Frequently Asked Questions


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How can I meet up with the club?

Through a member, if you already know one, or by contacting the Membership Secretary who will provide you with information. The Club’s main activities are weekend meets which are held throughout the year. There are also ‘local’ activities based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Perth. Depending on the season these can be outdoor or indoor climbing and in the winter we meet locally to share our pictures and adventures from the previous season. Guests are very welcome to attend any of these events, but please also see the guidelines for attending meets.

What level of fitness and competence is expected to come out with the club?

This is not a beginner’s Club. Unless you are coming with a member who will go with you on the hill, you should have some experience of mountaineering with regard to map reading and walking on steep ground. As for fitness, you should be able to enjoy a full hill day. If you are less experienced, we encourage you to join us for a few weekends outwith the snow season to assess your own level of competence before committing to a winter’s day.

Do I have to be a rock-climber to join the LSCC?

Not if you join as a graduating member. You have to have done some rock-climbing to become a full member (details are in the 'Joining' pages) but you don't have to lead.

Why have an all-women's climbing club in these days of gender equality? 

Things are a lot better for women than they were, but still, the achievements of men are more celebrated, talked about and, by some, valued more than the achievements of women.

On the whole, in an all-women's club we find:

Women are the role models for each other. It is easier for a single woman to be accepted if she joins a club as a beginner climber; there are more opportunities for her to become an independent climber in her own right, and she won’t be pushed onto hard routes beyond her capability. She will be required to make her own decisions on the mountain, to learn rope technique, learn to 'read' the rock for herself instead of just following.

Also, it may be a generalisation, but women's clubs tend to be more caring, supportive and encouraging than mixed clubs, and will accept lower levels of climbing ability – which is good for women who lack self-confidence.

'Ladies' is a bit stuffy isn't it?

The Club and the name dates back to when the Club was founded in 1908. It was started by 'Ladies' as they had both leisure time and resources to access and enjoy the mountains. We have often debated whether we should change the name but history wins out, and we have learnt to embrace it. Our constitution states our aim is to ‘bring together women who are committed to mountaineering...’ so we do move with the times. Lady or not (few of us are in the traditional sense) we encourage all women to come and join us and enjoy the mountains.

How do I book myself on a meet?

Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who passes on your details to the coordinator of the meet.

What do I need to bring for a weekend meet?

Basic mountain kit, plus sleeping kit (which may vary depending on the venue) and food. Ice axe and crampons are required for winter meets. Transport is shared wherever possible. Please check details with the meet coodinator before you go.

How is the walk or route planned?

Every weekend is different depending on location and numbers attending. We tend not to go out in a big group, preferring to split into smaller groups. The groups emerge out of discussion about what people want to do. You are welcome to contribute your own ideas about what you would like to do over a weekend.

Can I come on any weekend?

In principle yes, but the weekend coordinator will have the final say. While we are keen to welcome new members, this has to be balanced against the experience of the coordinator, the balance between the number of guests and members requesting places, the number of beds available and the mountain conditions (i.e. winter).

What activities might I expect on a weekend?

All sorts: summer and winter hill-walking or technical climbing, depending on the people there and the weather conditions.

Are there only weekend meets?

The Club often makes use of bank holiday weekend to extend a trip especially if it is far flung. e.g. Skye, the Lakes or Wales. We also organise longer trips abroad to the Alps and other mountain ranges.

What sort of accommodation is used?

Mountain huts, hostels and camping. The accommodation can be quite basic and you may need to be prepared to ‘rough’ it.

What will it cost for me to go on a weekend?

Typically from a few £s to around £20 per night, depending on hut/bunkhouse or hostel, plus transport

Can I access formal training through the LSCC?

The Club organises formal training for members in ropework, navigation, climbing and winter skills. Due to insurance limitations we are unable to include non-members or guests in training events.

What about informal training?

We are not a training club but less experienced people will always learn by going on the hill with more experienced people.

Am I insured for civil liability if I go out with you?

Our civil liability insurance covers guests for two weekends only. After these you are not covered unless you have civil liability insurance for mountaineering under another policy, e.g. as individual member of Mountaineering Scotland, British Mountaineering Council or of a Club affiliated to either body, see Liability for prospective members and guests.

How can I join the Club?

Full details are in the Joining pages.

Why should I join the LSCC?

You will meet a number of inspirational women who have a wealth of experience, many of whom really pushed the boundaries in their time; you will know that when you go on the hill with a full member, you are with a competent mountaineer; you will be encouraged to try new things, and extend your own limits - and you'll have a lot of fun!

What does it cost?

The annual membership fee is £30, of which £16.25 is the cost of affiliation to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

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