This page provides updates during these difficult times.
Announcements of the closure of all our Huts and Meets.
Some information is more for Members.
UPDATE 9 July
A further message from our President Marieke has been posted on our closed Facebook page. This indicates that Huts Subcommittee have been working very hard at figuring out how we may be able to (partially) re-open our huts. A meeting of the Committee will take place early next week (possibly Monday 13th) to discuss the plans in detail and come to a decision on whether, and if so when, we can make the huts (partially) available for use. All LSCC members will be advised directly.
General advice for other huts users will be added here as and when available.
UPDATE 26 June
The Scottish Government has announced that the 5 mile travel restrictions are to be lifted from 3 July.
Message from our President Marieke (as posted on our closed Facebook page)
I'd like to clarify where we are at with meets and opening of huts:
As you'll know from any working environment you are in , or from just reading the papers etc - opening things up is much more complicated than closing them down was - as we cannot just go back to how it was, and at the same time it's not so very clear what the 'new normal' exactly needs to be...
So it all needs some careful thought and planning, in particular in relation to the huts.
The very earliest I can see that we could open up the huts to some level of occupation (yet to be worked out) is 15 July, and only if indicative dates from SG for 'all holiday accommodation' go as planned.
We already have LSCC meets on the programme in our own huts for second half of July and August, and hopefully these can go ahead in some form, and the Committee and HSC will discuss whether/how we can maximise access to our huts (and so the hills) for our members over the remainder of the summer period.
Please bear with us (while planning your outings😀)
In addition - Mountaineering Scotland will be looking in more detail at the First Minister’s statement and updating the guidance for hill walkers and climbers on their website, with a reminder that the lifting of the limit will not take effect until 3rd July.
https://www.mountaineering.scot/coronavirus - as of 3 July
UPDATE 21 June
The Scottish Government 'lockdown' arrangements for Phase 2 do not include any changes to huts closure.
LSCC huts will therefore remain closed until further notice, pending government advice.
UPDATE 18 June
Latest guidance from Mountaineering Scotland (see below) after today's announcement - there has been no increase to the distance we can travel for leisure purposes.
Now we know more about Phase 2, the Committee will soon be providing an update regarding club activities (but don't expect any meets just yet)...
[From Mountaineering Scotland
The move to Phase 2 of the routemap out of lockdown was announced by the Scottish Government today. While it is a positive step forward, we are disappointed not to see some relaxation of the travel guidance for outdoor recreation, which remains ‘Stay Local’.
UPDATE from Mountaineering Scotland- 29 May 2020
Mountaineering Scotland issues advice and clarification for Scotland see link below
Phase 1 Guidance for a return to hill walking and climbing during COVID-19
UPDATE - 11 May 2020
Hut users and LSCC Meets
The Scottish Government extended the current 'lockdown' arrangements for another 3 weeks on 7 May. In light of that, and given that social distancing will remain paramount, the Committee (in consultation with the HSC) has decided to extend the closure of our huts, and suspension of our LSCC meets until 21 June (6 weeks).
We will review in mid June.
In the meantime, we are all now 'allowed out' a bit more, and it may well be that Scottish guidelines in respect of that will change markedly over the next 6 weeks....
In that context, it is worth reading the BMC's thoughts on what a staged 'opening up' of climbing and hillwalking could look like (Mountaineering Scotland have not come forward with anything like this as yet) : The BMC Climbing and Hill walking Recovery Plan
Marieke Dwarshuis (LSCC President)
Please keep checking this page for updates.
Notice - 18 March 2020
Hut users: due to the spread of Covid-19 the LSCC has decided to close all of its huts from Sunday 22 March until Sunday 17 May. We will review the situation in early May. If you have a booking during that period, please contact the relevant Hut Bookings Secretary through whom you made the booking.
Meets: due to the spread of Covid-19, Club meets are now suspended until Sunday 17 May. This will be reviewed in early May.
The above advice of the closure of our huts also applies to individual LSCC Members.
Individual meet coordinators should please contact anyone who had signed up for their meet (up to 21 June) and let them know. The Meets Secretary (see Members area for email) will cancel any accommodation the club has booked.
Any LSCC Member who has paid for their bed nights on any of these meets (at non LSCC Huts) should get in touch with the Treasurer (with bank details!) and a refund will be given.
Useful comments/web links
10 May 2020
Newsletter sent by email to all members. Note Virtual gatherings and Quiz evenings. Contact Collette Haig for invite. (Details in Members Annual Record.)
11 April 2020
30 March 2020
Interesting article from Walk Highlands posted on LSCC Facebook by Marieke.
20 March 2020
Scottish Mountain Rescue has asked people to not visit Scotland's hills and mountains during the coronavirus outbreak.
UKC General article re walking and climbing - 17 March 2020 https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2020/03/covid_19_-_what_does_it_mean_for_the_outdoors-72237