About the Club

Gwent Mountaineering Club

Full member club of the British Mountaineering Council

The Gwent Mountaineering Club was established in 1976, and has a membership approaching one hundred throughout South East Wales and beyond.  We cater for all abilities and activities in mountaineering.  Our members have a wide range of interests:- walking, backpacking, rock and ice climbing,  alpinism, mountain biking,  mountain marathon walking and fell running.  We aim to give people the opportunity to take up new activities as well as to improve their own ability in mountaineering.

Our programmes offer many activities organised throughout the year, which take place in South Wales, North Wales, England, Scotland and abroad.

During the winter we have weekly evening meets. Indoor meets are in a pub, talks and slide shows on subjects connected with mountaineering. Outdoor evening walks take place monthly in winter.

Also in the winter we meet on Wednesday evenings at indoor climbing walls. The first Wednesday of each month we meet at Rock UK Summit Centre, Trelewis. The remaining Wednesdays we meet at Boulders climbing centre, Cardiff.

During the summer months there is an evening climbing meet every Wednesday and an evening walk every Thursday.

Weekend or longer bookings are made for club trips, staying in mountain huts, campsites, cottage accommodation and sometimes Youth Hostels.

Regular training meets are organised throughout the year in for example: mountain navigation and rope skills.  Our equipment officer, or any experienced member, will be pleased to advise new members on equipment needed for climbing or walking.  We have a very safe approach to mountaineering, which is reflected in all our activities. The club has a limited amount of equipment available for members to borrow.

Gwent Mountaineering Club annual subscription is:

Category (see adjustment for COVID-19 below) 2021/22
Ordinary membership £33
Family membership (one ordinary membership as above, + for each additional family member) £26
Special membership (full-time students, unemployed) £26
Associate members (living   >   75 miles from Goytre) £26

New members are most welcome.

Email John Jones for further information, and then arrange to turn up at one of the outdoor meets
one of the indoor meets at the Goytre Village Hall, Goytre NP4 0AR (Grid Ref 171-SO324046)
on Winter Wednesdays 19.00, first Wednesday of month at Rock UK Summit Centre, Trelewis, other Wednesdays at Boulders climbing centre, Cardiff

For climbing meets in particular it is advisable to make contact so that we can look out for your arrival and be prepared if you are new to climbing, perhaps arrange for spare climbing harnesses to be available etc. Advice can also be given on walk difficulty or on other topics which might be important to you.

See  Member Benefits  for the benefits of Gwent Mountaineering Club membership.

Gwent Mountaineering Club members also have many benefits from the British Mountaineering Council. These include:
Civil Liability Insurance, access to BMC Travel and Activity Insurance, discounts at BMC events, and more.
There are many BMC subsidised training courses available, on a variety of topics at many locations, from local first aid courses to mountaineering courses at Plas y Brenin in North Wales.
See The British Mountaineering Council.

We look forward to hearing from you.