We are an active and friendly club of around 160 members, based on the Fylde Coast, Lancashire. We offer a warm welcome to walkers, climbers and mountaineers of all abilities, who share our enthusiasm for the outdoors.

If you would like to find out more, please explore the rest of the website, come along to one of our meets, including winter social meets in Poulton-le-Fylde.

You can contact us here or find us on Facebook here.

The club meets regularly most weekends throughout the summer and winter months at venues aroundΒ the UKΒ and at the Club’s two huts, both of which are situated in the English Lake District.

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Christine Fry club editor catching the moment’s at the club dinner ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago
Christine Fry club editor catching the moment’s at the club dinner

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Did she behave herself this time 🀣

What a beautiful picture of a dear friend.. Xx 😘

FMC Evening Climbing tonight!

PrestonWall

All welcome! Please let folks know if you're going on here or on the WhatsApp, so they have someone to climb with. And don't forget they shut at 9pm!
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2 days ago

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I won't be there tonight 😭

A bit jaded and slightly hungover today - not too much - just enough to know we had a great evening at the FMC Annual Dinner
Thanks for organising it Tony
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5 days ago
A bit jaded and slightly hungover today - not too much - just enough to know we had a great evening at the FMC Annual Dinner
Thanks for organising it Tony

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Yep it was a super night.........πŸ‘πŸ‘

Aye! Great night! No hangover here!πŸ˜‰

Great venue lovely food great to meet up with everyone and chat!!πŸ˜ƒThanks Tony for organizing it.

Agreed great night and nice to catch up with lots of folk

Hi, I'm a new trial FMC member and heading to the new Lancaster wall this evening 6.30 ish. If anyone is around let me know. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes, tonight's the night! FMC Club Dinner! ... See MoreSee Less

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FMC Evening Climbing tonight!

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All welcome! Don't forget it shuts at 9pm, so get there early! Let folks know you're going on here or on the WhatsApp!
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1 week ago

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I'll be there tonight!πŸ˜‰

I'll be there

And me and my boys! πŸ˜‰

A spot of bouldering

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Great day with a team of 13 down Notts 2.
Thanks to Stephen for organising it and Kathryn for feeding us all afterwards.
Happy days
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2 weeks ago
Great day with a team of 13 down Notts 2.
Thanks to Stephen for organising it and Kathryn for feeding us all afterwards. 
Happy days

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Looks like you had a fantastic time. next time for meπŸ˜ƒ

Good to see all those smiling faces. It looks like it was a good day. I'm glad our newest requit Donny joined in. I still don't fancy it.

Great photo in the evening sun as we enjoyed a rare civilised end to a caving trip! Thanks for organisation and hospitality to Stephen and Kathryn.

Nutters!πŸ˜‚

Great turn out, well done allπŸ‘πŸ˜

Are my eyes deceiving me, or is that Slow Nick on the left there?πŸ˜‚

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[Important] If you purchased a via ferrata lanyard in 2021, take the time to read the information in the link. Remember to pass the information on to those in your circle. #viaferrata
www.petzl.com/en/Sport/recalls/2021-11-15/SCORPIO-EASHOOK-LANYARD-RECALL
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2 weeks ago

FMC Caving meet today - Notts 2. Great to see so many folks coming along. Worth watching for the sunset at the end. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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great video πŸ™‚Just missing Mr and Mrs mad lol

Wow just watched the video. Maybe I'll join in.... Maybe

Great video, look like you had fun.

Nutters!πŸ˜‚

Great video though! Looks like caving is the most popular activity in the club at the moment!

Nice work Stephen Clark. Any chance of a still from the final sequence - walking off into the sunset? " . . and as the sun sinks slowly in the West . . . " as a thousand cowboy movies have ended.

Thanks Stephen Clark. Downloaded out of Dropbox now.

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FMC caving meet... the day after! ... See MoreSee Less

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FMC caving meet... the day after!Image attachment

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any excuse for powerwashing πŸ™‚

Where are the bodies?....

Ditto but only had a scrubber no power wash. Quite pleased with the way the yellow suit came out. Not up to Alan Blackburn standard but...

Ahhh. Now I remember why I gave up caving 😏

FMC Evening Climbing tonight!

PrestonWall

All welcome! Don't forget it shuts at 9pm! Please let folks know you're going on here or on the WhatsApp please!
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2 weeks ago

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I am a doubtful tonight! πŸ˜‰

Had hoped to make a rare appearance, but now getting my covid booster

Still laid up at the moment, hopefully will be able to make a social appearance at some point when I’m more mobile πŸ™‚

Working πŸ˜•

Tried out Lancaster bouldering wall this eve. Enjoyed it a lot 😊

Well set problems, more than enough to go at for all abilities. Similar review to what Craig has said previously. Venue is hard to find and the potholes in the industrial estate will test your suspension. Music was a bit meh. Didn't try the coffee as I trust Craig's review on that πŸ˜… I enjoyed using the app to log which routes you've attempted too.

