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Pat Robertson

Very sadly, Pat Robertson passed away peacefully on the 7th February 2024. Julia and Tom Hume, who were very good friend’s of Pat had been looking after her in their home since December, following Pat’s diagnosis with lung cancer the previous month. Pat spent her last few days in hospice care. Hill and Mountain Walking Club would like to offer our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Tom and Julia Hume, Pat’s family and her friends.

Pat was a member of the club for over 30 years and was easily recognisable with her coloured hair, which changed every time we saw her; bright purple, orange and electric blue to name but a few colours. Pat passed away with flair and dignity, and vibrant pink hair.

Pat was a ‘true’ Ultimate / TGO Challenge legend completing 13 coast to coast crossings of Scotland between 1994 and 2016. Pat and her good friend Julia managed John O’Groats Youth Hostel for many summers and I’m sure she made an impact on all the guests both visually and personality wise.

Recollections of one memorable winter meet was when at Mounthooly Bunkhouse high up the College Valley in the Cheviot Hills, the road was covered in snow and ice, so no traffic could move. Pat, ably assisted by Julia, walked in from Wooler, carrying amongst other things toilet rolls, much to everyone’s relief !!!

Pat enjoyed the outdoors and took great pleasure in the natural world. She was great company and always up for a laugh.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday 27th February, 1:45pm, at Northumberland Woodland Burial Crematorium, Bockenfield, Felton, Morpeth, NE65 9QJ. This will be followed by a gathering for refreshments, nearby at the Northumberland Arms (NE65 9EE) close by to the crematorium. Pat’s wishes were to wear something bright and colourful in her memory. No flowers please, but if desired donations to North Northumberland Hospice Care.

All club members and friends are respectfully invited; but please let Tom and Julia know if you are proposing to go to the funeral tea afterwards.

Pat, may you rest in peace


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About Us:

In November 1989, The Over the Hill Club was formed through the coming together of a group of friends with 'Challengers', those participants of The Ultimate Challenge, now The Great Outdoors Challenge, coast to coast back-packing event across Scotland. The club was set-up to keep like minded people together, to spend more time in each others company, enjoying the hills, mountains, friendships and the occasional drink, which had initially brought them together. The club has since grown and is affiliated to The British Mountaineering Council.

The aims of the club are to provide the kindredship of the hills and to promote the awareness of, and conservation of wilderness areas. Members MUST be proficient hill people, over 18 years old, interested (some fanatical) in taking to the hills and mountains in all kinds of weather where they will enjoy the beauty of the landscape and endeavour to protect it. Members live in all parts of the UK, so we are a national club or should that be an international club, as in more recent years we have welcomed new members from abroad.

The club have a varied programme of about eight meets throughout the year in all parts of Britain and typically between 12 to 35 people attend. We tend not to organise walks, apart from at the AGM, but split into smaller more informal groups. Some meander, whilst others attempt longer and more serious routes. Accommodation is varied and is normally in bunkhouses, hostels or camping, with an emphasis on low cost, so nobody is turned away on price.

International meets are also held all over the world in places such as The Himalayas (Nepal), The European Alps (France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy etc), The High Atlas Mountains (Morocco), Slovenia, Iceland and even The Netherlands? In 2001 a small party reached the summit of Mont Blanc, which was no mean achievement considering the weather and avalanche risk.

Today, the club has a healthy membership, with about half the membership having over 25 years with the club, which is a great testament to the success of the club. The membership come from all 'walks of life'. As one member put it, "Hill and Mountain Walking Club is a club for un-clubable people, who enjoy the hills." Within the the club there is a wealth of knowledge and experience of the hills, which is all freely available to younger, newer or less experienced members. Some members hold many formal outdoor qualifications, such as Summer / Winter Mountain Leader Awards, compleatists of all the Munros and / or Corbetts, ex Mountain Rescue personnel, walked and climbed in all parts of the world, such as The Alps and Himalaya. The club membership, as a whole, have well over 600 coast to coast 'Challenge' crossings of Scotland.

The patron of the club is Hamish Brown, the well known mountaineer, writer, photographer and world renowned expert on Morocco. We owe Hamish a great deal, without him dreaming up The Ultimate Challenge, we would have no Hill and Mountain Walking Club today.

Club Benefits:

* BMC third party insurance, whenever you are out on the UK Hills, including The TGO Challenge (Only available to UK residents).
* Join like minded people and share the great outdoors.
* A wealth of knowledge, which is freely available.
* Members can join any club meet, if not full.
* Receive regular club newsletters and information.
* Discounts at many retailers, due to BMC affiliation.
* The club is affiliated to the BMC, therefore members are entitled to utilise other affiliated club's huts and huts owned directly by the BMC or MCofS (Click HERE for a list of all these huts) for group bookings and in some cases by individual members or small group bookings. If anyone should be interested in visiting any of these huts, they should firstly contact John Donohoe to express their interest.

Click the underlined link above to see the many discounts.
Members must present their BMC Discount Card to the shop,
issued with Summit Magazine annually in March