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AGM. Portland D136.

Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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The AGM is scheduled for Thursday 14th March in Portland D136 at 8pm. It would be good to see a large turnout for this. If you are thinking of running for next tears committee, then let Ben know if you haven't done so already.


<<<<<<< Happy new year, and welcome back everyone! Winter skills in coming up in a few weeks. Payments are due at the next two upcoming socials. Crampon fitting will be on the 22nd Jan. If you need any tips on what kit to bring then have a look at the kit list


I hope everyone who came on the Wales trip last weekend enjoyed themselves. The next trip will be to Glen Lyon in a few weeks time. The signup is this tuesday at the social. If you can't make the signup but would still like to come on the trip, contact a member of the committee, but note, places are allocated on a first come first serve basis!

All the best,



Whether you are a fresher or a returner, Welcome to MPS!

Our welcome social is next tuesday (2nd Oct) at 8pm in Hugh Stu bar. We will meet here before going to another room for a short presentation about the club. This is an ideal opportunity to get an idea for what we do as a club and what is coming up this year.


Following the AGM the 2012/2013 MPS Committee are:

President: Ben Llewellyn

Vice President: Greg Martin

Meets Secretary: Rob Finch

Treasurer: Kate Griffiths

Mountain Safety Officer: Ellen Axon

Social Secretary: Ana Braddock

Well done to everyone who ran and good luck for the year ahead!


Winter Skills, Cheers everyone for a great trip!

Rons Blog has picture of the Mountaineering course.

Fi Blog has pictures of the Walking course.

Talisman also has a facebook group you should all like.



Munro Tally

I have uploaded the munro tally from the 2 Scotland trips this semester.

check out your current statistics. Not a bad start to the year really!

Have a great Christmas everyone, and looking forward to seeing some of you over new years. Message Robbie, if you want to come.


Braemar Trip

New Year trip to Braemar(28th Dec-4th Jan) is coming up. More details on the meets diary! If you are interested in coming along drop me a message

Robbie (Meet sec)

Facebook Group

Just incase anyone isnt aware, we have a MPS facebook group :O)


Crainlarich Sign Up

The sign up for the next and last weekend trip of the semester to Crainlarich is at the Hugh Stu Hall Bar, Tuesday@8PM. See you then :O)

Robbie (Meet Sec)

Snowdonia Sign Up

The signup for the next trip to Snowdon is in Mooch, Tuesday at 8PM.

Robbie (Meet Sec)


We have a single spare place on our Aberfeldy trip. Drop me a email if you are interested.

Robbie (Meet Sec)


The Lake district was a great trip! The signup for the next trip to Aberfeldy is tommorrow at the next social. Hope to see you then.


Skye was a successful trip, cheers to everyone who came along.

Here is the meet report:


checkout the one I have done for LAMM:


Please feel free to add your own memories/photos/tales


Following the AGM yesterday the 2011/2012 MPS Committee are:

President: Ben Llewellyn

Vice President: Greg Martin

Meets Secretary: Robby Pineda

Treasurer: Ann-Katrin Kotte

Mountain Safety Officer: Jonny Midgley

Social Secretary: Chris Herbert

Well done to everyone who ran and good luck for the year ahead!

Braemar Trip

Hello, there are still a few spaces left on the Braemar trip if anyone is intrestred could they get in touch with me ASAP.

Braemar is a really great bit of Scotland with a brilliant range of walking, climbing and whiskey.

Lakes sign up.

It is the sign up for the lakes trip at the social this week, which is a pancake social at robs house

Winter Skills Places

There are still two spaces left on the winter skills trip for those who want to come and do there own thing. If you are intrested please get in touch with me soon. Brannock

Fort William Meets Report

Heres to another great MPS week away. I've started the meet-report, please add your own memories/tales to the page:

Fort William Meet Report

Winter Skills Interest.

Hope everyone’s Christmas holidays are have started well. As we have had a lot of interest in the trips we have run so far this year, it would be really useful for me to have some indication of how many people would be interested in going on the winter skills trip, particularly how many people would like to go on any of the courses outlined below.

This trip is over three days 27th-30th of January, leaving on the evening of Thursday 27th of January, having three days on the hill Friday, Saturday and Sunday and coming back on evening of Sunday the 30th. I know this is a long way in advance but it would be really useful for me to have some indication of how many people want to go on this trip.

This year we will be running three courses, Introduction to Winter Hillwalking (covering the skills nesecary to walk in the Socttish mountains in winter), Introduction to Winter Mountanering (this course will look at advanced winter walking skills and easy winter climbing (grade 1 routes)), Introduction to winter climbing (this will cover winter climbing skills on harder routes (grade II and harder)).

Plese see the meets diary for more details on the courses we run.

Merry Christmas.




First of all thanks to everyone who came on the Glencoe trip for making it such a great trip, particuar thanks to the other drivers.

The Sign up for the New Year Trip will be next week (at the Old Trip but please note that is next week (30th Nov), the social this week is at the Broadway Cafe tomorrow), but it would be really helpfull to have some indication of how many people want to go on the New Year Trip, so if everyone

 who wants to go could tell me then that would be great.

This year MPS are going to Fort William for a week over New Year, leaving on the 28th of December 2010, and coming back to Nottingham on the 4th of January 2011. This is one of the best trips of the year with the promise of winter climbing on the Ben, loads of good walking (such as the Grey Corries), Scrambling (Ring of Steall) and there is even the Annoach Mor ski center nearby. And if the weather stays like it was for the trip to Glencoe last weekend then there should be plenty of snow around.

As we are staying up for a week, we will be there ove New Year, which is always a good night out in the Fort. Also the accommodation we are staying in is really good and only a short walk from town. There is also a train station in Fort William, so if you cant make the full week then its realtivly easy to come up for part of it.

If everyone who want to come could get in touch with me then that would be great.


Meet Sec


Glencoe trip spaces.

There are two spaces left on the MPS Glencoe trip this weekend leaving on Friday (19th) around 5.30 ish, getting two days on the hill in on Saturday and Sunday, then driving back on Sunday night getting back round midnight.

Glencoe is a great place, with brillitant walking and scrambling and if the weather stays as it is at the moment then there should be plenty of snow as well (Check out the high up webcams here Also we are staying just down the road from the Clachaig inn, which is an awesome pub with loads of whiskey.

The trip costs £45, that covers transport, accommodation and an evening meal on the Saturday.

If you want to go on this trip then please get in touch with me ASAP.

Brannock MPS Meet Sec


Llanberis trip thanks and Ramsoc bonfire

Thanks to everyone who came on the Llanberis trip, everyone seams to have had a really good time.

Also quick reminder a few of us are gate-crashing the Ramsoc bonfire tonnight (3/11/10), meeting up at 8pm in Mooch before walking/ getting taxis to Gregs house where it is held.


Llanberis Trip Sign Up

Its the Llanberis (Snowdonia) trip sign up this tuesday from 8pm at the Hand and Heart which is a great pub in a cave ands worth visiting even if you cant go on the trip(see Socials Diary for a map of where it is).

If you really cant make the social then could you please email me.

Also if anyone has got pictures from the Lochearnhead trip feel free to put them up. You could add them to the meet report page - ask one of the comittee for the uploading password.



Welcome to MPS Mountaineering.

We specialise in all aspects of mountaineering and hill walking, form Fell running, Summer and Winter Hill walking, Ice and Mixed climbing in the Scottish winter through to multipitch climbing and scrambling on Skye and beyond to the Alps. We mainly go to Scotland, though we have been known to visit other mountainous bits of Britain Wales and the Lake District and abroad members have been to the Alps, Pakistan and Peru.

Don’t worry if this all sounds a bit much for you, we’ve had members who’ve never been for a big walk before who have gone on to climb in the Alps. Throughout the first term we run weekend trips to Scotland and Wales, and then a whole week to look forward to in Fort William over New Year. Our socials are every Tuesday at pubs around Nottingham (see right side bar) and are a great chance to meet like minded people.


Former MPS vice-president Fabian today compleated his round of Munros with Ben Lomond - Congratulations on a fine achievement.

Sunday-25-July-2010 - ALPS 2010

Most people are now back from the Alps (although some NIPS are still in Switzerland). Check out the Meet Report for the routes that were done.

Tuesday-15-June-2010 - The LAMM 2010

There were fewer MPS'ers competing this year than we've had in the past but a good time was had by all. The event was held around Glen Fyne, not far from where some people walked on the Crianlarich trip.

