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Becoming a Member

The Club welcomes and encourages enthusiastic new members interested in mountaineering, climbing, hill walking and related activities. Membership is open to people over 18 years old. The Club does not undertake to train members in any mountain activities and we emphasise that members must take full responsibility for their own safety in the mountains. The key requirement is self sufficiency.

Prospective members are expected to attend at least three Club outdoor meets, primarily so that the Club and the prospective member can get to know each other. New members must be proposed and seconded by members of the Club and are elected at the discretion of the Committee. The annual subscription is £50. For members under the age of 25 the rate is £35.00.

Meanwhile, you can become an Associate Member immediately, which provides the benefit of British Mountaineering Council (BMC) membership (and importantly its Combined Liability Insurance; see below). Simply contact the Associate Members’ Secretary at join@rucksackclub.org or, for more information contact us (see below). The cost is only £15 per year, which is deducted from your subscription in the year when you become a full member. You will also receive Meetstaff by email so you can find out what is going on and choose what to get involved with. Normally associate membership lasts for up to two years to allow time to attend the meets needed to obtain full membership.

Other benefits of Club membership: Most of our members joined to share the companionship of like-minded individuals in enjoying the outdoors; see About for more information on the diverse range of activities and opportunities available to Club members.

The Club is affiliated to the BMC and members and associate members benefit from Combined Liability Insurance and a range of other services and discounts see the BMC. This insurance covers members for any third party claim relating to Club and personal mountaineering activities anywhere in the world other than the USA and Canada. The insurance does not cover members for personal accident, travel, medical expenses, etc., for which cover can be arranged through the BMC. The BMC adheres to a “Participation Statement” which is endorsed by the Rucksack Club (and all other affiliated Clubs). This reads: “The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”.

Members benefit from use of the Club’s three huts, access to a range of other clubs’ huts, and the three BMC – Mountaineering Scotland national huts. Members also benefit from reduced cost entry to Indoor Meets, discounts of up to 15% at a wide range of outdoor shops and reduced entry fees to local climbing walls.

To find out more about membership contact us here.

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