Our Scottish meetup is designed to give members different options – from easy grade single pitch to fun multi-pitch adventures. The Highlands are the perfect venue for your adventures and you’ll be joined a group of friendly and welcoming women for your trip. Fort William has a train station, so it’s easy access if you don’t drive or want to use public transport.
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CANCELLED: Scottish Meetup – Polldubh
8 May @ 10:00 am - 11 May @ 2:00 pm BSTFree – £40
Meet: 11am Friday 8th May at Lower Falls Car Park, Fort William, PJ33 6SY
Where we will climb: To be decided on the day
Saturday, Sunday & Monday Climbing: Arrive 9.30am at Glen Nevis Campsite if you’re not around the night before
Afterwards: Food together/quiet time/reading/yoga/relaxation/wild swimming/cycling
If you want to come for a communal meal at a local pub on Saturday night, make sure you book a ticket below and bring cash with you to pay for yourself on the night.
On the Day
For this meetup, you’ll need to arrive and meet at the start of the day, as the climbing area is vast! We’ve discovered that once we get to the crag it’s difficult for people to locate us – especially if we’re half way up a route climbing! For safety reasons, the organisers rarely use their mobile phones once at the crag, so if you text or call, you are unlikely to get a response. If you have questions, please ask in advance, and if you’re running late, text well before the start time of the meetup.
Tickets for this Meetup are free for Womenclimb members who can tie in and belay. Information about different Meetup Ticket Types can be found here.
For everyone else, join our Introduction to Climbing course which gives you 4 glorious hours of instruction with an understanding instructor, around the safety aspects you will need to know to climb independently in the future. Usually, climbers are able to attend our meet-ups independently after this session (with a ‘Competent’ ticket), but this time round, if you want to come climbing the following day and you’ve not been to a meet previously, we ask that you book onto the introduction to Climbing course for the second day too. We appreciate this incurs additional cost, but we want to make sure our meetups are safe and fun for everyone.
Please only order tickets for meetups you 100% intend to attend. If you do need to cancel, please do so at least 7 days in advance, to give others the opportunity to take your place. Thank you for your help in making this a positive experience for everyone – mutual respect and understanding makes Womenclimb work. Tickets are limited, so that the ratio of competent leaders and climbers stays on the right side of safe and happy. Most leaders are happy to help new climbers, but sometimes they just want to smash out routes for a day with a competent friend. To give this flexibility and respect each others’ needs, we have the tickets system. If you order a ticket and don’t turn up for the session, you are taking a ticket from someone else who would love the ticket.
Whichever option you choose you will get:
A personal welcome by Womenclimb at the car park at 10am
A friendly, welcoming environment
A supportive group of people to climb with
If you join the Introduction to Climbing course you will get:
All of the above plus:
4 hours with an instructor
Instruction on how to belay & tie in safely
Safety information to climb independently in the future
Who is the host / instructor?
Emily Pitts, Womenclimb Founder & CEO will be your host. If you’ve chosen the Introduction to Climbing course, then Emily will also be your instructor. She is a qualified, experienced and insured Rock Climbing Instructor. Your needs are at the heart of the instruction. For those who choose to climb independently, Emily will help you to find other people to climb with if this is something that will help you. If you have additional needs and want more information about how we can support you, please get in touch with Emily: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emily is passionate about inclusion and will do her best to adapt her session to meet your needs. Please read our info about dogs at meetups if you are considering bringing a dog to a Womenclimb meetup.
Where to stay
We suggest Glen Nevis Campsite, if you want to camp, as this is close to the crags and has ample facilities. If you book 4 nights, it’s around £11-15 per night for one person, a tent and a car. You can also stay nearby at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel for around £26 a night. These two are close to each other and it sometimes makes things easier to organise if people are reasonably close. There are plenty of Airbnb places in very close proximity too, so if you want a bit more comfort and a quiet night’s sleep, you’ve got options and whatever happens we will do our best to make sure you’re included and welcomed!