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, Peggy our Secretary can help you out. We socialise on the 3rd Thursday monthly at 8pm in The State Bar, Holland St, Glasgow.
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.
Cavers Hut, Elphin
8 - 9 September 2023
The far north west has hills and crags like nowhere else, well worth the drive and dodging wild goats. Caves are also available.
Coppermines Cottage, Coniston, Lake District
29 - 30 September 2023
This always feels like quite a wild location, though it is not far from the road. Ideal for Coniston fells & some good trad to be found.
Craigallan hut, Ballachulish
27 - 28 October 2023
I can recommend Schoolhouse Ridge, but there's the pick of Glencoe, the Mamores, or ferry on over to Ardgour for the hills less trod.
The Cabin, Laggan
24 - 25 November 2023
Superb and cosy wee hut, ideal for Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh.
Blackrock Cottage, Glencoe
12 - 13 January 2024
The best hut of all, with everything Glencoe has to offer, right on the doorstep.
Milehouse, Loch Insh, nr Kincraig
16 - 17 February 2024
Fingers crossed for blue sky crisp cold winter days.