Hill and Mountain Walking Club
The Hill and Mountain Walking Club was formed (originally as The Over the Hill Club) in 1989 through the coming together of a group of friends who participated in the then Ultimate Challenge, now The Great Outdoors Challenge.The club was set up so these like-minded people could enjoy the friendships forged on the Challenge as well as exploring the hills and mountains together and sharing the occasional drink. The club has since grown, now including some overseas members and is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council so members benefit from BMC third party insurance, on the hills throughout the year, and discounts with many retailers. Club membership is open to all, with a minimum age limit of 18, and is not just limited to Challengers, although about 95% of the membership have completed a Challenge.
The aims of the Club are to provide the kindred-ship of the hills, and to promote the awareness of and conservation of wilderness areas.
The club has a varied programme of about six weekend meets throughout the year in all parts of Britain. Accommodation is normally in bunkhouses, hostels or camping, with an emphasis on low cost, so nobody is turned away on price. The club membership has completed well over 600 coast to coast Challenge crossings of Scotland and every meet is like a Challenge reunion.
There are also international meets all over the world in places such as Morocco, Poland, The Dolomites, Corsica, Slovenia, Nepal, the Austrian, French, Italian and Swiss Alps and even Holland.
Members come from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and varying views on life. The club is not a typical walking club and as one member puts it, the “Hill and Mountain Walking Club is a club for un-clubable people, who enjoy the hills.” Within the club there is a wealth of knowledge and experience of the hills, which is all passed on freely to younger, newer or less experienced members.
The patron of the club is Hamish Brown, the well-known mountaineer, writer and photographer and to him we owe a great deal; without him dreaming up the Ultimate Challenge, we would not have the ‘Hill and Mountain Walking Club’ today.
The Hill and Mountain walking club is very welcoming and is always looking for new members. More information can be found here or contact the Hill and Mountain Walking Club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to get a flavour of the club, before committing to join, you are more than welcome to attend one or two meets, at the same cost as club members.