefully they jog some memories for some of our members, and offer a little glimpse of some of the stuff we get up to for anyone thinking of joining.

Thanks to everyone who entered! If you want to feature in next year's gallery, make sure you join us on our adventures in 2022 🙂

Legal notice: All images used with permission, copyright retained by the original creator and all rights reserved

SCC Club Newsletter – Spring 2021

Welcome from the President

Hello lovely SCC people!

The sun is shining, the rules are lifting, and we are CLIMBING again! Happy times. I hope you are all doing well and feeling psyched for a soon-to-be summer of climbing adventures.

Before I go on, as this is the first newsletter of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our members into the fold, both new and old - it is great to see so many of you (re)joining SCC, despite the pandemic-style washout that was 2020!* Hopefully we will all get to know each other well over the next few weeks as we start revving up for a much improved 2021.

Whilst overnight stays are still not possible at present (roll on May 17th!) we have already had a great day meet of Sport-tastic fun at Hedbury quarry last weekend, and over the upcoming early May bank holiday weekend we will be setting our sights on the many trad options availabe in Swanage - exact crags TBC and depending on the wind direction (which, as I'm sure you have noticed, has been rather chilly of late)! Further in the future we have a weekend in North Devon planned for the late May bank holiday weekend (accommodation TBC) and several excellent training opportunities in the pipeline which are bound to prove very popular, so sign up asap to avoid disappointment! Keep an eye on the website and of course the members-only facebook group for updates in the coming weeks.

Of course we are not out of the woods yet, so please continue to observe social distancing rules, face-mask wearing and general hygiene considerations whenever you get out climbing, and do remember to keep on top of the ever-changing guidelines (the current BMC guidelines can be found via a link below). Lift-sharing is still not advised, so please be careful to plan your trips to crags where ample parking is available (or arrive early!).

A final note, it will not have escaped your attention that we have a brand new, shiny climbing wall in Southampton (Parthian)! Discussions are underway for a potential club night/discount for SCC members, so keep and eye on the FB group for updates over the next few of weeks.

*considering the restrictions that were in place, we did still manage to have some great meets - particular highlights for me were Cornwall, the Peak District and our first Southern Sandstone meet. I can't wait to revisit these amazing locations over the course of 2021!

~ Colette O'Neill, President.

COVID-19 Guidance

We kindly ask that all members follow our COVID-19 guidance when attending meets, training or socials.

As an affiliated club of the BMC we follow their COVID-19 guidance, full details can be found here.

Upcoming outdoor meets

Your meet secretaries are Kizzy and Matt.

Meet details can be found here

Upcoming training dates

Your training sec is Chris.

At SCC we want you to get the very best out of your climbing, so throughout the year we have a programme of training events to motivate and educate you!

See the training section for further details.

The BMC also have subsidised training courses available to BMC club members (that's you!). So why not take a look at what they can offer too: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/training-essentials-climbing-skills

Upcoming Socials

Your Social Sec is Sarah

  • Taskmaster Social - 7th May

Keep an eye out on the members Facebook group & website for more events and updates.

NEW Club Merchandise!

It's only been about 2 years, but we are so pleased to announce that we have some new club merchandise now available to order now! We have teamed up with Boulder Shack to help in providing on-demand printing on a range of high-quality garments.

More info and access to the shop available to members when logged into the website: SCC Club Merchandise

We have lots of ideas for what else we could do with this, but we'd love to hear your thoughts too!

Recent meets

Hedbury, Swanage

Club Gear

Your Gear Sec is Jo

Don't forget that the club has a stash of gear that members can borrow, not to mention all the guidebooks too in our club Library at Boulder Shack.

Club Gear
Guidebooks

Club indoor sessions

As usual, here are the details of the club's weekly indoor sessions, great for socialising and getting a midweek climb in.

  • Tuesdays at Boulder Shack from approx. 7-9.30pm. Our discounted club night, followed by a trip to the local watering hole, usually The Book Shop (pizza available next door) or The Rockstone.
  • Thursdays at Calshot from approx 7pm onwards, again with a discount (which in fact is valid any time in Calshot) and a drink/food after in the bar. We'd recommend using the club's Facebook group to check who else is going and coordinate lifts, especially during the winter!

