What we're about

London's most exciting mountaineering group.

This is a group for anyone interested in walking, hiking, rock climbing, camping and anyone with a sense of adventure to experience the wonders of the British mountain environment in a relaxed, fun and safe manner.

Our purpose is simple: To provide access to the British mountain environment for all. Irrelevant of social, economic and cultural background and irrelevant of your mountain/hiking experience: All skill levels are welcome.

This group was started to offer more adventurous trips, with small groups, from London to all areas of the UK.

Summary of what to expect on City Mountaineering trips:

• All trips are lead by passionate, qualified and highly experienced mountaineers (Qualified Mountain Leaders and Climbing Instructors)

• All trips, unless otherwise stated, are fully inclusive of return travel, food, accommodation and guided hiking (all you have to do is turn up at the London meeting point and enjoy!)

• Small group sizes (maximum 8 people per trip), this enables:

• Best quality support

• Trip flexibility (to provide a true wilderness experience)

• Get to know your fellow mountaineers better than in larger groups

• Allow you to realise potential that you may never have thought possible

• Reduce the human impact on the natural environment

I have taken drastic steps in my personal living arrangements to ensure the price of trips as affordable as possible and a proportion of all money received for every trip is donated to (a) Wilderness conservation groups and (b) Mountain rescue teams. Formed almost entirely with volunteers, both groups rely on public donations to maintain their service, allowing us to enjoy this wonderful environment*

We look forward to exploring and sharing the Great British mountain environment with you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Winter Ascent of Snowdon

Euston Railway Station

£60.00

You may have climbed it in the summer, but an ascent of Snowdon in winter provides a unique and very different mountain experience, with snow and ice transforming it into one of the UK's most majestic mountains. To fully appreciate and enjoy a winter ascent, it is best to be properly prepared for the winter environment - with an early start, good crampon technique and the right equipment all helping to give a truly memorable mountain day. This trip is suitable for anyone, regardless of winter hiking experience - A Full day of winter skills tuition will be provided prior to attempting the hike to the highest point in England & Wales If you already have winter hiking experience, this day of tuition will be great to hone your skills and reacquaint yourself with the skills you've already learnt The itinerary will be as follows: Saturday: A full introduction to what we will be doing, a safety briefing, a kit check, a hike to the snow/ice line for an introduction to the winter environment, an introduction/revision of ice axe/cramponing skills and the style of mountaineering required for a winter ascent. Sunday: an early start, with the option of ascending using the path from Pen Y Pass via the Miners or PYG track, or the more challenging approaches via The Gribin and Bwlch Saethau or Crib Goch and Crib Y Ddsgyl, depending on experience, ability and weather conditions. -------------------------------------------------- Accommodation: We will be staying in a local hostel (dorm-style accommodation - although individual rooms can be booked for a premium) to ensure we are warm and comfortable in the evening. Your minimum kit list should be: - Base Layers - Fleece - Warm/Insulated Jacket - Hiking Trousers - Waterproof Jacket - Waterproof Trousers/Salopettes - Hat or Balaclava - Warm Ski Type Gloves/Mittens (A spare pair is also recommended in case one gets wet) - Warm Socks - Sturdy Hiking Boots - Ski Goggles - Sunglasses - Back Pack suitable for day hikes (30-35 litres) - Waterbottle and / or thermos flask - Headtorch - Personal medication ---------------------------------------------------- Cost: £315 for the entire weekend Included in the price: - Return travel from London - Technical equipment (ice axe, crampons and helmet) - Accommodation - Breakfast and Lunches - Guided hiking by experienced and qualified Mountain Leader Not included in the price: - Dinner and evening drinks in a local pub - Personal kit (I do have some spare kit for hire if you did not want to buy it) [Photos of last seasons trip can be seen here (https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/photos/27609873/)] Note: The weather and ground conditions will not be known until closer to the date and full winter conditions, whilst expected at this time of year, cannot be guaranteed. The trip will go ahead regardless of conditions (The only exception being if the prevailing weather is too dangerous e.g. Thunderstorms) To join us, simply RSVP and pay the non-refundable £60 deposit and we'll be in contact with more details --------------------------------------------------------- All City Mountaineering trips are compliant with the 1992 Package Travel regulations (including financial protection)

