This page provides updates during these difficult times.
Announcements here on the use of all our Huts and organisation of Meets.
Some information is specific to Members.
UPDATE 13 July
General update for the use of LSCC Huts by Members during the next weeks.
See Members area.
Advice for the use of LSCC Huts by other Clubs after 24 September 2020 will be added here when available.
General advice for LSCC Meets open to non-Members will be added here as and when available.
Pre - July 2020
UPDATE 26 June
The Scottish Government announced that the 5 mile travel restrictions are to be lifted from 3 July.
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 at 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)
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.
Other comments/web links
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