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MEET NEW FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
 
Website last updated 22nd October 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
UPDATE

THE SILENT KILLER, IS STILL LURKING OUT THERE 
PLEASE DON'T LET IT CATCH YOU OUT!

The new laws and guidelines are now getting quite complicated and there are many differences between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Understandably, if anybody crosses any borders the information for that country applies! The situation is further confused by statements being made on laws and guidelines that come into force at a future date - Many folk take them as gospel and assume they take effect immediately! Also to create even more complications, there are localised lock-downs, laws and guidelines in various regional areas.

Basically, within the guidelines, we all have to make our own judgments and assess any risk - Just because we can doesn't mean to say we should. Remember, every action has a consequence!

There is much information on the internet, some of it being false, but the link below is worth looking at:
  • Guidance on the pandemic from The British Government’s Medical Advisors can be found HERE.
Regarding Hill Walking and Climbing, things appear to be getting back to some kind of normality, but they are not! Mountain Rescue for England and Wales issued the following guidance: Be prepared, have the correct kit with you and know how to use it, plus keep well within your limits and experience. Nobody can predict an accident or medical emergency on the hill, so if you can self rescue do so, but don't be afraid to call for help by dialing 999. However, you will have to wait longer than normal to be rescued and it may necessitate a night in the open - The team may be on another call out! Also it is worth carrying a face covering and a pair of latex gloves, just in case you come across an incident whilst you are out. You just don't know who is carrying the virus?

THE UNPAID MOUNTAIN RESCUE VOLUNTEERS 
ARE ON CALL 365 DAYS PER YEAR, 24 HOURS PER DAY.
IF REQUIRED; PLEASE USE THEM, BUT DON'T ABUSE THEM?
  • The BMC has given guidance for the restarting of club meets in England and Wales, which  can be found HERE.
In no way can any of us ignore the effects of this pandemic, either at the personal level or the wider global one and the intention of these updates is to advise all members of the situation regarding our meets for 2020 and beyond. The situation is being monitored regularly; club meet organiser's will be guided by national advice. As a responsible club we have a duty of care to all our members and the general public. According to the government’s medical advisor's, this current pandemic is estimated to last for several months. Unfortunately some meets will be either cancelled or postponed to a later date. NO new meets will be scheduled into the programme until the pandemic is over.

More information can be found on the individual meets on the club website (Forthcoming Meets and Events). Further cancellations and postponements are inevitable and will be posted on the website, but in the first instance members will be notified directly.

The organiser of a specific meet will try and get a full refund of the deposit and / or balance, but they are generally dealing with small businesses who will struggle financially the longer the pandemic continues. In some instances, we may get a credit note, so we can hold the meet at a future date. Any meet organiser who is 'out of pocket' will be refunded from club funds.

Unfortunately, we will loose a few meets and some members may loose a small amount of money from cancelled / postponed meets. Personal travel insurance may cover you for some of the losses. This is nothing compared to the bigger global picture!

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times and stay safe.
9th October 2020

In the wise words of the late Vera Lynn - "We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when, But I know we'll meet again some sunny day!

Welcome to Hill and Mountain Walking Club website, formerly The Over The Hill Club, which is based in the UK. For more details about the club and how to join, please use the page links in the navigation panel on the right-hand side.

These pages are regularly updated, so drop in any time and thank you for taking the time to view the website. It's your website; your news and views are always very welcome, so if you'd like to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact us at the E-mail address below:

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 we enjoy the beauty of the landscape and endeavor 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 recent years we have welcomed new members from abroad.

The club has a varied programme of about six weekend meets throughout the year in all parts of Britain and typically between 15 and 45 people attend. We tend not to organise walks, apart from at the AGM, but split into smaller informal groups. Some meander, whilst others attempt longer and more serious routes. Accommodation is normally in bunkhouses, hostels or camping, with an emphasis on low cost, so nobody is turned away on price.

We also hold 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. 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 in the region of 100 members, with about half the membership having over 20 years with the club, which is a great testament to the success of the club. The members come from all 'walks of life', with quite diverse backgrounds and varying views on life. 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 past on freely 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 the Corbetts, ex Mountain Rescue Team Members, walked and climbed in all parts of the world, including The Alps and Himalayas. 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 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.
Benefits:

BMC third party insurance, whenever you are out on the UK hills.
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  MCoS ( '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
    locations  they  should,  firstly  contact  John  Donohoe  to  express
    their interest.

Click the underlined link above to see the many discounts