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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am
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Nottingham Indoor Wall Monday 16th October 4pm
Who Are We?
The Munro Pineapple Society (or MPS, as we are familiarly known) is a fully British Mountaineering Council (BMC) affiliated club at The University of Nottingham Student's Union. The Committee Members are responsible for the running of the club.
What do we do?
MPS specialises in all types and standards of Summer and Winter Scottish mountaineering, climbing and hill walking, where copious amounts of bagging Munros and drinking usually take place. All standards are catered for, from the complete novice to the nutter ice climber.
We usually go away on subsidised weekend Meets approximately once a month. And, if that wasn't enough, in the Christmas (where we go away over the New Year period), Easter and Summer vacations we go away for week meet. We offer heavily subsidised Training Courses for all those who want it.
What happens on an MPS meet? A typical weekend meet would look like this…
We meet at the Expedition stores at 5pm on the Friday evening to pack the minibus; by 6pm we are on the road, with minibusmusic blaring out, and we stop in either Weatherby (or more usually) Penrith for fish and chips around 8pm. We expect to be taking one minibus for most of the trips – for logistical reasons it is the best number of people. We tend to arrive at our destination sometime after midnight, hopefully before 1am.
The first day is an early start to get out on the hills and have a good full day, so we usually get up at 7ish. After a quick breakfast, we discuss route plans and people can decide what they want to do for the day – there will always be a range of walk lengths and difficulties. A typical day would be a ten mile walk including a Munro (or more if they are conveniently placed), and the group sizes vary from 4 to 7. Following a successful day on the mountain, we are picked up when we get down and retire to the accommodation, usually a bunkhouse. We cook together on the Saturday night and once everything is cleared away we find the local pub or sit around and chat with some beer or wine.
Most people go walking or climbing on the Sunday - but don't feel that you have to if you are too knackered or hungover! Some often go on a ‘bimble’ instead – i.e. low level walking admiring the pine forests, lochs and pubs! We have to be down from the mountain a bit earlier, around 3-4pm, but that leaves plenty of time to have a full days walking. Driving back, we stop for food somewhere near the border, usually Lockerbie and arrive back in Nottingham around midnight. We drop people off at their homes, exhausted but happy and ready for 9am lectures the next day!
There is also a very active social side to MPS, and we meet up every Tuesday Meets at one of Nottinghams premier drinking establishments, i.e. a pub. In addition, we have an ex-members club, the International Munro Pineapple Society.
Our mascot, Gordon The Pineapple still shows his face fairly often at events, and makes appearances on clothing.