ORION MOUNTAINEERING CLUB
ORION MOUNTAINEERING CLUB
The Orion Mountaineering Club is a small, friendly club, based mainly in the West of Scotland although we have members scattered across the country. Our emphasis is on friendship and informality amongst people with a common interest in the mountains and crags.
Our activities revolve around hillwalking, scrambling, rock and ice climbing, as well as skiing and cycling. There are members out most weeks on the hills, and our climbers span the grades. During the summer evenings we visit local crags, and a few of us are regulars at the Glasgow Climbing Centre throughout the year. Browse our Gallery for a flavour of what we do.
As well as formal meets, members pitch ideas of their own for trips through our Facebook and WhatsApp. Members regularly train indoors at the Glasgow Climbing Centre, and TCA, and we go cragging in dry weather. If you need help finding a climbing/bouldering buddy, or are looking to get out on the hills, Johnny our Secretary can help you out.
From October to March we hold monthly weekend meets to mountaineering huts located in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Scotland. We also organise day walks or climbs, informal trips to bothies, winter and summer solstice high camping and the occasional bike trip. From April to September, meets and day trips are usually organised on an ad hoc basis.
Members, prospective members and guests are all welcome on meets. Places can be limited if it is a hut meet, but we do our best to accommodate those wishing to attend. There are no set activities at meets, instead all who attend can propose walks, scrambles, rock or ice climbs as best suit the weather and conditions. Often activities are decided upon the night before, or even in the mornings. We tend not to make mass ascents of hills, usually breaking into smaller groups. We strongly advocate car sharing.
To note your interest in going to a meet, contact the Secretary, speak to any of our members, or request to join our Facebook group.
Braedownie hut, Glen Clova
7- 8 October 2022
Come spend the weekend in this eco friendly hut near the munros Driesh and Mayar, also good climbing at Red Craigs.
Ronnan Cottage, Aultbea, nr Gairloch
4 - 5th November, 2022
Ideally situated for a raid on An Teallach or down to Torridon. Fun can also be found on the many smaller Lewisian gneiss hills in between.
9 - 10th December, 2022
Classic Coe!! Think cold climbs and long yarns. Maybe someone will bring a guitar to while away the dark night?
George Starkey Hut, Patterdale
13-15th January, 2023
Our annual foreign expedition to Englandshire. Can't think why the Everest Foundation would not fund our proposed exploration of Scrubby Crag.
Muir Cottage, Braemar
3 - 4th March, 2023
Long approaches to raid the Cairngorms from the south. Massive and comfortable hut, parking at the door.
Anyone aged 18 or over is welcome to join. Feel free to meet us at the climbing wall first, or come to a meet. If you then decide the club’s for you, we have two annual membership rates: Unwaged/Student £18, or Waged £28.
Our fees include club membership of the Mountaineering Scotland. The Orion Mountaineering Club is a paid-up affiliate of Mountaineering Scotland and membership of the Orion gives pretty much all the benefits of being an individual member of Mountaineering Scotland (at a fraction of the cost) including getting the quarterly ‘Scottish Mountaineer’ magazine, civil liability insurance, voting at their AGM and reciprocal rights to hire other clubs’ huts.
Contact the Secretary if you'd like to find out about joining.
Finally, we are happy to welcome new members of all abilities and experience, but please remember that,
‘Climbing and mountaineering are risk activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.’
GET IN TOUCH
We use Facebook and WhatsApp to keep in touch. If you are interested in joining, we recommend you send the Secretary an email to introduce yourself and let us know who you are.