Trips and Expeditions

2017

Hot Rock - CYPRUS - November 2017

Unlike our previous trip to Sicily, which was mainly sport climbing, Cyprus has as much trad as sport. Most trad is at the lower grades (HVS and below). Most of it seems to be single-pitch limestone cliffs (20-40m), with some metamorphosed sandstone. There is good sport as well (also plenty in the lower grades – 6 and below). If you want to look deeper, have a look at www.cyprusrocks.eu (click on the camera icon by each route description to see a photo)

Cyprus should have nice warm sunshine at that time of year, so non-climbing other-halves will be able to enjoy sunbathing by the pool, the great selection of beaches, or a wide variety of great walks. Check out; Activities

http://www.amadoraluxuryvillas.com/travel/activities_in_protaras_cyprus.html


When: Sunday 5th - Sunday 12th November 2017 (Jet2 fly from Newcastle to Paphos every Sunday).

Air fare: £268.90 inc 22Kg bag (Jet2 Newcastle->Paphos) - currently on sale £24 off.

Location: Pissouri - South Cyprus, halfway between Paphos and Limassol. Recommended by Brendan who worked there. Not like Sicily where you can walk to the crag each day - more like being based in the Lake District and driving to a different crag each day for 20-60 minutes.

Accommodation: Villa with pool (1x 5 bed villa + extra villa(s) or apartment(s) nearby if numbers require)
£113-143 per person per week including villa, airport transfer and car hire

Normally we get around 10-12 people. We can fit 10 in a single villa. The prices above are for the first villa and assume that people coming on their own (rather than as a couple) would have to share a room with someone of the same sex (unless they want to pay double or they get lucky and there is no other single person of the same sex for them to share with). The prices are also calculated at today’s exchange rate the villa is priced in euros – so there could be a bit of variation.

Of course you could choose to find your own accommodation and you might prefer the privacy of your own place rather than sharing a bigger villa with the main group. However, if we all fit in a single property then each room could cook a meal for everyone on 1 evening (so you’d only have to cook once in the whole week) and we could go out twice (say). Easier to communicate on the next day’s activities, etc. and more social.

The main Cyprus campsite is not in this area and generally my feeling is that the cheapness of camping is offset by extra bags on the plane and extra eating out expenses. But if you are desperate to camp let me know.

I have already booked a 5 Bedroom Villa so if you want to come you need to give me a £30 deposit per person to confirm your place. If you drop out, you can only get this deposit back if I can get mine back/replace you with someone else. After the end of July 2017, I will be committed to paying for the villa(s) in full, so if you drop out after then I will still need you to you pay me for the full price of your room (not just the £30 deposit you already paid) – again unless I can find a replacement for you.

It is up to you to book your own flights. Assuming you are in the first 5 bedroom villa and on the same flights as the core group then the cost includes transfer to the villa from the airport and car hire. Talk to me before you book car hire.

If you want to book on the meet, please let me know and I’ll let you know how to send me your £30 deposit.

Stuart Watson

 

The Cobbler and Ben Lomond. August 23rd-28th 2017

At the time of writing, Stuart & Celia have 28 Munros (out of 282) left to bag and hope to ‘compleat’ the full set before the end of August this year. Whilst it may be tempting fate to make arrangements so far in advance, we would love a few friends to join us on our final Munro (Ben Lomond), and so we plan to combine the ascent of Ben Lomond with a couple of days climbing nearby (on The Cobbler). The hope is that a few of you from the KMC will come up for a few days of climbing but stay for an extra couple of days of hill walking (and drinking/celebrating).

The Cobbler is home to several classic climbs. The traverse of the South and Centre peaks provides a classic ridge (105m of Mod to the South Peak, 25m Mod descent, 70m Diff up the arête to the Centre Peak, and 15m of grade 3 scrambling + walking on the descent). The South-East Face is home to Ardgartan Arête (3p VS 4b **). The North Peak is home to Punster’s Crack (3p S 4b ****) and Whither Wether (VS 4c ****). There are plenty more.

The ascent of Ben Lomond should be straightforward (walking directly from the Rowardennan Hostel), but to make it more complex we’ll be joined by a bunch of friends who are better drinkers than hill walkers. Of course, there is no obligation to stay for Ben Lomond – you can just come for the climbing and either go home on Saturday or continue climbing and ignore the bagging celebrations. Equally, if you can’t afford the time off work to come to the climbing, we’d love you to join us for the weekend Munro bagging.

