Huts

 


Regulations for Booking and Visiting Rucksack Club Huts

The Committee recognises that multiple household groups using shared kitchen/washroom/living facilities and sharing bunk rooms for several hours overnight, as found in our huts, represents a significantly higher risk of infection than that in commercial hospitality premises. With this in mind the following has been agreed for all three huts:

  1. Members must have a confirmed booking before visiting a Club hut, so the relevant warden must be contacted first. When making a booking, the warden will need to establish that the number of people in each group can be accommodated. Members must not turn up at a hut without a confirmed booking.
  2. When huts are booked by an individual member, or separate groups of members and their guests/non-members [i.e. use by mixed households], a maximum 50% hut occupancy is in place for all huts, to ensure the common/shared facilities in the huts do not become overcrowded. 50% occupancy is: 8 beds at Craigallan; 10 beds at Beudy; 12 beds at High Moss. These numbers represent the maximum number using the facilities and includes those who prefer to camp. Self-contained motorhomes may stay in addition if they do not use the facilities. Please respect the hut warden’s decision when seeking a booking. 
  3. Block bookings of a hut for Club Meets, from outside groups, or by an individual Club member, are permitted. The 50% limit may be increased for these groups if requested, following discussions between the warden and Lead Member/Group Lead. A framework of measures for the duration of the meet must be in place following discussion/agreement with the warden. Such groups must accept the potential risks associated with using a mountaineering hut, even after all the general provisions of use below are followed. They must be responsible for their own affairs to reduce the risks posed and if anyone attending is in any doubt, they must not visit a hut.
  4. To reduce the risk of spread of infection, ‘down time’ will be factored in between bookings wherever possible. Again, please respect the hut warden’s decision.
  5. General Provisions on Use of Indoor Facilities by all groups
    • for the safety of all its members and guests, the Club expects those who are eligible to be fully vaccinated before visiting one of our huts. The Committee recognises that some younger members may not be fully vaccinated until mid-September and a few may have medical reasons for withholding vaccination
    • anyone who has symptoms, has received a positive test result or has been contacted and told to self-isolate, must not travel to a hut
    • for the benefit of all visiting a hut the Committee asks that a lateral flow test be taken before travel…and obviously only go if it is negative!
    • as each hut is in a different nation with varying rules, anyone wishing to use a hut must be aware of and abide by specific national rules as well as these regulations
    • access to common parts (e.g. kitchen and washing facilities) must be kept to the minimum possible dwell time
    • ventilation to the greatest possible extent given weather conditions should be maintained whenever the premises are occupied
    • social distancing should be maintained including wearing face coverings indoors (this is current law in Wales and Scotland and remains common courtesy in England).
    • maximum use of outdoor facilities for cooking and eating is recommended
    • cleaning and disinfection of all touch surfaces should be undertaken frequently

These measures are consistent with the law at present, and are considered reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances. Members, guests and outside groups are expected to adhere to these measures. Even so, the Club cannot guarantee there is no risk of infection in its huts. It is left to the judgement of individual members or non-members to determine whether visiting a hut is sensible.

These are challenging times for us all and members are asked to respect the wishes of other hut visitors. After due consideration by the committee, any member or groups associated with a member, ignoring these Regulations will face sanctions.

These Regulations will be reviewed regularly [at least monthly], with updates posted on the website. For up-to-date relevant information on Covid-19, please visit the Gov.uk Covid website and the BMC latest Covid guidance.

Hut Fees are as normal; please see Handbook [page 12] for 2021 fees

If any member has any issue with this guidance, please contact the President [President@rucksackclub.org] rather than the Hut Wardens, as their job is hard enough already.

AAT: 27 August 2021

 

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The Club owns three excellent and strategically placed mountaineering huts: Beudy Mawr, High Moss and Craigallan. (Note: Rucksack Club members who login to this site can access a Hut Booking Calendar that gives current availability at the huts.)

Beudy Mawr

Beudy Mawr, the Club’s oldest hut, is situated in the heart of Snowdonia on the edge of Nant Peris at the start of the Llanberis Pass (A4086).

Hut facilities include:

  • Well-equipped kitchen.
  • Dining room and lounge with multi fuel stoves.
  • Drying room with heater.
  • 17 bunks in 2 rooms upstairs including 6 in the Member’s room.
  • Downstairs toilets, urinal, showers and wash-basins.
  • Parking for about 8 cars.
  • Camping is allowed; normal hut fee rates apply (see below).

The Hut is available for use by Members and any guests accompanying them, members of Kindred Clubs and parties from BMC affiliated Clubs. For further information, contact Hut Warden.

High Moss

High Moss

High Moss is situated in the Duddon Valley in the south western Lakes at the foot of the Walna Scar track to Coniston. It is well off the road and access is via a track…and there is no telephone reception!

Hut facilities include:

  • Well-equipped kitchen.
  • Large dining room and lounge both with coal fires.
  • 27 bunks in dormitories including 6 in the Members room.
  • Toilets, urinals, showers and wash-basins.
  • Bike store
  • Parking for about 10 cars.
  • Camping is allowed when the hut is full; normal hut fee rates apply (see below).

The Hut is available for use by members and any guests accompanying them, members of Kindred Clubs and parties from BMC affiliated Clubs. For further information, contact Hut Warden.

Craigallan

Craigallan

Craigallan overlooks Loch Linnhe and is situated about 2 miles from Ballachullish on the A828 to Oban; it is within easy reach of Glencoe and Ben Nevis.

Hut facilities include:

  • Well-equipped kitchen.
  • Dining room with log/coal burning stove and lounge with electric fire.
  • Drying room.
  • 12 bunks in two rooms upstairs and overspill sleeping in the lounge for up to 6.
  • Toilets, urinals, shower and wash-basins downstairs and up.
  • Parking for approximately 8 cars and Overspill parking.
  • Camping is allowed when the hut is full; normal hut fee rates apply (see below).

The Hut is available for use by members and any guests accompanying them and members of Kindred Clubs. For further information, contact Hut Warden.

Hut Fees

Member 

 

6.00

Associate Member

 

9.00

Member’s personal guest (including spouses/partners)

 

12.00

Member of a Club (Kindred Club) with reciprocal rights

 

12.00

Kindred Club/Associate Member’s personal guest

 

12.00

BMC/MCofS Member/Club Member

 

12.00

Other user

 

15.00

All under 18 year olds

 

6.00

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