Introduction

Climbers on Diamond Solitaire (VS), Lundy

Climbers on Diamond Solitaire (VS), Lundy

The Climbers’ Club was founded in 1898 and is a national club whose objectives are to encourage mountaineering and rock-climbing, and to promote the general interests of mountaineers and the mountain environment. We welcome applications for membership from committed and experienced climbers.

The club owns some of the best hut accommodation in the country and is the biggest publisher of climbing guidebooks in the UK, issuing guides to North Wales, Pembroke, Cornwall, Devon, Lundy and other southern areas. We also publish newsletters, and an annual journal.

Benefits of Membership

  • Access to a network of potential climbing partners all over the country.
  • Regular meets throughout the year, in the UK and overseas (see Meets page).
  • Use of the CC’s huts in Wales, Cornwall, Peak District and Scotland (see Huts page).
  • Reciprocal rights to other huts in the UK and overseas including USA, New Zealand, Kenya, and South Africa.
  • Two annual dinners and various other social events.
  • Discounted CC guidebooks from our on-line shop and Cordee.

Click to see how to apply to join the Climbers’ Club.

Cost of Membership

The Subscription has been fixed by the Committee at £70 for ordinary members, and £42 for members under 25 years or over 65 years by election. These amounts will be collected by Direct Debit on or about the 15th July. Subscription includes BMC subscription at the current rate. Members with multiple BMC affiliated club memberships only need pay the BMC subscription once and any duplicate payments can be recovered directly from the BMC.

About The Climbers’ Club FAQ

  • What is the Climbers’ Club?
  • The Climbers' Club is a club for experienced and competent climbers and mountaineers. We strongly support the traditional British approach to climbing which is often now simply called "Trad".
  • How long has the Climbers’ Club been in existence?
  • The Club was formed in 1898 to bring together active climbers, this is still our purpose.
  • As a long established club how does the Climbers’ Club remain progressive?
  • The CC continually reviews all of its activities to ensure they remain relevant to experienced climbers. For example we published the first ever pocket guidebook to climbs in 1909 (complete with topo’s and photo-diagrams!) and have been at the forefront of guidebook production ever since; the most recent guidebook publications compare with the very best in the world; our Journal is a world-class publication; club huts are maintained to modern hut standards; this web site is updated on a daily basis along with use of latest social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter; we have a developing mobile device capability available through the Apple App Store.  In short we examine what we do and if it is not fit for purpose it gets replaced.
  • How many members does the Climbers’ Club have?
  • Current membership stands at around 1700 including a who's who of Britain's greatest climbers past and present. If you want some information on any unusual climbing area there will likely be someone who has been there, done it, and will freely share their experience.
  • Where is the Climbers’ Club based?
  • The Club has always been a national club and as such it is not based in any specific area. Members are found throughout the UK and beyond and there are many active regional groups. Our eight club huts are a focus for activities.
  • What does the Climbers’ Club do?
  • In addition to allowing members to network and find climbing partners the Club manages eight huts in climbing areas across the UK for the benefit of its members and is the largest publisher of climbing guidebooks in the UK. The Club was instrumental in the formation of the BMC and remains active within the BMC including helping represent the needs of all climbing clubs to the BMC.
  • How can I contact members in my local area?
  • Members get an up to date member listing, this allows them to contact other members in their area and to find climbing partners. As a non-member your points of contact with the Club are the Membership Secretary and the Secretary each of whom can help you contact members in your area.
  • What are the advantages of Climbers’ Club membership?
  • Members enjoy many advantages including:
    • Access to our eight huts, full details are available on our huts pages, plus preferential access to the huts of a number of other clubs, the advantage of staying in a hut is obvious when you wake up on a campsite to a howling gale and lashing rain!
    • 25% discount on the price of guidebooks published by CC, FRCC, and the Alpine Club. Our guidebooks may be purchased online here.
    • Discounts at many equipment retailers.
    • The opportunity to join meets from our extensive list of meets in the UK and abroad.
    • Receiving a monthly e-letter, regular newsletter, and a superb Annual Journal.
    • The opportunity to join in at two annual social weekends which include a buffet or seated meal.
  • Is the Climbers’ Club family friendly?
  • Yes. Every year the meets programme includes a number of family focused meets where children (our future members?) are encouraged. Most huts have rooms which can be booked for family use and children accompanied by members can make full use of all huts during the day.
  • Is it difficult to join the Climbers’ Club?
  • No, but it does require some effort to complete the application and come on some meets.
  • How does joining the Climbers’ Club compare with joining other major UK clubs?
  • Other National Clubs such as the Fell and Rock Climbing Club (FRCC) and Alpine Club (AC) have similar membership requirements to the Climbers’ Club, i.e. their members will be experienced and competent climbers and mountaineers. For example, membership of the AC requires that you have climbed a minimum of 20 alpine peaks or routes at an average grade of PD or above, something that may take several years to achieve.