To come on a hillwalking trip you must do the following, in this order:
1. Buy membership for the Hillwalking Club and University Sports Union. You MUST make an account before you can sign up online, otherwise the website will not allow you to buy a ‘ticket’ for the trip. You will have to pay £6.75 to join the Sports Union. (Please Note; for University of Edinburgh Students, your username is your university email address i.e s(matriculation number)@sms.ed.ac.uk). You also MUST buy membership with the club in order to buy a ticket for the trip. It literally won’t let you do it otherwise.
2. Sign up for a trip (buy a ticket for the trip). You must sign up online here and fill in all the required information (emergency contacts, dietary requirements and experience level, etc). This will be under the “products” tab.
We are all students and wish being involved in the club was free, but organising a hillwalking trip involves a certain amount of expense. As a University Sports Club we do not make a profit, and we use our Sports Union grant to subsidise all costs down to an absolute minimum.
We charge a membership fee (which covers insurance, and subsidises training, equipment etc) plus a trip fee for each trip you sign up for (which covers transport, accommodation, food etc).
- One academic year: £25
- One semester: £15
- Day trips: £10
- Weekend trips: £45
- Long weekend trips: Specific to trip, usually £60-65.
The committee reserves the right to change membership and trip prices at any point in the year. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. See here for details.
Benefits of Joining the Club
- 15% discount at Cotswolds the outdoor shop
- Access to club trips, with transport, walk organisers and group equipment provided, as well as accommodation and food for weekend trips
- Use of club equipment outside official trips (£1 charge per item)
- Access to subsidised, professionally run, training courses arranged by MCofS, Mountain Training, Firbush, Glenmore Lodge and others
- Informal training from experienced members
- Meeting people to arrange your own walking trips with
- Banter and friends who may last a lifetime!
Why do trips cost so much?
The costs of running a trip are roughly:
- Accommodation: £25-35 per person for two nights
- Transport: minibus hire is £10-14 per person
- Fuel: about £5 per person for a minibus, up to £10 for cars
- Food: about £3 per person
This adds up to £43-£62 per person, which means most trips are heavily subsidised from club funds.
The cost of a day trip is much more variable, however the price ensures they break even on average. Our trips are excellent value compared to public transport.
Whilst we are primarily a student club, we have a number of non-student members, many of whom contribute a great deal to the club. Non-student members must, however, be approved by the Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU). EUSU must approve a non-student member before they can come on any trips.
The Points System
Approvals are made on the basis of a points system organised by the EUSU. Non-students are only likely to be approved if they have a minimum of 6 points. Points are awarded as follows:
- University of Edinburgh Staff: 6 points
- Coaching/Leading Qualification: 4 points (See Note 1 below)
- Graduate of the University of Edinburgh: 3 points
- First Aid Certificate or other Health and Safety Qualification: 3 points
- Minibus Licence/Permit: 2 points
- Driving Licence: 1 point
- ‘Discretionary’ Points: 2 points (See Note 2 below)
Note 1: Many of the training courses the club offers can be accepted as a ‘Coaching/Leading Qualification’. This includes the professional run courses at Firbush, Glenmore Lodge and the Mountain Leader training.
How to join
If you wish to come on a trip you must ensure you have followed the application procedure outlined below at least one week before the date of the trip. This gives of those involved plenty of time to complete the relevant paperwork. Please note that this means that non-students must join the club at least a month in advance of the sign-up night for a trip.
The procedure to become a non-student member is relatively straightforward. Simply follow these steps:
- Look through the points system, and work out if you have at least 6 points. If not, then it is unlikely you will be able to join the club at present. However, we may be able to assist with getting additional points. For example by allowing you to attend a club run First Aid course. If in doubt, ask one of the committee.
- If you have at least 6 points, you then need to fill in the non-student form and email it to our secretary at email@example.com
- If, and only if, you need the 4 points for ‘Coaching/Leading Qualification’ you will also have to fill in the terms of engagement. Please send an electronic copy of the completed form to our secretary along with the non-student form at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then print out a copy, sign and date it, and pass it to one of the committee in the pub on a Tuesday.
- Once you have completed all the relevant paperwork, we will submit the application on your behalf to EUSU. Provided you meet EUSU’s criteria, you should be approved within a week.
- At this point, and not before, you will be able to become a member and come on club trips.
If you have any questions, please email our secretary at email@example.com