Who we are
The Scottish Christian Hillwalking Club was formed in 1984. It offers the opportunity for Christians to meet regularly to enjoy hillwalking and Christian fellowship. Members hail from across Scotland and other parts of the U.K. and come from a wide variety of occupations and church denominations. However anyone is welcome to come to join us on our walks.
Prospective members are welcome to attend a couple of events to walk and meet current members before deciding whether or not to join the Club.
What we do
The Club organises weekend meets about once a month. We also have a few day walks on a Saturday and an occasional mid-week walk. We have some longer weekend meets over Bank Holidays, and Easter as well as a week in the early summer. We walk mainly in Scotland and very occasionally go further afield. The level of walking varies from a day’s walking over several Munros, to a weekend on a Scottish island with its smaller hills. Please check the current programme for information on events.
On weekend meets, the group normally gathers on the Friday night at a youth hostel, mountaineering club hut, Christian Centre or self-catering accommodation. We aim to have a time of informal worship together at some stage during weekends, and there is the option of attending a local church service on a Sunday, if there is one nearby.
If you can’t make a full weekend, it is often possible to come for the Saturday or Sunday only.
Club Retreat Weekend
For a number of years, the club has organised a retreat held every two years which has become known as a “weekend without boots”. This has been held in a residential centre, and we have had a variety of speakers including ministers and those working with Christian organisations. Topics are varied and have related to Bible teaching on the Christian life, prayer and medical ethics.
Organisation of the Club
The Club has a Committee of six who meet twice a year and are responsible for all the behind-the-scenes organisation and planning including booking venues, arranging a programme and liaising with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Members are encouraged to attend the AGM, held in the autumn where club matters are discussed and ideas for a programme are considered. A newsletter is distributed to the membership in March, June, September and December which includes a listing of forthcoming events and reports on previous events.
The Club is affiliated to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and operate under their best practice guidance, details available on their website. In particular attention is drawn to the participation statement of the Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (International Climbing and Mountaineering Organisation) which states that:
Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept the risks, and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.