The Brecon Beacons Climbing & Mountaineering Club is a BMC affiliated club based in and around the Brecon Beacons, although some members live further afield. We are a friendly club which meets regularly for climbing and walking in the area, as well as farther afield. We are always keen to welcome new members, no matter what age, ability or level of experience, you will be assured of a warm welcome. All that is required is a love of the outdoors.
Events & Training
BBCMC and BMC Membership
You can join BBCMC at any time but the BMC memberships are done on a quarterly basis. As long as you have provided suitable information on your membership form, you will be enrolled during the next window and will receive your BMC magazine, membership and a wealth of discounts for shops and retailers all over the country that you can use. The remainder of the membership fee is used by BBCMC to fund deposits for trips, cover any shortfalls and general club administration.
As a BMC affiliated club we abide by the BMC rules including their participation statement below:
The BMC recognises that climbing 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.
In addition the club has a Constitution and Rules and risk assessments in place which all members should be aware of and abide by.
Email and Social Media
Your email address supplied on your membership form will be used for all email communications.
Club members are encouraged to join the BBCMC Facebook Group. Feel free to use this group to chat with other members organise trips and climbing meets.
In addition we have two Whats App groups which you can become members of where we organise ad-hoc climbing and walking meets – please remember to select these options on your membership form – you can always opt out at a later date.
Booking a Trip
All trips will be posted on the website and Facebook under ‘Events’. Also communication will be sent out by the Events team detailing the future trips. You can reply through email or use the relevant options on Facebook and Whats App.
Discussions surrounding the trip, routes, transport, meals etc will take place via Facebook or a specific Whats App group.
Attending a Trip
During a trip we will typically all join together for a group evening meal but you will need to make sure you provide your own breakfast, lunch and drink.
At the end of the trip everyone will normally settle the bill for shared food, drink and transport etc.
You may find that certain trips have people splitting off into numerous groups as people like to do their own thing, or the whole group may stick together for the day. If you are to take a different route from the group it is essential that people know what route you are taking and have contact details as well.
Payments are to be made online to the clubs account. All payments for trips, deposits, memberships etc will be to the following bank details:
HSBCSort Code: 40-08-04
Account Number: 21400320
The trip organiser will ask for a reference for the trip (eg Lakes2019) that we ask to be used for all associated payments to simplify the accounts process. When making a payment please email the trip organiser and also the Treasurer email (see above) to confirm your payment, how much and for which trip etc.
We try to keep the BBCMC website and BBCMC Facebook Page up to date and like to post trip reports. Your write up on a trip is always appreciated including great photos.
Running a Trip
About every 6 months, typically in spring and autumn, the Event Coordinator looks to ensure the calendar for the next 9 months is full. We welcome anyone who can offer their time and efforts to organising a club trip and bring something new to the club or take us to a location we have not been before.
Equipment & Experience
A comprehensive kit list is detailed below split into walking and climbing. If you are a seasoned outdoor enthusiast you would most probably have the majority if not all this equipment already! The items listed are the basic requirements to keep ourselves safe on the mountain or crag.
If you are short on experience or equipment, please raise this with the trip organiser and they will do their best to help you out. We like to support everyone where we can and quite often loan bits of equipment or offer guidance when out and about – we all have to start somewhere and learn and grow and you will find many of the clubs long standing members have a wealth of experience that you can tap into.
Essential Equipment (Walking)
- Walking boots.
- Walking socks
- Walking trousers or shorts – not jeans!
- Waterproof jacket and trousers.
- Insulation layer (jacket or jumper)
- Hat (to provide either sun or cold protection)
- Gloves or mittens – plus spares
- Wicking base layers
- Food, keep fuelled up, so pack a meal plus a few snacks
- Personal medication and first aid kit
- Water bottle or hydration system
- Rucksack, for most day trips, 30 litres is sufficient.
- Map and Compass, normally carried by the leader but useful to have your own
- Emergency shelter
Additions for Winter
- B1 or B2 Boots with matching crampons
- Ice axe
- Walking poles
- Snow goggles
- Sun glasses
- Head torch
Essential Equipment (Climbing)
- Climbing helmet
- Climbing harness
- Climbing shoes
- Belay device
- Climbing guide book*
- Personal climbing rack*
- Quick draws*
The items marked with a * are not essential for everyone to bring but a good supply is needed within the group!