What we're about

Welcome to Sheffield Mountaineering. We are a long established and very friendly group for people who enjoy exploring mountains and hills in the UK without being solely focused on rock climbing (although we do plenty of that too). Being based in Sheffield we take full advantage of the Peak District as well as making regular trips away to Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands
Our main activities include scrambling, rock climbing, winter climbing, hiking, caving, abseiling and indoor climbing. We cater for all levels of ability and experience so whether you’re a seasoned Alpinist, just a hill walker looking to move on to something a bit more adventurous or anything in between, you have come to the right place. All our outings take place under the guidance of an experienced mountain leader.
Membership of our group is absolutely free but at each of our outings we do accept voluntary donations of £1.00 per person towards our Meet Up web hosting fees. We do not wish to make any profit from our mission of facilitating mountain outings for like minded people under professional level guidance but if those benefiting from our activities can help out with our operating costs in some small way it is always very much appreciated.
Please see the notes below and hope to hear from you soon....

Important Notes:

This Meet Up group provides an informal means of meeting fellow mountain enthusiasts and enjoying what the great outdoors has to offer. Although there is always an element of knowledge sharing, it is not a Club or Training/Coaching group and therefore members of the group should not expect to receive any special training or instruction. While mountain safety is always our number one priority, at the end of the day as with any other voluntary activities, you remain responsible for your own Health, Safety and Well Being. For any of the Meet Up activities, please ensure you are comfortable with what you are doing and that you are fully informed of the risks. Any doubts at all then please ask. The group does not have any insurance and cannot accept responsibility for the actions of its members.

Please note the following BMC Participation Statement:
"The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are
activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these
activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for
their own actions and involvement."


Upcoming events (4+)

Professional Tuition and Guiding

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IMPORTANT: Ignore the stated dates, we can do this on any mutually convenient day from now onwards.

After numerous requests, I decided to offer my professionally qualified tuition and guidance to our members earlier this year. I have since run a number of successful sessions and received very good feedback. I am offering full day dedicated sessions on a one to one basis or for two or three people at a time. I can provide specialist tuition in all aspects of mountaineering, rock climbing, scrambling, rope work, abseiling, navigation, winter skills etc. Equally if there’s a particular route (scramble/climb) you’re keen to do but don’t want to attempt it alone, unguided or without a rope, I can take you up that route and safely back down.

Whether you’re a beginner, an improver or just in need of refreshing your skills, I’m here to help. I have got 30 years experience as a mountain leader and climbing instructor so you will be in good hands.

The rates for these full day sessions are:
£75 for one to one tuition/guiding
£100 (£50 per person) for two people
£120 (£40 per person) for a group of three
These prices apply for sessions in the Peak District. For days in Snowdonia or The Lakes, there will be an additional £30 per session (not per person) to help with my travel costs though we may be able to reduce this cost by car sharing.

Just let me know if you’re interested and we can discuss your personal requirements and convenient dates etc. You can post a comment below, send me a private message or talk to me face to face at any of our group meets.

Tryfan Scramble, Y Gully and Notch Arete

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Route: Y Gully and Notch Arete

Meet at: Tryfan car park on the A5 just West of Tryfan and Milestone Buttress and on the same side of the road. OS map reference SH663603. As an environmentally conscious group, we actively encourage car sharing. Further details of car sharing arrangements from Sheffield, Manchester and elsewhere will appear in the comments section nearer the time.

Y Gully and Notch Arete are recently discovered scramble lines that link up to form an exciting but relatively amenable new route up the imposing and spectacular West face of Tryfan. Notch Arete in particular is superb. In fact it’s one of the very best, throwing up continuous delicate moves on perfect slabby rock.

The full day will include a stiff 45 minute walk in from the car park, a Grade 2 scrambling ascent of Y Gully followed immediately by a Grade 3 scrambling ascent of Notch Arete, a continuation Grade 1 scramble over the upper reaches of the North ridge to the summit of Tryfan then a Grade 1 scrambling descent of the South Ridge to the col at Bwlch Tryfan from where we can either call it a day or, depending how everybody’s feeling, continue with a Grade 1 scrambling ascent of Glyder Fach via Bristly Ridge followed by a visit to the gravity defying Cantilever Stone and further interesting scrambling to the mountain’s main summit and the dramatic outcrop of Castell Y Gwynt then a Grade 1 scrambling descent of Y Gribin Ridge to take us back to the car park.

