History of LMC

The club was formed in 1974 by the participants in a mountain Leadership Certificate course held at a local centre, the participants wished to remain as a group to continue with mountaineering activities when the course ended. The membership quickly expanded to 30 and has remained in the region 25 - 40 ever since drawing members mainly from Longridge but including people from Preston, Garstang, Chipping and Clitheroe.

The clubs activities have changed in line with the member’s interests, aspirations and abilities. In effect the members have moulded the club into what it is today and the activities it can now offer to others. In the early days monthly activities would include a day meet arranged in the local fells and weekend trips to the Lakes or Wales, with accommodation either camping or in huts. This has now changed into local evening walks being held fortnightly during the summer with day meets on the first Sunday of each month throughout the year in the Lakes, Dales or occasional foray into Derbyshire or Wales.

In addition to the regular events, longer duration or more distant outings are organised by members and opened to the club. The activities indulged on those meets included all levels of walking and rock climbing as member’s inclinations and weather dictated. Whilst these outings still occur in the club, the activity now is mainly walking and the occurrence is less common.

Rock climbing meets were held one evening each week during the summer months weather permitting for the keen rock climbers to train on the local quarries and crags. This is still on offer to members who whish to take part however the general interest of members has tended to drift away from the rock climbing.

The Townley- Arms in Longridge was the original social base for the club and continued for several years. The events held there were centred around guest speakers, members slide shows, quizzes and details of future walks. The club social events are now more wide ranging and include a barbeque, a visit to Bowland Mountain rescue, biking adventures and a safari supper etc.

Communication within the club has changed with the times and as emails have become the accepted norm, club communication is now almost entirely by email apart from phones as events dictate.

The main ethos of the club has not changed since its inception, to bring together like-minded people to gain the benefits of club organisation and companionship while still being free to follow their own pursuit with the minimum of formality.

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