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Highland Hillwalking Club
The Highland Hillwalking Club was formed in 1978 to provide a friendly and safe framework for the pursuit of hillwalking throughout the Highlands and Islands.
We meet for day and weekend walks. A day meet can involve climbing one or more hills over 914m (3000 feet) in height and walking 8 or more miles. So a reasonable level of fitness is important and whilst the summits of most hills are attainable via walking routes, some may require a bit of scrambling and a head for heights. The Club chooses venues, and individuals or small groups decide on which routes they wish to do from various starting points. This has the advantage that a variety of walks is available at each club meet, which gives the opportunity to do hills by new routes and possibly improve on your own planning and navigational skills, which are an advantage but are not compulsory. Newcomers are made to feel welcome and initially walk possibly shorter routes chosen to suit their own abilities, accompanied by an experienced member.
We organise events to improve skills - winter skills training, navigation evenings, climbing and abseiling sessions and all club members are encouraged to update and improve their skills.
Outdoor Meets usually take place every fortnight and are either Day Meets (alternate Saturdays or Sundays) or Weekend meets staying in accommodation, such as club huts, bunkhouses, hostels, camp sites, etc.
We rarely hold Indoor Meets nowadays.
The club organises winter skills training each year with a professional instructor. Members who wish to walk in winter conditions are strongly encouraged to attend the winter skills day course which involves practical training with ice axes, crampons and winter navigation; it is usually good fun too!
We own some books, DVD's and equipment which can be hired by members. A complete list of items can be found in the Info for New Members & Club Equipment pages.
A newsletter 'Boot and Bens' is sent to members every 4 months. A programme of meets is drawn up annually and circulated shortly after the AGM, which is usually held on the last Tuesday in April.
Boots and Bens includes information on the indoor and outdoor meets which are to take place over the next 3 months. It also includes reports on past meets, on members' news and views and usually some bad jokes!
Current Membership fees start at around £24.00 and include affiliation membership of Mountaineering Scotland .
If you would like any further information, please contact our secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org