A practical introduction to Winter Mountaineering

Inverness airport

£100.00

Winter has arrived in the mountains, but that shouldn't stop you from venturing into the majestic winter wonderland - The transformation of the mountains needs to be seen to be believed! This weekend is a winter skills trip that will provide practical learning in the necessary skills required for mountain hiking in the winter (whether you are new to winter mountaineering, or just need to dust off the cobwebs, this practical trip will cover everything you need to know in order to stay as safe as possible in the mountains) Covered on the trip will be: - General Safety (pre-trip planning, in-trip planning and risk mitigating) - Weather awareness - Avalanche awareness - Winter navigation - Safe use of crampons and ice axe - Movement techniques on snow and ice - Ice Axe arrest (the use of you ice axe if you were to fall and slide down a slope - don't worry, this is done in a safe area and is a lot of fun! The specific location will be communicated closer to the time (to ensure we get the best ground and weather conditions for an enjoyable trip) - But will be in The Cairngorms National Park and will involve reaching one of the higher peaks in the area (depending on the groups desire) - The teaching happens while on the journey through the day... ---------------------------------------------- Note: I will already be in Scotland, so will pick you up from Inverness airport between 8pm and 10pm on Friday I will drop you off at Inverness airport at 4pm on Sunday Flights are currently £35 return - Book soon to take advantage of the cheap flights!! --------------------------------------------- The all-inclusive cost of this trip is just £315 and includes: - Transport and logistics from/to Inverness Airport (return flights from London are currently just £35) - 2 nights hostel accommodation - Breakfasts and lunches - Safety equipment (ice axe, crampons and helmet) - Instruction and guidance from a fully qualified and highly experienced Mountain Leader The price excludes: - Personal hiking kit - Drinks and pub dinner on Saturday and Sunday night --------------------------------------------------- Want to turn this into a week-long trip to extend your stay in Scotland? By joining this trip, you get 10% off the next trip (taking place immediately after this one! - A Monday to Friday winter adventure!) Midweek trip can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/events/252499884/ The total cost if you join us for a week is just £610 (including all logistical support in Scotland and accommodation)! Or, stick around for a full 9-days and get 20% off the midweek adventure by also joining us for the weekend after for a winter ascent of Ben Lomond! https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/events/252500005/ The total cost if you join us for a full 9-days is just £870 (including all logistical support in Scotland and accommodation)! --------------------------------------------------- To join us, simply RSVP and pay the non-refundable £100 deposit and we'll be in contact with more details --------------------------------------------------------- All City Mountaineering trips are compliant with the 1992 Package Travel regulations (including financial protection)

Winter hiking in The Scottish Highlands

Inverness airport

£100.00

Winter ascent of Scottish Mountains, Hiking up gullies usually inaccessible in summer AND a night wild camping! - This trip ticks almost all winter mountaineering boxes... No prior winter mountaineering experience is required and full instruction will be provided on the use of the equipment and the skills required to keep safe in the winter environment Rough Itinerary will be as follows (note: order of events may change based on weather conditions at the time): • Meet at Inverness Airport on Sunday (I can pick up from the airport at any time of the day), then drive to the Cairngorms National Park for a trip briefing before heading to bed - hostel accommodation • Monday: Drive to the Eastern Cairngorms and hike a short distance, along loch shores for an overnight wild camp • Tuesday: Ascend Lochnagar! - This could be directly over the plateau, or via one of the many gullys within the corrie of it's famous North Face and hike back to the bothy for a second night wild camping • Wednesday: Hike back to the minibus, via another gully to a local peak and drive back to Aviemore to rest and refuel - hostel accommodation • Thursday: An early start with a drive to the Western Highlands (Fort William/Glen Coe) to explore completely different scenery with rugged peaks and wild ridges in abundance - we will climb to the summit of at least one munro on this day - hostel accommodation • Friday: Another early start, reaching another munro peak before a scenic drive south to Glasgow for your drop off and return to London (drop off at either train station or airport - your choice) ------------------------------------------------------- Cost: The price for this week packed full everything that is 'winter mountaineering' is just £385 Note: This trip could be combined with "Introduction to Winter Mountaineering (https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/events/252499862/)" on the weekend prior, or "Winter ascent of Ben Lomond (https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/events/252500005/)" on the weekend after. 10% discount offered on this trip if you join one of the above. 20% discount offered on this trip if you join both of the above. ------------------------------------------------------- Included in the price will be: - All ground travel from Inverness, throughout the trip, dropping off at Glasgow - 5-nights accommodation - Food while on the mountain - Tuition and Guided hikes by an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader - Hire of all technical equipment while in the mountains Excluded from the price: - Transport to Inverness (flights currently £30, or bus currently £14) - Transport from Glasgow (flights currently £30, or train currently £50) - Food when away from the mountain (e.g. pub dinners) ------------------------------------------------------- Note: The weather and ground conditions will not be known until closer to the date and full winter conditions, whilst expected at this time of year, cannot be guaranteed. The trip will go ahead regardless of conditions (The only exception being if the prevailing weather is too dangerous e.g. Thunderstorms) To join us, simply RSVP and pay the non-refundable £100 deposit and we'll be in contact with more details --------------------------------------------------------- All City Mountaineering trips are compliant with the 1992 Package Travel regulations (including financial protection)

