We're (mainly) an outdoor group committed to going higher, further, faster. Our ethos is bolder and fiercer than groups like GO, Backabush or any kind of "Rambling" organisation.
We enjoy doing tough hikes in the most spectacular landscapes of the UK. We do not "ramble". Ever. Fair-weather walkers need not apply; if it rains... bring it on. You don't have to have lots of outdoor experience to join us, but you do need own the appropriate kit and you'll need to either be fairly fit already or committed to getting in shape. Push yourself, just a little bit harder and you'll win everyone's respect.
Please don't sign up and never bother doing an event. You're just wasting my time and, surprisingly, I don't like that. We do a lot of events, so it might be worth setting your email settings to once a week!
Some walks aren't appropriate for novices and the unproven, whilst challenge events are only open to those who've shown their mettle.
Most of what we do is hill walking/summit taking but also do kayaking, bouldering, mountain & road riding, trail running, scrambling, fitness events and possibly some other stuff, too.
So far, we've successfully done the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, the National 3 Peaks, the Long Mynd 50, the Welsh 3000s and the Cairngorm 4000s. The Lakes 3000s might have to wait until next year now!
If after trying one of the walking events you decided to join us, there's a £3 annual membership fee. Additionally, for trips (rather than repeated weekly events like climbing), we ask for a £1 contribution towards the various costs.
We split travel costs by paying drivers 35p per mile, divided by the number of people in the vehicle. Sometimes we split that across several vehicles.
Legal stuff : All members of the CHALLENGE: West Midlands group take part in training and the challenge entirely at their own risk. There's always the risk of serious injury or even death when you get out into the hills, and by joining the group you accept this and absolve the group of any legal responsibility for any accidents that may occur. It is your own responsibility to bring proper equipment with you, and group leaders reserve the right to refuse to allow the under-prepared to take part on walks.