Due to the Coronavirus pandemic almost all the club's activities are currently in abeyance.
Up-to-date information on Coronavirus related restrictions on activities can be found at: Mountaineering Scotland Coronavirus information .
The impact on the club's activities is described at: JMCS news.
Edinburgh JMCS: about the club
The Edinburgh JMCS is an active climbing and mountaineering club, based mainly in and around Edinburgh, although we have members throughout the UK, and abroad. Our main purpose is to encourage mountaineering activities, in particular, by arranging meets and providing access to huts - see below for some general information, and the huts and meets pages for more details.
Members' activities centre around climbing, mountaineering and outdoor activities in general, and include:
- rock climbing - both traditional and sport
- winter climbing
- hill walking
- skiing - mainly cross-country and ski-touring
- mountain biking
- canoing and sea-kayaking
The club is affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland (formerly known as 'Mountaineering Council of Scotland').
There is some more general information about the club here on this page, and more details are scattered around the rest of the site - see the 'web site plan' below for a sort of index of where to look for things.
New members are welcome.
To find out more about the club
(including the annual subscription),
and how to join, see the
or email the
If you are thinking of joining, the best way to find out about us is to come along and meet us! Again, see the 'membership' page for how to do that.
We organise a
midweek climbing meet
each Wednesday evening throughout the year.
During the summer months we visit the local (and not so local) crags,
and in the winter we go to the local climbing walls
(on both Mondays and Wednesdays).
If the weather isn't good enough to go outdoors, or in the winter, members can typically be found at the EICA near Ratho on Monday or Wednesday evenings (or sometimes Alien Rock 1 but less often than we used to go).
We also have regular weekend meets to all parts of the UK, throughout the year.
In addition to the organised meets, members regularly visit most of the
other climbing venues in the UK, and destinations abroad, for summer and
For example, many members visit the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Dolomites,
Norway, France, Spain etc., and further afield.
Sports climbing at 'sun rock' (and fine wine) destinations is also remarkably popular.
For more of a flavour of these trips , see the members' trip reports.
The club has two huts in the highlands:
- The Cabin, in Balgowan, between Newtonmore and Laggan (near Aviemore);
- The Smiddy, in Dundonnell, near Ullapool.
These provide valuable accommodation in these areas for mountaineering and other activities. They are available to be booked by members, and can also be booked by non-members (and by non-mountaineers!) - see the huts page for more information.
JMCS members have access to the five SMC huts scattered throughout Scotland. The SMC considers the JMCS (all sections) to be a 'kindred club'. Specifically, this means that JMCS members can contact an SMC hut custodian directly, as individuals, to make a booking without going through the club secretary, or waiting for an official meet of the club to take place.
In addition, JMCS members can purchase an annual 'SMC Season Ticket', which gives access to all the SMC huts for the duration of the year without any further payment.
The club has reciprocal rights arrangements with the Fell and Rock and Oread clubs, giving JMCS members access to these clubs' huts (the Fell and Rock club obviously has a large number of huts in the Lake District, and two in Scotland, while the Oread has huts in both North Wales and Derbyshire).
Web site plan
Below is a summary of the other main pages on this site.
The main links below are at the top of all the web site pages - there are also subsidiary links (linking together closely related material) near the top of the left column of some pages, e.g., this one (or just below the header if viewing on a mobile phone).
● dates and details of forthcoming social and other events (for example, discount gear nights)
● midweek and weekend meets lists
(to get to the midweek meets see: directions to most local crags)
● a general list of the various club social events (for exact dates see news)
● more information about the club, and how to join
● how to pay the annual subscription
● how to update your contact details
● information about membership benefits, such as links with other climbing clubs, acess to huts, and discounts from various retailers
● information about the club huts
● past meets reports, trip reports, and newsletters
● some club history
● details of the club constitution and committee
● various topos for local, and not-so-local, crags
● various mountaineering-related links
for queries about joining (from potential new members);
for other queries about the club;
for queries or comments about the web site;
for queries about financial matters (e.g., subs).