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The Website


The website you see before you went live in September 2012 and was created in the preceeding summer by the current Web Officer, Sam Harrison. It's development was brought about with the aims of greatly expanding the content of the previous website, as well as adding a greater degree of user input. To achieve this, a forum has been reintroduced and trip destination descriptions as well as event descriptions have been included. A lot of the textual content of the trip destination descriptions have been lifted directly from the iteration of the website online prior to the previous website version - circa 2007 and created by Matt Fisher.

Changes log


  • 15 March 2013: Still plenty going on in the background, and a guide to the Mullwharchar also added.
  • 15 April 2013: Lots of stuff has been going on in the background, such as a new version of the Member Database. A new camping guide has also been added.
  • 20 November 2012: Updated reserves information in line with new policy. Added new reserves and refunds page. Likewise for new tent policy.
  • 1 November 2012: Add option the "Like" news posts on Facebook.
  • 11 October 2012: Updated Winter Walking guide to include a bit more information about crampons and ice axes.
  • 10 October 2012: Fixed Exec pages that weren't displaying correctly on Internet Explorer.
  • 8 October 2012: Background image is no longer displayed on Android browsers, firstly to fix an issue with it floating incorrectly, but secondly to make the page load a little faster.
  • 7 October 2012: Added extra field to user registration on forum to prevent so many spam registrations. So far it's worked...
  • 29 September: Installed Google Analytics to (anonymously) monitor visits to the website.

Previous versions


The Hiking Club website originated way back in 1994, and since has undergone a great deal of changes and different versions. Below is a relatively concise list of versions, to the best of my knowledge - please correct me if I'm wrong! Old versions of the website can be found on the Wayback Machine.
  • February 2010 - September 2012: Darren Jane's Wordpress-based website. Introduced the current colour scheme and the use of Picasa for storing photos. Unfortunately, removed a lot of the content and the forum from the previous version. Taken over by Sam Harrison in March 2011 and a number of new information pages were added.
  • Early 2007 - February 2009: Matt Fisher's phpBB-powered, rather extensive and complete-with-forum website. The database backup from that site has provided a good deal of the textual content for this website! There was a rather "temporary" period between early 2009 and 2010 whilst Darren Jane's site was constructed.
  • November 2003 - Early 2007: A longstanding version of the website, and the fourth major update the website has seen. I don't know much more about it than that!
  • June 2000 - November 2003: The "yellow site", and version three since the website began. Created by the then Web Committee, a group of dedicated members willing to give up their time to contribute to an ever-expanding website.
  • October 1997 - June 2000: Mk2, saw the introduction of a discussion board and trip report system. Created by Kevin Palfreyman and Jake Colbeck in October 1997.
  • 1994 (or earlier) - October 1997: The original website and possibly the first ever home page for the Hiking Club.