Overall it's a thumbs up πŸ‘ I'll definitely be going back.
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2 weeks ago

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Andy Chambers , you don't go to the climbing wall to listen to the music!πŸ˜‚

Or drink coffeeπŸ˜‚

Andy, I agree though! Excellent wall with a great range of problems! We will be having an away meet there soon! I've been told I'll have to wash the van though! Filthy after just one visit!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I went with Luca on Sunday and thought it was very good. Just supervising so did not climb. The staff did say there is a plan for the roads to be improved and to give the area a makeover, it may take a couple of years though! I will have to bend my neighbours ear about that as he is a Lancaster councilor!

Is the bouldering wall at Stanley park Sports Centre still open? What about the normal climbing wall there? Is that still in use?

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**CAVING WEEKEND - 13/14th NOVEMBER**

We are running an FMC caving weekend in a couple of weeks time. All welcome. There has been less club caving happening during the pandemic and it would be great to get an active group out regularly again over the winter.

We will tailor exactly what we plan to do over the weekend based on who may interested in coming along. There are loads of options for easily accessible and impressive caves in the Dales. No specific experience necessary, it's basically just scrambling underground.

Rough plan would be to car share from Lancaster, head over to Ingleton/Kirkby Lonsdale for a breakfast brunch and then go caving locally in the Dales for a few hours. If we can get a few people coming along, we will knock up a hot pot dinner for tea at my house in Lancaster afterwards.

Please let me know if you think you want to come and which day(s) are best for you.
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4 weeks ago

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Have fun

I'll come for the breakfast and the hot pot supper!πŸ˜‚

Are geriatric ex cavers allowed?

Do people still use a miner's hat with a candle on it?

I would to get involved with this. I'm not a paying member as I have just found this group on Facebook after recently moving to Preston.

Was it Ogof Ffynnon Ddu we were in that time Paul Reid had to take over from our appointed expert guide to get us out after we'd executed a few ever decreasing circles Simon Fenna? πŸ˜‚

As they say, you should always try something once......I'll sign up....

So how many are we , there seems to b ea lot of interest, and more importantly where are we having breakfast?

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Some of those are surely imposters and don't look old at allπŸ€”

Models wanted! Tomorrow, between 12 noon and 5pm, we will be taking some publicity photos of our lovely new wall and we need a few models. In particular we need:- children aged 8-17 years; female climbers; older climbers. It will only take a few minutes of your time and will be in exchange for free entry/ coffees/ or a kids club session. Interested? Please DM us for details. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Does 36 class as older?! 😜

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3 weeks ago

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Probably the only true Owd Lag there! Barrie the Crook!

The Coledale on Saturday night.
Well done for bending our arms to come along Nobby Dale
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3 weeks ago
The Coledale on Saturday night. 
Well done for bending our arms to come along Nobby Dale

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Twas a great night! Cheers all!πŸ˜€

Beer with an absolute legend! Johnny Lockley! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
Beer with an absolute legend! Johnny Lockley!

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Brilliant! Not the most flattering pic of Mr L, but yeah, it’s him. Love to see him again. And you, of course, young Nob…..

You’re missing a brilliant Stout Wars event all across the Auld Grey town tonight mate, you not coming over…?

"Owd Lags" meet, 5th/6th November, Stair Hut

Owd Lags roughly translates to old boys/Nobs. As the majority of us are now the wrong side of 50, that means MOST of you! Gordon Heywood (Grey Leader) started the Owd Lags meets many years ago as a means for the senior members of the club, and their friends to keep in touch and the date was always fixed so they didn't forget! First full weekend in November. The meet usually involves a walk on the Saturday (some Owd Lags just used to like walking around the market and pubs of Keswick!), then a pub meal in the Coledale Inn, Braithwaite on Saturday evening, followed by much singing of folk songs and frivolity.

Sadly, the main perpetrators of the folk singing are no longer with us! So, its just banter and micky taking! Gordon made me promise to continue to run the meet once he had gone, so this is what I will do! The meet is open to all us blokes (Ladies have their own meets) who've been around for a few years, including any ex members and honorary non-members. So, lets have a good turnout this year, seeing as though we missed it last year!

Book with me via email, text or landline, pm me or just by commenting below!
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I will be there

Presumably some of the young lags would be taking kids to bonfires....

Yes I will be there.

I'll be there

Our numbers are steadily increasing! Any more for any more?

So according to Paul I can classify myself as a 'young lag' as I will be taking my son to a bonfire ! Not sure I am ready to classify myself as an old lag yet. Have a Gudun

Swinside tomorrow (Friday) evening?

The table in the Coledale is booked for 7pm on Saturday night! See you all up there, either tonight, or tomorrow!

Have a great time all. I would really have liked to be there but the band I play in have a gig on Saturday night and I'm bound to be knackered on Sunday.

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FMC Evening Climbing - Tonight!

