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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope these comments will answer some of your immediate questions. Do get in touch for more information.

How can I meet up with the club?

Through a member, if you already know one, or by contacting the Membership Secretary who will provide you with information. The Club’s main activities are weekend meets which are held throughout the year (see guidelines below for attending meets). There are also ‘local’ activities based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Perth. Depending on the season these can be outdoor or indoor climbing and in the winter we meet locally to share our pictures and adventures from the previous season. Guests are very welcome to attend any of these events, but please also see the guidelines for attending meets.

What level of fitness and competence is expected to come out with the club?

This is not a beginner’s club. Unless you are coming with a member who will go with you on the hill, you should have some experience of mountaineering (map reading; walking on steep ground; the fitness to enjoy a full hill day). If you are less experienced we encourage you to join us for a few weekends outwith the snow season to develop your competence before committing to a winter’s day.

Do I have to be a rock-climber to join the LSCC?

Not if you join as a graduating member. You have to have done some rock-climbing to become a full member (details are in the 'Joining' pages) but you don't have to lead.
See: Safety tips for climbing and mountaineering.

Why have an all-women's climbing club in these days of gender equality? 

Things are a lot better for women than they were, but still, the achievements of men are more celebrated, talked about and, by some, valued more than the achievements of women.
On the whole, in an all-women's club we find:
Women are the role models for each other. It is easier for a single woman to be accepted if she joins a club as a beginner climber; there are more opportunities for her to become an independent climber in her own right, and she won’t be pushed onto hard routes beyond her capability. She will be required to make her own decisions on the mountain, to learn rope technique, learn to 'read' the rock for herself instead of just following.

Also, it may be a generalisation, but women's clubs tend to be more caring, supportive and encouraging than mixed clubs, and will accept lower levels of climbing ability – which is good for women who lack self-confidence.

'Ladies' is a bit stuffy isn't it?

The Club and the name dates back to when the Club was founded in 1908. It was started by 'Ladies' as they had both leisure time and resources to access and enjoy the mountains. We have often debated whether we should change the name but history wins out, and we have learnt to embrace it. Lady or not (few of us are in the traditional sense) we encourage all women to come and join us and enjoy the mountains.

How do I book myself on a meet?

Contact the Membership Secretary who passes on your details to the coordinator of the meet.

What do I need to bring for a weekend meet?

Basic mountain kit, plus sleeping kit (which may vary depending on the venue) and food. Ice axe and crampons are required for winter meets. Transport is shared wherever possible. Please check details with the meet coordinator before you go.

How is the walk or route planned?

Every weekend is different depending on location and numbers attending. We tend not to go out in a big group, preferring to split into smaller groups. The groups emerge out of discussion about what people want to do. You are welcome to contribute your own ideas about what you would like to do over a weekend.

Can I come on any weekend?

In principle yes, but the weekend coordinator will have the final say. While we are keen to welcome new members, this has to be balanced against the experience of the coordinator, the balance between the number of guests and members requesting places, the number of beds available and the mountain conditions (i.e. winter).

What activities might I expect on a weekend?

All sorts: summer and winter hill-walking or technical climbing, depending on the people there and the weather conditions.

Are there only weekend meets?

The Club often makes use of bank holiday weekends to extend a trip especially if it is far flung. e.g. Skye, the Lakes or Wales. There are some mid-week meets. We also organise longer trips abroad to the Alps and other mountain ranges.

What sort of accommodation is used?

Mountain huts, hostels and camping. The accommodation can be quite basic and you may need to be prepared to ‘rough’ it.

What will it cost for me to go on a weekend?

Typically from a few £s to around £20 per night, depending on hut/bunkhouse or hostel, plus transport

Can I access formal training through the LSCC?

The Club organises formal training for members in ropework, navigation, climbing and winter skills. Due to insurance limitations we are unable to include non-members or guests in training events.

What about informal training?

We are not a training club but less experienced people will always learn by going on the hill with more experienced people.

Am I insured for civil liability if I go out with you?

Our civil liability insurance covers guests for two weekends only. After these you are not covered unless you have civil liability insurance for mountaineering under another policy, e.g. as individual member of Mountaineering Scotland, British Mountaineering Council or of a Club affiliated to either body, see Liability for prospective members and guests.   We ask you to read this, please.

How can I join the Club?

Full details are on the Join pages.

Why should I join the LSCC?

You will meet a number of inspirational women who have a wealth of experience, many of whom really pushed the boundaries in their time; you will know that when you go on the hill with a full member, you are with a competent mountaineer; you will be encouraged to try new things, and extend your own limits - and you'll have a lot of fun!

What does it cost?

The annual membership fee is £30, of which £16.25 is the cost of affiliation to the Mountaineering Scotland.

Why do you like being in the LSCC?

The philosophy of making us individually competent on the hill is so important. Self-care and as much self-reliance as possible is the key, even if you are with a guide.

Elaine Gillies

Rock climbing

 summer walking


What is your top tip for a new member of the club?
It’s great – just throw yourself at it.

Why this club?
They’re a wonderful bunch with such an expansive membership base and so many different experiences to draw on.

Mhairi Martin, Member

Want to know more?

Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you need any further information about Ladies Scottish Climbing Club