Membership

Who are we?

Fell and Rock members share a love of mountains and a passion for the Lake District, as well as a wish to be part of a national club which offers camaraderie, social gatherings and numerous opportunities to meet other climbers/mountaineers. There’s also a range of membership benefits including well-maintained huts and cottages in the Lake District and Scotland, and a variety of special offers and discounts.

There is no such thing as an average Fell and Rock member. One glance at the FRCC guidebooks will tell you that we number some of the UK’s best and most experienced rock climbers among our membership. But our mountaineering credentials don’t end there; from mountain walking to fell running, ski touring and winter climbing, we pride ourselves on the wealth of experience our members bring.

Why join?

Join us and you’ll be part of one of the UK’s leading clubs for mountaineers and rock climbers and will be able to:

  • Access the best-located and maintained network of huts in the Lake District (5) and Scotland (2).
  • Use our three cottages in the Lake District for friends and family.
  • Spend time on the hill and in the huts with like-minded, experienced mountaineers and climbers.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in possibly the most extensive and varied meets programme of any mountaineering club. Our meets are held both in the UK and overseas.
  • Get discounts on FRCC guidebooks and in gear shops.
  • Have the chance to be part of a national club with a local feel.

What do we ask?

You don’t have to be an Olympian to join the FRCC. You also don’t need to have a Cumbrian postcode. Indeed, you don’t even need to know any other members before coming along to your first meet. What do we ask though is that you are completely comfortable with the following:

Mountain Walkers

  • You are self-reliant in the mountains in both winter and summer conditions.
  • You have the requisite fitness for long mountain days.
  • You don’t treat your compass as a fashion accessory.

Climbers

  • You are safe and competent at your chosen grade and are happy to morph from crag rat to mountain goat.

For every Tom, Dick, Harry and Harriet

  • You love huts as much as we do and pride yourself on helping to maintain and clean them.
  • You are a passionate mountaineer and you’re also an individual who treats fellow mountaineers and visitors to our huts with respect.
  • You have a love and passion for the Lake District. We have a proud Lake District heritage. All mountainous areas are amazing but it is the Lake District where the heart of the club beats.

How to join?

If you have read the previous sections and it sounds like a ‘match’, we’d love to hear from you. We are not a club for novices but we always welcome applications from experienced individuals who want to contribute to and enjoy a vibrant club atmosphere.

Please contact our Membership Secretary for an initial application form.

There are two levels of membership; associate and full membership. Associate membership is usually a 2-3 year membership which leads to full membership.

The route to associate membership can differ depending on whether you are completely new to the club or if you are a familiar face in FRCC huts and are active on the hill with full FRCC members. Whichever route you take, you will need a proposer and seconder who can vouch for your mountaineering skills and you as a potential club member. Either way, you will be given a very warm welcome, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Familiar FRCC Face

If you are already familiar with the club, our huts, and our ethos, we are thrilled that you wish to apply for associate membership. This is a simple procedure which requires you to have:

  • A proposer and seconder who have known you for some time, and can vouch for your abilities.
  • Four additional supporters with knowledge of your abilities and your suitability as a member.

Your proposer and seconder must be full members.

FRCC Newbie

Don’t know anyone? No problem! If you meet the membership criteria, you are free to book onto any meets. We will do our best to ensure that you will find people on the meets with whom you can have an enjoyable day in the mountains.
To apply for associate membership, you need to:

  • Attend a minimum of three meets.
  • Have a proposer and seconder who can vouch for your abilities and your suitability as a member.

Both proposer and seconder need to be full members.

Progression to full membership

With hut key in hand, the period of associate membership is the time when you will start to feel a sense of connection to the club. We encourage associate members to attend meets (including maintenance meets), make use of our huts and cottages, and introduce friends and family to our great club. It is your chance to shape the meets programme and develop potential climbing / mountaineering partnerships.

We encourage associate members to apply for full membership within three years.