50 years! Castle Mountaineering Club celebrates its anniversary

Posted by Peter Burnside on 06/07/2017
Club members circa 1970, including the Club's founder Alex Barclay. Photo: Castle Mountaineering Club

The Castle Mountaineering Club is now in its 50th year. From local inns to renovated barns, including Sheffield's first climbing wall, look back at the history of the Castle Mountaineering Club and find out its schedule of events to celebrate its golden birthday.

Formed in 1967 at the Castle Inn in Bradway, it soon moved to a renovated barn behind The Rising Sun on Abbey Lane, Parkhead. Members of the Club undertook most of the conversion works themselves and the building includes the first indoor climbing wall in Sheffield. The building was officially opened by Sir Jack Longland, climber, educator and broadcaster, in April 1971.

The Club has devised an extensive programme of activities for its anniversary year including a celebratory dinner in October for all current and past members. The Club is keen to hear from former members and further details can be found on the Club's website. Members enjoy a range of activities throughout the year, including climbing,walking, cycling and mountaineering. In the winter, social events include lectures and a photographic competition. 


Club Members climbing at Tegness Pinnacle (near Froggatt). Photo: CMC

President Linda McLeish said: “It is a great privilege to be President of the Club during this very important year. There is much to celebrate with a great history of exploration all over the world. What has always united members is their love of the great outdoors, whether it is the countryside on our doorstep or adventures further afield, and sharing those experiences in them. Many lifelong friendships have resulted from membership of the Club.”

Over the years Club members have climbed and mountaineered on every continent, including climbing Mount Everest, skiing to the South Pole and ascending the highest peaks in North and South America. New rock climbs have been established in Britain, Europe and other parts of the world.


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