Member Benefits

Benefits of club membership include:

The Clwydian

A printed copy of the club magazine (The Clwydian) twice per year.

Events and Coaching

Access to all club events, at home and abroad. This includes club trips, social meets such as the summer BBQ, the winter slide show series and the subsidised annual dinner and presentation by a celebrity speaker.

Access to coaching and skill building. There is a wealth of climbing and mountaineering experience within the club. Our friendly members are happy to show new-comers the ropes whilst attending one of our meets. We also have a number of dedicated skill-building days throughout the year and in the summer we usually offer private coaching for rock climbers where members pay for expenses only.

Access to heavily subsidised outdoor courses.

The CMC is a member of the Outdoor Partnership which offers outdoor courses at highly subsidised prices (typically 60% discount) such as MLA, CWA, SPA. Funding is limited but there may typically be 6 courses a year available to club members on a first come - first served basis. Application must first be made to the OP and your application form must be countersigned by the CMC Chair or Secretary.

BMC Club Membership

Individual club membership of the British Mountaineering Council including third party insurance. You may also upgrade to full BMC membership for significantly less than the usual fee for an individual.

Retailer Discounts

Members are also entitled to a number of discounts and benefits on production of their club membership card. At present these are:

Website Access

Full access to the club website:

  • Advertise for partners and take the piss out of fellow members in our fully integrated social network.
  • Synchronise activity feeds whith your mobile phone.
  • Synchronise your personal Google, Outlook or Mobile calendar with the club's events calendar.
  • Create your own and view other member's photo albums.
  • Find activity partners with the members contact list and take complete control over who you share your details with.
  • Ability to post on the forum, buy/sell equipment, and advertise your own trips.

Membership will also allow you to:

  • Attend and vote at AGMs.
  • Meet some amazing people.
  • Do 1,000 pull ups.

We made the last one up :)

How to Join

Information about how to join is given on our How to Join page.

How to Join

Eligibility

Membership is open to people over 18 years old. We welcome enthusiastic new members of all abilities interested in climbing and mountain activities.

Persons under the age of 18 may be admitted as family members.

Membership Fees

Membership fees are for a calendar year, and are payable on 1 January each year. For members joining between 1 October and 31 December, their membership is valid until the end of the following year.

  • Ordinary: £26.00
  • Prospective: Free!
  • Student/Unwaged*: £19.00
  • Family of Two: £23.00 (each)
  • Each Additional Family Member (Under 18): £12.00
  • Upgrade to full BMC membership**: £15.20

*If you are on a pension then this does not qualify as unemployed.
** The upgrade to full BMC membership should be sent directly to the BMC and not included in your subscription. Please see the BMC for more details.

The Joining Process

To help you decide whether or not the club meets your needs, we welcome you to join as a prospective member. Membership for prospective members is free for the first 3 meets, or for 3 months, whichever is sooner, and includes only limited access to the club website. If you'd like to attend one of our meets, please follow the online registration process and then visit our events calendar to book your place.

If you've already decided the club meets your needs then you can join outright as a full member. Once your application has been accepted, you will become a member. You will be sent a membership card, the latest copy of the newsletter (including a directory of club members) and will also be granted full access to the website. If joining online, full access will be granted immediately.

If you'd like to know more about the benefits of being a club member, please visit the member benefits page.

How to join

To join online, as a full or prospective member, please complete the online application form.

To apply by post, please download, print and complete this application form (Right click & Save as). Send the completed form along with your membership fee to the Membership Secretary. The address is on the form. Cheques should be made out to “Clwyd Mountaineering Club”.

The form must be signed and emailed forms cannot be accepted.

Participation Statement

The CMC is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council. We emphasiee that members must take full responsibility for their own safety when climbing and in the mountains and the BMC Participation Statement applies:

“The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

Further Queries

If you would like more information or have further queries about joining the club, please contact the Membership Secretary

Planning Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

Any member can organise a trip or event. However, if you want to ask the club to consider covering some financial outlay (say a hut booking) then you are expected to have planned far enough in advance to place your item on the next committee meeting agenda (approximately every 3 months).

Try to judge enthusiasm and know how much the trip will cost. Possible venue suggestions:
Camping.
Cwm Glas Mawr hut in LLanberis Pass (£40 per night, sleeps 11 and requires 1 CC member).
Moelwyn Cottage at PyB (£236 per night sleeps 16).

What you bring to the committee would benefit from detail; numbers of people interested, costs, possible dates, how much you want to have underwritten and when any loan would be paid back.

Advertise: Use the website forum. Ask the Chair or Secretary to e-mail the membership with information about the event, asking for expressions of interest.
A minimum of 50% deposit must be asked for and the rest of the money 1 month before the trip.

To establish a buffer fund where the club has underwritten costs, an extra £1 per person should be charged and the monies given to the club treasurer.

