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Yorkshire Pre-trip information

Been before? A few things may be slightly different this time. Take a read.

This includes

  • the plan
  • what to bring
  • where to drive to

What to expect from the weekend

Friday

We’ll arrive Friday night.

21:00 make packed lunches for tomorrow

22:00 Make some plans, have a few drinks and a giggle and go to bed.

Saturday

We’ll have breakfast together, and then head off to the crag(s).

We’ll return to the hut for food together, and drinks… and to make lunch and plans for Sunday.

07:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
08:00Breakfast
09:00Washing Up
09:30leave hut
16:00Return to hut
16:10tea and showers
17:30Dinner prep start
19:00Dinner
21:00Washing Up
21:45Luch material prep
22:00Lunch Making
22:45Lunch making teardown

Sunday

We’ll have breakfast together, clean and empty the hut, and head off out.

After Sunday’s activities, everyone will head home.

07:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
08:00Breakfast
Clear bedrooms
Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms
10:00Clear kitchen, showers
10:30Leave hut
11:00Climbing
17:00Head for home

The hut

The hut has toilets, showers, power, beds with mattresses, basic cooking facilities, fresh cold water. It does not have wifi or indoor mobile signal. It may not have signal at all on some networks. There aren’t any shops nearby. We will have to bring everything with us.

What crag(s) are we going to? What if the weathers bad?

We’ll figure out all plans the night before in the hut.

What should I bring?

Key:
normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have

Sleeping things

  • Sleeping bag (mummy style sleeping bags with a hood are best in the UK)
  • Earplugs and eyemask (other people can be loud, can snore and this may help you sleep better)

Climbing Gear

If you’re hoping to climb, you’ll need your own gear – there isn’t anywhere to hire it for. At a minimum – you’ll need:

  • Harness
  • Helmet (this needs to be a climbing helmet, kayaking, snowboarding, cycling helmets are designed to protect you from different things)
  • Belay device & karabiner
  • Climbing shoes

Really helpful things to have, even if you’re not leading

If you have any of these things, bring them:

  • extra karabiners
  • some or all of a trad rack
  • half ropes
  • a 50 or 60m rope
  • relevant guidebooks

If you’re a trad leader, you should know what to bring (everything!).

Outdoor clothes

The weather and time of year is important to think about, but this is the British Isles, we have to plan for all weathers at all times of year.

  • Outdoor trousers (not denim or jeans of any type)
  • comfortable climbing top
  • underwear
  • waterproof top and bottom
  • an extra warm layer
  • hiking boots
  • thick socks for hiking in
  • gloves + spare gloves
  • a full change of clothes back at camp (for being around the hut)
  • an extra warm layer for belaying
  • hat
  • buff / scarf
  • swimming costume(!)

General outdoor gear

There is often a walk to any climbing, maybe even a bit of a hike. It’s good to be equipped in case we’re outside longer than expected.

  • Small rucksack (25-40 litre)
  • headtorch
  • water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • spare batteries
  • suncream
  • sunglasses
  • themos flask
  • midge net / insect repellent
  • first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
  • phone charger and cable
  • book / cards / headphones
  • walkie-talkies

Washing

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • all medication you need
  • towel

Food

Almost all meals are included in the trip price, and will be tailored to your dietary requirements – specifically:

  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Evening meal on Saturday

We already have your dietary requirements from the signup form, and everyone will be catered for. If the head chef on this trip (Judith) has any questions or queries, she’ll be in touch directly.

Drinks

All drinks (except tap water!) are not included in the price of the trip. Bring your own Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Where am I driving to?

You are headed precisely to here, but read on for a second.

The hut is somewhere near the village of Settle, in the village of Helwith Bridge.

If you are the first one there, or likely to be – please message Tim or Tom Rowley directly for info of how to get inside.

Parking is quite an important thing at this hut. There is a free carpark opposite the hut – feel free to park in this hut. Do not park on any of the roads – the one to the side of the hut is used by quarry wagons, and the houses hate people parking outside them. Feel free to park inside the hut carparking, but the free carpark opposite is free, spacious and.. well yes – consider parking there.

We are sleeping in the Ingleborough and Whernside bunkrooms. There is another group in the hut this weekend, and its important we sleep in the right rooms and generally are pleasant to them.

Questions

Got any questions? Suggestions? Not sure if something you have is suitable? Ask in the group chat and we’ll reply super quickly – always happy to clarify things.