B Category
45th - Ben and Phil
Honourable Retirement - Haydn and Sean

C Category
73rd - Greg and John

D Category
10th - Jo Ingold and Lucy Bradley

19th - Lou and Katherine Young

Sunday-16-May-2010. Dreaming of the Alps

I know there are a few people who have applied for Conville course and their are some of us who are desperate to get back to the Alps so I've created a Alps 2010 page so everyone can see when and where everyone else is going. Brannock.


MPS is running a Rock Skills day in the Peaks on Saturday 8th of May.

If you are interested in coming along then e-mail one of the committee members.


Its been updated in line with the progressing interests of the club

Climbing web page


For all who have better things to do than surf the MPS website, I have noticed for you that... the socials diary has been updated. Woop!

Socials Diary



The Munro Tally is on its way to being sorted (unless it is still freaking out and only working on certain computers). So check it out.

If there are any mistakes please contact one of the committee members and we try and sort it out.


Everyone is back from the Easter Trip safely despite a benightment on the Ben and a trip to Leicestershire to get the minibus.

Thanks to everyone that came on the trip who made it so much fun and especially to the drivers!


Following the AGM yesterday the 2010/2011 MPS Committee are:

President: Ben Jeffreys

Vice President: Ben Llewellyn

Meets Secretary: John Brannock

Treasurer: Greg Martin

Mountain Safety Officer: Jonny Midgley

Social Secretary: Rob Chuter

Well done to everyone who ran and good luck for the year ahead!

Thursday-04-March-2010 - Club AGM

Nominations are now open for all committee positions. Send an email to before the AGM itself (Tuesday 16th March)if you want to run.


As some of you may have heard already, due to atrocious weather we were forced to head to the Lakes instead of Braemar. The trip still turned out to be a highly enjoyable affair with some good winter conditions. Thanks a lot to Ben's parents for letting us use their holiday home.

Meet Report to come.

Wednesday-10-February-2010 - Braemar

The Braemar trip is currently full. However, you can always try your luck on the reserve list. I would also ideally prefer another Minibus driver so if you are out there please get in touch.

Tuesday-02-February-2010 - Winter Skills Pictures

Check out Ron Walker's blog -

Wednesday-27-January-2010 - WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

Following a successful Refreshers Fair we now have several new members. Feel free to look around the website and find out more about the club. You can also check out MPS Mountaineering on Facebook. Our next trip is to Braemar (Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th February). The Refreshers Social is in Mooch on Tuesday 2nd February.

Wednesday-20-January-2010 - Winter Skills Spaces

We still have 3 spaces left on the Walking Course and 2 available for people who just want to come along and do their own thing. Please spread the word.

Wednesday-13-January-2010 - WINTER SKILLS

The sign-up for Winter Skills will be at the Rose and Crown on Tuesday 19th at 8pm.

TRIP DATES: Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st January 2010. Walking Course: £95 Climbing Course: £100 Own thing: £55

All cheques to be made out to U of N SU MPS.

Ideally I would like to see you all on Tuesday but if you really cannot make it but still want to come send me an email -


LAMM entries are now open. This is a really fun event and if your up for a challenge you should really consider entering!!


We are planning on having a Christmas meal on Tuesday the 8th of December at 7.00 at the Sir John Borlase Warren. It is a three course meal and costs £17.50. If anyone is interested in coming please contact Ben J as there are very few spaces left. My number is on your membership card!!

Friday-20-November-2009- New Year Sign-up

We are heading to the far north of Scotland and staying in a bunkhouse just south of Ullapool. There will be Munros, climbing and hopefully a good deal of snow. Is there a better way to spend New Year?

Sign-up at The Grove this coming Tuesday, 8pm. More information to follow.

Tuesday-17-November-2009 - Navigation Training

The theory session is taking place tonight at 7.30pm in Portland C53. All members are welcome to attend.

Thursday-12-November-2009 - High Peak Marathon

We are already entering one team this year. Entries close on November 30th if anyone is interested -


Hope everyone enjoyed Lochearnhead. Where are all the photos?

Thursday-29-October-2009 - LOCHEARNHEAD

The Lochearnhead trip is now full. More information will be emailed to you all shortly so keep checking your inbox. Pick-up will be either from the Savoy Cinema at 4.45 or at Stores at 5pm (Friday 6th November).


After looking into some upsetting rumours it appears to be true that there are now only 283 munros!!!

Unfortunatly Sgurr Nan Ceannaichean has now become a Corbet at only 913.4m.


The first trip of the year went really well and the meet report has now been started. The next trip will see MPS return to its spiritual home as we head to Lochearnhead. See the Meets Diary for more information. Sign-up will be on Tuesday 27th October at the Johnson Arms.

Monday-08-June-2009 - The LAMM

12 MPS'ers old and new were competing at the lamm in Kintail last weekend. We had few lamm virgins and a few others having a go at some higher categories. No prizes were won this year but we were treated with great weather, great views and great courses so a fun time was had by all. Here are our results:

A Category
9th - Chris and Hamish

B Category
66th - Matt Hilton and Mike Vernon
72nd Place - Ed and Jim

C Category
41st - Vince and Ben
75th - Franco and Greg Martin

D Category
16th - Jo Ingold and Nick Sharpe
67th - Dave Bloomfield and Al Mackay

Well done to everyone! Hopefully we can have a few more new faces next year - ask Greg and Ben how much fun they had.

Greg has written a little report of the weekend in the Meets Diary.

Saturday-30-May-2009: SKYE

There are still spaces available on the Skye trip: Sunday 21st - Sunday 28th June. See Meets Diary and get in touch for more information.


I have finally got round to updating some of the Munro Tally, have a look to see what you've climbed this year.

Lots of Love



Just to announce that Easter was a real success (see Meet report)and that the next MPS trip will be Rock Skills on 2nd May, see Meets Diary for more information.


Well done to all the new committee members. They all will carry on the MPS legend I'm sure!

President: Phil Peel
Vice President: Ben Jeffreys
Meets Sec: Ben Llywellyn
Treasurer: Hannah Prydderch
Mountain Officer: John Brannock
Social: Hamish Matthews
All the best x

Tuesday-10th-March-2009: MPS AGM

It has come to the time of year for the MPS AGM. The event will be held on the 10th March, 8pm at the Happy Return If you want to run for a committee position, email

Tuesday-10-February-2009: New site location

This website has moved onto the new SU server (notice the "su-web2" in the url). This means there should be no more problems with not being able to edit. However, as with any move operation of this kind glitches can occur - please report anything you see here.

Tuesday-03-February-2009: Alpine Dreaming

In recent years, members and ex-members of MPS have been meeting up in the Alps during the summer break. Mountaineering does not end in Scotland; if you think you are up to the challenge then why not check out the Alps planning page or ask the committee...

Monday-02-February-2009 : FOUND

After the weekend, a single outdoor designs goretex glove, and a hat from Dickies were found on the bus. Please email me so I can bring them to the social for you to pick up....

!!Saturday-24-January-2009: Avalanche!! On behalf of us all, I send the greatest condolences, and thanks, to all those involved in the Glen Coe Avalanches.

Monday-12-January-2009: Winter Skills

Dear All,

We’ve just finalised the Winter Skills Trip details.

This is an annual trip where we hire UIAA certified mountain guides to teach the essentials of how to walk and climb safely in the mountains in winter. It’s our biggest, most popular and most heavily subsidised trip of the year meaning that we can get loads of you out on the hill.

The basic run-down of the trip is: Thursday evening pickup & drive up, Friday and Saturday, Talisman Guides will take us into the Northern Corries of the Cairgorms. (see ukclimbing database). We'll also feed you on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday we'll go out on the hill on our own to put our new skills into practise before driving home.

There are two levels of course available; Introductory Mountaineering and Introductory Climbing. These are suited to different levels of previous experience, although can be somewhat tailored to YOUR needs. We will try to group different levels of ability and have a beginners and improvers in separate teams. For example, if four experienced climbers sign up for the winter climbing and four novice climbers we will create a Beginners winter climbing and Improvers winter climbing. At the end of the day the guides will be happy to answer almost any questions you have, so you'll get out of it what you want to.

Intro Winter Mountaineering £85 (Winter Hillwalking Skills) for two Groups of six people. Course requirements: No previous experience required apart from summer hillwalking. Further details can be found on the Talisman Activites website.

