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Trip sign-ups are mailed out at 7pm Friday the week before the trip. Spaces often fill up fast so set yourself a reminder!

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Join the Freshers' trip or meet us at a social

The freshers’ trip is a relaxed scramble up Striding Edge to Helvellyn. It’s a perfect taster for anyone who hasn’t climbed a mountain before but, if you have some experience, you may prefer to just meet us at a social. 

As a part of GIAG week the freshers’ trip does not require membership to join.

Socials are weekly at various pubs, bars and clubs around York. Anyone is welcome to join us to find out about the club!

Find out when and where these are happening by subscribing to our newsletter! 


Purchase membership through YUSU

Membership lasts for one academic year. It entitles you to: attend all kinds of meets, free use of club gear and to run & vote in committee elections. 

The total membership cost for 2019/20 is: £45

  • Club membership: £35
  • Gold tier AU fee: £10
Doesn’t include trip fees.
See Money (below) for information on how membership fees are spent & trip costs.



Our trips can often take us into some extreme environments, so below is a list of the essential gear you’ll need to have before joining a trip. You will definitely be more comfortable with extras as well, but these basics are must to stay safe; without them you risk being trapped indoors depending on the conditions.

Ask us at a social if you would like advice or have any questions. You may also beg, borrow or buy second hand.

Summer Trip Essentials

  • Waterpoofs (Jacket & Over-trousers): Essential for all times of the year
  • Walking boots: We always advise you get a quality, fitting pair first time – they will last! If you’re buying to join the club contact us first.
  • Warm clothing: Including hat, gloves and walking socks. No jeans! 
  • 30l-40l backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Plenty of food for the trip: Breakfasts, lunches and dinner if you don’t want to eat out; we’ll usually be able to hunt down a pub on the Saturday night so money may also be handy!
  • High energy emergency snacks: In case you get stuck or delayed
  • Any personal medication: Inhaler, epipen etc
    • Head torch: Hikes can sometimes stretch past dusk
    • Survival bag: These are large, strong plastic bags available for about £1 from outdoor shops. Not only are they an effective survival aid, but they also make great sledges!
    • Sleeping bag: Even if we’re not camping, we usually need them for bunkhouses
If camping:
    • Roll mat*
    • Tent*
    • Stove*

* – Can be borrowed from club stores

Winter Trip Essentials

In addition to Summer trip essentials

  • Sturdy crampon-compatible boots: Ask committee if you’re unsure if yours are, they don’t necessarily have to be B-rated for the odd trip, but it’s highly encouraged if you plan on becoming a winter regular
  • More warm clothing: Avoid cotton all you can and definitely no jeans!
  • Snow goggles
  • Gaiters
  • Ice Axe*
  • Crampons*
  • Helmet*

* – Can be borrowed from club stores

Recommended Extras

  • Camera: You’ll witness some views!
  • Guide books: For route ideas
  • Map & compass: The club usually provides enough for each group, but having a set for yourself is useful & safer!
  • Small first aid kit: As above ^
  • Evening drinks & snacks
  • Comfy evening clothing: Joggers/leggings/hoodies etc
  • Evening entertainment: Card game ideas, books etc
For the more experienced: 
  • Winter climbing gear: Make sure to ask the Trip Sec if there will be the opportunity and find yourself a partner before you turn up for the trip!

These are never needed for Ben Lairig trips, but open up options if you have the experience.

 Bring whatever else keeps you happy in the mountains – as long as you’re prepared to carry it!


We try to make mountaineering as accessible as possible, so we ask for as little as we can without compromising the club’s scope. Here’s an outline of where your money goes when you join Ben Lairig:

  1. Ben Lairig annual membership: Ben Lairig annual Membership costs £35 and all the money raised from the fees are invested back into the club through the year. It is used to maintain our gear stores so members can borrow equipment (for free!), to subsidize trip fees and organize winter skills training.
  2. Ben Lairig Trip fees: Paid trip-by-trip to cover accommodation & transport, these vary between £30 to £60 depending on the destination. We keep them as affordable as we can.
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