Join the club for only £20!

The club is open to anyone above 18 years of age who has a basic competence in either hill walking or rock climbing.

Annual membership costs £35 per calendar year. You can join now for £20 for the second half of 2024.

To join the club first complete this application form. You will then be given the option to pay via PayPal which can be done using a credit or debit card. This will give you immediate access to the member benefits including being able to post on the forum. Alternative payment methods (cash, cheque or bank transfer) are available and the information for these is given after you have completed the application form.

If you have any questions about joining please get in touch with the Membership Secretary, Emma Warne, at

Membership Renewal

You can renew your membership by following this link, but you'll need to be logged in to access the page.

As you will see, the renewal page includes a form with the details that we currently hold about you. Please can you check your details before you renew to make sure they are correct. Payment is via bank transfer or through Paypal, but you don't need a Paypal account as you can use a debit/credit card instead. If you need the club's bank account details then get in touch via email or on WhatsApp.

If you haven’t yet logged in to the new site, you will need to reset your password by going to this link and either entering your username (if you can remember it) or the email address that you originally joined the club with. You will then receive an email containing your username and a new password. You’ll then be able to log in to the site and renew your membership, as well as checking the details we hold for you and choosing a new password.

Membership Benefits

  • Regular trips to upland areas of England, Scotland and Wales (and the odd trip abroad).
  • Regular email and WhatsApp communications to keep members informed of trips, events, and use of our club forum.
  • Affiliation to the BMC providing Civil Liability Insurance*
  • Affiliation to the Mountain Bothies Association
  • Access to the BMC Discount Scheme and discount at various outdoor stores with proof of current BMC or York Mountaineering Club membership.
  • Discounts at The Red Goat, Freeklime and the Climbing Centre, Harrogate when presenting a current membership card.

As well as affiliation to the organisations listed above, the club also makes some charitable donations each year. For 2024, the club will be donating money to Mountain Rescue England & Wales, and the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. In the past, we have also supported the John Muir Trust, and Share the Load.

* All members of York Mountaineering Club currently receive public liability insurance (download PDF). It is possible to upgrade to individual membership to the BMC for a reduced fee if you have paid your membership for York Mountaineering Club.

Data Protection

At York Mountaineering Club we take your privacy seriously and only use your personal information to administer your membership and provide you with membership benefits. We also register you with the BMC, which uses your personal data to provide you with access to its membership services and benefits. Please read our privacy notice and the BMC's privacy notice which set out how we use your data, who we share it with, how we keep it secure and your rights as a data subject.

Members should also read and understand the York MC Participation Statement and the BMC participation statement:

York Mountaineering Club Participation Statement

York Mountaineering Club welcomes all those with an interest in mountaineering, whether you are a relative beginner, already highly experienced, or somewhere in between. Perhaps you may have done a good deal of hill walking but wish to move on to winter mountaineering, or into rock climbing. We aim to ensure that our club is inclusive and welcoming to all existing and prospective members, and we try to create opportunities for members to improve their experience at all levels.

Whatever the activity, members are expected to be responsible for their own safety, and to contribute to the safety of others. If you are new to an activity, you are asked to gain experience in stages, to learn appropriate skills, and to understand any risks involved. This is because the Club is an association of friends rather than a training organisation or a commercial 'adventure provider'. For these reasons, some of our more 'serious' trips may only be suitable for people with a certain amount of previous experience, and those for whom the trip may be an appropriate next step. You should check this out with the event organiser.

The Club has a diverse membership and we are committed to inclusivity and equal opportunity. Meets and trips offer opportunities for socialising as well for climbing and mountaineering and, while lively debate and freedom of expression is encouraged, we want every member to feel included and welcomed when engaging with the club, both on and off the hill. We therefore expect all members to to demonstrate mutual concern, goodwill and respectful behaviour towards others. The Club is an adult environment, however, and the social element of trips is often not suitable for minors. It is for this reason that club membership, and attendance on club trips, is not open to under 18s.

BMC Participation Statement

The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking 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 and involvement.

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