Meets Calendar

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the outdoor meets programme of The Rucksack Club is currently cancelled. We will follow government guidance as and when changes occur which allow us to restart our outdoor Meets. However, an exciting programme of virtual meets is underway – see the calendar below!

The Rucksack Club is privileged to have one of the biggest and most varied programme of meets of any British mountaineering club. Our outdoor meets programme has over 50 meets (weekends or longer) throughout the year. We have a regular programme of Wednesday evening climbing – outdoor during the summer months and indoor during winter – and there is a very active Wednesday Walkers group. In the winter months we have a regular mid-week indoor lecture programme from both members and invited national and international speakers. 

 

Meets Calendar: Hover over any event to see details. Click to open event (then scroll to see more info).
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  • Virtual: High Camp

    Virtual: High Camp

    All day
    05/09/2020-06/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: Carole Smithies

    Please join me on my virtual High Camp.  Why Everest?  Well that comes later.  First in these CV19 days, we have to have a set of rules for all participants, members and guests alike.  So:

    • You must remain at your own home.
    • You must camp or bivvy in your own garden overnight.  If you don’t have a garden, you must bivvy in your sitting room.
    • Climbers are encouraged to portaledge on their house, suspend themselves from the chimney, sleep on the roof or whatever.
    • You must not sleep in your own bed, but that does not give you licence to sleep in someone else’s.
    • You must register your intent to join the Everest High Camp before the 5th September.
    • You must take a photo of your tent/bivvy/portaledge on the day and send it to the leader.
    • You must notify the leader of the names of all individuals who take part in your camp/bivvy.
    • You must tell the leader the height in feet of your home above sea level.
    • You must join the leader for wine or whatever takes your fancy, at nine. 

    And now Everest.  When I began to think about this I thought, if I knew how high people camp, i.e. their height above sea level [HASL] then I could work out our total HASL.  And maybe we could aim for say Scafell Pike or even Ben Nevis.  [If you’re wondering why feet not metres…  Well, that’s because having climbed all the 3000ft Munros, I was horrified to discover I was then listed in the first metric edition of Munro’s Tables of 3000-Feet Mountains of Scotland.  914 metres indeed Grrr!] 

    Now I’ve really no idea what the average house HASL is in England or the UK and even if I did, it wouldn’t help given the uneven spread of the Club’s members.  But if we say 500 feet, that would mean 6 people camping for Scafell, 9 for the Ben and Mont Blanc would need 32.  But hey, let’s go for broke and climb Everest together. 

    So, come on all of you, bring out your bivvy bags, tidy your tents and pick up your portaledges and join me as we head off to Everest.  We’ll need a lot of people to get to the top, so please encourage your families and friends to join in.  But strictly within the virtual HC rules of course, so they must bivvy/camp in their own home or garden.  And by the way, I’ve high hopes of mega contributions from some of our overseas members.  Dave, Matthew, Greg, Neil etc. are you listening? 

    Wine at nine will include toasts to the future of the Club, to the continued good health of its members and, if past High Camps are anything to go by, to a whole lot more.  I’m hoping for a great turnout, so please do let me know if you’ll be coming on this very special High Camp.

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  • Virtual: High Camp

    Virtual: High Camp

    All day
    06/09/2020-06/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: Carole Smithies

    Please join me on my virtual High Camp.  Why Everest?  Well that comes later.  First in these CV19 days, we have to have a set of rules for all participants, members and guests alike.  So:

    • You must remain at your own home.
    • You must camp or bivvy in your own garden overnight.  If you don’t have a garden, you must bivvy in your sitting room.
    • Climbers are encouraged to portaledge on their house, suspend themselves from the chimney, sleep on the roof or whatever.
    • You must not sleep in your own bed, but that does not give you licence to sleep in someone else’s.
    • You must register your intent to join the Everest High Camp before the 5th September.
    • You must take a photo of your tent/bivvy/portaledge on the day and send it to the leader.
    • You must notify the leader of the names of all individuals who take part in your camp/bivvy.
    • You must tell the leader the height in feet of your home above sea level.
    • You must join the leader for wine or whatever takes your fancy, at nine. 

    And now Everest.  When I began to think about this I thought, if I knew how high people camp, i.e. their height above sea level [HASL] then I could work out our total HASL.  And maybe we could aim for say Scafell Pike or even Ben Nevis.  [If you’re wondering why feet not metres…  Well, that’s because having climbed all the 3000ft Munros, I was horrified to discover I was then listed in the first metric edition of Munro’s Tables of 3000-Feet Mountains of Scotland.  914 metres indeed Grrr!] 

    Now I’ve really no idea what the average house HASL is in England or the UK and even if I did, it wouldn’t help given the uneven spread of the Club’s members.  But if we say 500 feet, that would mean 6 people camping for Scafell, 9 for the Ben and Mont Blanc would need 32.  But hey, let’s go for broke and climb Everest together. 

    So, come on all of you, bring out your bivvy bags, tidy your tents and pick up your portaledges and join me as we head off to Everest.  We’ll need a lot of people to get to the top, so please encourage your families and friends to join in.  But strictly within the virtual HC rules of course, so they must bivvy/camp in their own home or garden.  And by the way, I’ve high hopes of mega contributions from some of our overseas members.  Dave, Matthew, Greg, Neil etc. are you listening? 

    Wine at nine will include toasts to the future of the Club, to the continued good health of its members and, if past High Camps are anything to go by, to a whole lot more.  I’m hoping for a great turnout, so please do let me know if you’ll be coming on this very special High Camp.

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  • Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    All day
    11/09/2020-14/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn

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  • Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    All day
    12/09/2020-14/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn

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  • Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    All day
    13/09/2020-14/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn

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  • Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    Cancelled: Island Meet – Colonsay

    All day
    14/09/2020-14/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn

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  • Cancelled: Kayaking Scotland

    Cancelled: Kayaking Scotland

    All day
    19/09/2020-20/09/2020

    Co-ordinators: Pete Adams & Gary Bunting

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  • Cancelled: Kayaking Scotland

    Cancelled: Kayaking Scotland

    All day
    20/09/2020-20/09/2020

    Co-ordinators: Pete Adams & Gary Bunting

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  • Cancelled: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Cheviots

    Cancelled: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Cheviots

    All day
    25/09/2020-27/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: David Nightingale

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  • Cancelled: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Cheviots

    Cancelled: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Cheviots

    All day
    26/09/2020-27/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: David Nightingale

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  • Cancelled: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Cheviots

    Cancelled: Mounthooley Bunkhouse, Cheviots

    All day
    27/09/2020-27/09/2020

    Co-ordinator: David Nightingale

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