Who are we? The Club was founded over 30 years ago and it currently has about seventy members of many nationalities and aged from early twenties to early sixties, male and female, couples and singles. Members’ main interests include hill walking, trad and sport climbing (all grades up to E5), bouldering, alpine walking and climbing, ice climbing, winter mountaineering, via ferrata, and scrambling. Whatever your standard you are likely to find someone who matches it.
Club Trips Club trips are arranged by the committee for one weekend each month. The trip organiser will book a hut for accomodation during the winter months and select a campsite for trips in the warmer months. Information regarding the trips and details of how to book can be found on Club Events page and contained in the guide to trips document.
Social Evenings The club has an official ‘social evening’ four times a year. People come to eat, drink and share stories, discuss future trips or just to catch up with people they haven’t seen for a while. It is a great opportunity for people interested in the club to come along, say hi and ask whatever questions are on their mind. Some people wear MKMC t-shirts, but if you can’t spot a group of ‘mountaineering types’ then ask at the bar and they will point you in the right direction. Don’t worry about interrupting us if we are deep in conversation, we love to welcome new members and will be happy to stop and find out all about you!
A lot of members climb and can be found on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Big Rock Indoor Climbing Wall (Kingston, Milton Keynes MK10 0AG). People start climbing from about 6.30 and are often there until closing time. It is a very informal affair with some people climbing with a regular partner, whilst others just ‘rock up’ and see who is around. Many people wear MKMC T-shirts to be more visible to new members – if they are wearing one, they expect to be asked questions so please wait for a safe time to do so. That said, if you want to come along and talk to someone about the club then it is best to email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the committee members can make sure someone is available to stop what they are doing and make time for you. Some members will be sat having a brew around 8:30 so look for a gaggle of MKMC T-shirts. We have a social climb on the second Thursday of each month at Big Rock with a more organised tea/coffee/cake and chat around 8:30.
We are very interested in welcoming new members, but we are not able to train people to climb. Big Rock (MK), The Pinnacle (Northampton), and The XC (Hemel) run regular training courses, and we suggest that you gather your basic skills via that route. Once you are confident belaying someone on ‘top rope’ then we will try to match you up with someone of similar experience or climbing objectives for that night. If in doubt email email@example.com and we will do what we can to answer your questions before you come down to Big Rock.
What else do members do? Many club members have other active hobbies including skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, cycling (road and mountain), running and even hardcore gardening!
Why should you join the Milton Keynes Mountaineering Club?
Here are just a few reasons:
- You will belong to a group of like-minded people who enjoy adventure sports
- Regular organised trips to mountain and wilderness areas
- There is a pool of equipment available for members to borrow
- Discounts are available to MKMC members from a number of retailers
- Easy contact with all club members through club email system
- You will have the benefits of BMC membership
The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is the representative body for climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers. Through membership you will be supporting the work of the BMC in all aspects of the sport including the fields of access and conservation, climbing wall development, technical evaluation, training and international liaison. MKMC members benefit from:
- £10,000,000 personal liability insurance world wide.
- Summit magazine annually.
- The club can make use of other affiliated club huts.
- Reduced annual subscription to a number of outdoor magazines.
Want to Join? Subscription rates for 2020 are: £27.00, students £24.50 and those joining from 1st July onwards £13.50.
For further details of membership please send us a message using the contact form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, ask for us at Big Rock Climbing wall or, print out and fill in this membership form and bring it along to one of our regular meetings. You should also read the MKMC Constitution.