I’ve rejoined the MCofS. I didn’t bother sending my subscription last year because I was all disgruntled. They had a chance to modernise by changing the name to MountaineeringScotland (which is pretty much the Gaelic text on the logo) but they blew it, all they talked about was climbing, wanting to fight landowners and pretended it was, I dunno, 1982 at the latest. The Scottish Mountaineer read like a climbers trade magazine. If I’m 40 and I feel that they’re out of date and out of touch, how the hell are they going to attract young folk and do the important stuff like pass on the safety, skills, access information and more that they do so well.
Maybe I had eaten a fusty Blue Riband or something and been in a particularly bad mood, but whatever, I didn’t send my form back and it’s only a year later I got around to dealing with it. And online via PayPal too.
The Scottish Mountaineer magazine has just arrived and it’s thicker, all shiny lovely and still full of the same old stuff.
I want the MCofS to be seen to represent more than the old school, the professional, the geek. Because it does.
The name makes it seem like a school board, frowning down on lesser mortals, mere hillwalkers and the like.
It does such vital work, but it annoys the hell out of me. Have I just bought myself another year of frustration?
Anyway, I’ve just something whacky on test, it’s on the LFTO gear blog.