Social Media

Your Web Sec is Simon

All members of SCC have access to the Facebook members only-group. This is a great place to stay in touch with fellow club members, see updates and announcements about club activities, find climbing partners for a visit to the wall/crag/pub, or just share climbing-related news. Feel free to "pitch" in 🙂

If you're having any difficulty joining the group, please let us know by contacting the committee. You can also find us on Instagram, and we have a public Facebook page as well. Give us a follow and share with any mates you think may be interested!

SCC Members Facebook Group
SCC Instagram
SCC Public Facebook Page

As always, please get in touch if you have any feedback about the club or ideas for future activities.

With best wishes,

~ Your Committee

SCC 2021 New Member Signup is Open

It's that time of year again - the holidays are coming, Kendal Mountain Festival has been filling us with wanderlust & inspiration (psst - there's even some free content on their site here), we're getting stoked ready for the new outdoors season, and we're hoping you can join us too!

New Members

So the important news - Signups for new members for 2021 are live from today - join now and you'll receive membership all the way through to Jan 31st 2022. Simply visit our Membership Page to find out more and sign up.

Current/Returning Members

For our current members, we really hope you've felt like part of the family during this bizarre year. It's been great to see so many involved with the various club activities, and it's been a pretty busy one all things considered - some highlights shared at our AGM last month included:

  • 12 meets (in-between lockdowns)
  • 14 training sessions (5 in-person, 9 online)
  • 25+ online circuits sessions
  • A whole host of socials, both online & "in real life"
  • Our first ever(?) photo-of-the-year competition

Not bad for 2020, give yourselves a pat on the back everybody.

We'll have renewals open from 1st January for existing and returning members - details will go up on the Membership Page as normal in the New Year.

Lundy Meet Report – August 2020

15th Aug - 22nd 23rd Aug 2020

“I’m off for a climbing holiday on Lundy”, I would say.

“Where’s that?”, would invariably be the answer.

Good question!

Lundy map
Lundy Map - there it is!

Until recently, I thought Lundy was either somewhere near the Channel Islands or maybe in the vicinity of the Isle of Man. I also didn’t know that Lundy is one of the greatest climbing locations in the UK.

But I do now!

It's a little windswept island, just 3 miles long, sitting in the Bristol Channel between north Devon and Pembrokeshire. It has 1 pub, 1 shop, hundreds of shipwrecks, 3 lighthouses (see previous point!), a few holiday cottages, a camping field, some curious seals... and some truly world class granite sea cliffs.

The Approach

It’s an adventurous place to climb, even getting there on the MS Oldenburg feels like a mini-expedition. All six of us (me, Paul, Tom, Matt, Simon, and Mark) managed to pass the ‘Find-the-Quay’ Test in Ilfracombe in the torrential rain, and not miss the departure. Although apparently it was a bit tighter than I realised (SOS coffee and muffins were totally required).

We had a huge pile of luggage, the total amount of which bore little relation to the alleged weight limit per person. Tents, camping and cooking gear, racks, ropes - the pile got larger and larger, but all was aboard and we set sail in high spirits. The sun was shining somewhere, but not on us that was for sure and we all got a bit wind-blown and rain-washed during the crossing (which takes just under 2 hours). Our first glimpse of Lundy was of the eastern side, shrouded in low-lying fog. Sea cliffs and pinnacles of rock appeared out of the gloom, giving tantalising hints of the epics awaiting us on the wilder west side of the island.

Sea cliffs and pinnacles of rock appeared out of the gloom, giving tantalising hints of the epics awaiting us on the wilder west side of the island.

Climbing!

Our first day disappeared in fog and mist, so with little prospect of dry rock we went for a long amble around the island to get our bearings. Navigating around Lundy should be easy - there are only two main paths heading up/down the island, one on the east and one on the west. And as you walk you cross several drystone walls, conveniently named Quarter Wall, Halfway, and Three-quarter Wall. Should be simple right? Somehow it's surprisingly hard to remember how many you've actually crossed though, so there was plenty of debate as to where we were when all we had as ‘landmarks’ were horses, goats, and highland cattle. Pub dinner and an early night in a slightly soggy tent finished off our first day, but we were full of enthusiasm as a decent forecast promised plenty of dry granite to come.

