Eden Valley Mountaineering Club EVMC.co.uk

Eden Valley Mountaineering Club


Based in the Eden Valley, our mountaineering club, founded in 1974, has a history of trad climbing, sport climbing, fell walking, cycling and ski-touring. 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 and Group Updates

We have a public Facebook Group where members regularly post updates from their latest outings. Join the group to see more!

2 weeks ago

The club had a great day Sunday at our 'Wall to Crag' workshop. After climbing inside all winter this session was to introduce the novice climbers to rock and get the more experienced members reacquainted and hopefully all of us would learn some new tricks.We arrived bundled up in extra jackets but the cold wind soon eased and we started to bake in the sun. We split into our two groups - beginners and non-beginners. Beginner group then subdivided so there were 3-4 to and instructor. The beginners got introductions to equipment and practiced placing protection. The experienced group started with some belay building and lowering a second, then moved onto techniques for abseiling and helping novices to abseil. After a lunchtime sunbathe the afternoon session kicked off with setting up top ropes. We learned some tips and tricks for efficient multipitch and climbing as a 3 and use of guide plate style belay devices. Some of us managed to squeeze in a wee bit of climbing too, others continued to practice ropework. One top rope on the crack and hanging corner of Sandinista VS 5a, the other was further left on the buttress somewhere in the area of West Coast D to Argentina VS 5a. Rob and Trevor seemed to get a few lines done, as did Phil B and Dave H. John H managed to lead San Antonio, VS 5a, which he had unfished business with after retreating from mid height in 2019. Mid height being only about 3m up! Fred seconded with ease while wearing only one climbing shoe.It was a brilliant day, everyone got a lot out of it - climbing tricks and a sun tan! Huge thanks to everyone involved especially our fabulous instructors!We're ready to rock! 🧗 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Hi has anyone found a purple Grigi in Penrith wall last Friday? ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Do these glasses belong to anyone in the club. Rosie ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Anybody fancy a trip to Kendal Wall over the weekend? ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Gary Baum
Trying to make the most of the return to winter, Jane, Rona and I managed a circuit from Dockray, over Common Fell, Hartside, Stybarrow and Great Dodd. Poor visibility and not the most pleasant skiing conditions but a good adventure all the same. Heather and John were also out on Great Dodd....somewhere. ... 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.

Note that members attend at their own risk and their safety is not the responsibility of the meet coordinator.

Evening meet – Gowbarrow Boulders

Bouldering on the fellside above Aira Force

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Park east side of bridge – follow path under bridge and upstream to crag,
Venue to be decided by meet organiser according to weather forecast.,

Evening meet – Church Crag

Trad climbing - mainly easier grades

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Grid Reference: NY 305 227 Altitude: 240m Faces: East Approach: 5 mins A tiny quick-drying crag of excellent rock with good incut holds and natural protection which is ideal for beginners. The crag is situated in a lovely location with stunning views. There are some belay bolts in place on top of the crag. Park at St. John’s in the Vale Church and cross a stile into the field to the north. The crag is visible about 200 metres away. The crag is divided into two small buttresses by a left-slanting gully.,


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