Everyone going on a club trip must be a fully paid up member. Check with the membership secretary or the latest Clwydian to confirm the membership status of those interested. Members can bring guests to events such as the annual BBQ, AGM, club dinners and winter slide shows.

CMC Trips and Events Cancellation Policy

The following policy applies to members who, having paid their deposit for club trips, then want to cancel. Under those circumstances members will be required to pay their full share of the trip. The reason being that, if they didn’t, their cancellation would result in those remaining, or the club, incurring increased costs.

Those booking themselves on club events such as the annual BBQ, coaching weekends, and club dinners etc. should pay as soon as possible and will be expected to pay the full cost on cancellation.

Anyone who cancels from a trip or event is, of course, free to recruit another member to go in their place and recoup the monies from them perhaps by advertising or selling their place on the club website forum. 

Annual Dinner

The Clwyd Mountaineering Club holds a combined Annual General Meeting and annual dinner which in recent years has enjoyed the excellent food and facilities of the National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig. It also includes an audio visual presentation by a celeb speaker and is normally held in February.

Details of the 2014 annual dinner / AGM have been added to the club calendar.

Club History

Clwyd Mountaineering Club began its life as Denbighshire Mountaineering Club in 1969. The Club was formed by a small, active group of climbers of generally average ability, who wanted to establish a circle of friends with whom they could climb or walk in the hills regularly. In 1975, with the change of the County name, the Club became Clwyd Mountaineering Club. From these modest beginnings, the Club has grown and developed.

The club membership is typically between 100 and 200 members with climbing at standards ranging from V.Diff to E4. There are experienced mountaineers with up to 40 years of knowledge to call on, grade IV winter climbers, as well as more modest performers. Members tend to be multi-disciplinary and many forms of mountain activity are pursued from mountaineering and scrambling to ice and rock climbing at all grades. The relatively small membership and breadth of activity ensures that we remain a vibrant and friendly club.

This framework generates discussion and encouragement, an integral part of a climber’s life. We have a membership of a variety of ages and abilities. We are one of the few local clubs to welcome novices, and we run regular training events.

In recent years some members have been heavily involved in new routing, crag development and guide book work. These have focused on local crags along the A55 corridor, particularly Penmaen Head, Llanddulas Cave and Castle Inn.

Clwyd MC is active with the BMC, via the Committee for Wales, and is also affiliated to the Snowdonia National Park Society. We help and advise on local access problems, and helping larger organisations with campaigning on many subjects, mainly related to mountain conservation.

It is Club policy to encourage and promote safe mountaineering (insofar as this is possible). Prospective Members should realise that there are risks in mountain sports, and you will be asked to sign a waiver accordingly when you complete your Membership Application Form. The Club cannot accept liability for any accident, however caused.

Committee Members

Clwyd Mountaineering Club currently has the following committee members:

Chairman

Chris Thornton
christhornton@clwydmc.co.uk

Vice Chairman

Mike Burrows
michaelburrows@clwydmc.co.uk

Honorary Secretary

Sharon Jones
sharonjones@clwydmc.co.uk

Membership Secretary

Mark Wright
markwright@clwydmc.co.uk

Entertainments Officer

Jon Price
jonathanprice@clwydmc.co.uk

Honorary Treasurer

Bob Hay
bobhay@clwydmc.co.uk

Journal Editor

Liz Hewitt
lizhewitt@clwydmc.co.uk

BMC Representative & Conservation Officer

Vacant

Climbing

Clwyd MC is an active club with climbing meets arranged every Sunday all year round.
Mid-week we have meets on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings when the days are longer. These are currently the coastal rock meets on a Tuesday evening which includes all the crags along the A55 corridor as far as Penmaenmawr and including the Ormes.
On Wednesday evenings it’s the Clwyd rock area meets which include the inland crags near Llangollen. These also take in Maesafn and Pothole Quarry.

The meets are posted on the website during the previous week, and members may also contact the meets co-ordinator by e-mail or phone.

The Sunday meets are normally held in Snowdonia and have included Llanberis Pass, Milestone Buttress, Idwal Slabs and y Moelwynion in the past year.
In addition members arrange to meet informally at weekends or during the week.

We hold regular weekend coaching meets for beginners as well as those wanting to improve their climbing. The coaches are more experienced members of the club. These meets are usually based in the Cwm Glas Mawr hut in Llanberis Pass and are a good opportunity, especially for those new to the club, to socialise with other members. Individual coaching can also be arranged.

Away meets are organised both in the UK and abroad. Most years we have a weekend at the Roaches, staying in the Don Whillans hut and a week sport climbing in Portland as well as trips to the Alps. ‘Hot Rock’ sport climbing winter meets have included trips to Italy, Turkey, Kalymnos, Sardinia, Morocco and Spain. More details of these events are given in the meets section.