Calendar

Our committee elections are held each November, so our calendar runs from November until the following October.
Please click a category below to see details of the events which have been planned for this year.

Climbing Trips (Trad, Sport and Bouldering)
13th - 15th April Peak District
4th - 7th May Yorkshire
25th - 28th May North Wales
15th - 17th June Lake District
18th - 24th June Scotland
13th - 15th July Avon / Cheddar Gorge
3rd - 5th August Portland
24th - 27th August Devon
3rd - 9th September Dolomites
14th - 16th September Swanage
5th - 8th October The Roaches
Climbing Trips (Indoor Walls)

Our members regularly visit other nearby climbing walls in Essex and London, and over the winter months the club organises meetups in place of the outdoor climbing trips.

There is no set time; we usually arrive around 10:30am then climb, boulder and eat cake until the afternoon/evening.

On your first visit to each climbing wall you will have to complete their registration form and competence questionnaire. You can often do this online to save time on the day.

17th December The Lock, Harlow
28th January The Cragg, Stowmarket
25th February The Reach, Woolwich
31st March Mile End, London
Walking Trips

The format of the walking trips is we arrive at the bunkhouse, or youth hostel, on the Friday afternoon/evening where we relax and discuss the walking routes for the weekend.

We aim to leave the bunkhouse on the Saturday morning around 9am (although this has occasionally slipped to nearer 10am!) to maximise the reduced hours of sunlight over the winter months and fit in a full day of walking.

Saturday evening usually includes a vegetarian curry, which everyone is invited to contribute to, as well as a few well-deserved drinks around a log-burning stove.

Sunday’s walk is often slightly shorter, aiming to leave in the afternoon so we don’t return home too late.

If you would like to join us, please speak to a committee member who will add your name to the list. The accommodation costs £30 per person, which we ask you to pay to when you reserve your place.

24th - 26th November The Peak District
19th - 21st January Ogwen Valley, North Wales
16th - 18th February Helvellyn, Lake District
23rd - 25th March Shropshire
Socials

Social events are organised throughout the year, either by the committee or by members of the club.

Please check the links below for full details and to let the organiser know if you will be attending.

16th December Night hike along the Essex Way (Wrabness to Harwich) with meal
22nd December Christmas Drinks
13th January Christmas/New Year Social
3rd March Ultimate Ninja UK (followed by evening drinks)
16th March Andy Kirkpatrick @ Chelmsford Civic Theatre
26th April Guest Talk: Steve McClure on Breaking the Grade Barrier in the UK
8th June Drinks, The Kings Arms
28th July Summer BBQ
17th - 19th August Sudbury to the Sea
6th October Women’s Climbing Symposium
Competitions
18th November Blokfest Mile End, London
19th November Friendly bouldering competition Climbing Wall, University of Essex
9th December Blokfest Stronghold, London
20th January Blokfest Oakwood, London
24th February Blokfest Westway, London
17th March Blokfest The Castle, London
Route Setting

Each month sees our qualified route-setters busy coming up with lots new routes. In 2017 they set 135 routes in total, ranging from grade 4 up into the 7s, with 28 graded at 6a.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the climbing wall during the day to help clean the holds which have been taken down - more holds cleaned during the morning means more routes can be set!

It's also interesting to see how the route-setting process works and the ropework skills required to do so.

11th November
16th December
27th January
24th February
17th March
21st April
19th May
9th June
21st July
11th August
22nd September
Meetings
2nd November Annual General Meeting
15th November Committee Meeting
7th February Committee Meeting
16th May Committee Meeting
18th July Committee Meeting
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