Wednesday 23rd August: Travel up and stay at Inverary Hostel
Thursday 24th August: Climb on The Cobbler. Stay at Inveraray Hostel.
Friday 25th August: Climb on the Cobbler. Stay at Rowarden Hostel on Loch Lomond
Saturday 26th August: Ascend Ben Lomond from Rowardennan Hostel. Celebrations at a local pub or in the hostel (which has a bar). Stay at Rowardennan Hostel on Loch Lomond.
Sunday 27th August: Ascend Ben Lomond (if Saturday weather was bad), else another fell walking day in the area (probably easy due to the non-walkers present). Or go climbing. Celebrations at a local pub or in the hostel. Stay at Rowardennan Hostel on Loch Lomond.
Monday 28th August: Head home.

If you are interested in coming please let us know

KMC

 

Chamonix Week - 12th-19th August 2017

 

Staying in comfortable self catering apartment in Argentiere - sleeps up to 8.

Could fly and hire, or drive there and back.

Opportunity for high level walks, parapenting, luge, via ferrata, day alpine routes and rock climbing in the valley

Anyone interested


Jim Fairey

 

2016

Italian Dolomites July 2016

Subject to there being sufficient interest, I'm keen to organise a club trip to the Dolomites next summer. Due to snow stopping play last time, I propose bringing the trip forward to the first two weeks of July. All lifts are open again by then, the days are longer (and hotter!) than September, but it's before the UK and Continental school holidays.

My suggested location is Corvara, which provides access to both the Tofana Range (long standing unfinished business for some of us!), the Sella Massif and Arraba areas. It is also closer to the Marmolada than last year's venue with many other areas no more than an hour's drive away.

The campsite is excellent (the club stayed there in 2009). In addition to facilities for tents and camper vans, the site now offers very upmarket bungalows and nice wooden cabins for those who have forsworn camping. Unfortunately they have not yet published the prices for these for the 2016 summer season so I can't give you an indication of potential cost yet. See www.campingcolfosco.org for more info.

Jet2 and other cheap airlines fly to Venice, Treviso and Verona all of which are a comfortable half day drive to the central Dolomites.

Corvara itself is a pretty village with an ice-rink (which was opened especially for the KMC in 2009) and an open air swimming pool and is well-located for walking and cycling as well as climbing and via ferratas.

Just something for you to mull over for the moment. Think about that Italian summer sun as the cold Cumbria rain lashes down.......

Judith Brown

 

2015

KMC Climbing Meet – San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily

28 October – 15 November 2015

Hate the Cumbrian grey drizzle during November? Come to Sicily for some autumn climbing in the sun.

The recent winter talk from BMC president Scott Titt included a lot of information on his winter project – bolting sport routes in Sicily with his brother Jim Titt. It sounded so good that we have decided to make this a venue for a KMC meet.

Climb-Europe.com says…

Rock climbing in Sicily offers everything from big wall multi-pitch rock climbing to single pitch sports routes, with the added bonus of visiting an island steeped thousands of years of civilization and culture. The rock climbing here offers a great sense of adventure and there is a warmth and hospitality from the islands population that is always willing to help tourists and foreigners. The rock climbing on Sicily can be broken down into 4 main areas:


1 – Trapani – San Vito Area

Near Trapani is one of the most famous seaside resorts of Sicily called San Vito Lo Capo. Rising up from the town is Monte Monaco & Pizzo Monaco, where there is a mixture of bolted and trad multi-pitch routes between 150m to 400m long as well as single-pitch sports routes. Along the coast on the west side of San Vito lo Capo is a great coastal cliff nearly 4km long. This cliff has hundreds of quality limestone single pitch routes mainly in the easy to mid-grades (half the routes are F6b+ and below), which are detailed in this guidebook. The definitive guidebook for this area is called Sicily Rock – San Vito Sport Climbing, which is available to buy in our shop. This area is perfect for combining a sun, sea and rock climbing holiday.


