What is it?
Mountaineering involves a combination of hill walking and scrambling as well as rock and ice
climbing in mountainous areas.
Britain is perfect for hill walking, you can explore beautiful scenery, visit new
places, and challenge yourself and it can be done with friends, family or
alone. The BMC offer and promote courses and information for new hill walkers,
or mountaineers, or people who want to develop their skills and confidence in
You don’t need to venture into the great outdoors to enjoy the thrill of climbing.
Around the country there are a number of indoor climbing centres which can
offer affordable access to a range of climbing experiences. (See Climbing section
for more details). The BMC also offer opportunities to try climbing outdoors
and develop your climbing skills.
Why is it good for me?
There are numerous benefits to mountaineering and all its related activities. Some of the key ones include:
- Improved general physical fitness
- Cardiovascular workout
- Fresh air in the great outdoors
- Improved personal confidence
- Team-building skills
How much does it cost?
This depends if you’re getting out independently, or you want to have some instruction. The cost of courses and instruction can vary. If you need specialist
equipment it can be quite expensive, but a great day out on the hills can be had for a minimal outlay of cost. You’ll need to budget for transport to get to a
suitable outdoor location. But once you’re there, the hills are free!
What equipment do I need?
The exact equipment needed will be specific to each environment and activity, the time of year and the weather conditions, but for basic hillwalking you will need:
- Sturdy footwear, such as boots
- Warm and waterproof clothing
- Food and fluids to maintain energy levels
- Map and compass
Never forget, the higher you ascend outdoors the more unpredictable the weather can be (the temperature can drop around 10˚C for every 1000m climbed) so you need to be prepared. Contact your local climbing centre for details.