50 years! The Castle Mountaineering Club celebrates its anniversary

The Castle Mountaineering Club is now in its 50th year. From local inns and renovated barns to Sheffield’s first climbing wall, look back on the history of Castle Mountaineering Club and learn about its program of events to celebrate its golden anniversary.

Formed in 1967 at the Castle Inn in Bradway, it soon moved to a renovated barn behind The Rising Sun on Abbey Lane, Parkhead. Club members undertook most of the conversion work themselves and the building features the first indoor climbing wall in Sheffield. The building was officially opened by Sir Jack Longland, climber, educator and broadcaster, in April 1971.

The Club has designed an extensive program of activities for its anniversary year, including a celebratory dinner in October for all current and past members. The Club is keen to hear from former members and further details can be found on the Club’s website. Members enjoy a range of activities throughout the year, including climbing, walking, cycling and mountaineering. In the winter, social events include lectures and a photography contest.


Club members climb at Tegness Pinnacle (near Froggatt). Photo: CMC

President Linda McLeish said, “It is a great privilege to serve as Club President in this very important year. There’s a lot to celebrate with a great history of exploration around the world. What has always united the members is their love of the great outdoors, whether it’s the countryside on our doorstep or adventures further afield, and sharing those experiences within them. Many lasting friendships have grown out of Club membership.

Over the years, Club members have climbed and mountaineered on every continent, including climbing Mount Everest, skiing to the South Pole, and scaling the highest peaks in North and South America. South. New escalations were established in Britain, Europe and other parts of the world.

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