Welcome to the Derwent Mountaineering Club (DMC). We are a club based in Matlock, Derbyshire with a wide range of outdoor interests including climbing, mountaineering, scrambling and walking. We have a diverse membership from around the Matlock area including Belper, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Derby. We have a range of experience from novice climbers, north face summiteers, alpinists and some just out for a walk and a range of ages from 20's to 70's and everything in between.

Our aim is simply to enjoy the outdoors, so why not join us and enjoy it too in a friendly and supportive club based on the edge of the Peak District in the Matlock area? We have a full programme of organised meets - weekends to North Wales and the Lake District, local day and evening meets, social events and trips further afield to the Alps and Scotland - and we regularly meet each other in between to climb or walk etc.

Find out more about our activities by following the links above. The activities section gives more details of these with examples of our recent exploits. Read our history in the magazine - Scramble - and have a look at our photo gallery.

If you would like to join the club, or just come and check us out you will find a membership form under the "Join DMC" link and some instructions as to how to do this.
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The club owns a number of climbing guide books ( some old, some new) for members to borrow.

The following events are coming up in February. Members make sure you book your place where required. If you are interested in attending one of the DMC events and are not a member, please contact the secretary Mike Dowsett for details on how you could try out one of our meets with a view to becoming a member. Also see the Diary page for a longer range list.


Wed 4th March - Climbing at Wirksworth climbing wall. 7pm

Wed 11th March - Night Navigation - Our last one for this winter, organised by Chris. Curbar Gap car park between 6 and 7pm.

Weekend 13th/14th March - Brackenclose , Wasdale, Lake District. This meet is now full.

Wed 18th March - Fright Night - time to hone those night climbing skills at Birchens Edge. Meet at Robin Hood carpark at 6pm to walk up to edge.

Sun 22nd March - Climbing at Curbar - Curbar in the woods area . Our first outdoor rock session of the year.

Wed 25th March - Members Slide Show - Temple Hotel 7.30 for 8pm start. Members turn to show of their digital images of trips/events they undertook last year.

Sunset from Ballaculish. February winter meet.
by Mike Dowsett

Have a look at the gallery for more photos from this and other events.