Members info

1. General information

Thank you for your interest in the Milngavie Mountaineering Club. Our programme consists of fortnightly day meets, usually on Sundays, as well as several weekends based in hostels or similar accommodation. Most of our hill walking and climbing involves Scottish mountains in both summer and winter, but there are occasional forays into England, Wales and Ireland. As well as Munro and Corbett bagging, some members indulge in other mountain activities including scrambling, rock and winter climbs.

The usual arrangements for day outings involve meeting at Douglas Street Car Park in Milngavie and sharing out participants between cars. Drivers are reimbursed petrol money based on distances and numbers of people they carry. After a day on the hills we meet nearby for refreshments before returning home.

Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact us at our email address:

2. Background

Dave Kingswood moved to Glasgow in 1984 from Dumfries where he was a member and past president of Galloway Mountaineering Club.

After looking around for sometime for a club and not finding any that suited, he decided to start a club himself, based on the lines of his previous club.

He drew up a small programme for three months starting in September 1985 and put a small advert in Milngavie Herald. The first meet was on Ben Lomond on 8th September 1985 and was attended by Dave, Graeme Drysdale, Geoff Payman and Nigel Ettles.

After this a large number of enquiries followed and a meeting was held to set up the club officially. Dave Kingswood was the first president with Geoff Payman as secretary.

The constitution was drawn up on the same lines as Galloway Mountaineering Club. Here is a list of the early members - Geoff Payman, Dave Kingswood, Nigel Ettles, Graeme Drysdale, John Cay, Ron Chambers, Maurice Currie, Christabel Fallon, Sheila Gibson, Fraser Gold, Joyce Kerr, Derek McGaw, Kevin Murray, Josephine Thorp, Jacob Lay, Jimmy White, Allan Carr, Allan Reedie, Mervyn French and Donald Irvine.

3. Personal Responsibility

Climbing and mountaineering, including hill walking, are not without risk. You should be aware of and accept the risks involved and be responsible for your own actions. Although more experienced members will usually be happy to pass on their skills, the Club does not attempt to ‘teach’ hill walking, climbing or mountaineering or key elements like navigation. Club meets do not have formal ‘leaders’ and you should decide for yourself whether you are sufficiently fit, equipped and experienced for any particular trip or activity. You must judge for yourself the experience of somebody who says that they will show you/take you/teach you etc. It is also their responsibility not to exaggerate their experience.
4. Basic Equipment.

Everyone hill walking in Scotland should have equipment which is suitable for the often harsh conditions on Scottish hills, which can occur at any time of year and not just in winter. Advice on equipment and conditions likely to be encountered on Scottish hills is available in guidebooks and from web sites, for example the Mountaineering Council of Scotland at All Club members should ensure that they have at least the minimum, which may normally considered to be:
- Suitable trousers or leggings - not jeans, material should be warm when wet
- Waterproof jacket and over trousers
- Good, strong pair of boots with Vibram soles or similar, and gaiters
- Gloves or mitts, hat or balaclava, fleece, socks
- Spare clothing as appropriate
- Torch, whistle, map and compass - and be competent in their use - watch and pencil
- Survival bag or similar emergency cover/protection
- In winter, an ice axe and crampons are essential equipment
The above list is for guidance only and Members should carry the equipment, which they feel necessary for their own comfort and safety.
A rucksack is also necessary, and should be of sufficient size to carry their equipment, as well as plenty of food, drink and some emergency rations. Use a rucksack liner for spare clothing because rucksacks are not waterproof. After a wet or cold day a change of clothing kept in the car will be appreciated. NB. 15% discount on clothes and equipment is available at Cotswolds

5. Equipment –General
Know how to use map, compass and in winter conditions ice axe and crampons. If in doubt seek advice from fellow Club members, books or ideally attend a training course such as those run by Glenmore Lodge.

The Club carries the following items of equipment for use by Club members:


2 x 50m  Ropes 8.5mm  (held by Malcolm)
1 x 50m  Rope  11mm   (held by Billy)
1 x 50m  Rope  9.1mm
1 x 50m  Rope  9.1mm (old)
1 x 30m  Rope  9.1mm
1 x 25m  Rope 9.1mm (old)
7 Harnesses
2 Leg Loop
4 Belts
7 Crabs
2 Deadmen   (held by Robert)
6 Slings
14 Wire Chocks
2 Quickdraws
1 Chock Remover
2 Descenders
1 Belay Device
1 Long 25" Ice Axe
2 Long Ice Axes   (one held by Steve)
2 Technical Ice Axes
1 Pair Crampons

The equipment listed above is available free of charge to members at official outdoor meets.
At Club meets, appropriate items to the season or meet will be available from Dave Kingswood.

Members should have their own maps - OS 1:50,000 are normally used.

Members should ensure that all equipment is returned in good condition, and any loss or damage must be reported. Ropes properly coiled and returned promptly in their bags, giving details of any incident that may have affected their reliability.
The Club reserves the right to impose a charge for any loss or damage.

6. Youth Hostels.
Club members are expected to observe the rules of Youth Hostels.

7. Log Book
The Club has a logbook that records all day and weekend meets. Coordinators are expected to take their turn in making suitable entries. Entries are displayed on the Club website.
8. Suggestions
Members are welcomed and encouraged to tell any Committee member about suggestions for meets: the Club is always keen to try new venues, or if you feel some aspect of the Club’s operations might be improved, then we’d like to hear about them!
9. Affiliation to Other Bodies

Mountaineering Council of Scotland

The MCofS is the recognised representative body for Scottish Mountaineers, with several thousand club and individual members. It is concerned with conservation issues, access problems, facilities and training, and seeks to promote the sport amongst the general public.

The Club membership subscription includes the individual’s annual subscription to MCofS : the principal benefits are third party insurance cover under the BMC scheme and copies of ‘‘The Scottish Mountaineer,’ the house magazine of the MCofS, which has lots of articles on the Scottish hills, equipment and tips for walkers and climbers.

10. Club Motto

Our Club Motto is :-

Spairn, Cunnart Agus Magadh Suilbhir, Eadar Mullaichean Agus Taighean Osda.

(Challenge, danger and merry mockery from the high ridges to the pubs below)

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