Intro Winter Climbing £95 (Winter Mountaineering Skills) for two Groups of four people. Course requirements: A high standard of fitness together with previous winter skills and some outdoor summer climbing preferred. The ability to belay, quickly tie into a climbing harness using a figure of eight and familiarity with clove hitch knots when setting up belays is essential. Familiarity with using nuts and hexes in summer rock climbing is useful. Previous winter skills and the use of crampons and an ice axe when winter walking is also essential. Further details can be found on the Talisman Activities website.

If you think the prices seem high then can I draw you attention to this page on the guides website. Hiring the guides privately would cost you around twice as much as we are charging and that wouldn't include food/accommodation/transport.

Please check the Kit List, in particular for this trip you should have crampon compatible boots. Please bring your boots along if you are not sure whether they are suitable for crampons, (it is possible to hire boots whilst we are there for a small fee if you don't have any suitable). It is possible and normally the case that participants borrow technical equipment(axes/crampons/harnesses/helmets/etc etc) at no extra charge; you shouldn't feel that because you don't have the kit you can't come!

The Signup is on Tuesday 13th January at 8pm at the Johnson Arms. Please bring your money with you to guarantee your place (Cheque preferred, cash OK).

Finally, the first places on this trip will go to new members who have been on a trip so far this year. Sorry if this seems unfair to anyone but this decision was made in the interest of the progression of the club. If you're not one of those people then don't worry too much because a quick add-up of likely numbers tells me that this won't fill all the available spaces. There may also be some space available for people to come along and not participate in a course; you will, however, have to make your own plans of what to do, and we would expect you to have sufficient previous experience...

If you want to know anything more about the trip then feel free to email Chris or Vince.


Monday-22-December-2008: NEW YEAR UPDATE

The New year trip is set to leave Campus at 10am on the 27th December. Please Don't be late, you might miss out on the best week away ever!

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, Vince

Wednesday-26-November-2008 Sign Up Time

Sign ups for the Christmas meal and New Year will both be next week, Tuesday 2nd December. Have your cheque books at the ready, it will be well worth it.

Sunday-26-October-2008 OMM

Remember mountain marathons are undertaken at your own risk and as a competitors you have to be ready to deal with the conditions. But was it just a massive media overreaction?

Tuesday-21-October-2008 SNOW!

It is beginning to snow in Scotland! The current fall probably won't last long but it is a good sign for the rest of the winter season. Our next trip to Scotland is: CRIANLARICH 21st -23rd November

Saturday-04-October-2008: Lochearnhead Spaces Available

I hope everyone enjoyed the first social of the year and I am looking forward to seeing everyone next week. If you hadn't received an email about it already, there are only now two places left on the Lochearnhead Trip. Anyone is welcome to come, provided they have the basic essential equipment and can pay before everyone else.

It will be a really fun trip with a range of lengths of walks to enjoy a day out on the hills or test your endurance! So come along, send me an email if you are interested.


Sunday-22-June-2008 - Post Skye News

Skye was a really successful trip and included all sorts of shenanigans.... If anyone would like to write (or at least start) a meet report that would be awesome.

Best wishes to all who are leaving us this year, and I hope everyone else is feeling psyched for next year! I'm off to the Alps so enjoy your summers'. Vince

9th June 08

Congratulations to Chris and Hamish for finishing 5th on the LAMM B course - the best ever result by an MPS team in 6 years of LAMM.


19th May 06 - Exams over soon

Something to whet your appetite for the Skye trip: Have a look here




I still haven't had gear back from some people. Please contact me and tell me when you plan to return it.


Also, if you require gear for the alps please let me know asap as I won't be around after lamm.


4th May 08 - Shoot to Kill

Latest news on the restrictions the Chinese are putting on Everest: The World is Going Mad.


24th April 08 - New Website Content

You may have noticed that founding member Simon Waddicor has been putting a lot of effort into adding new material to the website recently. If you always wanted to know how the club started, why we have a ridiculous name, exactly where the pineapples are etc ect, then have a look at some of these pages:


Saturday 12th April 08

It would be good if everyone thinking of/planning on coming to Alp this summer can make it to the pub this Tuesday: see The Alps 08 page.



Rock Skills Day date change....

Just incase anyone had planned ahead, we have changed the date for the rockskills day. It is now going to be the 3rd May, a nice pre-exam break just before its too late. This is due to unforeseen Hamish activity.


  • I hope you're all having a good Easter
  • Anyone who didn't go to Torridon is a pillock (myself included) because it was awesome.

I hope to see everyone at the first social back, Vince

10th March 2008 - Entries are now open for the LAMM

You've probably heard LAMM mentioned several times over the year. If you haven't, have a look at the Meets Diary and the LAMM website for more information.

If you think you might want to enter, talk to me about it and I'll convince you that you definitely do! We had 3 MPS teams last year and it would be good to have at least the same again this year, if only for the company at the mid-camp!


10th March 2008 - Team MPS does the HPM

For those that don't know Vince, Hamish, Joe and I raced in the High Peak Marathon on Friday night.

Things went well but unfortunately Joe peaked a little too early and started to feel the pain on Derwent Edge. We limped over Bleaklow to Snake Pass where Joe got the bus back while the rest of finished the route over Kinder, Brown Knoll and Mam Tor to the finish. We still managed a time of just over 13 hours which we very pleased with.

The winners were Team Vasque North who got round in 9hrs 13mins. I don't think you can understand quite how impressive this until you've trudged over Bleaklow at 5am, upto your shins in mud! Maybe next year?


5th March 2008 - A new committee

Following the AGM last night MPS is now to be looked after by the following:

  • President: Vince Vanhinsbergh,
  • Vice-President: Chris Burn,
  • Meets Secretary: Phil Peel,
  • Treasurer: Ben Jeffreys
  • Mountain Officer/Gear Secretary: Hamish Dunn
  • Social Secretary: Chris Ogden

Congrats to all, MPS is in more than capable hands.

14th February 2008 - For all Prospective Alpinists

Some people were asking at the social last week about going to the Alps this summer so...

You might have noticed that we started an alps page on the website a while ago. This is a space for discussing ideas for an Alps trip. If you think you might want to come then feel free to edit away. There are also some links to some previous Alps discussions on that page which you might want to look at.

For people who haven't been before I strongly recommend trying to get on a Conville course. These are heavily subsidised courses where you will learn all the basic skills that you need to know for alpine mountaineering. They will cover techniques that such as crevasse rescue and moving together i.e. things that you wouldn't usually use for mountaineering in Scotland. They're really good courses that several people in the club have done in past.

You need apply for a course using the online application form here. They say the closing date is 18th April but I recommend sending it off as soon as possible. Before you do though make sure you talk to me or someone else in the club who's been to the Alps so we can advise you on what you should say on the form.

5th February 2008 - A Successful Winter Skills Trip

So even with all that snow and then all that wind we had a good few days away.

Have a look at (and add to) the meet report and make sure you look at the Munro Tally - it took so long to do! Check out the Talisman blog to see Gerard falling over (not drunk this time) and to read some criticism of my skiing abilities (!) and Mike has even made it onto Al Halewood's Blog.

Remember to come back! With all this snow and the freeze-thaw cycling we're getting, a good base is forming for good climbing conditions in Glencoe in 3 weeks time and maybe even in Torridon at Easter.


28th January 2008 - The coming weekend

I'll be sending out the final details for the winter skills trip hopefully by tomorrow evening. Sorry that it'll be a bit last minute but I've been waiting on the guides and they've only just got back from holiday so things have got a bit delayed.

Check out the weather for the weekend in the Cairngorms. There's been a bit of a thaw over the past few days but things are starting to cool down again and there is snow forecast for the end of the week. Lets hope the forecast is accurate!


28th January 2008 - New Year Munro Tally

It's been a long time coming but hopefully the wait has been worth it....

The latest Munro Tally is now up to date with all the hills we climbed at New Year. Have a look to see what you did. The position for first place is looking to be highly contended at the moment. I'm not quite sure how I've ended up at the top!


14th January 2008 - The Winter Skills Trip is now full

All the places on the winter skills trip are enow taken, if you're coming or if you're on the reserve list you should have had an email from me. I'll send out more information about the trip after exams but for now have a look at Grahame's Kit List to make sure you everything you need. It is very important that you have all these things.

On that note I know some of you don't have a headtorch. You don't need to spend loads of money on one: I've heard this one from is quite good and you can order it now for only £5.