2 – Palermo Area

Rising up within the city of Palermo is the mountain of Monte Pellegrino, and is the largest climbing area in Sicily. This mountain is over 600m high and extends from south to north for several kilometres, offering a continuous sequence of limestone walls exposed on every side. The majority of the climbing is on the west side of the mountain and in all there are 8 major crags, offering single pitch and multi-pitch routes up to 200m long. There are 100’s of sports routes here, as well as long classic routes, making it the most important rock climbing area in southern Italy. However there are still enormous possibilities for new routes and long stretches of the wall are still untouched.
To the north of Palermo and rising from the sea is Monte Gallo. It is an isolated mountain consisting of a number of different peaks, with some walls up to 400m high. The rugged nature of the mountain and its steep walls are similar to the Dolomites! All of the routes are multi-pitch giving big wall bolted routes up to 370m long on good quality limestone rock.


3 – Messina Area


In the northeast side of Sicily the rock climbing around Messina consists of 8 separate limestone crags, some of which offer multi-pitch bolted routes up to 150m long. The largest crag is at Castelmola, near Taormina, which offers single pitch sports climbing with nearly 50-recorded routes across a good selection of grades

4 – Siracusa – Ragusa Area


To the south east of the island there is a large concentration of crags between Siracusa and Ragusa, which are mainly single-pitch sport routes offering a good selection of routes across all grades.


However at Monti Climiti there are bolted routes up to 100m long with 8 different crags spread out on 3 sides of the mountain. Generally there are not many routes established at each crag, and the number of bolted routes varies from 5 to 21. owever the crags are separated by only a few minutes’ drive from each other with only a short walk to each crag. There is a good selection of single pitch routes as well as bolted multi-pitch routes across all grades on limestone rock.


Rock Climbing in Sicily - Logistics

The ideal time to visit Sicily to go rock climbing is from autumn right through to spring. It is not unusual to be climbing in shorts and t-shirt on beautiful crags overlooking the sea during the winter months.


For the majority of the multi-pitch and all of the single pitch sports routes at least a 60m rope is recommended, with around 15 quickdraws. However, for some of the multi-pitch routes it would be advisable to take 2 half 50m ropes and trad gear such as nuts and cams.


There are 2 guidebooks that cover the rock climbing found on Sicily. The largest of these is called "Di Roccia di Sole/Climbing in Sicily", and it describes 68 climbing areas across the island, including sport and multi-pitch routes. The second is called “Sicily Rock – San Vito Sport Climbing”, which only describes the sport climbing found at the seaside resort of San Vito Lo Capo. Both of these guidebooks are available to buy from our shop.

Planned meet location

The main sport climbing area is San Vito Lo Capo, and the campsite in that area that is recommended by most climbers is El Bahira Camping Village

http://www.elbahira.it

This campsite has apartments for 290 Euros per week (1 bedroom with double bed, open area between bedroom and dining area with 2 bunk beds, sofa bed in lounge, + kitchen and shower). They also have static caravans with two bedrooms (one double and one with 2 bunk beds) for 270 Euros per week.

Meet leaders Stuart and Celia plan to be out there from 28 October till 15 November, but KMC members can come and join for as long or short a time as they like.
From 29 October till 1 November the San Vito Climbing Festival will be held http://www.sanvitoclimbingfestival.it/eng/. The web site hasn’t been updated yet from last year’s festival, but you’ll get the idea of what takes place… climbing competitions inc. deep water soloing and climbing marathons, parties, talks, films, slacklining demos, triathlon/mountain biking events, etc. This is the end of the UK half-term week so it could be a mixed blessing – some may want to include it and others may want to avoid it at all cost. It has been attended by lots of famous names in the past. More than 500 climbers attended last year, so if you want an apartment or caravan during this period you’ll need to book fairly soon (before the festival marketing kicks in).


Logistics

You can fly from Heathrow via Al Italia (1 change at Rome) – current flight costs from £114 (before hold baggage, etc.). You should also be able to fly direct from Stansted via Ryanair, but their autumn schedule isn’t published yet. As far as I can tell, there aren’t flights from the northern airports nearer to Cumbria.

Interested?

Contact Stuart on 07801132576 or email: stuartataltitude@gmail.com or Facebook for more info.

 

2014

 

Dolomites 14 day Meet

3rd Sept - 17th Sept 2014

 

We are planning a KMC (and friends) trip to the Italian Dolomites in early eptember and are interested in gauging the level of potential interest. We are looking at cheaper mid-week flights, such as Wednesday 3rd to Wednesday or Thursday 17th/18th. There are a variety of flight options from UK airports to either Venice or Verona, both of which are about a half-day drive to the heart of the Dolomites. It is also possible to drive out to the Dolomites for anyone preferring that option.

