THE GRITSTONE CLUB  was founded in 1922 to encourage pursuits of mountaineering, rock climbing, hill walking, potholing and skiing. Many of our members live near Leeds, Bradford, and other conurbations in our region so meeting for trips is easy. We hold regular weekend and mid week meets throughout the year, plus well positioned club huts in the Lake District and in the Yorkshire Dales. Regular meets internationally each year are also feature.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Expert or beginner – join us on any of listed meets at weekends, indoor climbing, walking, etc to suit your interests. Contact us.

THINKING OF CLIMBING OUTDOORS? – If you have progressed and started to develop your climbing skills indoors and are looking to take the next step into the great outdoors it would be really good to hear from you.  Here is Collection of articles on climbing background, equipment and skills for you to explore. We can help you understand the practical application, the joys, the freedom, and experience the true adventure and pleasure of climbing with friends and trusted partners.


This is the primary listing of meet reports, journal articles, etc. If you would like to see items included contact a member of the committee who will  be able to help. Full listing

  • Wind Turbines at Almscliff – response before 11th June - Your assistance needed. 2 x 48m high wind turbines are proposed very close to Almscliff Crag – something we cannot allow. Please place your objections ASAP following the instructions below. Every response counts. Cheers Mick          
  • Hot Rock 7 – 14 April 2015, Roquebrun, Languedoc - The climbing, the walking, the accommodation and the weather were spot on.
  • Peter Sugden – Obituary and Funeral - See link for obituary. His funeral will be held at Grenoside Crematorium, Sheffield, on Wednesday 4th February at 2:00 pm & afterwards at Cubley Hall, Penistone. Please let Andy Causer know if you are able to come.
  • 2015 Forthcoming Meets - Please see the Meets Calendar for details, and contact the coordinators if you are interested in taking part.
  • First Ascent on Hagshu - More than 20 years after first setting eyes on the peak & noting its potential objective, Mick Fowler & Paul Ramsden have succeeded on first ascent of north east face of Hagshu.
  • Paul Ramsden to attempt North face Kishtwar - Paul Ramsden will set off with Mick Fowler in mid-September to attempt first ascent of north face of Hagshu (6,515m) in East Kishtwar region of Indian Himalaya.

  • 27 November 2015Ribblehead booking - Gillian Travis + 5
  • 27 November 2015Party Meet
  • 02 December 2015Leeds Wall
  • 02 December 2015 19:30The Spring Rock, Norland
  • 05 December 2015Sunday Climbing - outdoors/ indoors to fit the weather
  • 09 December 2015Leeds Wall
  • 09 December 2015 19:30The Greyhound, Saxton
  • 11 December 2015Get ready for Xmas at the Smithy
  • 15 December 2015Walk
  • 15 December 2015Rocksack Club Smithy NIghts of 15,17,18,20
  • 16 December 2015Leeds Wall
  • 16 December 2015 17:30Myrtle Tavern, Meanwood
  • 17 December 2015Rucksack Club Smity
  • 20 December 2015Rucksack Club Smithy
  • 23 December 2015Leeds Wall
  • 23 December 2015 19:30The George, Cullingworth
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