FAQs

Here are some of the questions we get asked a lot…

How do I remove myself from the mailing list?

Read the instructions at the bottom of any club mailing list email, or see our mailing list page.

What’s the difference between the Hillwalking Club and the Mountaineering Club?

This is something we get asked a lot by prospective members and every couple of years by the Sports Union themselves.

  1. Activities. The Hillwalking Club is mainly a walking club. Walks typically involve ascending high mountains and can involve scrambling. The Mountaineering Club mainly a climbing club (rock and ice climbing, with ropes) although they also do scrambling routes and some hillwalking.
  2. Group organisation. The Hillwalking Club operates via group walks, organised by a Walk Organiser, and the club tries to ensure every member joins a suitable walk. The Mountaineering Club takes a much more individual approach to walking (and climbing).
  3. Accommodation. The Mountaineering Club tend to use campsites and bothies for their trips whereas we use youth hostels and bunkhouses. Bothies and campsites require camping equipment (stoves, pots, sleeping bags, roll mats, tents) while bunkhouses and hostels provide bedding and cooking equipment. Mountaineering Club members are not required to own their own camping equipment as this can be rented from the Mountaineering Club gear room.
  4. Cost. Hostel/Bunkhouse accommodation is much more expensive than camping or staying in bothies, so the cost per trip for the Hillwalking Club is higher. However we do not require camping equipment.

What is hillwalking?

Please see here.

What is not hillwalking?

  1. Climbing. Hillwalking is generally on terrain which can be crossed on foot only. It does not require the use of a rope. A rope may be carried as a safety aid on some walks where there is likely to be a high degree of exposure and the rope can provide extra confidence on steep ground for members who find such ground difficult.
  2. Low-level walking. Hillwalking involves the ascent and descent of mountains. Low level walks are undertaken when the condition of the hills (or of the group) are unsuitable, or as a walk in or out from the hill.
  3. Tourism. Hillwaking is a sport (it is defined as such by sportscotland) and it therefore involves physical exertion, personal responsibility, skill, training, coaching, achievement and development.