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?


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

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

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