Venturing outside can present problems if you have no regular partners to climb with. The BMC has over 350 affiliated clubs throughout the country ranging in size from over 1000 to under 10. Joining a club will give you access to a wealth of experienced people who can help develop your climbing skills. Some clubs offer introductory sessions and there is also the possibility of a pool of loan gear, shared travel, arranged trips at weekends and hut accommodation. All of which make getting started much easier.

A list of climbing clubs is available at, and a club near you can be easily located. All will welcome new members, but some are better equipped to cater for beginners and young people, so talk to them and find out before joining. There is guidance for BMC affiliated clubs on welcoming new members and introducing novices, as well as practical events such as seminars and lecture series.

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