Rock climb outdoors with the Castle Mountaineering Club

Posted by Jane Thompson on 22/01/2019
A club member leading the way up a grit slab. Photo: Peter O'Donovan

Go rock climbing outdoors with the Castle Mountaineering Club in the Peak District this year in April or May. Meet fellow climbers, find out more about the Club, and learn how to progress from indoors to outdoors.

These weekends provide the opportunity for potential new members to find out more about the Club, and meet fellow climbers with a range of abilities and ages.
It can be daunting to move from the security of the climbing wall, to placing your own gear, setting up a safe belay, and working out where a route goes in the outdoors.  Joining up with a mountaineering club and its club members, who have been there before and often have many years experience, can ease this move.  Members are able to offer informal advice, mentoring and climbing partners while Club membership provides access to BMC training courses. 

Dates and locations

1st Meet:
12 April – Indoors: Awesome Walls, Sheffield, from 6pm onwards
14 April – Outdoors: Birchens, from 10am (meeting at the car park adjacent to Robin Hood pub).
2nd Meet:
10 May – Indoors: Awesome Walls, Sheffield, from 6pm onwards
12 May – Outdoors: Stanage Popular End from 10am  

What you need

Ideally you will have, as a minimum, climbed indoors, have your own harness, belay device, helmet and shoes and can tie on safely and belay someone competently.  However, the club has some equipment which will be available on both weekends.  If in doubt, please speak to Andrew (see below). 

Who we are

Castle Mountaineering Club members undertake a wide range of activities including rock climbing, mountaineering, walking, trekking, skiing, ski mountaineering, ski touring, cycling and mountain biking.  We are a sociable and supportive group with a lot of combined experience. What unites us is our love of the outdoors, whether it's the great countryside on our doorstep in the Peak District or adventures further afield.
If you would like to join us on one of our weekends, it is important to contact us in advance, to let us know your details, in case we have to inform you of a change of venue, due to bad weather.  
Andrew Milne, membership secretary can be contacted on 0114 268 6605 or via our website (

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