The trip info sheet is now online, in-case you lost yours. We leave on Thursday 31st January.


4th January 2008 - Happy New Year!

As above, I hope you all had a good break and didn't do too much revision. If you didn't come to Fort William then you missed out on a very eventful week of walking, climbing and celebrations. Check out the meet report for some subtle hints of what we got up to.

You probably know by now but the next trip is the ever popular winter skills trip. Have a look at the Meets Diary for all the info or email me if you've got any questions. The sign-up is this Saturday 12th at 8.30pm. I'll send an email with full details about the trip once the su have told us how much they're willing to subsidise it.

So see you there, in the meantime good luck with all these silly exam things.


22nd December 2007 - New Year Date

Everyone coming at New Year: you should have got the gist of it by now but incase you haven't, we're now definately going to be leaving on Friday 28th. Check your email for full details. Sorry its taken so long to sort and has been a bit confusing, but you people really should learn how to answer your phones!

Hope everyone has a good Christmas.


16th December 2007 - The Winter Skills Trip, February 2008

The one you've all been waiting for: The Winter Skills trip is now fully organised. Check out the Meets Diary for the all the details.

If you've got any questions about the trip feel free to email me. There is some leeway in the courses so if there's something you particularly want to learn then let me know and we'll make sure it is covered.

Prices will be finalised after Christmas so keep an eye on the website and your email for them. The sign-up will be on the 12th January so make sure you put that in your diary now!

We're using Talisman guides again this year. They're just written their Christmas newsletter where we got a mention so have a look at that.

I hope you all have a good Christmas, don't do too much revision!


11th December 2007 - Winter Kit List

If you are coming on the New Year trip can you have a look at Grahames Winter Kit List please. It's really important that you have all these things and to know why you are carrying them. If you don't have anything on the list then email me or Vince or talk to us at the social tonight and we'll see what we can sort out.


5th December 2007 - Christmas Meal Prices

We've decided on the prices for this weekend: We'll be charging £5.00/person/night of accomodation you use and £3.50 for food on Saturaday night. So please make sure you bring enough money with you, we'll want to collect it off you on Saturday.

Cheers, Chris

2nd December 2007

As mentioned in Chris' email, the signup for the New Years trip to Fort William will take place at the social this Tuesday in the Three Wheatsheaves. The trip cost will be £90 which includes transport, accommodation and all evening meals. There are only 9 places up for grabs so come early with payment if you're interested. See the Meets Diary for more info.

Also, we've decided not to set Christmas trip cost until the weekend itself, based on numbers, so please bring along a cheque for that at the time.


30th Novemeber 2007

This Sunday the Broadway cinema (in Hockley) are showing the best bits of the Kendal Mountain Film Festival at 8.30pm. Have a look at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival website if you want to know what its all about.

I'll proabbly be going so let me know if you want to come with.


22nd Novemeber 2007 - Crianlarich Trip

If you want to check the weather for the weekend have a look at MWIS and click on the West Highlands forecast or metcheck, type in the post code FK20 8QS for Crianlarich.

If you've got any questions then just send one of the committee an email or phone us (numbers on the back of the memership card).


19 November 2007 - MPS Clothing

Get down to the Johnson Arms for the sign up tomorrow for the new MPS Clothing! On Offer this year Vegas Gold Hoodies (£18) and Irish Green T-shirts (£8), A bargain for such quality gear! An image of the back print shall be online soon.

See you at the social, Gerard.

12th November 2007 - Crianlarich Trip Sign-up

For those who haven't seen the email for any reason the sign-up for the Crianlarich trip (23rd-25th November) is tomorrow evening. Its looking like its going to be a good trip and going by the weeather at the moment we might even see some snow. Have a look at the Meets Diary page for more information or feel free to email one of the committee if you've got any questions.


29th October 2007 - BMC Winter Essentials Lectures

Every year the BMC organise a series of lecture where they talk about the skills necessary to go out in the Mountains in winter, click here for full details. The nearest venue to us is in Mansfield where they'll be on Wednesday 14th November. We won't be organising an official club trip but if enough people are interested I'm sure we can persuade someone to drive a car.

It might sound a bit dull and we'd hope that you learn all of these kinds of things on club trips anyway, but you can never have enough information. So let me know by email (see the committee page) or at a social if you're interested and we'll see if we can get something organised. Tickets would be £5 each for us (or £3.50 if 10 or more want to come).


26th October 2007 - The Lakes Trip

If you came to the social on Tuesday you'll know that the Lakes trip is very over-subscribed. We're seeing what we can do about getting some more accomodation: we'll let you know if we get anything sorted as soon as we can so just keep an eye on your emails.

If you put your name down and can't come for any reason then we'd be grateful if you let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.


21st October 2007 - Munro Tally and the Lakes Trip

I've finally learnt how to put the Munro Tally on the website. This is a bit of a tradition that last years president Damo instigated where we add up all the munros that club members climb on club trips. So you can click here to have a look at what you did in Glen Lyon.

The next important date for your diaries is the Lake District trip, 2nd - 4th November. The sign up will be at the social this Tuesday (see right). We've only got a limited number of spaces so get there on time (and with some money) to secure your place. Mike has set the price for the weekend at £30 which will include your transport there, accommodation for two nights, and an evening meal on Saturday. See the Meets Diary or email me for more information.


16th October 2007 - After Glen Lyon

So we saw a lot of cloud in Glen Lyon...but as far as I could tell we all had a good time.

If you hadn't already worked it out the pages on this website are all wiki powered which means that anyone can edit the site (like wikipedia). Vince has started a meet report for the weekend. Feel free to add to it by clicking 'edit' in the top right-hand corner of the page and typing away.

See you at the pub in a bit.

10th October 2007

If you're a paid member of the club you should have had my email asking for your address. If not then please can you email me (Chris, email address on the committee page) your name and residential address. We need them for British Mountaiineering Council (BMC) affiliation/insurance.

Thank you

9th October 2007

Discount day this Thursday the 11th of October at Cotswold (click for map), 20% of to buy all those shiny new things! Enjoy.


2nd October 2007 - Presentation Venue

For anybody who is unable to make it to Mooch at 7pm tonight, the presentation and Glen Lyon signup will take place from 8pm in the Portland Building, room D136.


27th September 2007 - Glen Lyon Trip: DATE CHANGE

Please note the new date for the Glen Lyon trip: it is now October 12-14th rather than October 19th-21st. Sorry for the inconvenience, there was a bit of confusion with the bunkhouse owners. It's all for the better though: it means we're getting away sooner while the weather is still good!


26th September 2007 - Welcome new members!

If you didn’t get a chance to talk to us at Fresher’s Fayre, or more likely you’ve forgotten everything we said then here’s a quick run-down on what’s coming up soon:

Next Tuesday, 2nd October, we’ll be holding our Welcome Social: We’ll be meeting at 7pm in Mooch on campus for a quick drink then at around 8pm we’ll head into the Portland building for a quick presentation on exactly what the club does and what we’ve got coming up over the next year if you’re still not sure. Afterwards we’ll have the sign up for the first trip, so try and get along if you want to come on that and then we’ll retire to Mooch again for a few more drinks.

The first trip is a weekend meet to Glen Lyon the weekend of 12th-14th October. The price for the weekend will be £42, which will cover the minibus up there, accommodation for the two nights in a really nice bunkhouse and an evening meal on Saturday night. Glen Lyon is a great area with several classic Munros to choose from: we went to the same place last year and it was so good we’ve decided to go again.

If you can’t make it on our first trip then don’t worry, all the meets for the year have already been booked so check out the Meets Diary for one when you’re free. In the meantime it would be great to see you at a social. We have them every Tuesday in different locations. The first few will be in Mooch because everyone should know where that is by now and then we’ll be venturing a little way off campus to some Good Pubs in Lenton. Check out the website (top right) for exactly where each week.

If you haven’t joined yet then don’t fear! Send me (Chris) an email or otherwise just come along to pub on a Tuesday.

So we’ll look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday. In the meantime have a look around the website to see what we’re up to.

Chris, MPS President

24th August 2007 - Welcome!

Hello to those of you who will be joining the University of Nottingham in September. You’ve just found the right Uni mountaineering club - MPS offers a range of activities including hill walking, winter mountaineering, general Munro bagging and ice climbing mostly taking place in Scotland. Check out our Meets Diary to see exactly what’s going on, also look at the Socials Diary to see when to meet the other members and get on the trips. If you want to join, then come and find us at Freshers Fayre!

