Welcome to the Ptarmigan Mountaineering Club website
We are an Edinburgh-based hillwalking and mountaineering club. We run a monthly Sunday bus to the Highlands, or to the Borders or the Lake District. Click Meets.
We give ourselves freedom to do our own routes at our own pace. We can leave and rejoin the bus at any point on the way. This opens up many through routes and variations compared to circular walks when using a car. And someone else takes the strain of driving. The club notes all the day's groups (minimum 3 people) and routes. Our monthly newsletter suggests a variety of walking routes.
Our members have a wide range of ages, abilities and interests, from hill-running and serious climbing to low-level walking, bird-watching and botany. We have a wealth of experience, including several who have completed the Munros, Corbetts and even Grahams.
Interested? We welcome potential new members to the club who have some experience of hill walking. Our bus convener can provide advice on routes and the group to join. You should have the necessary equipment including basic first aid kit and emergency whistle, sustenance and clothing (including full waterproofs) to enjoy a typical 6-hour day in the hills. You should also have an OS map of the area or equivalent and a compass, and know how to use them. In winter, extra clothing, ice axe and crampons are often essential for safety. We encourage all members to acquire and refresh their basic mountaineering skills. Although we don't "lead" walks or provide formal tuition, many of our experienced members will be happy to pass on advice. As an MCofS affiliated club, our members are entitled to discounts on formal weekend and week courses in summer and winter mountaineering available at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore.
We have a friendly link with the separate Highways Hillwalking Club, also based in Edinburgh. We list their trips (usually second Sunday of the month), and they list ours (usually first Sunday). Members of one club are welcome to go on trips with the other.