Information for those going on a walk

Please refer to the quarterly programme for the day (Saturday or Sunday) we are walking each weekend. If you do not fancy the programmed walk for any reason, contact the Walk Coordinator to find out whether or not alternatives have been proposed, or to suggest one yourself. Alternative walks are often arranged at the meeting point. The programmed walks may be changed if weather conditions are unsuitable.

Meeting Places and Times

The main meeting place is the car park of the Woollen Mill (Ben Nevis Highland Centre) at the junction of the Glen Nevis road with the main A82 road in Fort William. Please be there in time for an 8.00am departure. You may also join the group at the pick-up point for the area we are going to :

  • For walks at or north of Spean Bridge: 8.20am at Spean Bridge Woollen Mill car park

  • For walks at or south of Glencoe: 8.30am at Glencoe village car park (behind the Mountain Rescue base)

  • For Ardgour or further west: 8.25am at the Corran Ferry slip. Click here to see the ferry timetable.

  • For Kinlochleven or the Oban road (A828): 8.25am at St Brides School, North Ballachulish

If in doubt, or if you wish to join the group elsewhere, please contact the Walk Coordinator beforehand.

Walks Coordinators

For each outing, we have a "Walk Coordinator". See the Walks Programme, to find out who this is.

The co-ordinator is not a leader, and nor should members expect to be "led" on a club walk.

The onus is on the members to provide relevant information to the co-ordinator. This will aid the organization and safety on the hill. There is a need by members, for good communication (before the walk, on and off the hill and at the end of the walk), responsibility, duty of care and awareness of others. There is a safety issue for those who walk out-with the group and, while members are, of course, free to have their own particular goals, it is very advisable for members to ensure that other members of the group are aware of their intentions.

Members are encouraged to contact the co-ordinator before the day of the walk, particularly when travelling separately or meeting at a different point, and to discuss possible alternatives. The co-ordinator acts as a central contact point to facilitate this discussion. Individual goals and plans should then be discussed and confirmed again at the start of the walk and communicated to the co-ordinator. This will enable like minded individuals to form groups so that members are not left to walk on their own.

Members are reminded that it is club policy for less experienced members to be accompanied by a more experienced member.

Members should ensure that the co-ordinator knows that they are safely off the hill.

Transport

We are grateful to members with cars who provide transport for club activities. Those who take a lift should be prepared to contribute to the driver's mileage costs. If you need transport, contact the Walk Coordinator.

Visitors

We always give a warm welcome to visitors and people who are thinking of joining the club. If you are considering joining, or are a visitor to Lochaber, and would like to come along with us on one of our walks, please contact one of our Contacts.

It would save time if visitors could download a copy of the Guest Registration Form and bring it with them already filled in. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied - see the Parental Consent Form , which must be completed both by the juvenile and the patent/legal guardian, for more details on this.

Mobile Telephones

Mobile phones can make a significant contribution to efficient organisation and safety on club walks. We encourage members to use their phones for this purpose. Please pass on your number to the other club members and remember to switch your phone on during the outing.

Always remember, however, that mobile phone network coverage on the Lochaber hills is "patchy".

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed on club walks.

Fitness

Please ensure that you are fit enough on the day to participate in the planned activity, under the prevailing weather conditions. If in doubt, please discuss with the Walk Coordinator.