We're an outdoor group committed to seeking the spectacular, the wild and (sometimes) the slightly scary! We go higher, further, faster than most of the groups you'll find on Meetup. We do gentler stuff too, but scrambling, big days, Munros and adventure is our thing. Though we're centred in the West Midlands, feel free to apply if you live elsewhere and can travel on your own.
We enjoy doing tough hikes in the most dramatic landscapes of the UK and we do not "ramble"! 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 fit right in.
I won't admit you to the group without meeting you first, so expect a message from me asking what you'd like to try for your first event. If you don't respond, you won't be joining. Even better, contact me before I ask.
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. A traverse of the Black Cuillin is probably the next biggie, or perhaps some trips abroad.
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 30p 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.