Online Hill Bagging Talks 2021/2 – Relative Chatters-Autumn 2021 Programme

Following positive feedback about the 2021 Relative Chatters Spring Programme,  we are pleased to announce the Autumn 2021 Programme, which provides further opportunities for members to share hill bagging exploits and discuss issues of common concern. We hope you will be inspired and entertained. Suggestions of future topics and/ or speakers are always welcome.

Relative Chatters will generally be held via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month from 19:30 to 20:30, though the actual date may sometimes change to avoid clashes with bank holidays etc.    There will also be an opportunity to ask questions within the hour-long session.

This time there will be no need to register in advance; Members will be sent a zoom link by email in advance. Members are asked to sign in 10 minutes early to enable a prompt start.

If you have escaped Zoom so far, here are some simple instructions on how to join the free Zoom video conferencing system: 

If you can't make the time for a talk, a recording will usually be available for at least one month via the RHSoc website members' area.  (NB:  Accessible to our Members only).

Here is the Autumn 2021 Relative Chatters Programme:

  • Tuesday 5 October – Ascent of the remote Arctic Ultra, Beerenburg, Jan Mayen island. Chris Ottley, RHSoc member explains how he and three RHSOC members (Richard and Denise McLellan, Tony Jenkins) ended up in a sailing yacht crossing the Arctic for eight days with absolutely no guarantee of anything apart from seasickness. Luckily, all managed to reach the summit and explore the more rarely climbed peaks before returning to Spitzbergen. 
  • Tuesday 9 November – Introduction to The Huws - Alex Cameron, Myrddyn Phillips, Adrian Rayner, and Mark Trengove. RHSoc members will already be very aware of the variety of upland landscapes to be discovered across Wales. And so, the collection of The Huws certainly does include many classic hills; but beyond that, the list also features hills that have not appeared in any previous listings, or rarely see a visit from even the most ubiquitous of baggers. Join them for some anecdotes and insights as to how the final listing came to be. Let the speakers enthuse you with their own personal choices of 100 great hills in Wales below 2,000ft.
  • Tuesday 7 December – Christmas Special  - Members' photo evening- Dan and Maisie Unwin will be interviewing members who have provided photos of a memorable/ interesting walk/ trip.  Send in your photos/anecdotes to
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 - Mick Fowler, British Sea Stacks, Renowned climber and mountaineer Mick Fowler will take us through some exciting ascents of British Seastacks.

  • Further Relative Chatters:  February- April 2022 to be confirmed 

Spring 2021 and some of the Autumn 2021 talk recordings are available to view - signed-in members can gain access to some of the recordings here.

The available Spring 2021 recorded talks are:

March 2021: Old Men and Big Lists - Rob Woodall 

Rob builds on the Marilyn story to show why he chose Humps next, explains why the St Kilda stacks took a decade to crack, gives his story of  Hump completion (including the five stacs), before a final quick peek into the world of international bagging and the latest stage in the process of listing worldwide peaks by prominence.

May 2021: Trials and Tribulations of UK Island bagging - Bob Kerr

Back by popular demand after the St Kilda video clips used by Jenny Hatfield in the previous talk (also available to view), here is an opportunity to dream of island bagging again. It gives an excellent introduction to the many different types of islands with examples of how Bob has approached bagging them.

Talks no longer available at the request of the speaker:

  • February 2021: The Final Push for the First Female Marilyn Completion: Jenny Hatfield and Rick Salter
  • April 2021: Carstenz Pyramid - An Adventure in Indonesia: Pete Ellis