Photos of our the previous time we did this outing can be seen here:


Difficulty: Grade 3 scrambling. Notch Arete is given a Grade 2 in the guidebook but it feels more like a Grade 3. It’s not particularly hard but it is thin and committing. Once you’re on the route it’s inescapable and the difficulties are unavoidable. Then again, if you can do the crux move to access the arete, you’ll manage the rest of it just fine. For more information on scrambling grades see:


Experience Required: ***Some previous climbing or scrambling experience is strongly advised. If you want to participate but lack the required experience just come to a couple of our other scrambling/climbing meets first***

Duration: Approx. 8 km with height gain of approx. 600 metres including plenty scrambling! Estimated time 4 to 6 hours.

Ordnance Survey Map: OS 115 Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa 1:50,000 scale.

Guidebook: Scrambles in Snowdonia 2017 edition published by Cicerone Press.

As always, if everybody wants to contribute £1.00 towards our Meet Up site fees and other operating costs that will be great, thanks.

IMPORTANT: Safety is always our top priority on these events. As a result it may be that on the day I will decide that factors such as weather, conditions or other circumstances dictate that it is not safe to do the route as planned. This is rare but it can happen when you are dealing with the uncertainties of a mountain environment. While 95% or more of our outings go exactly to plan, I cannot guarantee that we will complete the route as described above. This is something you accept when you attend the event. I will not be pressured into risking my own and/or other peoples’ safety because somebody does not want to have had a wasted journey.

Climbing Evening at Burbage North

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Get your ropes oot, time to trad....
This week we're largely ditching the boulders & getting our ropes out to trad, although feel free to come along and boulder. Lovely location and plenty of grades for all.

Meet at: Upper Burbage Bridge car park

Parking: as above

What to bring:
Trad. - Climbing shoes, harness, belay plate, helmet, nut key & insect repellent. Bring any trad gear you've got (rope & all that expensive stuff)

Bouldering - Although this is mainly a trad meet feel free to boulder & bring your own stuff. /Climbing shoes, chalk, insect repellent. Bouldering mat if you have one.

Trad. - from Mod to the E rockers
Bouldering - 2 and upwards

Where's da rocks at: 👉 HERE

Extra info: Lists all the routes HERE

Scrambling and Hiking, Three Cloughs and The Trinnacle

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Route: Rimmon Pit Clough, Birchen Clough and Holme Clough

Meet at: Car Park on North side of A635 approx 6 miles West of Holmfirth town centre. OS map reference SE051063. Look out for twin wooden posts with red reflectors and chevrons at either side of the road. The car park is just on the right when you pass between the posts (from Manchester way the car park is on the left just beyond a large sign stating “Welcome to Kirklees").

This interesting and varied outing features three pleasant scrambles as well as a fantastic photo opportunity on top of a spectacular three pronged giant rock pinnacle known as The Trinnacle.

The full day will include a Grade 1 scrambling descent of Rimmon Pit Clough, an entertaining Grade 1 scrambling ascent of Birchen Clough, a short diversion to The Trinnacle with a few more easy scrambling moves to reach the top, a hike along the edge of Middle Edge Moss then a Grade 1 scrambling ascent of Holme Clough including an interesting waterfall pitch and a delicate slab before a moorland hike across Little Moss to return to the car park.

Photos of our previous outings to the Three Cloughs and Trinnacle can be seen here:




Difficulty: Grade 1 scrambling (suitable for beginners). For more information on scrambling grades see:


Experience Required: Some previous hiking/hillwalking experience would be beneficial along with a reasonable level of fitness and a sense of adventure.

Duration: Approx. 8 km with total height gain of approx. 400 metres. Estimated time 4 to 5 hours.

Ordnance Survey Map: OS 110 Sheffield & Huddersfield Landranger 1:50 000 Scale.

Guidebook: Scrambles in the Dark Peak published by Cicerone Press.

As always, if everybody wants to contribute £1.00 towards our Meet Up site fees and other operating costs that will be great, thanks.

Past events (829)

Snakes and Ladders Saturday, climbing Dinorwig Quarry Sunday

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