Who we are
Formed in 1984, The Scottish Christian Hillwalking Club brings together Christian men and woman, young and old from across the country who enjoy hillwalking and fellowship amidst God’s wonderful creation. We warmly welcome non-Christians to meets and members are encouraged to bring non-Christian friends to meets thus introducing them to a Christian community. Prospective members are welcome to attend a couple of events and meet current members before deciding whether or not to join the Club.
A number of our members have finished all their Munros with one or two having done them twice and a few have completed their Corbetts whilst a few are nearly finished.
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. Please check the current programme for information on events. For information on the grading of our walks and clothing and equipment required click here.
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 where we can, attend a local church on Sunday morning.
If you can’t make a full weekend, it is often possible to come for the Saturday or Sunday only, but you must let the contact know!
Club Retreat Weekend
For a number of years, the club has organised a retreat held every two years. It has become known as a “weekend without boots”. We have been holding it at St Drostan’s Centre, where we have had a variety of speakers from ministers to those working with Christian organisations. Subjects for the weekend have included prayer, Biblical experience of wilderness 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.