SCC climbing at Flying Buttress, Lundy
A "banging" good day at Flying Buttress

Over the next few days we got to grips with the Lundy crag approaches - ‘descend the grassy gully’ often turned out to be guidebook code for ‘go up and down a few times and peer over lots of dodgy cliff edges and realise you’ve got totally the wrong place’. Our first taste of Lundy granite was at the aptly-named, super-classic Flying Buttress - a huge obelisk leaning drunkenly against the main cliff, forming a natural sea arch through which inquisitive seals were swimming. We had a great time ticking off some of the classics of the crag. Strong lines and gear-friendly cracks made it a fun first day, working up the grades to finish with Double Diamond - a Hard Rock tick and no pushover at HVS 5b. I got a bit stressed out on some overhanging slimy rock close to the shore-line, whilst Simon got a bit anxious eyeing up the incoming tide. All was well in the end! And the crag has some excellent ‘natural features’ for anchors at the top - great big cannons, used to signal danger when the lighthouse was ironically hidden in fog. Bomber!

We climbed all over the west side of the island, mostly managing to dodge the short, sharp showers that swept in across the Bristol Channel. The forecasts turned out to be mostly unhelpful - I definitely got sunburnt on days when apparently it was meant to be black clouds and heavy rain all day. With the weather being on the unpredictable side, we chose the best-looking day for a visit to the iconic Devil’s Slide. This is one of the showpieces of Lundy - an immaculate sweep of granite slab, rising straight out of the sea for 100 metres before steepening up like the crest of a huge wave. It is surprisingly lacking in major cracklines - on one side, the slab meets a side wall and creates the satisfying lay-back VS, Albion. On the other side, intersecting cracks form the super-classic HS, Devil’s Slide, which culminates in a run-out exercise in ‘smear-trusting’ on the final traverse under the crest of the granite wave

Side note: if you haven't seen Johnny Dawes' attempt at a hands-free ascent of this epic you really should!

In the middle of the slab, scanty thin cracks provide the ‘gear’ for the thought-provoking E1, Satan’s Slip. The guidebook describes the second pitch of this route as ‘a lonely lead’. It certainly wasn’t well-endowed with protection, and I muttered to myself “Just keep climbing” as I moved two, then four, then six-plus metres above my last dodgy placement. Fortunately granite is super-grippy - bizarrely, I felt more intimidated when I finally reached the safety of the Albion lay-back corner, mainly because I think I’d forgotten how to actually climb with holds and gear after 30 metres of smearing!

I muttered to myself “Just keep climbing” as I moved two, then four, then six-plus metres above my last dodgy placement.

SCC climbing at the Devil's Slide, Lundy
The Devil's Slide

We were definitely grateful for a sunny dry day to have our slab-climbing adventures. The weather kept building during our week on Lundy, culminating in several big storms with epic winds and wild seas. The MS Oldenburg was unable to sail, leaving many refugees stuck on the island. We were unbelievably lucky because we’d booked into the luxurious barn for the second half of the week - all the campers ended up escaping to the safety of the church and sleeping on the floor for the rest of their holiday, after several tents failed to survive the conditions. The big seas were truly amazing!

We had to pick and choose our crags, and sometimes plucking up the courage to abseil in above the huge waves crashing below us wasn’t easy! But we were always rewarded with brilliant experiences. When the weather finally got too windy, we explored some of the inland crags and the eastern side of the island. These were fun, and a pleasant escape from the intimidating sea conditions, although definitely the poor cousins compared to the big west-side sea cliffs.

SCC climbing above big seas at St Patrick's Buttress, Lundy
Big seas at St. Patrick's Buttress

The Return

We joined the band of Lundy refugees when our boat back was also cancelled by the weather, and we lucked out with an extra day of climbing and another night in our cosy accommodation. The barn usually sleeps 14, so we had plenty of room for the obligatory social-distancing, and it was a really lovely place to chill out with coffee, chocolate and games.

We used our bonus day to head to the far north of the island, visiting a fun little crag with plenty of excellent technical routes. The northern tip of Lundy has yet another lighthouse, this time accessed by little bridges and steep steps weaving through the cliffs. We got a great view of the big seas, whilst being pretty sheltered in our secluded crag. The biggest bonus of the day was the lift we managed to grab with the lighthouse engineers on the way back - bumping along the track, wedged in place with our climbing bags, we had fun chats all the way back down the island. Cheers!

The captain of the MS Oldenburg gave the all-clear for the sailing the following day so it was all-aboard and farewell to Lundy. Despite climbing every day, we felt like we had barely scratched the surface - there are so many brilliant adventures still to be had.

