About Us

Chester Mountaineering Club (CMC) was founded in 1953, the year that saw the first ascent of Everest.
With a wide range of excellent climbing and hill walking options within 90 mins drive of Chester and a wonderful climbing hut in Snowdonia, our club continues to be one of the best supported regional climbing clubs with an excess of 200 members.
The club is actively engaged in all outdoor activities (rock climbing, hill walking, mountaineering, ski touring, ice climbing, mountain biking, bouldering etc.) but with a common interest in mountaineering.
Members participate in the full range of activities and there is normally something of interest for everyone. If not – you are encouraged to suggest it!
We aim to be a forum for meets to occur, encouraging members to organise and participate in an active meets programme.
We have a programme of both outdoor and indoor meets.
Each year the club have numerous meets that can often include Scottish winter meet, a sports climbing trip to Europe, an Alps trip, plus day and weekend meets closer to home.
Below are some photos from one of our day meets at Stanage.

Below are some photos of members out in the mountains during winter.

We hold one or two climbing weekend meets at our hut specifically for  newer members to climb/walk and get to know a few people.
Venue chosen for these meets have climbs of all grades. Below are some photos from meets held this the year at Llanberis slate, Stanage, Pembroke, Millstone and Ogwen.

Other outdoor meets are held at locations throughout the UK with North Wales, the Lakes and the Peak District proving regular popular destinations.
Below are photos of a small selection of bigger trips we have arranged: climbing at Fairhead, Ireland, Swiss rock, Winter ski mountaineering, Bernese Oberland, and El Chorro sports climbing, Spain.

We also meet every Wednesday evening all year round.
Up to the minute details can be found on our Facebook page
In the summer months (April to Sept) we visit a local crags followed by a nearby pub once the light fades.
In winter months we climb indoors at the Boardroom most Wednesday evenings before retiring to the Glynn Arms in Hawarden for well earned refreshment. For variety, we also visit other climbing walls in the area.
We also have a number of social evenings throughout winter at the Cross Keys pub (upstairs) on Lower Bridge St. Chester
Our Club has its own hut in the Snowdonia National Park, near Llanberis, that provides an excellent base for outdoor activity.
We can also use some huts the Lake District owned by other clubs.

There is a regular Club Newsletter produced and circulated to the membership giving details of planned meets, members trip reports and information of interest. Members are encouraged to submit any material that could be of use to the rest of the Club.
Club members are entitled to discounts of up to 15% on outdoor gear through certain selected outlets. More details are provided on joining the Club.
Our Club is affiliated to the national representative body to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers – the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Our members can use its many services including civil liability insurance for UK mountain activities, an annual copy of the BMC Summit magazine and the ability to purchase specialised mountaineering insurance for climbing trips.
Membership is open to anyone with an active interest in climbing and/or mountaineering in its widest sense. New members first join as Associate members for 6 months. After that time they should be acquainted with Club members by attending Club meets and activity. They are then eligible to apply for Full membership.  There is no minimum experience or qualification requirement but it should be noted the Club does not undertake formal training or instruction.
Mountaineering is also a potential hazardous pursuit and participants undertake this at their own discretion and in full knowledge of the risk to themselves. The Club can accept no responsibility in this area.
If you’re interested in joining the Club or simply finding out more then e-mail our membership secretary Barbara Murray barbaram@chestermc.org
You are more than welcome to come on one of the regular Wednesday meets to meet up with other Club members, find out who we are and get an impression before deciding if you’d like to join. If you’ve an interest climbing and/or mountaineering then we think you’ll fit in!

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