The club is doing everything it can to run within Scottish Government and Mountaineering Scotland guidelines, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We think that it is especially important in these strange times to keep sporting and social links going, and we will endeavour to offer activities appropriate for the guidelines at that time.
Permitted Activities under COVID
It is likely that our activities are going to be limited for a while longer. While current guidance remains in place (as of 17th Oct 2020) this means:
- Informal group activities (even outside) are severely limited.
- Accommodation sharing is currently not permitted at all.
- Current guidance on organised sports club activity allows larger groups to meet than under day-to-day guidance.
- Larger groups are permitted for formally organised activities (for the duration of the organised sporting activity only -- e.g. you must disperse after finishing a walk), so long as a COVID responsible person takes and maintains a register of contact details for test and trace.
- The club must have a COVID officer (who keeps us up to date with the ever changing guidelines) -- David Hoyle is the new club COVID officer.
- Even if organised, activities remain self-led. The COVID responsible person is responsible for the contacts register, not navigating you safely around the route. We do not offer guiding/instruction.
- Even if rules get stricter, we can still keep in touch via the weekly zoom-pub.
Provisional meets list
For obvious reasons, the meets list is provisional this year. If group accommodation is permitted at the time, we will aim to run a normal weekend meet. When group accommodation is not feasible, we will aim to run a meet in the planned area in the following way:
- There will be an agreed meeting point for a walk on at least one day (usually Saturday).
- You may organise your own accommodation in the area, or travel up for the day (location dependent).
- An online signup document will be used to help coordinate accommodation suggestions, groups, climbing partners, etc.
- Where a meet is scheduled to be in an isolated location (e.g. Jura, Rum), we may move to a less isolated (typically mainland) alternative to make logistics easier, and respect the concerns of the community.
If overnight stays/long journeys are not an option, and if allowed, we will organise one-day activities closer to home on the planned meet weekend.