We will be back!

Lundy rainbox

~Mary

Dorset Bouldering Meet Report – September 2020

12th Sept 2020

This was to be the club’s first official foray into a bouldering meet on home soil. We’ve had a small handful of trips to Fontainbleau in the past, but I was particularly keen to show members what we have on our doorstep, especially at our local crag, Swanage.

St Aldhelm’s Head has long been an esoteric place for the Swanage climber, with it’s loose foreboding steep cliffs jutting out of the headland like the bow of a ship, full of ‘trad horror shows’ that would make the average climber shudder at the sight of it. Thankfully, with the release of Dorset Bouldering the place has become a quiet mecca for the keen boulderer. With a calm wind and some sunshine it can be a most wonderful place to spend the day, and the steep cliffs make a marvellous backdrop in the end.

The day started in the car park with a COVID-19 safety briefing. Everyone had their hand gels at the ready, and there was to be no sharing of chalk bags or eating each others' lunch! 

We arrived at the crag, the sun was out, the sea was glistening and you could hear the faint sound of a cat meowing…. To our surprise Jo, Neil and Fade (aka adventure kitty) were sampling one of the ‘horror shows’ below us. It wasn’t long until they had both joined us at the top, by which time we were all spread across the crag, each solving our own little problems. We had experienced boulderers and some new, all keen to get stuck into some real rock. It wasn’t long though until we were all putting suncream on, we really had lucked out on the weather today. 

We had experienced boulderers and some new, all keen to get stuck into some real rock.

There are two main areas to the bouldering at St Aldhelm’s Head. First, you have the cliff top quarry which has a wide spread of grades to suit climbers of all abilities. Then you have the beach area, which involves a scramble down a steep scree slope (be careful of people above you knocking stones down!) to find a myriad of boulders of all shapes, sizes and quality spread out over a large area. The beach can be a really tranquil place, don’t be surprised to spot deer down there when it’s quiet.

After lunch, most of us headed down to the beach to use up whatever strength we had left in our arms. A lot of our time was spent on the Notley Boulder, which has a variety of massive jugs all the way along it to make a really fun, but not too hard (f5+) traverse line. Once you’re done with that, there are varying eliminates along the boulder with dynos and tricky pinches to keep you trying hard!!

As our arms gave way, it was time to climb back up the hill and head to the Square & Compass for some refreshment and a pasty, before we made our way home.

Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a wonderful day. It was great to see some new and enthusiastic faces too, and I look forward to climbing with everyone again soon.

Chris.

SCC Peak District Meet Report – August 2020

As I sit in the car watching the rain lash against my windscreen in a very soggy Dartmoor (our replacement holiday after being blown away from North Wales by not one, but TWO storms last week), I am reminiscing about a contrastingly warm and somewhat midgey trip to the Roaches just a couple of weeks ago with SCC. This was our first official weekend meet following Lockdown, and we were a tiny bit apprehensive about how it would work out. Paul had the forsight to book the entire Hazelbarrow Farm campsite for the weekend, which included the use of the bunkhouse for socialising in the evening, in case of inclement weather. This lovely site is just a stone's throw from a plethora of climbing options at the Roaches, Newstones, Baldstones and at Ramshaw rocks - all within walking distance! Which is useful for an August trip with parking at a premium - apparently we weren't the only ones planning on a weekend escape to the Peak District.

The lovely walk-in (Photo credit: Sarah Whitehouse)

Chris and I arrived at around 9pm (after the usual, mad post-work dash) only to be met by legions of midges - the downside of a lovely still and sutlry summer's evening in the Peaks! After hastily erecting the tent we took refuge in the car, beer in hand, until the midges retired for the night. Not before they had feasted merrily on my accidentally exposed lower back whilst we put up the tent - lessons were learned! After a couple of beers with the others we headed to bed for a not-so-early night ahead of a days' climbing at the Roaches.

We woke to the pleasent pitter-patter of rain against the tent - only to realise once we were fully awake that this was in fact the sound of midges trying to get in for their breakfast! But with the heat of the morning sun producing the usual boil-in-the-bag effect familiar to those who habitually sleep in too long, we had to make a dash for it. On the count of three we fled to relative safety by the camp fire that Rob had already lit to keep our unwelcome visitors at bay. At about 8am we received a text from Jo and Steve to let us know they were on their way to the crag - whilst most of us were still in our PJs! Once breakfast was out of the way and we were finally left in peace by the midges we got on with our day.

