The Gwydyr Mountain Club is for people who like outside activities, principally in the mountains. These activities include mountain walking, scrambling, rock climbing both indoors and outdoors, and snow and ice climbing when available. Members also go mountain biking and coast walking.
We are a Wirral based club, despite the Welsh name, but we aso have members from Liverpool and other parts of the county. Our formal Club meetings are held in Birkenhead at Gallaghers Traditional Pub (see map). The Club owns a hut in Capel Curig (close to the Gwydyr forest) and also a self-catering cottage. Members pay an annual membership fee, which includes use of the club hut and discounts on bookings for our cottage as well as discounts at local outdoor shops and indoor climbing centres.
A meets program is compiled annually from members’ suggestions and covers the main hill and mountain areas of the UK and Ireland. The program is a mixture of day, weekend and longer visits, usually using shared private transport and based on either self-catering (often other club's huts) accommodation or camping. There are the regular meets at Capel Curig based on the Club hut and there are sometimes trips to the Alps and further afield .
In addition to our mountain activities, there is a strong social element to the Club. The Club meets at Gallaghers Traditional Club from 9.00 pm every Tuesday evening, which is an excellent way for those interested in our activities to meet us. Our monthly club weekends at our hut in Capel Curig are also a good way to meet people with similar interests, and there is always a great atmosphere if you do not object to a bit of banter with your friends. Prospective female members are very welcome, as we have a good number of women members, who would be happy to reassure you that this is a good club for both sexes.
If you would like further information about our Club, or are interested in joining us on one of our meets to see if this would be for you, please contact our Membership Secretary (Tom McEvoy), giving some idea of your interests, and Tom will be in touch with you. Alternatively just come down to Gallaghers any Tuesday and introduce yourself.
For more information about the Gwydyr Mountain Club and how to join our Wirral\Liverpool based mountaineering club we have put together a Frequently Asked Questions section (in .pdf format).
In September 2015 Anna organised a week's trip to Chamonix, where 16 of us stayed in a very smart skiing chalet for the astonishing low season price of £110 punds each (plus flights).
On the final day, 5 of us tried out paragliding from the Brevent cable car station, and the photo shows us all safely down together with our pilots (we were in tandem)
To celebrate the club's 50th anniversary in 2017, Roger organised an expedition to Sikkim in the Indian Himalayas.
The group photo was taken at over 4,000m on the approach towards Mt Kanchenchunga. Seven of the party then split off for an attempt to climb Mt Thinchinchang
For the last few year's Teresa has organised a meet in Scotland at the end of May, and these meets have been very popular. We have been to Torridon, Arran, Knoydart, Ullapool, Skye
The photo was taken in Torridon, where there are some really magnificent mountains.