Chris, MPS President


Just to say the earthquake in Peru has not caused any problems where we are in Huaraz (200km North of Lima). We are all fine. The Peru meet report is up to date to see what we have been doing.


Peru log is now online! Have a look at what Chris, Damo, Jim, Jonny and Franco are up to at the Peru meet report

Monday 11th June 07

Chris and Martin came third in LAMM C class - the best result yet by an MPS team. Next time though, wear MPS shirts for the prize giving! Jim, Ed came 5th in D and Vince and Steve also did well in D. You can check out full results at


Wednesday-5 June 07

If you need to know anything about the Skye trip can you get in touch with because I won't be able to check my email from this weekend onwards. And if you haven't signed up for the Skye trip you're probably just realising that you've made a serious error. So get in touch with Lou about that also and we'll see if we can persuade someone to take a car up (the bus is now full).


Wednesday-5 June 07

President Chris broke the Ramsoc 38 mile "marathon" record, at the weekend, and Martin came in second. Quite an impressive achievment. It's good to show ramsoc what MPS are made of.

If they don't get lost we expect great things in LAMM - with that kind of performance they should soon be competing in Elite, so C should be a breeze.



For those that didn't get the email:

If you want to do the Ramsoc Dark Peak Marathon with mps then let me (Chris) know. Email address here. Its a 24/38 mile organised walk in the Dark Peak on the 3rd June. Quite a few from mps are planning to go already so should be a fun day out. More details on the Ramsoc website here.



MPS clothing is here - please collect it at the social tomorrow night


Those that didn't come to Glen Shiel, you missed out! We had bright, sunny and snowy Alpine days nearly every day. See the meet report and some photos here.

Did everyone get Vince's email about a climbing day the first weekend after the holiday? It is definately going to happen, we'll get it organised in the next couple of weeks and let you know costs and where the sign up will be.

If you haven't entered LAMM yet then why not? We've got a few MPS teams going but the more the merrier. For those that don't know what it is, it's basically a two day, self-sufficent race/big organised fast walk, where you and a partner have to navigate yourselves along a mountainous route that you are given at the start line. It's really fun, honest! Ask me: or look at the LAMM website.

Hope everyone's enjoying their Easter break


  • Easter Trip:
    • Lenton Pick up time = 8:45 am
    • We will do a food shop on the way up
    • You need a roll mat / thermarest and eating equipment


The wiki software has been upgraded. If you notice anything that has gone wrong, please report it.



  • There are spaces availiable on the Easter trip.
  • E-mail lou if you want to come on this awesome trip!


Last day to pay for the MPS clothing is at the next social (Tuesday 20th March). If you have emailed me what you wanted but haven't paid yet then please pay by next tuesday to confirm your order.

If you can't make the social please email me and we can make alternative arrangements.

cheers steve


  • Thanks to everyone who came to the AGM we doubled the quorum so that is excellent.
  • Congratulations to the new committee who were voted in last night, they are:
    • President - Chris Burn
    • Vice President - Gerard Tennant
    • Treasurer - Mike Swinn
    • Meets Sec - Louise Atkin
    • Mountain Officer - Vince Vaninsbergh
    • Social Sec - Cat Kilburn.
  • Best of luck for the next year.

Tuesday 13th March 2007

  • Come along to the AGM tonight and vote in next year Committee!
  • Should be lots of fun and a merry occasion.
  • See you all there!

Thursday 8th March 2007

  • Jonathan Conville Alpine Mountaineering Training Courses 2007.
  • If you want to the Alps this summer it is highly recommended you go on one of these courses.
  • For help filling out the form speak to someone who went to the alps last year / who has done a course before.
  • Write your application well before the deadline and get it looked at by someone else.
  • It is a two day course teaching the basics in alpine mountaineering - very good instructors at a very good price.
  • Only bad thing is French campsite owner - Bernard!

Tuesday 6th March 2007

Saturday 3rd March 2007

  • Easter trip sign up is on the same day as the AGM - Tuesday 13th March 2007
  • You do get good weather in the Cairngorms

Monday 26th Feb

  • The Munro Tally has been updated to include the Cairngorms weekend.
  • Please feel free to start the meet report by going to the above page then clicking Edit from the Blue menu bar.
  • Ramsoc has a (fairly good quality) wikipedia article, so now MPS does too. It may not survive a notability debate, but feel free to contribute to it - just try to make it of a good encyclopedic quality. Listing previous committees is probably a bit over the top though!

Thursday 22nd Feb 07

  • Leaving time for Cairngorms is 5pm at stores or 4:45 in Lenton.

Sunday 18th Feb 07

  • Please e-mail Damian with the committee position you would like to go for.
  • Details of the MPS AGM and committee positions can be found here.

Sunday 18th Feb 07

  • Well done to all those who competed in the Table Football Competition yesterday.
  • The results are here.

Thursday 8th Feb 07

Monday 5th February 2007

  • Andy Kirkpatrick (climber) and Dave "Moose" Nixon (caver) are coming to provide "An evening of mud, blood and tears, taking you from the highest summits to the deepest holes on the planet".
  • The talks are at 7.30pm Tuesday 13th March in room B62, Law and Social Sciences Building.
  • The cost is £10 (or £8 for concessions).
  • Tickets are available at the door or via (tel 01142763944).

Sunday 28th January 2007

  • Crampon session from 1 – 2pm on Monday 29th and one on 1-2pm Wednesday 31st February at the Expedition Stores on campus. This is by the Archaeology building or see directions here.
  • If anyone has specific health problems, then you need to e-mail Damian by Wednesday so I can pass on the information to the guides.
  • Complete information is now on the Course Information page too.

Wednesday 24th January 2007

  • Its been snowing in the Cairngorms too...
  • Essential crampon and gear fitting session details will be e-mailed out on Saturday.

Saturday 20th January 2007

Wednesday 10th January 2007

  • There are a couple of spaces in the bus if you would like to come and have a play in Scotland on the Winter Skills weekend.
  • There is one space on the Introduction to Winter climbing.
  • There is further information on the courses on offer: Course Information.
  • Email Damian if you want to go!

Saturday 6th January 2007

  • The Winter skills sign up is on Tuesday 9th January.
  • There is information on the course on the Meets Diary Page.
  • There is further information on the courses on offer: Course Information.

Saturday 6th January 2007

  • The Munro Tally has now been updated following the Ullapool New Year Trip.
  • If you would like to write something about the trip the meets report page is here.
  • Photos from Chris and Steve.

Thurdsay 4th January 2007

Wednesday 6th December 2006

  • There are spaces on the New Year Trip, email Damian if you want to go.
  • Download the Ullapool Trip Info Sheet
  • Photos from Franco and Nick from the trip.
  • Trip cost = £105

Wednesday 6th December

  • Don't forget the two 20% discount evenings at Cotswold tonight (6th) and tomorrow (7th) between 4 and 8pm.
  • Our discount code is M2097 (you will need it to get the discount)

Monday 4th December 2006

29th November 2006

  • There are places availiable for the Christmas Meal Social trip.
  • Just let Lou know if you want to come.

27th November 2006

  • The BMC is offering subsidised Mountain Skills Workshops based in the Lake District.
  • These courses are specially designed to give guidance on topics such as navigation, rope work, use of equipment and avalanche assessment.
  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday 12 January 2007.
  • If you need a hand with the forms let us know.
  • More more information have a look at the Training Courses page.

22nd November 2006

20th November 2006

16th November 2006

Ice climbing trip to Manchester - if you want to go check out the ice climbing page.

16th November 2006

1 space availiable for this weekend. If you want to come on an exciting trip please e-mail Damian . All details are on the Meets Diary page.
The Ben has a fair amount of snow on it so there might still be some on Saturday!

12th November 2006

A quick meet report has been written for Glen Etive. As usual feel free to edit it and make it better.

9th November 2006

Various members of the committee went to sample the ice climbing wall at the North Face store in manchester on Wednesday. After a couple of hours we decided to run more trips to the wall for the rest of mps. Watch out for details and how to sign up!

8th November 2006

Pictures from the Glen Etive trip are online now. However, there's not many due to the poor weather.
Feel free to have a look at Steve's and Fabian's photos.
Check out the meet report for the trip
It's begging to be written!

7th November 2006

26th October 2006

Nevisport in Hathersage are holding two 20% discount weekends for MPS members. The weekends are:

  • 3rd-5th November
  • 1st-3rd December

So if your in the peaks on those weekends it's well worth a look.