En-masse, we ambled up to the Roaches upper tier (around 20 minutes on good paths) and went our separate ways up the rock. Chris took the lead up Heather Slab, a somewhat run-out but pleasent Severe 3c whilst I selflessly continued to feed the midges at the bottom whilst belaying. However, I was rewarded with a lovely breeze that chased my tormentors away once I'd followed him up - not to mention a spectacular view from the top.

The view from the top! (Photo credit: Sarah Whitehouse)

I then tottered up Maud's Garden (HVD 3c), a three-starred route I have looked at many times in the past but usually a queue of like-minded folk ahead of me has left me to find a less-popular line nearby. It was worth the wait, with a fairly bold start up the slab and a tricky chimney near the top (cue much dithering and grunting), both of which made the experience feel more severe than expected! But then, it has been a while since my last grit-stone adventure (thanks coronavirus!).

By this point George had joined us and was champing at the bit to get up something a little more challenging than I could follow him up, so I relinquished my climbing buddy and volunteered Chris for the job! I think he rather enjoyed Crenation, a bold E1 5a which both of them managed to make look much easier than it sounded. In turn, I borrowed Jon so I could tackle the very fun Fern Crack - which has a steep and juggy start with excellent gear (if you're strong enough to hold on whilst you place it - if not (like me) just keep going til you can put the weight back on your feet - you will be rewarded by a brilliant thread eventually!). This is followed by a slightly awkward rockover onto a rather green looking slab without much to cling to other than your hopes and prayers. Overall a very satisfying route that was over far too soon. Looking back I wish I'd squeezed in Black and Tans, another on my wish list that I think most of the other meet attendees managed to fit in, but it always seemed to have someone waiting for it when I looked over. So that was it for us - time to head back to the campsite for dinner. Jo and Steve's early start meant they managed at least 6 routes to our 3 that day and definitely earned their chippy tea; mine was less-well earned but just as much enjoyed.

Chippy tea at the campsite

Fortunately the wind picked up on Saturday evening and we were able to enjoy sitting outside without being eaten alive by the local wildlife. However, as the sun dipped below the horizon several of us retreated to the warmth of the bunkhouse for shelter from the increasingly chilly wind (there's no pleasing some!). A few beers were consumed and most of us headed to bed for a relatively early night in the hope of getting in a full day's climbing at Ramshaw Rocks on the Sunday.

With the wind building in strength throughout the night, plans were swiftly revised in the morning and we set our sights on a repeat visit to the Roaches instead. It's not like we were going to run out of top quality routes after just one day! As most of us were checking out of the campsite we drove to the crag - fortunately the cafe near the bottom of the Roaches had opened up a field for parking (at just £2 a day - so it amazed me that some people (not club members I hasten to add) still insisted on parking on the sides of roads and were duly rewarded with parking fines by the end of the day!).

On the Sunday Chris and I entertained ourselves with some of the shorter routes on the lower tier - Prow Cracks being a particularly enjoyable excursion! During a brief interlude I sat watching Tom squirm and thrutch his way into the squeeze of Sifta's Quid (a hillarious cross between caving and climbing that is probably more fun for the spectators than the climber! Seeing is believing, see piccie below), and Catherine rocketing up her second ever lead like a pro (whilst making some excellent shapes, also see below). I was busy capturing these two memorable events, when someone rudely got in the way of my photo - that someone turned out to be none other than Johnny Dawes! I said hello and had a quick chat about midges (which somehow lead to me telling him that he climbs pretty well for a midget - a compliment he seemed to take as it was intended!). He then offered his services to SCC in the form of training (which Chris is in the process of organising so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming info on that) and proceeded to give Chris a bit of an ad-hoc lesson in hands-free climbing (see pic below). All in all, a pretty memorable weekend!

Johnny Dawes discussing the finer points of hands-free climbing with Chris
Catherine (left) and Tom (right) getting stuck in!

I'm back in the car now having had a scramble about a very damp Dewerstone with Chris, gazing longingly at the glisteningly wet rock and hoping for a dry spell before heading home - in either event, I can't help but feel lucky that climbing draws us to visit such beautiful locations and allows us to see them from the unique perspective of the climber.

~Colette O'Neill

SCC Club Newsletter – Summer 2020

Welcome from the President

Dear lovely SCC members!

