Club History

The club had its early beginnings in the 1960’s, with members being recruited from the old Aberdeen County Council. Employees from the re-organised local authority, Grampian Regional Council, officially founded the ‘Grampian Hillwalking Club’ in 1969. The early leaders were Ian Pyper, Bob Innes and Jean Duff who recruited members throughout the various council departments – from teaching, police, fire, roads to name a few – all with one thing in common – a love of wandering around the hills.

General Information

Club members meet monthly throughout the year (see calendar). Cars are organised and used for Sunday walks and shared cars are used for weekends.

Sunday walks start at approximately 8am and finish around 5pm (depending on the time of year and daylight hours).

Each year the club organises:

  • 6 day walks (which take place on the first Sunday of the month) and
  • 6 weekend trips (travelling throughout Scotland)

Every two years the club organises a one to two week overseas trip. In 2016 the club went to Harris for a week during this time we made a trip to St.Kilda, which we thought was a fantastic experience. In 2014 seven club members went to the Sierra Nevada in Spain. The 2012 overseas trip was two weeks in Slovenia where seven club members had a brilliant time and were able to climb its highest mountain Triglav. In 2010, we went to Nepal. To find out more follow the link Trip to the Annapurna Base Camp

The club has also done trips to the French Alps, the French Pyrenees, Italy, The Faroes and a coast to coast walk across Scotland.


The club has no membership fee. Anyone interested in joining should make initial contact with the Club Secretary. At present there are approximately 30 active members.

Equipment and Fitness

Equipment: (see Full List of Equipment )

A list of important items to take on all walks will be sent to members on the scheduled monthly information sheet a week prior to the walk commencing Essential for all walks:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Walking boots and socks
  • Rucksack for food/drink and spare clothing (depending on weather)
  • Appropriate map and compass
  • In winter conditions members will also be advised to take crampons and ice axe.


Anyone thinking of doing any serious hillwalking should think about their general level of fitness before attempting this strenuous sport. Saying that, most adults who walk/exercise regularly and are health-conscious would enjoy our Sunday walks (between 5-6 hours).

Climbing Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) can be a little more strenuous and careful thought and planning are essential before setting off. Present club members have many years experience of hillwalking and will encourage new members to ‘get bagging’.

GHC Munroists

Name Year Completed
Ian Pyper 1992
George Middleton 1994
Brian Barron 1995
Chris Howard 1997
Stuart Smith* 2001
Stephen Higgs* 2007
Philip Haylett 2008
Alan Sharp * 2009
Alison Paterson * 2009
Michael Thomas * 2010
Helen Thomas * 2010
Maureen Higgs * 2011
Margaret Wells* 2015
Mark Wade* 2016
Stephen Wells* 2016
Ed Fitzgibbon * 2016
Bob Holmes * 2018

GHC Corbett Catchers

Name Year Completed
Stuart Smith* 2009
Helen Thomas * 2012
Michael Thomas * 2012
Stephen Higgs* 2013
Alison Paterson* 2017
Maureen Higgs* 2017
Alan Sharp* 2017

GHC Graham Getters

Name Year Completed
Helen Thomas * 2015
Michael Thomas * 2015

* Current Club Member