Welcome to the Canterbury Mountaineering Club

Next Club Meeting:

Ski touring in the Caucasus mountains - Joe Harrison

Joe recently spent a year in the Republic of Georgia, a small country of 3.7 million people located in a region known as the Caucasus. Georgia is a nation of mountains – the largest and most well-known range being the Greater Caucasus, which runs like a backbone along the country’s northern border. Within this range are Georgia’s highest peaks (3 peaks over 5000 m and 11 over 4000 m), ski resorts, historic mountain villages and towers built as protection against invaders and raiders and some of the best ski terrain east of the European Alps.

Thursday 19 September - doors open 7:30pm, talk starts 8.00 pm

Upstairs at the Pioneer Leisure Centre, Lyttelton Street

CMC Photo Slideshow 2017

Upcoming events:

Club trips

28 September - Rolleston via Rome Ridge

Drive down Friday evening , stay at Kennedy Lodge and climb Saturday. Possible other adventures on the Sunday dependent on enthusiasm. A good option for those who have recently completed a CMC mountaineering course! Remember you will need to be self-sufficient (in other words confident enough to climb it on your own) and it will be weather dependent.


Thursday 19 September, 7.30 pm Pioneer Leisure Centre, Lyttelton Street

Ski touring in the Caucasus Mountains - Joe Harrison Joe recently spent a year in Georgia, which has peaks over 5000 m in the Greater Caucasus range.

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.