You don't need me to tell you this has been a very strange time to be president of our climbing club! Despite the difficulties faced by many of you, I have been overwhelmed by the positivity and creativity shown by our members to keep spirits high. From "pub" quizzes (organised by our fab social secs Jasmin and Sarah, with contributions from various other enthusiastic members) to bi-weekly high energy physical training sessions organised and ran by Paul (our own version of Joe Wicks! 💪), and excellent theoretical training organised by Chris and delivered (free of charge!) by Tim. Not to forget the newly formed SCC Book Club, set up by VP Esther! (This month's book is "Tides" by Nick Bullock - you've got until the 20th July to read it if you want to join in!) - I cannot thank you all enough for working so hard to provide virtual entertainment and learning opportunities for our members. And of course, to everyone who joined in for any of these or other hangout opportunities, massive thanks for getting involved!

Of course now lockdown is easing, we can start to resume our fabulous climbing calendar put together by Kizzy and Paul at the start of the year - and just in time for the planned Cornwall meet! As this was so last minute, we have decided it would work better as a "member organised" meet, as we had no way to know how feasible a club-organised trip would be so soon after re-opening of campsites and other facilities. For those of you who cannot join us due to the short notice, fear not! There is already another trip planned to the Peak District in the calendar, and as the situation becomes clearer over the coming weeks we will start populating your calendars with more awesome trips.

A note of caution, our main aim is to keep all our members safe. So should you or someone in your household feel unwell in the days leading up to a trip, please do not attend. Whilst on a trip, please try to maintain social distance from other people not in your household (e.g. only share a tent with people you live with) and if you decide to car share with people not in your household it is recommended that you sit as far from each other as possible, wear face masks throughout the journey and try to maintain an airflow through keeping windows open a little. Do bring hand gel with you so that you can use it before eating whilst out climbing for the day. Whilst in normal times we welcome novice climbers (providing there are enough experienced climbers available), at the moment we feel it is not possible to maintain a social distance whilst demonstrating skills (e.g. helping to tie in, or making an inexperienced climber safe at the anchor). Therefore until the risk has reduced we would encourage inexperienced members only to attend if a member of their household can take complete responsibility for them whilst climbing.

I am so excited at the prospect of climbing with you all again - although I think my "muscles" are now a shadow of their former selves so it's going to be a struggle - but one I cannot wait to embrace! Stay safe everyone and make the most of the current levels of freedom to make some new good memories.

Upcoming outdoor meets

Your meet sec's are Kizzy and Paul, and they're so happy that meets can start happening again!

We kindly ask that all members follow government rules on social distancing when attending a meet.
Please also read the BMC website on what the 4th July changes mean for climbing.

11th - 18th July - Cornwall
This will be an informal meet so individuals would be required to book their own accommodation and arrange travel and climbing partner independently.
We will be staying at Trevaylor campsite (https://www.cornishcamping.co.uk) from 11th to 18th July, although we appreciate this is a last minute meet, if you wish to join please book directly with the campsite.

Please note: the campsite may fill up quickly so other campsites and accommodation may be available.

The Facebook event for this meet is here.

7th - 9th August - The Roaches, Peak District
Finally, after a long absence from the Western Peaks we're making our return to the Roaches! Booking will open on the website on Wednesday 8th July at 7pm, so get in there quick as this meet is always popular and spaces will be limited.
Details available on the outdoor meets page.

15th - 8th August - Lundy
This meet is still going ahead for people who booked camping before lockdown through the Landmark Trust, but there will be changes with regard to C-19. These details are due to be released but some of the restrictions are below:

  • Click & collect system for the shop
  • Booking time slots for the pub, plus takeaway service
  • Certain showers assigned to certain 'households'. Unclear how that will apply to camping but we'll see.

Meet details can be found here, and the latest updates are on the Facebook event page.

Memberships

We're half way through the year now (how did that happen!), so it's time to slash our membership price in half. If you have any friends or family that are mad on climbing, and would like to join us, do let them know.

Send them to the SCC Website to find out more!

Upcoming training dates

At SCC we want you to get the very best out of your climbing, so throughout the year we have a programme of training events to motivate and educate you!

See training section for more details.

We currently cannot run any group training sessions due to COVID-19 unfortunately, but we are running online training sessions where we discuss a wide range of topics. These are usually on Tuesdays @ 7.30pm, checkout the Facebook page below to get involved and let us know what training you'd like to see in the future.

