We call ourselves a mountaineering club, and our regular club trips always include visits to the mountains of Snowdonia, Cumbria and Scotland where we enjoy the commitment and isolation that bigger hills demand. Our New Year trip is traditionally in Scotland and often we organise winter skills training for the novice mountaineer.
In the UK it's hard to say when hill walking, scrambling and easy climbing stops and mountaineering begins, except perhaps for the winter season in Scotland and the Cuillin Ridge on Skye. So over the years many Rockhoppers have organised informal additional trips to the Alps using skills learned in the UK to become fully-fledged alpinists.
Ski-mountaineering is also a popular pursuit among club members. Mountaineering expeditions organised by Rockhoppers have reached the further ranges too and in recent years we have had a first ascent in China, numerous independent journeys to the Himalayas Russia and Kyrgyzstan often tackling 6000+m peaks plus a series of long, cross country adventures in Iceland and Greenland.
We are affiliated with the British Mountaineering Council and agree with its participation statement: