What we're about

Hi there! Welcome to the rock and indoor climbing branch of Scottish Hillwalking & Activities Group, Scottish Hillwalking & Activities Group - Climbing.

We're a friendly group that was founded to be run by the members for the members. We encourage members to "own the group" and help keep the page active by hosting events, but there is definitely no requirement to do so. If you are interested in hillwalking, you can find the walking branch at https://www.meetup.com/Scottish-Hillwalking-Activities-Group-Walking/ .

Rock climbing

We have a dedicated core of climbers. There are regular weekly meetups at the Glasgow Climbing Centre, Braehead, and The Climbing Academy. In addition, we host occasional events at Ratho, the Alien Rock venues in Edinburgh and pre-season ice climbing trips to the Snow factor at Braehead and the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. The group also holds regular rock climbing meets at local crags when the weather is fine, and snow/ice climbs through the winter. Many of these are arranged on group nights at the last minute, due to our fickle weather, so being an active member opens up more options to you.

Further afield, we usually have an annual bouldering trip to Fontainebleau and a European sport climbing trip. Again, you need to be active members to be invited to these.

We are a beginner friendly group and we run several indoor and outdoor introduction events a year for bouldering, trad, sport climbing and belaying. Please note that events involving rope management skills are restricted to members that can already belay safely. However, if getting into that attracts you, we have created a climbing progression plan for you here (http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/pages/Beginners_to_Rock_Climbing/).

Organisers

The organiser of an event is the point of contact for the event. Organisers are volunteers who are sharing their own experience with others, so those of lesser experience should be aware of this.

Scottish Hillwalking & Activities Group is no longer a Mountaineering Scotland affiliated club however you can still get discounted membership to the MS through us, enabling you to enjoy all the benefits and support the organisation that represents walkers and climbers in Scotland. We highly recommend that members join up. For full details of the benefits of MS membership and how to join, check out http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/pages/Mountaineering_Council_of_Scotland/

The group is completely free to join, but we may occasionally ask for a voluntary £2 donation to help cover the cost (http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/pages/Meetup_Fees/) of hosting the group on Meetup.com.

If you would like to get involved in organising events, please feel free to get in touch with me (http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/suggestion/).

For more details about the group, check out our About Us pages (http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/about/), including a wee introduction to each of the group's wonderful organisers. (http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/pages/Our_Wonderful_Organisers)

Look forward to seeing you on a meetup soon,

Mountain Goat

Upcoming events (2)

Aurora Hunters

Needs a location

This is a Meetup for those who seek to view the Northern Lights. It is a standing Meetup (so please ignore the date above). Aurora Borealis hunting trips can take place at any date and at very short-notice. Signing up for this meetup means wanting to be notified when a trip to try to see the Mirrie Dancers is organised or in general be part of the discussion on how and when to organise trips. Because viewing aurora requires clear, dark skies away from light pollution we would need to carefully choose the viewing spot, on the basis of the moon phase and the solar activity and weather forecasts. It could very well be that we choose to climb a hill to see the lights from the summit in which case we would be walking by starlight (which means head torch, spare batteries and extra warm clothing). We might organise walks when the Aurora Borealis alert service from the University of Lancaster sends amber or red alerts (http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/alerts/) (use the link to sign up for alerts). Once we receive the alert, we would have to be ready to quickly organise (comments, messages and SMS), throw the kit in the car and get on the road. Because it is very possible that one or several trips will not be successful, it would be ideal to organise car shares. Useful Aurora Borealis Links University of Lancaster Aurora Watch (http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/alerts/) Aurora Service Europe (http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/) Space Weather Prediction Center (http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast) Visit Scotland (https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/landscapes-nature/northern-lights/) Information and location suggestions

Voluntary donation for Meetup fees

Needs a location

£2.00

Hi everyone, We have to pay fees to meetup of[masked]$ (USD) every 6 months to use the site. To fund this, we are asking members for a voluntary donation of £2, to be paid no more than once a year per member. If you would like to donate please RSVP for this chargeable event and we can automatically collect the money via a Paypal transaction. A small amount of this payment will go in Paypal charges( http://help.meetup.com/customer/portal/articles/1575584 ), all of the rest will be used for the Meetup fees. Note if you don't have a Paypal account there is an option to pay by credit or debit card. Thanks Mountain Goat

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