Check out the Calendar to see what events are happening in the CMC!
Any large groups expected at our base lodges Kennedy (Arthur’s Pass) and Wyn Irwin (Mt Cook Village) are shown on the calendar. We recommend checking the calendar before staying at the CMC lodges.
If you have any trip or event you want to open up to the club, please contact the Trips Officer with details about your event and it will be added to the calendar.
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.
Next Club Meeting
Dr Heather Purdie – Will Kennedy Memorial Lecture + CMC awards evening – November Club Night
For the 2023 Kennedy Lecture, Dr Heather Purdie (Associate Professor and glaciologist at the University of Canterbury and Mountaineer) will take us on a journey into the mountains explaining how glaciers work, what’s changing, and what future alpinism might look like in New Zealand in her talk titled “Darkening Peaks: The implications of thinning ice on alpine adventures”.
We’ll also be present the much anticipated CMC Mountaineer of the Year award and the Mahi Aroha (volunteer) awards!
Date: Thursday 23 November
Where: Pioneer Leisure Centre
Time: Arrive from 7pm. The talk will start at 7:30pm
First and Second Thursday of the month at 5pm – Mid Week Climbing and drinks at the pub. Location varies (see CMC Facebook Group).
16 December – Kennedy Lodge Working Bee
5-11 February – Lockwood Shelter Working Bee
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 Arthur’s Pass, Rakaia and Aoraki/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 7:00pm at Pioneer Recreation & Sports Centre, upstairs for a social chat to other members, and a talk starting 7.30pm 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.
Have you stayed in a CMC hut or lodge? Pay your hut fees here.