Whether it’s a walk along the valley or a
day spent following a mountain ridge into the distance, the Rucksack Club has
members that do it all. With one of the largest memberships of all the
university sports clubs, you’re bound to find people who want to walk at
the same level as you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been walking
before, all you need is enthusiasm and you can go to the most beautiful
places in Scotland and beyond.
Don’t be afraid to ask others for advice on a route or help with
navigation – there are plenty of club members with lots of experience
who are more than happy to help. The club also runs lectures/workshops
on navigation, first aid (and other skills) so you can quickly learn to be confident with
a map and compass out on the hill, and know what to do if something
The club organises single day trips, and full-weekend trips typically
involving staying in a mountain hut. With a trip away every weekend
during term-time, there really is no limit to where you can go with DURC
and the walks you can do when you are there.
The club tends to gravitate towards those mountains tabled by Sir
Hugh Munro as being over 3000 feet (914m) high (the Munros). There are usually
suitable options for those wanting to do anything from a simple valley
walk to climbing seven Munros in a day. Many places also offer scrambling and climbing
For more information about hillwalking, see this hillwalking fact file.