The base for this trip will be Cortina, probably staying at Camping Olympia, a well appointed and positioned site, that we have used on a previous trip. In the case of prolonged adverse weather conditions a retreat to the Arco area is possible.
The Dolomites offer a wide choice of opportunities for outdoor adventure including big, traditional rock climbs, classic via ferratas, shorter climbs in areas such as the Cinque Torre, mountain biking and hill-walking. Plus Italian food, coffee and ice-cream! If you think you may be interested, please let us know.

 

2013

 

South Wales 10 day Meet

4th Sept - 15th Sept 2013

This year we are planning a 10 day visit to the the sea cliffs of South Wales instead of a trip abroad.

The outline plan is as follows:

Wednesday 5th - Thursday 5th Sept - Wye Valley

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September - Gower Coast

Monday 9th - Thursday 12th September - Pembroke East and West

Friday 13th - Sunday 15th September - St Davids

We will then have to beat a hasty retreat to be in Cockermouth/Keswick for the Tour of Britain Race through West Cumbria!!

We will be camping and full details will be made known later. This trip is particularly suitable for those of you with Campervans!!

 

BBQ WEEKEND Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th Aug 2013

 

This is advance notice of our 4th annual BBQ Weekend which will be based in the Duddon Valley - camping at Turners Hall Farm

 

North Wales Classic Rock Meet 2013

 

We are repeating our successful trip from last year. Join us for 5 days of classic Severe/VS climbing in North Wales. We will be ticking routes in Llanberis Pass, Gwynant Valley, Tremadoc, Idwal and Ogwen Valley plus a visit to Gogarth!

We are staying in a 5* hut in Nant Peris for 5 nights - Sunday 12th May to Thursday 16th May inc - and can stay at the same location camping in the garden but using all the hut facilities for 2 nights - Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May.

Members can join in for some or all the meet - i.e. a whole week, part of the week or just the weekend.

 

2012

 

West Country Fortnight

6th Sept - 20th Sept 2012

 

This year we are planning a 2 week visit to the West Country instead of a trip abroad.

The outline plan is as follows:

Thursday 6th - Friday 7th Sept - Wye Valley

Saturday 8th - Monday 10th September - Baggy Point, N Devon

Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th September - Culm Coast, S Devon

Friday 14th - Monday 17th September - Bosigran/Lands End, Cornwall

Tuesday 18th September -- The Dewerstone, Dartmoor

Wednesday 19th - Thursday 20th September - Avon & Cheddar Gorge

We will be camping and full details will be made known later. This trip is particularly suitable for those of you with Campervans!!

 

BBQ WEEKEND Saturday 7th July/Sunday 8th July 2012

 

This is advance notice of our 3rd annual BBQ Weekend which will be based in Patterdale.

 

North Wales Classic Rock Meet 2012

Join us for 5 days of classic Severe/VS climbing in North Wales. We will be ticking routes in Llanberis Pass, Gwynant Valley, Tremadoc, Idwal and Ogwen Valley plus a visit to Gogarth!

We are staying in a 5* hut in Nant Peris for 5 nights - Sunday 13th May to Thursday 17th May inc - and can stay at the same location camping in the garden but using all the hut facilities for 2 nights - Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May.

Members can join in for some or all the meet

i.e. a whole week, part of the week or just the weekend.

 

2011

 

ARCO, ITALY 10-24th September 2011

Our annual European trip this year is to Arco, Italy. This amazing climbing area is just north of Lake Garda and is easily reached from airports such as Munich, Verona and Venice.

We will be based on the Arco campsite which is directly beneath the amazing sports climbing limestone cliffs. In the area there are massive numbers of routes both sports and trad plus numerous Via Ferratas and walks. The area boasts great cycling routes and water sports at Lake Garda.

The campsite is in easy walking distance of Arco town where there are many bars, cafes and restaurants.

The Arco climbing guide has been re-printed in 2010 and is massive - far too big to put in your pocket for any route. So, the KMC has purchased a copy and anyone is welcome to borrow our copy for a few days to peruse. The Via Ferratas are included in the Cicerone Italian Dolomites Vol 2. This has also been re-printed in 2008.

You are all welcome to join in for all or some of the period we will be there - officially Sat 10th September to Sat 24th September.

If you are planning just to climb on the campsite cliffs then transport is not essential but very useful to visit other crags, Vias, walks etc