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 and Winter climbing, wildcamping and more! But although mountaineering can take so many forms, it’s always about trying to reach and explore the highest, most remote places in the world.
What does Ben Lairig do?
We’re a group of students who aim for the summit and enjoy everything involved with it. Winter mountaineering is the raison-d’etre of Ben Lairig, but we run trips through the whole year to include all kinds of mountain fun with and without the snow! The club revolves around weekend meets every fortnight: to Snowdonia, the Lake District and Scotland; we also venture abroad for longer trips during the holidays.
The club is open to anyone who wants to get involved and although a meet 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, with both older members sharing their experience and professional guides to teach the ropes (haha) of mountaineering.
Ben Lairig’s trips typically last a full weekend and a day out on a meet can vary from an exposed sunny scramble to Winter climbing in the depths of Scottish Winter. We generally travel up 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. All our meets are suitable for beginners; but we ask everyone to attend our Winter Skills course in the Cairngorms, or show equivalent experience, before they join Winter trips. The course is run the first weekend of Easter term so freshers don’t miss any trips of their first Winter season!
How to 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 come along to find out about the club!
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