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Don't forget, it shuts at 9pm, so get there early! Let folks know you're going on here or on the WhatsApp! All welcome!
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3 weeks ago

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I should be there tonight!πŸ˜‰

I'll be there 6ish

Il be coming along, it's my first time meeting you all πŸ–οΈ

Working, so can’t make it…again

Me too; with my boys! 😁

Was determined to come this week but we still have our house guest and he jumped on my lap and said "please don't leave me on my own".

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Now where in the World am I? In (for me) uncharted waters, that's where! ... See MoreSee Less

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Now where in the World am I? In (for me) uncharted waters, thats where!

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Are you being photographed for promotional material? I, for one, would buy a #Lancasterwall mug with your mug on it.

Did you get in through the back of a wardrobe?

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Geoff  at the summit of Cat Bell

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A worthy Fell Race winner, along with the other two??

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4 weeks ago

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You were lucky to see the deer!

smashing photos

They were lucky not to see us??

Hey, I'm the cover star of the latest FMC magazine! How exciting is that?

We didn't know the name or location of the route, but on seeing it enlarged, I can reveal that it is "Oktobermonde", 6c+ at Palionosis Bay, Kalymnos. It wasn't in the guide and I wasn't aware of the grade! It has since appeared on UKC logbooks. I just tried it out of interest and managed a clean ascent. It's pulling on razors!
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Hey, Im the cover star of the latest FMC magazine! How exciting is that?

We didnt know the name or location of the route, but on seeing it enlarged, I can reveal that it is Oktobermonde, 6c+ at Palionosis Bay, Kalymnos. It wasnt in the guide and I wasnt aware of the grade! It has since appeared on UKC logbooks. I just tried it out of interest and managed a clean ascent. Its pulling on razors!

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Awesome.! Looks a little bum twitchy.?

Remember you doing it. What a great route for you Martin!!!πŸ˜€

Looks tough - crimpfest?

Nice πŸ‘πŸΌ

Coz yer a bloody good climber nob..........well deserved πŸ‘

Followed you up it. Glad it was you who lead it. Was bloody sharp

You deserve to be on it Martin-you have belonged to the club for years and you are a ruddy good climber! I remember watching you and it looked soo hard-I had to take piccys! Yes remember you too Tony! I think the photo shows just how hard climbing can be!

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Very, very wet in the lakes, in fact major floods so decided to occupy ourselves doing the finishing touches to the hut. Just needs a lacquer next weekend. Used old cuttings from climbing magazines from decades ago. To be fair Liz’s idea. ... See MoreSee Less

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Very, very wet in the lakes, in fact major floods so decided to occupy ourselves doing the finishing touches to the hut. Just needs a lacquer next weekend. Used old cuttings from climbing magazines from decades ago. To be fair Liz’s idea.

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Is that in case the toilet paper runs out?

looks great

Fantastic idea!

Have got a load of old OS maps if you want to do similar in another room

Love it, great idea!

Great idea. I hope you've included the front cover of May 1976 Climber&Rambler mag? πŸ˜‰

Is there any rampant 70's sexism in there? 😜

Nice to see the Alpine Centre - centre stage so to speak. Fond memories of time spent in there ( the shop that is not the toilet).

That's great what a good idea but I hope nobody is going to hog the bog!

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Next Saturday is the Fell Race & Curry meet at Stair. This is a light hearted handicapped affair and all pare welcome. Please let me know by Tuesday at the latest if you are coming as I need to sort out the food. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jill and I are coming look forward to seeing you all and halving my time.

I'll be there 😁

Ill be there

Count Liz and I in. We’ll be coming up Saturday morning though.

Yes. Hopefully for all day Saturday. Lift from Lancaster for anyone who wants one.

What time do we intend the race to finish? Just having an internal logistics argument since the Tardis has gone in for servicing... πŸ™„

We’re now planning on heading up for Friday night😁

Me n Carol coming up Saturday - "might stay over" but will be there for curry. Thanks David

Sorry folks, not this year. I know you will miss my blistering pace around the circuit!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Fell race cancelled due to adverse weather conditions

Is anyone going up anyway?

If anybody wants to do the race virtually, it's 6.1km with 389m of ascent πŸ™‚

We will be doing the Catbell route tomorrow. We will buy a curry from Booths. Conditions look okay now.

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I think ITV failed to research how to Abseil. How not to use a figure 8 Emmerdale ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
I think ITV failed to research how to Abseil. How not to use a figure 8 Emmerdale

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That's how I always use one. "Maybe" that's where I've been going wrong

Last time I used a figure of 8, I had to stop halfway down and wrap the rope round my leg several times! Way too slick! It was at Mother Scarys!

A long time ago I thought I would try a classic abseil. With hindsight from the top of Goat Crag after doing Bitter Oasis was not my best idea, good job I was wearing sturdy trousers

Emmerdale figure 8 gives zero friction. They have just passed the rope through the big hole

I have done many classic abseil in winter just knowing the technique is so useful

Certainly a novel use of a fig 8

Anyway, none of you should be watching such tosh on TV!πŸ˜‚

I just love Emmerdale ❀🀣!

They probably lowered her on a top rope and then someone who does not understand how the thing works CGIed it in afterwards.

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