Welcome to the Canterbury Mountaineering Club

CMC huts and lodges are closed

In line with the government lockdown, the Canterbury Mountaineering Club advises its members not to go on outdoor pursuits in the mountains or on the crags while NZ is under Covid-19 lockdown. As such our lodges and huts are closed. It is unfair to place additional pressure on our emergency and medical services in case you have an accident. This is a time to show some restraint and social-mindedness and undertake safer recreational pursuits closer to home. The mountains and the crags will always be there after this.

George Gerard, CMC President

Next Club Meeting:

CMC Mountaineer of the Year 2019

Rose Pearson has been named the 2019 CMC NZ Mountaineer of the Year.

She will be giving this month's club night talk focusing on her recent winter-ish ascents in the New Zealand Southern Alps and Canadian Rockies, including the 2nd ascent of Pilgrim on the Sheila Face of Aoraki/Mt Cook with Reg Measures.

She will also touch on a few pipe-dreams for the future, and share a few 'bloopers' from trips that didn't quite go to plan!

Talk postponed until further notice - watch this space!

CMC Photo Slideshow 2017

Upcoming events:

All club trips & meetings are postponed until further notice.

We encourage all members to stay fit and healthy this Autumn in your local area.

The CMC was formed on the 10th April 1925 with a membership base of around 27 adventurers. Originally formed as a tramping club, outings on the Port Hills around Christchurch, and further afield to the foothills of Canterbury were the usual activity.

The original aims of the Club have been maintained ever since - the encouragement of a love for the mountains and nature, with increased facilities for enjoying the beauties that lie in the heart of the ranges.

CMC has built huts in the Arthurs Pass, Rakaia, and Mount Cook regions, and climbing and exploration in these areas have become very popular with members.

In the modern age, the CMC is a very active club for climbers - alpine, ice & mixed, sport and trad rock climbing, and other mountain adventure activities.

Monthly Meetings: We meet every third Thursday of the month 7:30pm at Pioneer Leisure Centre, upstairs for a social chat to other members, and a talk starting 8pm on some climbing / outdoors / conservation topic or trip, usually accompanied by slides or movies. Prospective members are most welcome to come to some meetings to find how the club works and the benefits.

Pioneer Centre location information: 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield: click here for a map of the location.