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The Chamois Mountaineering Club (C.M.C.) was founded in 1964 as a nationally based mountaineering club by members of the Countrywide Holidays Association (the first organisation in this country to provide mountain walking holidays). There are over 200 members from all over the Country, but with a concentration around the Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds area. It is open to all and is run democratically by a committee elected by the membership. It is a member club of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and is affiliated to the Ramblers Association.
Meets take place throughout the year, generally at weekends, though there are several longer ones as well. With a basis of summer and winter hill walking and scrambling, there will be rock climbing in summer and snow and ice climbing if winter conditions permit. Additional activities include downhill skiing and occasionally ski mountaineering, mountain biking, caving and orienteering. In 1976 we opened the Chamois Mountaineering Centre at Ceunant near Llanberis to provide accommodation for ourselves and for other groups who want to engage in mountain activities in Snowdonia.
Our Meets Programme is published annually. We meet at the Chamois Mountaineering Centre for the last full weekend of every month and bank holidays. A weekend meet is arranged in other mountain areas of the UK in the middle of each month, for example: Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Mid-Wales. We usually stay in hostel-type accommodation between October and April, and camp in the summer months. We visit the Scottish Highlands at Easter, and for the week which includes Spring Bank Holiday. Each winter there is a week-long downhill skiing meet in the Alps, and occasionally members go ski mountaineering in the spring. Groups of members often go walking and climbing in the Alps in the summer, and members have visited the greater ranges.
We are a friendly bunch, and taking part in Club activities is a great way to meet friends whose interests are similar to yours, and to increase your experience and expertise. The Club newsletter is distributed to all members every two months and gives details of arrangements for forthcoming meets, reports of recent meets, Club information and announcements, and articles of general mountaineering interest. The Members Only Section of this website gives up-to-the-minute information about meets and the booking situation at the Chamois Mountaineering Centre. Paid-up members can use the Members-only accommodation at the Chamois Mountaineering Centre at any time without booking. Membership of CMC brings with it the benefits and privileges of BMC membership.
The Members Facilities page lists a number of further benefits from club membership.
Prospective members are welcome and are invited to come along to any meet to find out about the Club at first hand. For some meets you will need to book in advance.
If you do subsequently decide to join, the annual membership fee is £20 (£10 for juniors and students).
Contact the Membership Secretary for further details of the Club, information on how to book into meets and a copy of the latest newsletter (as an attachment). If, after attending a couple of meets, you would like to join our club then Membership application forms are available either on this website, or from the Membership Secretary, or at the club's Mountaineering Centre in Snowdonia.