24th October 2006

  • Have a look at the Glen Lyon mini bus meet report (thanks to Nell) if you are interested in finding out about the bus incident!
  • The sign up for Glen Etive is on Tuesday 24th October - see the Meets Diary page and the Socials Diary Page.
  • The Munro Tally has been updated if you would like to know what you've been up to at the weekends.

16th October 2006

There are three places left on the Glen Lyon trip, so if you are up for going to an excellent Scottish glen then please e-mail Damian . There is also a fantastic tea and cake room for a bit of an after walk snack. For information on the trip check out the Meets Diary for full details.

13th October 2006

For information on what you walked at the weekends check out the Munro Tally for full details.

12th October 2006

20% Discount Day at Cotswold for all MPS members this Thursday!

9.30am - 8pm. This is the perfect opportunity to buy any new gear you may require for MPS trips at a dicounted rate. The MPS code is M2097, which you will need.

Remember to take your MPS membership card to gain the discount

9th October 2006 - First Aid Course

There is a weekend First Aid Course in the Peak district running on 21/22 October with High Peak first aid at their training centre in Buxton. If you are interested please e-mail Garry Leeson and take £50 ASAP to his office in the Portland building in the Student Activities room.


29th September 2006 - Welcome

Hello to new and old members. This year we are starting the calendar with a Welcome Social in the Ark then a presentation in Portland room C11. The first two trip sign ups (see Meets Diary) will happen then we'll head into town. It will be a fun night with everyone getting to know each other. Just look out for the MPS signs to locate us.

I hope to see you all there - 7pm at the Ark
Damian, MPS President

18th August 2006 - Welcome!

Hello to those of you who will be joining the University of Nottingham in September. You’ve just found the right Uni mountaineering club - MPS offers a range of activities including hill walking, winter mountaineering, general Munro bagging and ice climbing mostly taking place in Scotland. Check out our Meets Diary to see exactly what’s going on, also look at the Socials Diary to see when to meet the other members and get on the trips. If you want to join, then come and find us at Freshers Fayre!

Damian, MPS President

22nd August

This is the newly upgraded Pm Wiki Version 2 site with a few new bells and whistles that you probably won't notice.

The main difference in markup you will notice: Providing alternate text for a link is performed using either a vertical brace [[PageName | link text]] or an arrow [[link text -> PageName]]. there are alo some nice new ways to control images.

Those of you who like to keep up with Recent Changes can now add it to your news aggregator (such as a personalised Google homepage), just add the following url to your content feed: RecentChanges?action=atom

Please report any problems

18th August 2006

Returning early from the Alps2006 due to bad weather, Damo and Franco put some time into tidying up the website. If anyone else wants to help out or has suggestions for improvements, please see the editing co-ordination page.

7th July 06

With the last meet of the year complete the Alps trip had commenced. Various members are heading out to Chamonix to complete the Conville course. We’ll then move over to Zermatt to try our hand at some more Alpine Mountaineering. We will endeavour to keep updating the website with our progress

Have a great summer and see lots of you in September.


7th July 06

The LAMM - Skye Trip meet report is up and the results of LAMM are as follows:

  • Paul Gardner and Nick Stevens - D Class - 11th Place
  • James Richards and Edward Wakeford - D Class - 27th Place
  • Adam Thorpe and Robert Webster - D Class - 42nd Place
  • Damian Warren and Francis Casson - C Class - 25th Place
  • Martin Perry and Christopher Burn - C Class - missed checkpoint

Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to Nick and Paul who won the University Championships.

6th April 06

The meet report for Glen Affric is ready for viewing. Hope I haven't offended anyone (too badly) or left anyone/anything out. Feel free to add more.


14th March 06

Following on from inspiration from the BMC Alpine lecture, Alps06 discussion page is now live. Please get involved if you are thinking of coming...

16th March 06

20% discount day at Cotswold Thursday 23rd March
Get those new season colours or items you need for the easter trip at a great discount!

12th March 06

Congratulations to Louise Atkin, Chris Cumming, Fabian Seymour and Steve Williams for completing the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge in a very respectable time of 8 hours and 50 mins!!!

Awesome Weekend!


8rd March 06

Congratulations to the new MPS committee!

The results of last nights AGM are as follows:

  • President: Damian Warren
  • Vice President: Steve Williams
  • Treasurer: Chris Burn
  • Meets Sec: Hannah Cookson
  • Gear Sec: Martin Perry
  • Mountain Officer: Adam Thorpe
  • Social Sec: Louise Atkin

Best of luck to you all.


3rd March 06

Congratulations to Rob Webster who finished 24th place (out of 144) in the recent Belvoir cross country marathon.
His time was: 04:36:15

10th Feb 06

The MPS AGM will be held on Tuesday 7th March at the Ropewalk. This is where the 06/07 committee will be elected. If you want to have more of a say on how the club is run and want to run for committee, there are seven places on offer:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Meets Sec
  • Mountain Officer
  • Gear Sec
  • Treasurer
  • Social Sec

To find out more about what each role entails, visit the current CommitteeMembers pages and ask any specific committee member what their role is in detail if you want to know more.
If you want to run for committee, then you will need a member to propose you at the AGM - it does not have to be a committee member. Anyone who is an MP Ser? can propose you for committee.
You will also need to let Nick know what position you will run for and who is proposing you!

9th Feb 06

Links to photos from the Winter Skills trip can be found on the meet report. Feel free to add bits.

Awesome weekend! Cheers,

26th January 06

The new Code of Practice is now live. You can find it here. Please read it as it is relevant to all members, and contains useful information about how we operate as a club. If you have any suggestions for the Code of Practice then you can have your say by emailing anyone from the committee.


25th January 06

Susie Illingworth

The club was devastated to hear of the death of Susie last week in New Zealand. MPS had been a big feature in her university life, and she was still in touch with many of us after leaving the club. Our thoughts are with Andy and her parents.

Susie was on a solo 2 day trek in the Nelson Lakes National Park, in the north of South Island, New Zealand. There had been heavy rain and the streams were in flood. The route she had to take probably involved having to repeatedly cross flooded rivers. On one of these crossings, she must have slipped and fallen into the river. She drowned. Her rucksack was picked up 200m downstream. her body was discovered some time later by other trekkers, who informed the police.

The club is organising a tribute to be sent to her parents on behalf of MPS. If anyone has thoughts or photos that they would like passed on to her parents please contact Nick.

11th January 06

To those going on the winter skills course (who do not own their own crampons), there is a compulsary crampon fitting session at 1pm on Monday 30th January in the Expedition Stores near the Hallward Library and Halifax cash machine.
You will need to bring your walking/mountaineering boots along with you.
If you cannot attend, then please contact Nick as soon as possible so we can arrange a different time for you.

If you are unsure about any of your other gear, the CommitteeMembers will be there to answer any other question you may have.
PS: Remember that you get a 15% discount at Cotswold with your membership card! There is also another 20% discount day exclusive to MPS members on Thursday 9th February.

6th January 06

Hi all,

Happy New Year! Welcome back to the second term.

MPS has another great term of trips and socials planned so plenty to get exited about after exams are over! Keep up to date by checking out whats coming up on the Meet Diary page and the Social Diary page, and of course through your emails.

I look forward to catching up with you in the pub or on the mountain soon!



7th December 05

Dear all, The 2005-2006 clothing will sadly not arrive before the end of the term, but will be a nice surprise for the first social of next term!

28th November 05

Fabian has written the basis for a meet report for Crianlarich 2. There are plenty of places for more to be added including many walks!
Nick and Fabian have also posted their photos on their websites. Check out Fabian's and Nick's Pictures

19th November 05

With the Crianlarich meet comes the first real sign of winter condtions so just to remind everone that the BMC now provides an excellent series of articles to help mountaineers with the specifics of choosing kit and improving their mountaincraft skills as well as loads on general advice. The links will be also be on my page once this becomes old news!


9th November 05

Dear all,
If you missed the Johnson Arms social then don't worry as the MPS clothing range for 2005-2006 will be available for you to sign up for from 8pm this coming Tuesday 15th November at the social in the Olde Salutation Inn.

- Dark navy blue (though people seem to prefer maroon) polo shirt with embroidered logo on front: £12
- Charcoal grey hoodie with embroidered logo on front and screen print on back: £17

Just in case you are not sure - below is a picture of the logo with our famous Gordon the Pineapple, and the screen print which will appear on the back of the hoodies.

