WHAT IS THE GENTIAN MOUNTAINEERING CLUB?
The Club was founded
in 1974 and is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council. It was originally
started by George Watkins, a member of the Stroud Ramblers. Since then it has
grown to be a national club, with members from all over Britain (and one or two
from further afield). We currently have 60+ members.
"arrange social activities to promote good fellowship amongst the members"
The Gentian is a blue, alpine flower that grows only in the high mountains. A very appropriate emblem for a mountaineering club.
The Club arranges a
programme of meets throughout the year. Most are weekend meets (Friday to
Sunday) but we also arrange some week long meets. We have meets in the Lake
District, Wales, the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. Normally there's a Scottish Winter
Week (February) and a Spring Bank Holiday meet. There is also an annual
backpacking meet. Members often organise overseas trips, to the Alps or
Himalayas for example, to which Club members are invited.
WHAT HAPPENS ON MEETS?
As well as the
outdoor activities, our Club prides itself on being very friendly and welcoming
to new members. A typical weekend starts with everyone arriving on Friday
evening, and members who arrive early often get together to cook a meal or eat
in a pub. Unlike many clubs we cater together and eat as a group. On Saturday
morning we all have breakfast together and members who have offered to lead
walks describe their plans. Members sign up for the walk, scramble or climb as
The Club is probably
best described as a "hard walking club". Most members are not in the
"super fit" category but we do have many strong hill walkers. We are not the Ramblers!!
Our purpose is to enjoy a good day on the hill. The routes vary in difficulty depending on
the location, who is leading and what the weather is like on the day.
Once you book on a meet you will get a sheet beforehand with information including directions, facilities at the accommodation and contact details of those attending. Members often share transport. Anyone using public transport can often be picked up at local train or bus stations.
COME ALONG TO A MEET
If you like the
sound of the Club we'd love to see you on a meet! For insurance purposes it is
necessary to join the Club to attend a meet. However, if you come along and
decide it's not for you, we will refund your membership fee.
HOW DO I JOIN?
That's easy! Just click HERE