Chester Mountaineering Club (CMC) was founded in 1953, the year that saw the first ascent of Everest, and has grown to be one of the best supported regional climbing clubs. With a membership in excess of 220 it is centred around Chester. However you will not be overwhelmed on a meet as a number of members have now spread over the country, keeping their membership to return for some meets. and generally mountaineering with new partners around where they live.
The club is actively club engaged in all outdoor activities (climbing, hill walking, caving, mountain biking etc.) but with a common interest in mountaineering.
We have a programme of both outdoor and indoor meets.
Outdoor meets are held at locations throughout the UK with North Wales, the Lakes and the Peak District proving regular popular destinations. With the advent of low cost airlines more trips also occur further afield with the Pyrenees, Jersey, and Morocco, being recent destinations of choice. There is a yearly Scottish winter meet and the Alps are frequently visited in the summer season.
This years Alpine meet is in Bregaglia (Switizerland)
The Club aims to be a forum for meets to occur, encouraging members to organise and participate in an active meets programme. It does not look to subsidise activity and meets should be self-financing.
The Club meets regularly on a Wednesday evening. In summer the local crags provide the focus followed by a nearby pub when it gets dark or if the weather is too poor for climbing. In winter we meet in the Peacock Hotel or at one of the local climbing walls. The event meet is usually at the Peacock pub are usually on the first Wednesday of the month while climbing wall meets are on the last Wednesday of the month.
The Club has its own hut which it maintains in the Snowdonia National Park and which provides a base for outdoor activity there. It also has reciprocal rights for the use of huts maintained by other clubs in the Lake District.
There is a regular Club Newsletter produced and circulated to the membership giving details of planned meets 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.
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 (which is renewed annually). The Club Committee vets and approves all membership applications.
Club 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! 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..
The Club is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and members can use its many services. Its magazine Summit is posted annually to members. Through this affiliation Club members benefit from civil liability cover for their activities - an important benefit in an increasingly litigious society! Club representatives attend the Wales and North West meetings of the BMC and will seek to represent members' interests in the debates held on access rights and other important mountaineering topics.