Club LogoScreen Print

23rd October 05

Important: The Rescue and Emergency Care course dates have been changed and it is now due to run on Sat 12th and Sun 13th November. The plus side is that the trainers will now take you to the Peak District for the course so you get a bit more wilderness exposure. See Training Courses for more details.

20th October 05

The is a Rescue and Emergency Care course coming up soon (3rd and 4th December) for those interested. For more details go to Training Courses.

18th October 05

Adam has (already) written a meet report for Aberfeldy. To all of you who came on the trip, please get involved and add anything else you feel relevant!
If you are unsure how to edit the website, then just let me know! or email anyone else on the Committee
Photos from the trip can be found on my website

12th October 05


Well done to MPS member Caroline Hartley for winning the raffle. Here she is looking excited with her brand new rucksac kindly donated by cotswold outdoor.

Well Done.


10th October 05

A meet report has been written for Crianlarich. Please all feel free to edit it accordingly and add anything that Damo and I have missed out!
Especially to our new members who came on the trip - please 'get involved' and have a go at adding bits to the report!

I have also put up my 12 photos (I know - 12 is a bit pathetic) on my website (Fabian)

Cheers all,
Fabian and Damian

10th October 05

All MPS members have a 20% discount day for clothing and equipment (Excludes maps, GPS and books) this coming Thursday 13th October at Cotswold Outdoor Store in Lenton Nottingham.

These discount days are an absolute bargain! If anyone needs any equipment advice contact the comittee or post on the mailing list and someone will help out.

You will need to present your membership card which has the code on the back to get your discount. You can view their product range online.

30th September 05

IMPORTANT - The MPS Mailing List has been refreshed and all those who didn't add their email addresses at freshers fair have been removed to keep the mailing list clear of people who don't want to receive emails.
So if you would like to join our mailing list to receice emails about socials, meets etc then please resign.
This doesn't affect anyone who signed up at freshers fair - in fact only the people that signed up are on the mailing list now! So get signed up to get involved with a great club this year - we've got some awesome trips planned - you won't regret it.
Go to Mailing Lists on the Side Bar to rejoin the mailing list. Alternatively, email the committee

27th September 05

Dear all, on behalf of me President Nick and the rest of the committee, I'd like to welcome all our new members and our returning members back to MPS.
We hope to have an awesome year mountaineering in Scotland and we look forward to meeting you all at our first official social at The Ark on campus at 7pm on Tuesday 4th October.
If you missed us at Freshers Fayre then come along anyway! We'll be wearing MPS logo clothing so should be easy to spot. If you've not got a welcome pack, then you can download it here!

14th July 05

Dear all, Well the MPS 2004-2005 season has ended, and it was a superb year as I am sure you will all agree. Thanks again to the 2004-2005 committee!
The weather from January onwards was fantastic and those on trips were rewarded with some incredible days out on the Munros.
Some stunning photos taken too!

Is anyone willing to have a look back at some of this year's meet reports and add to them? There are still a fair few with embarrasing chunks missing and it would be great to see them all finished off before the start of next term!

Crianlarich 1 has no meet report at all, Glen Etive, Winter Skills, Glencoe and Braemar are all unfinished. I have added a brief bullet-point report for Skye and Mull but can only really remember what walks (and bimbles) I did so please feel free to add to itl!
Rudolph has now added the last paragraph needed for a complete Steall Hut trip meet report!!
Please do have a look over these reports to see if there is anything you want to add - it's not supposed to be a chore! Any problems adding more pictures or adding text, then just let me know!


19th June 05

Is it just me that finds all this red a bit overpowering? :) --Gaff I'm not convinced of the red either --Chris Ok I've taken the liberty of removing it. I suggest using red for really important stuff and un-reding it when its out of date --Gaff OK OK! WE GET THE IDEA YOU TWO DON'T LIKE RED!! BUT IT'S NOT THAT BAD IF IT IS USED SPARINGLY? - Fabian

Photos from the Skye Trip can be found on Chris's, Fabian's, Franco's and Nick's websites.

28th May 05

Full Details about the Skye trip are now available. The sign up is on Tuesday 31st May.

23rd May 05

Skye Sign Up is on Tuesday 31st May. Wait out for for details.

12th May 05

Photos from climbing at Stanage Edge are on my website now. Check them out Nick

9th May 05

The Wakeford-Richards winning combination has entered for LAMM in D class. Taking on this team is not for the feint hearted!!

4th May 05

Peak District .
Click here to see the Full Details.

3rd May 05

2-day Wilderness First Aid Course 1st and 2nd of June . Click here to go to the Training Courses page to find out more about the course and how to book. Places are limited so get involved now! Nick

2nd May 05

For those of you who were planning to do the ramsoc marathon this year please note;

extracts from the ramsite; (

'Sunday 29th May 2005- As you may or may not already know, there is to be no Dark Peak Marathon this year. Instead, we are replacing it by the much more well known YORKSHIRE THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE.'

'We intend to take a minibus for the day (and possibly one or two cars) so space is very limited.'


27th April 05

The sign up for the Peak District Trip can now be done online . Click here and follow the instructions. You will also be able to see who else has signed up and find out a bit more about the trip. Nick

18th April 05

The route sheet is now in word form and can be downloaded from the Mountain Officer page. So no excuses for not planning that route in advance! Grahame

6th April 05

Just to reiterate what Fabian has written below:
This site is a Wiki, which means it can be edited by YOU! The idea is that everyone in the club can contribute to keeping to website interesting, useful and up to date. If you read the site but haven't yet tried editing it, please do! It is really very easy, just click edit page at the bottom of any page. There is also plenty of Wiki Help? if you get stuck. To try things out, use the Wiki Sandbox where you can't do any harm. - Franco

6th April 05

Meet reports are now finally up to date: The Glencoe (Alex Mac) trip and the Braemar meet reports have been written for anyone interested in reading about these two awesome trips. For both of these meet reports, there is still room for others to make contributions and tell us all about what they did.
This is indeed also true for the Winter Skills and Steall Hut trips!!
Most of the reports have been written, so please take a few moments just to jot down a small paragraph telling us what you got up to if nothing has been written in for any particular walk/climb you went on!
It really is very easy - just go to the bottom of the page, click 'edit page' and type in your bit and press 'save'.
If you want to contribute (anyone can!) and you are still not sure - then please email any of the Committee. Cheers, Fabian

3rd April 05

Fabian and Franco have written a meet report for the Braemar trip. Plenty of room for the climbers to write up their section! Please feel free to edit what we have written too!

1st April 05

LAMM entries are underway... The Elite Gardner-Hampshire partnership are now entered in this years C-class, conviently sceduled at the tail end of the skye trip. For those of you who havn't done a MM before and are planning on coming to skye, 'zip the lip and get a grip' >>>>


23rd March 05

I have written a meet report for the Steall Hut trip. Please feel free to add your bits (as it were)! Can someone also please stick some pictures in? Fabian

15th March 05

For Nick, Paul, and Andy G - the new Half Marathon time to beat is 1hr 29min 45sec. Get training.

For those interested, this looks to be a cracking event!

"The Fellsman is a 60 mile high level traverse over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales." Anyone who doesn't enter this must be a wimp! 14/15 May.... Matt H

8th March 05

 Its Official: the results of last nights AGM
  • President: Nick Stevens
  • Vice President: Fabian Seymour
  • Treasurer: Vicky Bristow
  • Meets Sec: Damian Warren
  • Gear Sec: Dave Robinson
  • Mountain Officer: Grahame Clark
  • Social Sec: James Moran

Congratulations to them all and best of luck, EDW

14th March 05

Easter Trip is now: Friday 18th March - Monday 21st March
Cost = about £60
Please Check the Meets Diary Page for information on the Easter Trip

11th March 05

Photos from Ballachulish are now online at Nick

10th March 05

Please Check the Meets Diary Page for information on the Easter Trip

28th Feb 05

Just to let everyone know that all four of us (Nick, Milton, Adam and Paul) who entered the 26 mile Belvoir Challenge survived the course! The route was exceptionally tough this year with lots of mud and snow! My legs are ruined now - I'm still having trouble going down stairs! Anyway check out the final results here. Nick

I'm still in pain too (kinda starting to regret not doing any training....). It was 'great fun' tho. Congrats to Nick for coming 5th - a totally awesome performance for the club - showing just how good MPS really are!!!!!!! (Paul)

According to the medic down my corridor i now have 'Delayed reaction muscular stress' or something. We probably all have. Either way, great work Nick! You modestly going 'hmmmmm maybe top 10' fooled no-one. I'd like to see a mountaineer, rambler or 'explorer' even complete that course... scum. (Adam)

Adam, I think two people will be very keen to point out that this is DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness.

