MILNGAVIE Mountaineering Club recently held a 25th anniversary climb to the most northernly Munro, Ben Hope, followed by a celebration dinner where members looked forward to many more successful years.
The club was formed when David Kingswood moved to Milngavie from the Borders and was surprised to find there was not a local Mountaineering society.
He advertised in Milngavie Library, and eight others joined him in climbing Ben Lomond.
Soon afterwards a committee was formed, and the club became a fully recognised member of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.
The club has a wide and eclectic membership from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, as well as from as far away as South Africa and Australia.
Over the years many members have completed the Munros (3,000ft hills), Corbetts (2,500 ft hills) and one member is in the elite of over 1,000 ‘Marilyns’ climbed (hills with at least 500ft of ascent required). Hills have been climbed in all conditions and by many different routes.
The club has a varied programme of day walks, from Munro bagging to local rambles, with regular weekends away to more distant hills, such as Skye and Torridon, whilst some members also meet at Glasgow Climbing Wall for more vertical entertainment.
Walks are normally every two weeks throughout the year, and there is normally a social meeting in a local hostelry after being on the hills.
As part of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, they have access to many huts in fantastic locations, which are not open to the general public.
They welcome new members and anyone seeking further information should look at www.milngaviemountaineeringclub.org, or contact Derek Hall on 07711 502461 or Allan Carr on 0141 956 2506.