The RHSoc Committee

RHSoc Committee

Rick Salter - Chair

A Cumbria-based mountaineer, chemist and traveller, Rick is passionate about all things outdoors - hills, campervan living, coastal walking, Cumbrian fells and cocker-spaniel Bryher. He is a currently Team Secretary in Penrith MRT and active in the North Cumbria CAMRA group. Along with Jen, also a Marilyn completer, they are working on a number of hill lists: Mainly mountains over 600m (Munro tops, Simms and the High Hills of Britain), plus the odd Hump as time permits. Having completed the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds/Tops, Wainwrights, Birketts, Synges, Snowdon Simms and Nuttalls/Bridges, Rick recently topped 600 Dodds and along with Jen is close to completing an SMC Full House.

Jonathan Woods - HoF Clerk
(Acting as temporary Deputy Chair until our next AGM)

At an early age Jonathan was introduced to fell-walking in the Lake District by his parents. Together the family started climbing the Wainwrights, and over many holidays and realised that it might be possible to climb them all. They achieved this just after Jonathan turned 18. After many walking trips to North Wales, Derbyshire and Yorkshire whilst growing up Jonathan first travelled to Scotland and the Isle of Arran in 1981. This was followed by walking the West Highland Way in 1982, and climbing Ben Nevis, before a return that summer to start Munro bagging. A job move to Scotland made the Munro more accessible and Jonathan completed these with his wife Lynda in 1996. "Fortunately", having received "The Relative Hills of Britain" book for the preceding Christmas a new-found, and continuing life-long passion was born for climbing any relative hill.

Barry Smith - Treasurer

Barry was an accountant with PWC up until retirement in 2011 and still does some part-time work. He is a keen Marilyn bagger since discovering Alan Dawson’s book on Relative Hills soon after completing the Munros in 2004. In 2016 Barry completed a book ‘The Top 500 Summits’ about climbing the highest 500 Summits in Britain and Ireland with a 500 ft drop on all sides (the list closely resembles the highest 500 Marilyns). Barry lives in Loughborough, and has two children, Alex and James, and two grandchildren, both aged under three and yet to climb a mountain!

Jenny Hatfield - Membership Secretary

Jen is an outdoor enthusiast, appreciating anything that gets her out into the natural world and wild places. Walking is Jen's favourite pastime: hills, mountains, coast and islands accompanied, by Bryher the cocker spaniel, and Rick. She has completed all the Marilyns, Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds and Donald Tops, Firths, Wainwrights, Outlying Fells, Birketts, and Synges the Snowdon Simms, Nuttalls, Buxton and Lewis’s, and Bridges. Jen is currently working on completing the Munro Tops, and is also enjoying the High Hills of Britain and higher Simms in Scotland, plus Dodds, Sibs and Humps. Jen is a keen gardener, and also loves observing wildlife, photography and vegetarian cooking. She also loves spending time with family and friends.

Jill Robertson - Secretary

Jill lives in The Lake District and having completed The Wainwrights, Wainwright Outlying Fells, Birketts, Synges and Cumbrian Marilyns has moved on from Cumbria to climbing in Scotland!

Jill is currently working on Munros, Marilyns and SIBs.


Chris Ottley - Events and Trips

Chris started walking with my family and Scouts in the Derbyshire Peak District and never really stopped. There was a slight lull in the 1990s whilst living in North Essex, although the coastal paths are pleasant enough. Then moved to Lancaster followed a few years later to Durham to rekindle the walking urge with the the Munros and Wainwrights finally completed before moving across into the serious business of Marilyns, Tumps, ski touring and trig pillars.

Dave Chaffey - Webmaster

Dave completed the Munros in 1994, and has been slowly working on the Corbetts since then and is around the 200 mark. He's taken a while since most weekends and holidays are taken up competing in orienteering events. He is also nearing completion of the Derbyshire Tumps and working on Marilyns with a focus on the Welsh and English Marilyns. Webmaster duties follow on naturally from consulting and training on digital marketing since the 1990s, including writing several books on digital marketing which have been translated into many languages.