Been before? A few things may be slightly different this time. Take a read.
- the plan
- what to bring
- where to drive to
- Trip director, Climbing & Activities Co-ordinator: Ryan
- Breakfast & Lunch chef: Antonio
- Evening meal chef: Harry
- Chef Advisor/Consultant: Judith
- Buddy Co-ordinator: Aaron
- Kit and gear co-ordinator: David
- Transport and getting there/back co-ordinator: Katie
- Venue co-ordinator: Tom
- Online Support: Tim
Keen to see what these mean? Have a read here.
What to expect from the weekend
Times are all subject to change, and are mainly for illustration.
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.
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.
|07:30||Breakfast people get up and start breakfast|
|16:00||Return to hut|
|16:10||tea and showers|
|17:30||Dinner prep start|
|21:45||Lunch material prep|
|22:45||Lunch making teardown|
We’ll have breakfast together, clean and empty the hut, and head off out.
After Sunday’s activities, everyone will head home.
|07:30||Breakfast people get up and start breakfast|
|Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms|
|10:00||Clear kitchen, showers|
|17:00||Head for home|
The hut has toilets, showers, power, bunks, cooking facilities, fresh cold water. It may not have signal at all on some networks. It may have WiFi. 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?
normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have
- Sleeping bag (mummy style sleeping bags with a hood are best in the UK)
- Slippers? (see below)
- Earplugs and eyemask (other people can be loud, can snore and this may help you sleep better)
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:
- 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, but you’ll be ok without
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!).
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
- 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
- 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)
- water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- spare batteries
- themos flask
- midge net / insect repellent
- first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
- phone charger and cable
- book / cards / headphones
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- all medication you need
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/Antonio/Harry) has any questions or queries, they’ll be in touch directly.
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 Burnlaw Centre, Whitfield, Hexham, NE47 8HF
The Burnlaw Centre is Social Enterprise farm retreat place thing near Hexham.
If you are the first one there, or likely to be – please message Tom Rowley directly for info of how to get inside.
Please don’t wear shoes in the Beautiful Room. Slippers are encouraged.
We have the hut to ourselves. We don’t segregate on perceived differences, put your sleeping bag in a bunk to reserve that as your place to sleep.
There is a curfew for recorded music/loud noise of 11pm – we may get told off after that time.
Health and Safety
There are two current issues to bring to your attention:
- The stone steps at the front of the Centre have very recently begun to perish in a couple of places, so please be careful using these steps, and leave the flower pots in situ as they are guiding folk round the places where the stones are coming away.
- the door of the Oven in the Centre kitchen is not fully closing, so thy have temporarily employed a stick that is used to jam the door shut when in use.
At the end of our stay
- strip sheets and pillow cases and leave in a pile in the dorm corridor
- leave windows open, and where possible, spray touchpoints with the Covid Surface Spray that we have in bottles around the place.
- empty bins and sweep floors, and leave fridges empty.
They have bins out the back of the kitchen that are labelled for LANDFILL (bagged up general rubbish) / RECYCLING ( un-bagged mix of card/ plastics/ cans).
Please collect take our own glass recycling and dispose of it offsite off -site.
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.