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.
CENTENARY ALE AVAILABLE Get our centenary ale here
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME – Expert or beginner – join us on any of listed meets at weekends, indoor climbing, walking, etc to suit your interests.
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.
100 YEARS OF THE GRITSTONE CLUB – The Club has a reputation for welcoming new members in the areas of rock climbing, hill walking, mountaineering and indoor climbing. In the early days of the club many new routes in Yorkshire and in the Lake District were done, including the classics Kipling Groove on Gimmer and Great Western at Almscliff. Hill Walking and long distance running plus Artic/Antarctic exploration have all been important parts of the our activities. Alpine, Himalayan, African and North American Mountaineering are also a key part of the Gritstone Club Tradition as well as early cave exploration. On indoor climbing we participated right from the beginnings in Leeds in the 1960s so we have a long and continuous involvement since those early times. Article links….
Some of the ideas being discussed for the centenary include meets and social events include Almscliff, the Lakes, Rylstone, caving, long walks and fell running events. Also a 100th Anniversary Journal is being worked on – contributions appreciated. We want to a good idea of numbers that are likely to attend the annual dinner so the committee will be in touch to ask your views. Check out the following:
1.The Committee, following various requests and discussions have decided to make available both digital and print versions of the members handbook
2.Following discussions at the AGM the Committee have agreed to support two air ambulance charities (The Yorkshire Air Ambulance & The Great Northern Air Ambulance) each receiving £5,500)
3.T-Shirts and hoodies are now available using our new logo – speak to Wayne
4. Huts usage update August 2021 see https://www.gritstoneclub.org.uk/huts-usage-updated-august-2021-restrictions-lifted/