Recent meets

Scotland Winter Meet
It was a tough winter this year, with lots of wind and snow making climbing conditions tricky and the mountains avalanche prone. Nevertheless, everyone stayed safe and were able to fulfil some climbing objectives. Even the skiing conditions were on good form! Scottish winter newcomers were able to learn new skills and tick off their first winter route, whilst the more experienced parties ventured toward less travelled corries in search of icy lines and shelter from the westerlies. Not to mention hunkering down in a bothy and drinking mulled cider. Already looking forward to what this winter brings!

Boulder Shack
Tim and the Boulder Shack team have long been supporters of the club, and during lockdown they've been busy making improvements to the wall. Not only do they have a new shop area being filled with Patagonia gear, but a completely revamped kitchen area with pizza oven! 

I'm sure that's got everyone excited and licking their lips! 
They hope to be opening their doors again in the coming weeks.

Club Gear

Don't forget that the club has a stash of gear that members can borrow, not to mention all the guidebooks too in our club Library at Boulder Shack.

Club Gear
Guidebooks

Club Facebook group

All members of SCC should have access to this closed group. If you're having any difficulty joining the group, please let us know by emailing sotonclimb@gmail.com.

SCC Facebook Group

Club indoor sessions (once climbing walls re-open)

As usual, here are the details of the club's weekly indoor sessions, great for socialising and getting a midweek climb in.

  • Tuesdays at Boulder Shack from approx. 7-9.30pm. Our discounted club night, followed by a trip to the local watering hole, usually The Book Shop (pizza available next door) or The Rockstone.
  • Thursdays at Calshot from approx 7pm onwards, again with a discount (which in fact is valid any time in Calshot) and a drink/food after in the bar. We'd recommend using the club's Facebook group to check who else is going and coordinate lifts, especially during the winter!

As always, please get in touch if you have any feedback about the club or ideas for future activities.

With best wishes,

Your Committee

SCC Club Newsletter – Winter 2020

Welcome from the President

Happy New Year esteemed members of SCC! I am delighted to be welcoming in a new decade of climbing adventures as SCC club president - we have so much to look forward to! But first, I would like to say a massive thank you to the outgoing committee members from 2019 (Emily, Issy, Jon, Marc, Neil, Rob and Ryan) - the club would not be what it is today without all your hard work and enthusiasm. It takes a lot of dedication and energy, not to mention the many lunch times and evenings given over to running SCC, and your efforts were hugely appreciated!

Next, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the new committee members (Esther, Jo, Kizzy, Mary, Paul, Sarah and Simon); we have just had our first meeting of the year and it was full of brilliant ideas and positive energy - can't wait to see what we achieve over the coming 12 months.

In this newsletter you will find a list of upcoming meets (save the dates!), which will be going live for bookings soon - so keep an eye on the website and/or facebook group. The first meet of the year will be our yearly Winter Meet in Scotland (23rd-29th February) - although the event is fully booked on the website, do not fear: you can still get in contact with the bunkhouse and book yourself a space if you would like to join us (all of the info can be found on the event page). It seems to finally be getting colder (yay!) so I'm hoping I might be able to scratch up my shiny tools at last!

If you are new to climbing outdoors we have a beginners' trip to Dorset coming up in March - these ever-popular day trips will help you transition from climbing on plastic to actual rock in a fun and friendly environment. For the more experienced climbers among you, a number of more advanced training sessions will be available to book soon.

Last but definitely not least, thanks to all of you for your membership and support over the past year - from volunteering to cook on meets, giving lifts, helping with charity events and cleaning huts after use, the club could not run without you. If you are a new member and haven't yet had a chance to meet us, please do get in touch with any of the committee members shown at the bottom of the page - you should spot at least some of us on a Tuesday at Boulder Shack so please do come and say hi. We can't wait to see you all at the wall or crag soon!

-- Colette (President)

Membership renewal

It's that time of year again - membership expires on the 31st January. So what are you waiting for?

RENEW NOW!

Your club membership also gives you BMC club membership, giving you great discounts on shopping, and 3rd party liability insurance (which you need for some crags like Cheddar). You can also upgrade your membership to a full BMC member and gain personal injury cover as well.

