It's difficult to come up with a catch-all definition of what members of Mountaineering Scotland get up to, but our activities are far wider than just traditional mountaineering. Perhaps the one thing that unites all we do is the aim of getting higher, whether that's on a heather-clad hill, an indoor climbing wall, a thousand-foot high rock face or an icy gully. But then there are the ski mountaineers, who only get up high so they can go down in style.
Hill walking is perhaps the core of what we do, with everything else a progression in difficulty or an offshoot. But it remains a hugely popular pastime in its own right, great for both physical and mental health.
When the hills get steeper and the bare bones of rock show through, that's when rock climbing starts. Whether it's mountain cliffs or lowland outcrops, it's all about the thrill and the challenge.
Indoor climbing, once regarded solely as training for outdoor climbing, is now a sport in its own right, whether challenging your own abilities or pitting yourself against others in competitions.
Mountaineering covers a broad range of activities, including scrambling, climbing Scottish mountains in winter, ice climbing and Alpine mountaineering.
For many years skiers were almost only seen at ski resorts, but recent years have seen increasing numbers getting away from the clamour and into the open spaces in the mountains.
People with disabilities can face extra challenges in getting into the great outdoors, or to the climbing wall, but disability needn't be a total barrier.
Sofa 2 Summit is a free online program to help you get the most out of hiking in the hills this spring and summer.
If you want to start hiking in Scotland's hills and mountains, or need a refresher in some key skills after a winter break from hill walking, Sofa 2 Summit will take you through the basics and help you get where you want to go.
Register now to get started and let us help you get from sofa to summit!