Marylebone Mountaineering Club, London

The Marylebone Mountaineering Club in London was founded in 1974 and we have fewer than 100 members who live mostly in and around London, plus a few others dotted around the country.

Our members include active climbers, walkers, mountaineers, mountain bikers, teashopers, kayakers, skiers and even the odd polar explorer.
To keep our club active, we are always on the look out for new members – climbers, walkers and mountaineers of all standards are warmly received.

The activities of the club are centred around monthly meets held throughout the year with additional meets in the summer. The meets take place all over the UK in locations aimed to provide good climbing and walking. Sometimes mountain biking, kayaking and other activities are accessible too. Accommodation for winter meets is arranged in huts or similar premises whereas during the rest of the year we camp.

Transport to the meets is arranged in private cars and the meet organiser will try and arrange lifts for non-drivers who are then expected to contribute to transport costs. Sometimes a group will hire a car if there aren’t enough car spaces. And some locations can be reached by train. Please have a look at the the gallery to see some of the things we get up to.

Informal trips are also organised outside of the meet program and there are often people going away just about every weekend in the summer. People also organise foreign trips, typically to the Alps or sport climbing in Spain and Italy, and anyone expressing an interest can easily get involved in these activities.

The club also has an active social side with social events roughly quarterly in London. Many members also use the various climbing walls in London, join our Facebook page to see details of when Anna, our climbing wall secretary, will be at the Castle.

Membership is £22 a year and is open to anyone over 18. The club is affiliated to the BMC, therefore MMC members receive the same benefits as individual members of the BMC, such as third party insurance, free Summit magazine, reduced subscription rates to High magazine. Club members are also entitled to contract rate discounts (15%) at Cotswold shops.

In order to join, prospective members are asked to attend two weekend meets so that they can get a feel for the style of the club. Check out the How to Join page.

If you are interested in joining the MMC you are welcome to come along to almost any of the events – or get in touch with our membership secretary: membership@themmc.org.uk

We look forward to meeting you!

Alix Harrower

Chair

F.A.Q.

Want to know about the MMC? Well, here’s the low down in ten…

1. How do I join the MMC?

We suggest that you come on two weekend meets to see if the MMC is the right club for you. If you would then like to join, you can either ask the membership secretary via the Contact page for a form or print one off. This will need to be filled in with your current details. You will also need to find two members to propose and second you.Give the completed form to the meet organiser or any committee member and they will put your name forward at the next committee meeting. Pay your membership fee by BACS and you will then receive a smart MMC membership card which also entitles you to 15% discount at all Cotswold shops. Sounds formal but don’t be put off – in reality it’s an easy process!

2. How much is the joining fee and where does this money go to?

The fee for 2017-18 is £22 which covers basic administration costs plus the clubs BMC subscription of £14.25. Because we are affiliated to the BMC, you receive the same benefits as an individual member of the BMC, such as third party insurance, free Summit magazine, reduced subscription rates to High magazine.

3. How often are the weekend meets?

Once a month all year round with extra, informal meets in summer.

4. What do I need to bring on a meet?

For the summer meets, you will need a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, a stove, food (although many of us eat in the pub if there is one accessible!) and anything else you would normally take when camping.
The winter meets are held in bunkhouses so you obviously don’t need a tent! Some bunkhouses provide bedding but as a general rule it’s always best to bring a sleeping bag and food (at least breakfast) anyway.

If you wish to walk, please bring your compass and a map of the area. For climbers, let the meet organiser know what gear and ropes you have so that we can try to ensure we have enough of everything on the meet.

5. How do I get to a meet?

The meets secretary pressgangs (!) unsuspecting club members to organise different meets during the year. The organiser will then arrange transport for everyone coming on the meet as well as sending out instructions on where it is and how to get there etc. Club members share cars to cut down on driving and running costs. So when booking on a meet, don’t forget to tell the organiser whether you can offer anyone a lift or if you need a lift to get to the meet. Shared hire cars are sometimes needed and some people use the train).

6. How many walkers and climbers are there in the club?

There fewer than 100 fully paid up members with an average of about 12-18 attending most meets.

7. What other activities will I be able to do?

In addition to walking and climbing, there are also opportunities to go mountain biking, surfing, kayaking and, last but not least, partying!

8. What is the climbing scene like?

Our climbing wall Secretary Anna visits The Castle climbing wall several times a week to train.Harry is usually at the Castle on Sundays. Look out for them in MMC t-shirts and say hello if you’d like to get to know us.

9. How good do I have to be to go climbing?

While we welcome beginners, you must already know how to belay safely and have good rope practice. If you have never climbed before, why not try it out at one of the weekend courses at either Westway or the Castle? That way, you’ll know whether you’ll enjoy it or not! Then we suggest a course is a good way to get started. See our New to Climbing page. For anyone with prior experience, we like you to meet one of at the climbing wall before coming on a meet. Contact membership@themmc.org.uk to make contact.

10. Are there any regular London get togethers?

The MMC holds social events roughly quarterly, to get together and so that prospective new members can come along and check us out! These are advertised by email and to the Facebook group, so join the email list via Wendy (see below) or our Facebook page to see the invites.
If all this sounds good and you’d like to find out more, then please feel free to contact Wendy, our membership secretary, at membership@themmc.org.uk.