Eden Valley Mountaineering Club

Introduction

Based in the Eden Valley, our mountaineering club, founded in 1974, has a history of trad climbing, sport climbing, fell walking, cycling, ski-touring and much, much more. We are the club for all outdoor activity enthusiasts.

Eden Valley Mountaineering Club (EVMC) is based in Penrith and the Eden Valley. The club is active all year and puts you in touch with a wide range of like-minded individuals.

Join us and enjoy some great days out. Members are active in a wide range of fell and mountain-based pursuits, from ice climbing to sport climbing, fell walking, running, cycling, ski-touring. We organise a comprehensive range of activities which include: a weekly Wednesday evening climbing meet; monthly climbing meets; monthly scrambling / walking meets; weekends away to UK destinations; overseas trips; ad hoc meets; social events.

In the winter we are often found at the Eden Climbing Wall dreaming of the sun. Club members are out on the local crags every Wednesday evening in the summer.

New members are always welcome. To join us, get in touch via the Contact page, or apply for membership below


Latest News

We regularly update our Facebook page with the latest news and pictures of our adventures. Read the latest below, and like and follow us to see even more.

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Eden Valley Mountaineering Club

Eden Valley Mountaineering Club

Eden Valley MC is based in Penrith and its members share interests in a wide variety of outdoor activities. Details about joining may be found on the club's website at www.evmc.co.uk

We had what must be one of the best attended meets, ever, last night - at Kirkstone Buttress - what ! - where's that !!! Near the top of Kirkstone Pass.18 people turned out on a glorious night and did battle with this crag.Not a big crag but routes generally good - with a lovely weathered feel of mountains crag without a huge walk in.Details of the routes on the crag are available as a download on the FRCC website - www.frcc.co.uk in the Climbing section. ... See MoreSee Less
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Evening Meet at Swirl Crags - a goodly number went to the Upper Crag and a good selection of routes ascended with especially Belinda in full "song" on Ballet Mecanique.Meanwhile a small band went to Lower Swirl - possible initial reactions by those new to the crag of an overgrown boulder were banished with ascents of Frank and Burger. The "other one" was pleased to ascend Frank 37 years since first doing it with Dids and Chris and found it a "bit awkward" ! Burger's main challenge is in the middle area where a real thank God hold eventually saves the day ! Thanks to Dave and Ross for leading the way !Lovely location overlooking Thirlmere - but both crags are more than 10/15 minutes from the car park, mentioned in the guide ! ... See MoreSee Less
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Various members made their ways to Bram Crag Quarry, last night, some going to the top quarry and others to the Lower. There was a lot of wet rock but still areas to climb on. In the Lower Quarry - Nappyrash; Seconds Away; Forever Young and Marine Slab drew attention due to dry starts. I was interested in climbing Nappyrash, 31 years since I first climbed it - can't believe I did it onsight without bolts ! That's what new fatherhood was doing to me !! I remember getting a nut behind a flake in the prominent corner to the right of the third bolt - went back shortly afterwards to bolt the route and the flake had gone and now there is the clean corner.Takes a bit of getting used to the place and good to trust your feet - not good when it is wet though !!!Upper Quarry team climbed Slaying the Badger (I think) and one Lower Quarry team went up and repulsed by rather damp Blencathra Badger. Tales recalled in the White Horse Inn afterwards !It was also Kong Series Fell Race up (not down) Blencathra last night. Saw various bods in the pub including Martin Stone and Paul Cornforth. Paul looking as fit and as keen as ever. Winners time up Blencathra from the pub was 21mins - first lady (3rd overall) was 23mins !!Saw Harry Blenkinsop today who said he did a similar run from the car park along the road some years ago, with Duncan Overton, in about that time !!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Rosa Menendez from Lancaster University has contacted the BMC again to see if we could send out invite for BMC members (and others) to record sightings of the Mountain Ringlet butterfly in the Cumbrian Fells.Last year was a bit last minute, although we understand some extra sightings came in. The flight season of the butterfly is June to mid-July, peaking end of June, so we have more time this year!Attached are details for recording plus good quality image of the butterfly.Many thanks!SteveSteve CharlesBMC NW volunteer hill walking rep ... See MoreSee Less
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A small band (two of us) met up on a windy Brough Scar last night and decided to go in search of Helbeck Wood Quarry (last went here eons ago ! - in FRCC Eden Valley guide) - now seems to be access to the crag over a style to the right of the crag. Great looking rock and routes - just "a bit" of a walk !Returned back over Mount Ida and bluebells - great part of the world. ... See MoreSee Less
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The evening meet this evening was supposed to be at Falcon Crag - never really been too popular but with a bird ban on the crag then climbing there was a no-no !Problem also that the meet leader wasn't really on the ball and sent an email out today about the meet ! Various crags were banded about but no great enthusiasm - but Belinda raised idea of Carrock Fell with its bouldering; Snail Shell Crag and walking - so a "meet" was established. Ron arrived at 7.00pm to find Belinda's sole car duly parked and a telephone conversation found here on the top of Carrock Fell. Ron set of in "pursuit" via Recess Route and the right path to the rather windy summit - but (surprise, surprise) no Belinda. On the way down the message got through to Ron that Belinda was trying to rescue a sheep !! So down to the bottom - meet Belinda in the gathering dusk and back up to the sheep, which was positioned on a nice ledge (sans grass) but limited options to get off. The rescuers felts that in the circumstances best to leave the sheep for another day !So - not much climbing but an interesting evening !A bit of pre-warning - next week's evening meet is at Bram Crag Quarry !! ... See MoreSee Less
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Events Calendar

You can view our 3 next scheduled meets below. View the full events calendar to see what’s coming up. You can filter events by day meets, or evening meets, and search for specific locations.

Crag Lough

NY751677 Car park by Roman Wall. Peel Crag by Wall and Crag Lough 1km beyond.

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Day climbing meet

Day climbing meet. Venue to be decided by meet organiser according to weather forecast.

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Evening meet

Park on the side of the road before "No Traffic.." sign - then walk along to bridge over river.

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Gouther Crag, Swindale,

Gallery

View our full Gallery page to see some pictures from recent trips and outings.