Paul, I think you'll find it's definately Delayed Onset Muscle Stiffness!

Adam - 3 mountaineers completed the course :-)

25th Feb 05

I've added my bits to the winter skills meet report. Could someone fill in the other missing bits! Cheers! Nick

25th Feb 05

Produce your own useful Timing and Pacing chart for Bad weather navigation. Simply download the Word doc from the Mountain Officer page and enter your own pacing figures - Grahame.

21st Feb 05

Alps 2005 For anyone who is interested in going to the Alps in the summer there is a page where you can talk about where + when you want to go.

21st Feb 05

For anyone who wants to know what they did (in terms of Munros) on the Steall Hut trip the Munro Tally is now up. If there are any mistakes please let me know . Hope all enjoyed the weekend, I loved it. - Damian.

21st Feb 05

The 2005 MPS Kit has now been ordered!

9th Feb 05

Fabian has written a meet report for Winter Skills - Those who went on the other courses/bagging missions, please write about what you got up to!

8th Feb 05

Torridon report now includes Matt and Matt's epic journey to Torridon.

3rd Feb 05

A brilliant chance to get photos of your MPS weekends printed in A3 for free! Have a look at the EPSON site for more details. James.

31st January 05

For anyone who wants to know what they did (in terms of Munros) on the Winter Skills trip the Munro Tally is now up. If there are any mistakes please let me know . Hope all enjoyed the weekend, I certainly did. - Damian.

18th January 05

To celebrate the end of exams we'll be going on a campus bar crawl next tuesday (25th January). We'll start at 6-45pm in the Ark, and we'll then move on to Florence Boot Hall, arriving at 7-30pm. We'll then visit the bars in a clock-wise direction. If you're joining us en route, you can ring me to find out where we are: 07854565687.

We'll be doing the crawl Alpine style - we'll be roped up and dressed in our most dashing Mountain gear! There'll be prizes up for grabs for the person or persons who manage to stay roped up for the longest amount of time and for the best dressed mountaineer. If you prefer to keep your ropework for mountainsides only - come along to laugh at the rest of us!

14th January 05

Chris has written a meet report for Torridon. Anyone else who went, feel free to add bits.

4th January 05

For anyone who wants to know what they did in Torridon the Munro Tally is now up. If there are any mistakes please let me know . Hope all enjoyed the week, I did. Great photos Chris. - Damian.

21st December 04

The Skye bridge charge ends with immidiate effect:,3604,1378095,00.html Saving you 50p for the Skye meet :)

18th December 04

The 26 mile Belvoir Challange is coming up on Saturday the 26th February. Entry is £10. For more info check out their website. Myself and Paul have already entered so what are you waiting for! Nick

10th December 04

Finally made available my pictures from the Christmas dinner weekend in the Peak district. Don't miss the MPS human pyramid shots! ---Chris

8th December 04

Don't forget it is Chris and Vicky's housewarming/Christmas party this Saturday (11th December) at their house in beeston. 7.30pm would be a good time to arrive.

3rd December 04

Fabian has written a meet report for Glen Etive. Anyone else who went, feel free to add bits.

25th November

More dates for your diaries... There are a number of winter lectures going on over the next few months. The only problem is, they are in Sheffield. If you still fancy going and have transport then have a look here for more details.

23rd November 04

Dates for your diaries.... The meets diary for the rest of this year has now been updated.

22nd November 04

For anyone who wants to know what they did at Glen Etive the Munro Tally is now up. If there are any mistakes please let me know . Hope all enjoyed the weekend, great photos Nick - Damian.

22nd November 04

Photos from the Glen Etive trip are up on my website here. It was an awesome weekend and I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did. Nick

17th November 04

Don't forget the BMC lecture this Wednesday! (17th November, 6-45pm-9pm) It will take place in the Economics and Geography, room A48. They're serving drinks afterwards as well!! Don't forget to bring your ticket...

16th November 04

There's been a late change to the venue for tomorrow's pub meet (Tues 16th November, 8pm onwards). It'll now be at the Bell Inn because the Jazz night at Cabaret has been cancelled. The Bell Inn also has live jazz, so we won't miss out on the music! The Bell Inn can be found here

It's just off market square, on Angel row, in the same corner of the square as Lloyds Bank (so at the opposite end of the square to the council building).

10th November 04

There is a 1/2 Marathon taking place on the 12th December just outside Nottingham. You can enter online at It costs £10. So far just myself and Matt Hilton have entered (I think). If you want to know more e-mail me ( ). Nick

8th November 04

"Many of you have now had a taster of MPS trips and if you haven't been put off by big hills and MPS cooking then you may be thinking of splashing out on some improved kit. From now on the conditions tend to get a little more serious and the locations a little more remote, so I thought it worth reviewing what is needed to be safe, not to mention comfortable, out on the Scottish hills in winter. I've put a short guide together. If you have any questions on kit ask the commitee or more experienced members, it can often be worth talking to two or three people before taking the plunge and denting that bank balance." --Grahame

4th November 04

Meet reports from the Lakes and Crianlarich 2 now up. Feel free to add bits.

18th October 04

The BMC (British Mountaineering Club) Winter Lecture Series 2004 comes to Nottingham University on Wednesday November 17th, 6.45pm-9pm! This will be both informative and inspiring - a must for anyone interested in winter mountaineering in Scotland or elsewhere. I know this is is a long way off, but if we pre-book tickets, it'll cost 2-50 each instead of 4. To book your place, bring money/a cheque to Tantra Bar or to the next pub meet (Canalhouse, 26th Oct), after which I'll make the booking.

18th October 04

For anyone who wants to know what they did at the last two Crianlarich weekends the Munro Tally is now up. If there are any mistakes please let me know . Hope all enjoyed the weekends - Damian.

14th October 04

Metcheck have issued a long range forecast for this winter. Click here to have a look.

11th October 04

Read about James Richards' (aka Mr Muppet) valiant attempt to hire a van for the Crianlarich trip here

7th October

Some pictures from the wet, yet enjoyable, Crianlarich weekend meet are online. Chris's are available here and Franco's can be found here. If anyone else has any pictures from the weekend available online, feel free to add a link here. Lookout for the shot of the two-headed stuffed lamb and the James Richards' river-crossing action shot.

26th September 04

If you didn't pick up a welcome pack at Fresher's fair, you can now download it.

22nd September 04

More than 170 people signed up at fresher's fair. Hoping to see lots of new faces on the first few trips of the year.

11th October 04

The venue for this Tuesday's social (12th October) has been changed from what was advertised (Hugh Stew). We'll now have a bar crawl, starting at Cripp's Hall at 8pm, going on to Lenton Hall at 9pm, then to Rutland Hall at 10pm. Call Chris on 07837557521 or one of the committee, if you can't find us at any time. It's also the sign-up for the lakes, so don't miss it!

6th October 04

Anyone like me unfortunate enough to have lectures all day on most days who is up for going climbing in the evening let me know. I'm planning on going next monday (11th Oct) at about 5pm but am free to go at other times if people are up for it. I know we discussed it last night but to be honest most of you were probably too drunk to remember, not mentioning any names Nick and Damian. Let me know. Jon F

4th October 04

For anyone who wants to know what they did at the weekend the Munro Tally is now up. If there are any mistakes please let me know . Hope all enjoyed the weekend - Damian.

27th August 04

Alps meet report is up but couldn't say its a 'cracking' meet report. A bit long winded but then again it was 3 weeks. Any of you lot who were out there feel free to add/change/delete bits. - Jim

21st July 04

Scottish midges make national headlines.

This is how boring life is here. I'm hoping you guys out in the Alps are planning to write a cracking meet report when you get back - we need the entertainment!

30th June 04

Meet Reports and lots of photos now up from Skye and LAMM.

9th June 04

The branded gear has finally arrived email Matt to arrange to pick it up

7th June 04

We had a great day in the Peaks with IMPS. There's a report on the Pineapple Challenge on the Meet Reports page.

2nd June 04

Ramsoc Marathon report now up. Matt and Damian - feel free to add bits.

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