Frequently Asked Questions

What time do we leave and where do we meet for trips?

For weekend trips we leave at 5pm sharp. The day trips vary depending on where you are going and what the plan is; you will be emailed with a time prior to the trip. All trips leave from outside the sports centre entrance.

I can’t make it to the Wednesday pub lunch sign ups, can I still go on a trip?

You must email either mountaineering@saints-sport.com or tl40@st-andrews.ac.uk between 1pm and 5pm on the trip sign up day (Wednesday) or send a friend to the pub lunch with money in order to secure your place. If you email after this it is likely that the trip will be sold out. You must also arrange to pay Tim Lowe by the following day at the latest, or you will lose your place.

I can no longer make it on a trip, can I get a refund?

If you can’t go on a trip you must tell us earlier than 5 days before the trip in order to get a refund. This is so we can fill your place. Any closer than 5 days and you cannot get a refund, unless the trip is cancelled for unforeseen circumstances.

I haven’t got my membership yet, can I still do this?

Yes, absolutely. You can buy membership here: http://onlineshop.st-andrews.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=38&catid=245&prodvarid=364

When do you meet?

Wall sessions at the sports centre (you must have the “+wall” membership to access these sessions):

  • Mondays: 4.30 – 6pm
  • Thursdays: 1 – 2.30pm

Pub lunches/trip sign-ups:

  • Wednesdays: 1-2pm

Socials:

  • Thursdays 8pm, location changes
  • May also be socials on different days of the week, check the weekly email for details

Trips:

  • Most weekends
  • Saturdays or Friday-Sunday
  • Check the website for a list of trips throughout the semester

I have no climbing or mountaineering experience, can I still join?

Absolutely, we don’t expect anyone to be an expert mountaineer! We are happy to help you learn how to climb, navigate etc. All we ask is that you come to the trips suitably prepared for what they may bring. For example, if you think you want to learn how to scramble on a weekend trip come with a route in mind, any relevant maps or route instructions and let us know so a more experienced member can join you.

 

I don’t have any gear, can I borrow from the club?

We have a limited amount of technical gear, as well as a few sleeping bags, mats, compasses head torches. You are welcome to borrow these for trips, but please let us know in advance. During the trip the gear is entirely your responsibility so please look after it carefully. However we do not have any clothing or rucksacks, so you will need to purchase these yourselves. As a STAUMC member you got a discount at Cotswold, and Tiso in Dundee is also a great place to get the right gear. If you have any questions about what type of gear you should get, feel free to shoot us an email.

What do you do on trips?

It depends where we are going, but typically our trips allow you to do anything from walking to climbing. It’s up to you to decide what you want to do and plan for it. Below are a few websites which are useful in finding what’s available to do in the area:

Walking/scrambling – http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/

Climbing – http://www.ukclimbing.com/

Maps are available for free at http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/

What food should I bring on a trip?

For weekend trips we typically stop on the way up on Friday at Pitlochry or Tyndrum, where there are great fish and chip shops as well as supermarkets for you to buy food. You will need food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner. If we’re staying in a hut there is usually gas for cooking, so you can have a cooked breakfast if you wish. You will be eating lunch out on the hill so bring something easy – like a sandwich or Tupperware of pasta. In the evening if there is a pub nearby we will sometimes go to that, otherwise again you can cook dinner using the gas stove. If we are camping we don’t have access to gas cooking, unless you bring your own stove. For day trips you just need lunch. Remember that you will probably be quite active so bring lots of food – including foods which are great for energy, i.e. bananas, cashew nuts, chocolate etc.

Do I have to carry everything with me?

It depends on where we are going. For example, when we stay in the CIC hut or Steall Hut there is a short walk in to the hut from the car park, where you will need to carry all your things. Otherwise we park next to the hut or the campsite. You will be informed of this in the trip email.

How challenging are the trips?

We are a mountaineering club, so typically are trips are in locations which offer fantastic yet challenging walking and climbing. This said, it is up to you what you choose to do, and there is no pressure to do anything you can’t manage. Just be aware that due to the mountain environments we visit anything you do is likely to be physically tough.

Do you run any trips abroad?

Yes! Our next international trip is to the Verdon Gorge in spring 2016. More details are to follow.