If you wish to attend a meet, please book a place with the Meet Contact as early as possible. Latest booking dates are:
WEEKEND OR LONGER MEETS by the Wednesday prior to the weekend before the meet ie 10 days before.
DAY WALKS at least 5 days before the walk.
The final details, including location, attendance (to enable members to arrange lifts/car sharing), catering arrangements (if residential) will be sent to attendees by email as early as possible after the booking deadlines.
These indicate the anticipated walking possibilities in the area to be visited but remember that what in good summer conditions is an undemanding walk can rapidly become a long and demanding day in adverse conditions.
Grade 1 Full details in programme.
Grade 2 A long mountain day with upwards of 7 hours on the hill and 1200m of ascent; ice axes and 12 point crampons normally required in winter.
Grade 3 A mountain day, perhaps climbing one or two Munros, involving between 750m and 1200m of ascent; ice axes and 12 point crampons normally required in winter.
Grade 4 A hill day, not involving Munros, of about 6 hours and 600m of ascent but staying below the snow line.
Other A more relaxing meet
HILLWALKING SAFETY AND GENERAL WALK INFORMATION
We are affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland and operate under their best practice guidance. This is available on their website at www.mcofs.org.uk/safety-liability-clubs.asp Mountaineering Scotland ask that all members of clubs read the download on this linke entitled ‘Safetey and Liability Guide for Clubs and Meet up Groups’. Particular attention is also drawn to the participation statement of the Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (International Climbing and Mountaineering Organisation) which states that
‘Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept the risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement’.
Be equipped Hillwalking boots, full waterproofs, associated hill kit, lunch and drink are essential for all walks.
Be considerate to yourself and others We walk in groups and avoid becoming widely dispersed for safety and fellowship. Please objectively consider your fitness, resilience, ability and equipment to select a walk that is within both your competence and aspirations. For example, the degree of fitness, resilience ability and equipment that are required for a winter day in the Cairngorms are of a completely different order of magnitude to those required for a summer day in the Trossachs. You should take responsibility for your own safety and enjoyment and consider that of others, so that everyone has an enjoyable time and no one is put at undue risk or inconvenience.
Dogs Dogs are not allowed into any accommodation out of consideration for those with allergies or who are frightened of them. Well behaved dogs may be taken on walks provided they do not adversely affect the enjoyment of others.
Cycles These may be brought on meets, but please inform the Meet Contact if you intend to do so, so that other attendees can be informed when final details are sent out. The newsletter entry for a meet may include information on the suitability of cycles.
Pray We always pray for enjoyment, fellowship and safety of the meet, as well as praying at the start of a walk.
REMINDER KIT LIST
Hillwalking boots and socks
Leg wear (not cotton)
Several tops / thermal layer (not cotton)
Waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and gaiters
Hat, glove and spares
Spare clothing / extra fleece (based on what is needed plus one spare)
Map, compass and whistle (and GPS if you have one)
Head torch and spare battery
First aid kit / medication
Personal bivy bag / shelter
Sun block, sun hat and sunglasses (especially in snow conditions)
Food and drink (and spare food)
Midge repellent and net (and tick remover in summer)
Ice axe and crampons (in winter)
Ski goggles (in winter)
Mobile phone / money / keys!