Weekend Meets

Signed up to your first weekend meet, and have no clue as to what you need, or have to do? Well hopefully this page should put your mind as ease.

What should I bring?

As a minimum, everyone will need to bring:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Warm Clothing, plus spares
  • Waterproofs
  • Sturdy Shoes (can be trainers or similar, to get to and from the crag)
  • Daysack
  • Water Bottle (and lunchbox if you have one)
  • Cash to pay for the meet and takeaway
  • Any climbing gear you may already own
  • Torch (head-torches are advised)

The club will bring as much gear as is needed for everyone to climb, but please bring your own if you have it. Also one or two weekends may be chilly it is advised that for these you may need a hat, gloves and extra warm clothing. Remember, it's always better to bring too much and not need it, than be cold all weekend!

How Does it Work?

Buses and Cars 

Meets run from Friday evening to Sunday evening. The meeting place is generally the concourse in front of SUSU. From here the minibus (or buses) will be waiting to pick you up. The meet up time will be on the event page, and in the email we send out a week and half before the trip. We'll load up and get underway as soon as we can, so please be prompt; departure time is 17:30. If you're running late, then please let the Meet Secs know! We'll make a stop on the way at a supermarket for any food you want for that night and snacks/drinks for the weekend. We'll try to get to the hut before bedtime... but no promises.

Sometimes, you might be given a space in someone's car. The driver should be in touch to sort out arrangements, if there's any confusion then get in touch with the Meet Secs.

Accommodation

Accommodation is usually on the floor of a scout hut. Make sure you've got a sleeping bag and a roll mat. If you haven't got either we can usually find you one to borrow, just ask. The club provides breakfast and lunch (usually porridge and cheese sandwiches) on Saturday and Sunday and a (normally) vegetarian dinner on Saturday night. Otherwise it's up to you to bring any additional snacks/beers you want. We will account for any special dietary requirements people have, but these must be on your website profile otherwise we won't know!

Climbing/ Mountaineering

On Saturday and Sunday we'll spend the whole day climbing outside, normally whatever the weather (unless it's raining a lot) and will often leave when it gets dark so bring a torch. Needless to say, make sure you've got enough warm clothing and sensible shoes with you, again we can lend you things if you need. It's always good to have spares of things too in case things get wet. We'll make sure there's enough club gear for everyone to be able to climb. If you need help with things just chat to a committee member and we'll make sure you get the most out of climbing!

Leaving Routine 

On the Sunday everyone chips in clearing out the hut before we all head out to climb for the day. We will normally climb until the evening, and aim to be back in Southampton late Sunday evening. For dinner, we stop off for a takeaway on the way back. Usually we'll drop everyone home when we get back very late, to avoid you walking home in the dark.

Important Notice

Finally, it's really important that the committee have all your details correct to help things run smoothly, so make sure you have any medical / dietary details correct in your profile and that your mobile number is up to date.

Hopefully this is enough info for your first meet. If you have any more questions, you can get in touch with the Meet Secs at meets@su-mc.org. We look forward to seeing you at an amazing SUMC Meet!