Start Your Adventure

Posted by Anna Paxton on 19/06/2021
Andy Llewellyn and Mark Hatton at the Tesi Lapcha, Nepal. Photo: Andy Tomlinson, The Rucksack Club

There’s a whole world of crags, mountains, ridges and trails to discover, and club members across the country are already planning meets with like-minded, friendly people. All you have to do is find a meet and join in.

Want To Know The Secret To A Life Of Adventure?

There really is no secret. If you’re craving a little more adventure, let’s make it happen! Would you be up for a BBQ on the beach after a day spent climbing on the South Coast? Do you want to explore new crags and take on new routes? How about camping on a Scottish island, and traversing ridges to bag a new summit? Or sitting round the fire in a hut in North Wales to hear tales of the day’s climbing and hiking exploits? 

It’s Time To Start Your Adventure

Climbing and scrambling on rock, and spending time on your feet in the hills will help you get physically fit and strong. But that’s not all. Taking on new challenges, spending time in nature, and being around old and new friends is good for your mental health too. Don’t just take our word for it, find out what new members had to say about their experience:

Vicky Heyes, joined the Mountaineering Club of Bury, she says: “There’s plenty to get involved in – there's always someone doing something and they make you feel really welcome. Wellbeing is another thing – everyone is friendly and supportive, and doing physical activity makes you feel really healthy. It also helps build confidence; you achieve things and go places you never dreamed were possible.”

We asked other club members for their five top reasons to join a club, and they said:

 “It’s more fun spending your day out with others. And they can get great photos of you and your partner on climbs too.”

“As a new member I doubt that I’d have made the steps to climb outside without the support of the club.”

“Many clubs have a membership fee which is less than the BMC Individual Membership fee so you get all the benefits of being in a club plus BMC membership at a cut price!”

Did we mention that when you join a BMC affiliated climbing or mountaineering club, you also become a member of the BMC? Which means you’ll have access to discounts with some of the best outdoor gear retailers in the UK, access to BMC travel insurance, and third party liability cover to protect you in case you’re involved in a mountain accident.

Summit of Großvenediger, Rucksack Club Alpine Meet. Photo Ray Grover

Start Your Adventure!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to take the next step and join a club! Clubs have a calendar of regular planned meets, so you can always see what’s going on, and with around 300 BMC affiliated climbing, hill walking and mountaineering clubs in England and Wales, there’s sure to be something to suit your interests. There are two easy ways to find a club near you - use our map to search by postcode or town, or go to our searchable list of BMC-affiliated clubs.

Find me a club!


We’re making it easy for you to connect with friendly climbing and walking clubs in your area. Fast friends and fun-filled weekends guaranteed. Take a look at our latest project: Find Your Adventure. 

Take the next step

📧 Sign up for our regular Find Your Adventure email

We’ll send you an email every Monday for six weeks, taking you from finding a club, to your first meetup and even weekend away.

Find Your Adventure

📌 Locate a friendly club near you and get started

Can't wait?

Check out the articles in this six-part series:

🥾 It's time to find your adventure

⛰️ Let's find you a club to join

🥾 Your first visit

⛰️ Learning and skills

🥾 Ready to head to the mountains

⛰️ Start your adventure


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