Winter Ascent of Ben Lomond

Glasgow - Edinburgh

£100.00

A winter weekend away from London to the beautiful Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park We will spend the weekend in cosy accommodation close to Loch Lomond itself and explore the local mountains in their cosy (or cold) winter jackets... This trip will include a winter ascent of Ben Lomond - The most southerly munro (mountain) in Scotland! To fully appreciate and enjoy a winter ascent, it is best to be properly prepared for the winter environment - with an early start, good crampon technique and the right equipment all helping to give a truly memorable mountain day. This trip is suitable for anyone, regardless of winter hiking experience - Winter skills tuition will be provided on our journey to the summit of this fantastic mountain with 360-degree, panoramic views of loch Lomond and the surrounding national park! If you already have winter hiking experience, this day of tuition will be great to hone your skills and reacquaint yourself with the skills you've already learnt ----- Itinerary: Saturday: A journey in the local area to a local summit which will include an introduction to the winter environment, an introduction/revision of ice axe/cramponing skills and the style of mountaineering required for a winter ascent. Sunday: an early start, to make the most of the day, we will make our way to the summit of Ben Lomond. The specific route we take will depend on experience, ability and weather conditions. Accommodation: We will be staying in a local hostel (dorm-style accommodation) to ensure we are warm and comfortable in the evening. Minimum kit list: - Base Layers - Fleece - Warm/Insulated Jacket - Hiking Trousers - Waterproof Jacket - Waterproof Trousers/Salopettes - Hat or Balaclava - Warm Ski Type Gloves/Mittens - Warm Socks - Sturdy Hiking Boots - Ski Goggles - Sunglasses - Back Pack suitable for day hikes (30-35 litres) - Waterbottle and/or thermos flask - Headtorch - Personal medication Cost: £315 for the entire weekend Included in the price: - All travel and logistical support in Scotland - Accommodation - Breakfast and Lunches - Guided hiking by experienced and qualified Mountain Leader - Technical equipment (ice axe, crampons and helmet) Not included in the price: - Return travel from London - Dinner and evening drinks in a local pub - Personal kit (I do have some spare kit for hire if you did not want to buy it) Note: The weather and ground conditions will not be known until closer to the date and full winter conditions, whilst expected at this time of year, cannot be guaranteed. The trip will go ahead regardless of conditions (The only exception being if the prevailing weather is too dangerous e.g. Thunderstorms) -------------------- Want to turn this into a week-long trip to extend your stay in Scotland? By joining this trip, you get 10% off the previous trip (taking place immediately before this one! - A Monday to Friday winter adventure!) https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/events/252499884/ The total cost if you join us for a week is just £610! Or, stick around for a full 9-days and get 20% off the midweek adventure by also joining us for the weekend before for a practical introduction to winter hiking! https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/events/252499862/ The total cost if you join us for a full 9-days is just £870 (including all logistical support in Scotland and accommodation)! ---------------------- To join us, simply RSVP and pay the non-refundable £100 deposit and we'll be in contact with more details ---------------------- All City Mountaineering trips are compliant with the 1992 Package Travel regulations (including financial protection)

Past events (155)

MicroAdventure: Brecon Beacons in a day

Pre-determined tube station

£95.00

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