Anyone venturing out into the Scottish hills must be aware that hillwalking and climbing can be dangerous. Although accidents are mercifully rare (despite the occasional flurry of media attention), the nature of the sport is that you often put yourself in exposed situations where a slip or a stumble can have serious consequences.


The weather is rarely static in Scotland, and it’s not uncommon to encounter sun, wind, rain and snow in the same day. Add to that frequent low cloud that can severely restrict visibility, and winter conditions when there is snow on the ground. For these reasons you have to be prepared for all sorts of situations whenever you go on the hill. Check out our recommended kit list, and the MCofS website gives a lot of hints and tips about mountain safety. There are also numerous organisations that run training courses on climbing, navigation and other useful skills.


The club ethic (and the code for all mountaineers) is that we look after each other and we will never leave anybody stranded on the hill. However, you must be prepared for extreme conditions and take responsibility for yourself at all times. You must accept that when you venture out into the hills, whether with the club or as an individual, you do so entirely at your own risk, and that the club cannot be held responsible for any actions of its members, any injuries that you might sustain or any other situation that you might find yourself in.