Huts

 


Regulations for Booking and Visiting Rucksack Club Huts

The Committee reviewed the Regulations at their meeting on 20th September 2021. It recognises that the easing of the Covid pandemic restrictions remains challenging for some members using our huts (particularly the sharing of indoor facilities with multiple household groups) whilst others wish a quick return to more normal use. With this in mind the following agreed update takes account of the Government’s emphasis on personal responsibility for minimising the risk of the spread of Covid. Adhering to these is key to reducing these risks to a minimum.

1. Hut Booking:

o All visitors must have a confirmed booking before visiting a Club hut, so the relevant warden must be contacted first. Members must not turn up at a hut without a confirmed booking;

o For individual members or separate small 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 reduce overcrowding of common/shared facilities. This figure represents 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;

o Block bookings of a hut may permit a greater than 50% occupancy following discussions between the warden and Lead Member/Group Lead. This includes Club Meets or a group booking by an individual member or outside organisation. Such groups must accept the potential risks associated with such use and must act responsibly to reduce the risks posed to those attending. If anyone is in any doubt, they must not visit a hut;

o Members running Club Meets can set their own conditions for attendance;

o Consider mid-week bookings if concerned about numbers staying, as historically mid-week sees few bookings.

2. Personal responsibilities before visiting a hut:

o If you have Covid symptoms do not visit a hut;

o If you have had a positive Covid test result within the last 2 weeks (regardless of symptoms, vaccination status or lateral flow status) do not visit a hut;

o If you have been contacted and told to self-isolate, do not visit a hut o If you know you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last two weeks please do not visit a hut;

o Please take a lateral flow test before travel…and obviously only go if it is negative!

o The Club expects all those visiting our huts to be fully vaccinated, whilst recognising that some may have medical reasons for withholding vaccination.

3. General provisions for the use of indoor facilities when at a hut:

o Access to common parts (e.g. kitchen and washing facilities) must be kept to the minimum possible dwell time;

o Good ventilation should be maintained whenever the premises are occupied;

o As a matter of common courtesy, social distancing should be maintained including wearing face coverings indoors when not eating;

o Maximise the use of outdoor facilities for cooking and eating;

o Cleaning and disinfection of all touch surfaces should be undertaken frequently as per guidance in the huts;

o 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.

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.

Members are expected to respect the Warden’s decision before visiting a hut as well as the wishes of other visitors when at a hut. Any member, or groups associated with a member, ignoring these Regulations will face sanctions by the Committee.

These Regulations will remain in force for the duration of the Covid pandemic and will be reviewed/updated monthly. Once the pandemic is over, the Club will return to all hut booking conditions as per the Handbook.

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: 30 September 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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