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We are an active & friendly club for all ages and abilities. Our activities include walking, scrambling, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, winter and alpine mountaineering. We meet in the main bar of the Three Horseshoes, 12 Hatfield Road, Smallford, ST ALBANS, Hertfordshire AL4 0HP (Map), from 8.30pm on the last Tuesday of each month (Please contact a committee member through the contacts page beforehand so we can look out for you on the night).

We will next be at the Three Horseshoes, from 8.30pm onwards on the following dates {pubDate} .

Three Horseshoes
Three Horseshoes, Smallford, St Albans, Herts

Welcome to the Home page of the Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club, an active and friendly club for all ages and abilities, for walking, scrambling, mountain biking, climbing, and winter and alpine mountaineering.

Why not come and meet us, and have a chat in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, from 8.30pm onwards, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, at the Three Horseshoes Pub?

Hatfield Wall
Hatfield Climbing Wall, Herts Sports Village

Why not come climb with us, at Hatfield Wall, before enjoying a relaxed and friendly chat, just down the road, at the Three Horseshoes pub

We usually meet at the wall from 7.30pm onwards

Dow Crag, Lake District
Dow Crag, Lake District

Throughout the year, we visit some of the top UK destinations for climbing

Ghyll Scrambling
Ghyll Scrambling, Sour Milk Ghyll, Lakes

Almost every meet has scrambling possibilities to explore.

Hill Walking
Near Capel Curig, North Wales

We have a healthy core of hill walkers, so you'll always have someone to explore the hills with

Mountain Biking, Mid Wales
Mountain Biking, Trans Cambrian Way

You'll love some of the places we go mountain biking, how about joining us on our annual multi day ride?

Fiacaill Ridge, Coire an t'Sneachda, Scotland
Fiacaill Ridge, Coire an t'Sneachda, Scotland

We've had some fantastic winter trips these past few years, why not join us?

Winter Camping, Scotland
Winter Camping, on the way to Torridon

Fancy an adventure, winter camping, or bothy trip maybe? You can bet members in the club are hatching a plan.

Glacier Crossing, Gran Paradiso, Italy
Crossing a glacier early morning, Grand Paradiso, Italy

Come join us on our annual alpine trip, there's somethng for everyone, whether that is valley walks and cragging, alpine meadows or the high glaciated peaks.

Ski Touring
Ski Touring, Mt Blanc Region, Alps

It's hard work but the rewards are worth it.

We are a British mountaineering council (BMC) affiliated club, which gives you BMC member benefits including third part liability insurance. Presentation of your Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club membership card will give you a discount at Countryside, Cotswolds, Complete Outdoors and up to 10% off at most outdoor stores.

Potential members can find details of how to join. If you have any questions then please get in touch by visiting the contact page .


We visit a wide variety of top UK outdoor destinations throughout the year. The accommodation is usually in club huts, but occasionally bunk houses and youth hostels. Sometimes in summer we camp. We try and ensure there are options for walking, scrambling, mountain biking, climbing, and mountaineering. We also have overseas trips including a Summer Alpine trip, climbing trips and ski trips.

In recent years we have also organised trips to the Dolomites, Morocco, North America, and Nepal.

We also have some social events including the odd barbecue, party, local walks, quizzes, AGM, annual slide show, and the occasional interesting talk by an invited guest.

Please visit the Events page for a full calendar of forthcoming club events

Upcoming Events

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The Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club Forum is a place for connecting with fellow members and discussing everything and anything to do with the club.

If you just want to see the topics being discussed you can do that right now. But if you want to take part and start your own discussions or reply to others then you'll need to be registered which is free, and only requires your name( or nickname) and a valid email address.

See the FAQ link on the Forum page for more information.

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British Mountaineering Council

The club is affiliated to the BMC and all members are covered by their third party liability insurance and entitled to BMC member benefits.

The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.

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.

We support the BMC

Please visit the BMC Website for more information

BMC News

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CRUX is the official magazine of the Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club.  It is usually published 2 to 3 times a year and contains various articles about previous meets, people and other events. Some of the articles are slightly serious, others have been written light heartedly.  They give a flavour of the club over the past years.

Please visit the magazine page to download and read a selection of copies in pdf format


The club now has a selection of books, DVDs and other items available for club members to borrow. There are climbing and scrambling guides, educational books and DVDs, and a selection of entertaining books to choose from, all on a mountaineering theme.

Please visit the library page to see what's on offer and reserve an item

Member of the Year

The "Member of the the Year (MOTY)" is awarded on an annual basis, by the Chairman of the club. It is granted to the member, whom in the judgement of the Chairman, has made the greatest contribution in furthering the club interests, in the previous 12 months. It is usually presented at the annual dinner, and includes the handing over of the tankard. The tankard is engraved with the names of all winners. It is very much an honour to win this award.

Please visit the moty page to see the member of the year tankard and list of winners.

Ordnance Survey Mapping

We have a page for searching the latest Ordnance Survey mapping for postcodes, grid references, or locations. Once you have found your location you can click and drag or zoom the map from road mapping to 1:50,000 to street level detail.

Please visit the mapping page and explore a few familiar locations to get started

AGM Minutes

We post our Annual General Meeting minutes on the website. The latest Committee minutes are published via the club Forum to which you must be a registered member

To see the AGM minutes please visit the AGM Minutes page

A Brief History

The Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club was formed in 1958, by Peter Spence, together with Robin King, Geoff Clough, Herrick Thwaite, Reg Boot, Graham Brown and Graham Daniels. They originally met in Peter Spence's house in Shephall, Stevenage, but in 1960, moved to the Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage Old Town, where they were joined by Tim Farnell, Bob James and Ian Robinson. 

The first Annual dinner was held in the Roebuck, Stevenage, and shortly afterwards the club moved to the Station Hotel, Knebworth, where they were welcomed by Sam, the landlord. During the early sixties, Hugh Chapman, Richard Watts and Ian Borrowman joined the club.

To read more about the history of the club please visit our history page

Club Poster

You can get a copy of the club poster. Please put it up in a prominent place and let the Secretary know the location

It is in PDF format for which you will need a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader