We’ve moved to FaceBook for the moment

If you are visiting our website you will notice that many of the events are out of date. We are currently in transition trying to decide whether a Facebook page is really quite sufficient for the club’s needs and whether, because it is in theory simpler to run, we will get more club member engagement because individuals can post themselves. Over the next few months we will only be using our Facebook page to post events.  So head over to www.facebook.com/TyneValleyMountaineers if you are interested to see what we are getting up to.

Climbing Meet – February 21st – Ratho, EICA

February 21st 2015 – Ratho, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

Leaving Hexham at about 9am.  Get to Edinburgh about 11.15 for coffee in the cafe which overlooks the climbing arena. We will climb for an hour or two and have a break for lunch (take a sandwich).  Then probably also have a mid afternoon break in the cafe and leave for home at about 5.30.

The climbing wall is an old quarry (covered over) fixed up with artificial panels and bolted holds, with routes for all abilities, the highest being 33m.  There are stacks of good climbing routes, with and without top ropes.  Take a lead rope if you have one (longer the better).  One area is set up for slab-climbing routes. There is also a boudering room and also a number of isolated boulder features in the main hall.

We will hopefully stop for a bar meal at the Buccleugh Arms on the way home.
Let Alan know if you would like to come.

Organiser is Alan Mitcham (alanmitcham@metronet.co.uk)

An Important Reminder

Non-member Disclaimer Form

This is a timely reminder to all club meet organisers for the upcoming meets whether they are Sunday/climbing/weekend meets. While we always welcome newcomers, only paid up members of the club are covered by club insurance.

It is therefore ESSENTIAL that any non-member joining any club meet fills in a non-member disclaimer form found here on the website. Please make sure you have some blank copies with you if you know there will be some non-members joining you on the day/weekend. Thank you.

Sunday Meet – February 22nd – Glaramara in the Lakes

Details at this point are with James Parmley who is organising this meet. If you want more details about joining him and other members fill in the contact form below or contact him directly. Further details will be posted here as soon as they are available.


Braemar 27th February – 1st March 2015

Following the cancellation of John Dark’s trip to Aviemore, James Parmley is proposing a trip to Braemar the weekend of 27th February – 1st March.
There are two people confirmed so far for the weekend, another strong positive and a possible. If you are interested let James know this week or fill out the contact form below and you’ll be put in touch with James so he can book accommodation. This will be the youth hostel in Braemar or, if there is sufficient interest, then we may stay in the Girl Guides Hut in Braemar.
The Tyneside Loipers are in Braemar that weekend so we could all meet up for a drink at some point, or just wave as they ski by!

2nd February is the next Pub Meet

What’s happening?

A pint or two, a chance for a chat and last but not least Chris Moss will give a flavour of the trip he did a few years ago along part of The Grand Excursion Appenninica in Northern Italy.

The Appenines must be in the running for Italy’s best kept mountaineering secret. This north west/south east range offers huge scope for long distance treks along panoramic ridges, through lush forested valleys to overnight stops in isolated mountain communities. And then there was the food …. My 10 day trip, inspired by Eric Newby’s book ‘Love and War in the Appenines’,  was to the northern end of the range, inland of Florence and Pisa.


The Rat Logo

at Anick

What time?

From 7.30pm


July 8th Pub Meet

The usual pub meet is at The Rat in Anick (grid ref NY 953 655) at 7.45pm on Monday, July 8th.
Come along for a pint and a natter.  Lots to talk about… upcoming trips, climbing sorties, etc, and tales of night walks in the Cheviots and backpacking in the Lakes.