South Wales Mountaineering Club

The South Wales Mountaineering Club was established in 1960 and aims to encourage interest in mountaineering in all its forms and to bring together like minded people interested in mountaineering. The club's activities range from mountaineering and rock climbing to scrambling and hill walking, catering for all level of experience including total beginners.

With approximately 150 members, we have branches in Cardiff and Swansea who meet regularly to climb indoors and out.

The club organises a number of meets to climbing areas throughout Britain and occasionally further afield. There are also a number of specialist introductory meets organised for those with little or no experience.

Membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over (7 - 17 for junior members). We are affiliated to the BMC.

The club operates regular weekly meets on Wednesday evenings, climbing at local crags during the summer and indoor climbing centres during the winter, and arranges a number of trips further afield throughout the year. Please see the meets page for further details.

Please click the links under "Site Navigation" for further information.

Cardiff (East) Weekly Meets

The East members meet every Wednesday through the summer to climb on local crags in South East Wales or the Wye Valley. Contact between members and notification of the chosen crag or crags being either available on the Bulletin Board or individually made known to members by text message. Please check with a member (not John Custance) before meeting at Asda. The meeting point at Asda is in the North West corner (nearest to the filling station) of the Asda car park, Coryton interchange (M4 junction 32), North Cardiff in time to leave at 18:00 to climb on local crags in South East Wales or the Wye Valley.

If this will be your first time with the club, are a non-member or a novice, please contact John Custance.

In winter we meet at the Boulders Climbing Centre in Cardiff or the Summit Centre in Trelewis each Wednesday from 19:00 onwards.

The East members are currently following their summer schedule.

Swansea (West) Weekly Meets

West members meet every Wednesday through the summer at the Mike Davies Leisure, 665/667 Gower Road, Upper Killay, SA2 7HE, at 17:30 to climb on Gower. If you cannot make 17:30, Joe Gallacher will wait till you arrive, please ring or text him on 07715366335

In winter we meet at the Dynamic Rock climbing centre in Clydach each Wednesday from 18:30 onwards.

The West members are currently following their summer schedule.

If this will be your first time with the club, are a non-member or a novice, please contact Tim Boothby.

Latest Club News

Meets Calendar for the year now up

We have a full calendar of meets now up. The usual new members days are coming up soon. Also there's trips to North Wales, Peak District, Lake District, Pembroke, Cornwall, Skye and much more. Full details on the link below. Also there will be posts on the BB about the meets when they're coming up.

New Members Day - 3 Cliffs Bay - 12th April

Everyone is welcome to New Members Day at 3 Cliffs Bay (Gower) 12 April 2014. This is my first organised meet so hopefully the details I am about to supply will ensure that everyone finds the meet, gets some good climbing in, new members have a great time and we dont drown.

29th March New Members Day - Box Bay

There is a New member day on the 29th March (weather permitting) meeting at Box Bay. This is for all the Newbies to try out their climbing skills on the beautiful sea cliffs. And for all the oldies to come and give a hand, give advice and generally introduce themselves and show people how awesome our SWMC club is . Please all book that date in your diary and "Be there or be square" and wish for sunshine.

This is our officially our first UK club outing/meet .
The plan is to meet at 08.30 AM at the top of the crag for a welcome briefing of the day and safety chat etc and then on to CLIMB.

AGM and Annual Dinner

The annual dinner has been arranged for this year. It is at The Pumphouse Swansea on the 22nd November 2013 and costs £20 per person. There is a menu on the forums.

The venue for AGM is the Deri Inn from 7 pm Wednesday 13th november.

Deri Inn, Heol-Y-Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6UH

If you have any thing you want adding to the agenda, please email

There are threads on the forums about both events.


The club has just had confirmation from HMRC that the club has been successful in our application for Community Amateur Spots Club (CASC) status.

If you want to know more, then there's lots of information here:

The main benefit is tax related, but there are a number of other benefits. The current committee and previous committees have put a lot of work in to get this status for the club, so we'd like to thank them for their hard work.