This page provides some links that our members have found useful over the years. Please feel free to suggest any additional links that you think would be helpful or point out any outdated or broken links – just use our contact form. Note that these links are provided for information only and the club makes no official recommendations or endorsements of any particular products or services.

DURC Sponsors

Weather Links

See our weather and conditions page for useful weather links including mountain forecasts, snow conditions and mountain webcam links.

999 Emergency SMS Service

  • EmergencySMS – where the mobile phone signal is too weak for a call a text message may still get through: register your mobile phone to enable you to communicate with emergency services via text.

Useful Websites

  • WalkHighlands – more route descriptions and area information
  • MunroMagic – information and route descriptions for the Munros
  • WinterHighland – information and user submitted reports for winter climbing, ski touring, skiing and mountain biking
  • Grough – news and articles related to mountaineering etc
  • Grough Route – online mapping service for planning and logging your routes (monthly subscription)
  • Streetmap – free online mapping service (like google maps) which has OS 1:50,000 and OS:1:25000 maps
  • Hill-Bagging – create a free account and keep track of all the hills you’ve climbed by ticking them off online
  • Viewfinder Panoramas – labelled panoramas – handy for identifying what you saw from the top
  • Pete’s Gear Pages – information on rucksacks, walking poles and down sleeping bags
  • Scottish Climbing Archive – information and resources related to climbing and mountaineering in Scotland
  • Ian’s shoelace site – Ever thought about how you tie you shoe laces?
  • Chris Stamp’s Mountainbike routes – A selection of mountain bike routes in the East of Scotland
  • Scottish Winter Routes – A selection of winter mountaineering routes across scotland



Gear Manufacturers

Gear Retailers

Note: the BMC maintains a list of gear retailers who offer discounts to BMC members, and these are often available online using a web code. You can browse the list on the BMC website.

Speak to Committee members about other discounts which you may be able to get.

  • Tiso – Outdoor store with some mountaineering/climbing hardware (shop in Dundee)
  • Blacks – Midrange outdoor store (shop in Dundee)
  • Millets – Budget outdoor store (shop in Dundee)
  • Mountain Warehouse – Budget outdoor clothing (shop in Dundee)
  • Craigdon Mountain Sports – Comprehensive range of mountaineering, climbing and general outdoor gear (nearest shop is in Perth)
  • Mountain Leisure Perth – Outdoor store with reasonable range at reasonable prices
    (shop in Perth)
  • Nevisport
    Good range of mountaineering, climbing and general outdoor gear (nearest
    shop is in Kirkcaldy)
  • Braemar Mountain Sports – Specialises in ski-mountaineering equipment and general mountaineering gear (shops in Braemar and Aviemore)
  • Ellis Brigham – Outdoor store which also sells mountaineering and climbing gear (shops in Aviemore, Fort William and Glasgow)
  • Decathlon – Outdoor store (shop near Glasgow)
  • Cotswold Outdoor – Outdoor gear
  • Field and Trek – Outdoor gear
  • Rock and Run – Outdoor gear
  • Needlesports – Outdoor gear
  • Specialist Socks – retailer of socks for outdoor sports
  • Aktive8 – Outdoor gear, free UK delivery (10% off with discount code CLUB10)
  • Tog24 – Outdoor clothing retailer
  • Surfdome – Outdoor gear, with free UK delivery
  • Above & Beyond – Outdoor gear

Foreign Trip Planning

  • Altitude
    Oxygen Calculator
    – shows how much oxygen is reduced by at
    different altitudes (not so relevant for mountaineering in Scotland, but interesting if you’re planning trips to higher mountains)
  • Roping Up for Glaciers – MCoS video clip from their Alpine Essentials DVD
  • Crevasse Rescue – MCoS video clip from their Alpine Essentials DVD
  • Club Alpin Francais – French Alpine Club – includes listings of mountain huts in the French Alps
  • Club Alpin Suisse – Swiss Alpine Club – includes listings of mountain huts in the Swiss Alps
  • Club Alpino Italiano – Italian Alpine Club – includes listings of mountain huts in the Italian Alps
  • Oesterreichischer Alpenverein – Austrian Alpine Association. UK Branch also has separate website.
  • Stanfords
    Specialist map retailer (good for foreign maps)
  • Discount
    – Online map retailer (also sells foreign maps)
  • BMC Insurance – Travel insurance with options for Mountaineering cover (open to DURC members without joining the BMC as we are an MCoS affiliated club)

General Interest

  • Scottish Photo Gallery – including a good selection of mountain photos, arranged by area
  • Everest 1953: The British Story – information about Mt. Everest and the 1953 expedition
  • Simple guide to Gaelic – handy for interpreting placenames, hill names etc
  • The Munro Show on Youtube – much of the the TV series made in the late 80s/early 90s has been uploaded to Youtube – the hills haven’t changed much (if you can see past the garish clothing that was fashionable back then!)
  • Kendal
    – almost pure sugar, a great energy food for taking up the
  • Soreen – another excellent food for the hills, Soreen is a malt fruit loaf with plenty of energy that tastes great

Skills and Training Courses

The committee announce details of subsidised courses and relevant events throughout the academic year. See the Develop your Skills and Training Courses pages for more information.


If you find any outdated/dead links or if you have some new ones to suggest then please let us know via the contact form.