THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK'S MOUNTAINEERING CLUB
What is mountaineering?
Mountaineering is the sport or activity of climbing mountains. It can include numerous sub-disciplines depending on the route and mountain you pick, including hiking, scrambling, ice climbing, camping and more! But although mountaineering can take so many forms, sometimes creating confusion as to what it really is, these activities unambiguously become mountaineering when they are used to reach and explore the highest, most remote places in the world.
What does Ben Lairig do?
Our calendar revolves around weekend trips every fortnight, mostly to Snowdonia, the Lake District and Scotland; though demand-permitting they’re occasionally run every week. We also venture abroad for longer trips during the holidays.
A day out on a meet can vary from an exposed sunny scramble to ice climbing in the depths of Scottish Winter. But although many of our trips can require a wide range of skills, all the way from basic map reading to ice screwing, no prior knowledge or experience is required to join! Our members range from being completely new to mountainous terrain to having several Scottish Winter and Alpine seasons under their belt. The club was founded to pass on experience and skills to anyone excited to learn.
Ben Lairig’s trips typically last a full weekend. We travel Friday evening to stay in a bunkhouse (or occasionally camp) for Friday and Saturday night. Then we climb mountains all day Saturday and Sunday before driving back Sunday evening. Our Summer conditions trips during Autumn term are open for all our members to join. However, with the arrival of Scottish Winter, we ask everyone to attend our basic winter skills weekend in the Cairngorms, or prove equivalent experience, before they join trips in term 2. The course is run annually in mid-January, timed so our freshers don’t miss any meets of their first winter season!
How do I get involved?
If you’re interested, the best way to see what we do is joining a trip! We also host weekly socials at various pubs, bars and clubs around York. Anyone is welcome to join us to find out about the club!
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