Don't forget, if your details have changed, please do update them when you renew so you can receive your club and BMC membership details

Upcoming outdoor meets

Your new meet sec's are Kizzy and Paul. Here's what they've got lined up for you....

  • Indoor/Outdoor Meet - 15th February
  • Winter Meet- 23-29th February
  • Portland/Swanage Day Meet - 7th March
  • Beginners Meet - 21st March
  • Lake District - 10-13th April
  • Mendip Meet - 24-26th April
  • Peak District - 8-10th May
  • Gower - 22-25th May
  • Castlewood WIne Festival aka Wine & Climb (TBC)
  • Cornwall or Pembroke - 11-19th July
  • Lundy - 15-23rd August
  • North Wales - 28-31st August

Check the meets page for further details.

Upcoming training dates

At SCC we want you to get the very best out of your climbing, so throughout the year there is a programme of training events to motivate and educate you!

  • 13th February - Lead Climbing & Belaying
  • 15th February - Physical Training for Climbing Workshop
  • 24th February - Winter Skills
  • 17th March - Cleaning Sport Anchors

See training section for more details.

Recent meets

Christmas Meet - Thanks to the chefs for another fabulous Christmas dinner!

Christmas Social

Some of us have even been braving the weather in January!

Club Gear

Don't forget that the club has a stash of gear that members can borrow, not to mention all the guidebooks too in our club Library at Boulder Shack.

Club Gear
Guidebooks

Club Facebook Group

All members of SCC should have access to this closed group. If you're having any difficulty joining the group, please let us know by contacting us.

SCC Facebook Group

Club indoor sessions

As usual, here are the details of the club's weekly indoor sessions, great for socialising and getting a midweek climb in.

  • Tuesdays at Boulder Shack from approx. 7-9.30pm, our discounted club night, followed by a trip to the Rockstone after, where members receive a 15% discount!
  • Thursdays at Calshot from approx 7pm onwards, again with a discount (which in fact is valid any time in Calshot) and a drink +/- food after in the bar. We'd recommend using the club's Facebook group to check who else is going and coordinate lifts, especially during the winter!

As always, please get in touch if you have any feedback about the club or ideas for future activities.

With best wishes,

Your Committee

SCC 2020 Membership Signup is Open

Happy New Year everyone! SCC membership signup for 2020 is now open - you should definitely got to our Membership page to find out more about what's included and join/renew.

Join now and you can maximise your membership right through to 31st Jan 2021. This includes social events, outdoor meets, discounts and subsidised training throughout the season. A much better investment than an unused gym membership!

Any problems please get in touch. But only if they're club related - we can't help with route beta unfortunately. Or the apparent increase in gravity that always seems to follow the holidays 😄

Overseas Meet 2018 – Report

This year's overseas meet saw another change of scenery as SCC headed back to Spain. Paul Johnson has provided a write-up to tell us all about it:

October saw SCC's first trip to the sun-kissed peaks of El Chorro for the beginning of the Spanish climbing season. 

The Finca la Campana accommodation hosted 15 SCC climbers for the week, with some overly-competitive table football (stand out performance from Iron Man) and chaotic games of Spoons providing ample entertainment. Our hosts supplied generously-sized portions to keep the team fed throughout the week, including an impressive personalised SCC paella!
 
 
Teams braved the heat with notable visits to the Valle de Abdalajis, Escalera Arabe and Frontales crags. A great mix of slabs, faces & overhangs, cracks, flakes & jugs greeted us with an abundance of climbs just a short drive from our accommodation. A  trip to Desplomilandia, one of the few shaded crags available, was cut short in dramatic circumstances as  the climbers almost ended up on the wrong side of a local hunting expedition!
 
Occasional cloud coverage provided ideal conditions for various ascents of the epic multipitch routes El Chorro is famed for, ticking off my first +100m climb, some members scaling lines over 300m long. Other members were not even put off by dodging rockfall on the aptly named 'Lluvia del asteroids'.
 
 
The walk of the Caminito del Rey - the Kings Causeway, through the prominent gorges of El Chorro (home to many more notorious routes,as well as some badass eagles and vultures) as well as the Via Ferrata of the same name provided some much needed respite from the rigours of climbing, despite some challenging cable crossings. Similarly, a trip to the town of Ronda  helped make the most of a rare spell of rain and gave us a chance to recover for the final day of climbing.
 
Overall a fantastic week in great conditions, hopefully a venue that the club will revisit in the coming years!