Climbing Clan Welsh Christmas Celebrations Weekend


Dates: 10th -12th December

Location: a mountaineering hut under Tryfan in the heart of Snowdonia

Signup opens: Friday November 5th at 8pm

The trip is expected to fill with 15 minutes. (The last weekend trip that went on sale sold out in 6 mins.)

20 places available:

  • 8 places available for people who lead trad or mountainous winter hikes
  • 12 places available for anyone

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Climbing Clan Christmas Celebrations Weekend
Scrambling and Hiking

We’ll meet together at the hut on Friday evening with enough time to try and make plans for the next day.

We’ll spend Saturday making the most of our location – in the heart of Snowdonia right underneath Tryfan.  We are in a fantastic location for Trad climbing, winter climbing, scrambling and hiking if people are keen!  Then we will return to the hut to hang out, chat about plans for the next day, probably have a few drinks, and have dinner.

On Sunday, we will head outside again, before heading home.


Breakfasts, Packed Lunches and Saturday night dinner is included in the cost of the trip.

We already have our volunteer chef but will be looking for helpers with prep, washing up etc 

Tea, coffee and milk will also be provided (the coffee might only be instant though…maybe pack your cafetière!).

It may be worth bringing some snacks and cake.


Special Diets

All dietary requirements  and allergies will be catered for – Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Kosher, Meativore, allergic to pepper, etc – please express it on the sign up form

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What am I paying for when I sign up?

The trip costs £49, with any excess going to support future trips.

Signing up pays for

  • Accommodation Friday and Saturday night,
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Saturday night dinner,
  • Plus we’ll stock the kitchen with tea bags, coffee, milk (dairy and non-dairy), loo roll and washing up stuff.

About the Hut​

The hut has a well-equipped kitchen, bunk beds, patchy WiFi, toilets and hot
showers and a wood fire – and is located below Tryfan in the heart of Snowdonia.


What do I need to bring?

A full kitlist is here

You definitely need to bring a sleeping bag and your own towel.

Pillows are provided – but maybe bring a pillow case just in case. Kitchen basics and loo roll will be provided as described above.

What activities will we do?

This is primarily a scrambling and hiking weekend, but climbers being climbers there may also be some climbing or other outdoor activities going on.

Anything climbing will be arranged ad-hoc though, the main plan is to have fun times together as a group and celebrate the last year.

Common FAQs

I don’t have a rope or any trad gear – will I be ok?

Yes. This isn’t primarily a climbing weekend and you don’t need to bring climbing gear if you don’t want to.

If you want to bring your climbing gear optimistically, you just need to own your own personal gear:

  • Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Belay device and karabiner
  • Climbing shoes

What climbing skills do I need to know?

No climbing skills are required, as we expect scrambling to be mostly what we do this weekend.

I don’t have any outdoor climbing experience yet, but really want to climb on the weekend. Will you be running training beforehand?

In all likelihood, this will not be the opportunity for you to get your first climbing outside.

Can I bring a dog?

We love dogs, but sadly dogs are not allowed on this trip.

I don’t drive, can I come?

Yes. We will arrange lifts for people who can’t drive. Different people bring different skills – it usually works out in the end.  If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the hut is an adventurous bike ride from Hexham railway station.

Can I come for the day?

This usually doesn’t work.

All plans are made the night before, usually changing 3-4 times during the night and changing at least once in the morning. This makes it extremely difficult to tell anyone where to be and when. It might be possible to come for the day, if you were prepared to arrive at the hut at ~7am and were prepared for mountains of faff and uncertainty.

You also won’t be able to stay for any social bits on the Saturday night, where the group really gets to know each other.

What are we most likely to do?

Good question. Depending on who comes, everyone’s levels of experience and motivation, and the weather, we’ll make plans on Friday and Saturday nights for the next day.

What if there’s bad weather?

Mountaineering isn’t usually a good sport if the weather is wet. However, there will be some plan B’s in case of unexpected issues (such as really heavy rain). These could be:

  • Go for a scramble
  • Go for a walk
  • Go indoor climbing
  • Go to a museum or tourist attraction
  • Go to the pub

Is this a for-profit, professionally guided event?

The Climbing Clan is fully run by volunteers. No-one is compensated for sharing their climbing and rope skills amongst the group. Nobody is using or assumed to be trained to professional qualifications unless they tell you otherwise in writing.

Everyone that comes to Climbing Clan events recognises that:

that climbing, scrambling and hill walking are activities with a danger of personal injury or death, and by taking part acknowledge they are aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

I have unusual dietary requirements. Will I be catered for?

Yes, you can let us know about your requirements in the sign-up form.

I can't make it. What's your Cancellation Policy?

Our Cancellation Policy is here.

What is The Climbing Clan?

An informal club of supportive, friendly people who like to encourage each other to climb and eat cake. Sometimes at the same time.

We support an open, inclusive and accepting atmosphere for all members, whatever their ability or ambition.

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