Weekends away are the main activity of the club. Anyone interested in joining Ibex can try their first weekend trip without paying for membership.
Usually there are about 15-25 people on a weekend and we travel on Friday afternoon using a mixture of car shares and public transport. Club members help organise the walks and share the cooking duties. We usually split into two or three hiking groups depending on interest and experience.
Ibex meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm at the Kings Head, 13 Westmoreland St, London, W1G 8PJ. There is usually a mountain related presentation, talk or workshop. This is a chance to meet current members and and find out if the club is for you.
Next club night: Tue, 9th Apr 2019
Day walks are open to all members and prospective members. If you would like to come along, please just turn up on the day, there is no need to contact the organiser in advance.
Day walks are planned within a short rail journey of London. There are usually opportunities to save money on ticket costs by utilising GroupSave - 3-9 adults travelling together get 1/3 off, as long as they all travel together. Look out in the day walk information for rendez-vous times and locations to benefit from this.
A number of Ibex members climb regularly. If you are competent to climb unsupervised, you are welcome to join us at our monthly indoor climbing nights at the Castle (Stoke Newington), Westway (Latimer Grove) and The Arch (Stoke Newington).
Next climbing night: Fri, 29th Mar 2019
Club members also organise week trips in Scotland. Several club members have completed all the Munros. There may also be European trips.
It is the aim of the club to promote enjoyment of the mountains and a responsible attitude towards hill walking. Although the mountains are beautiful and provide great challenges, these areas can also be dangerous places.
The Club recognises and endorses the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) Participation Statement. You must read this before you take part in any Ibex activity and understand that you are responsible for your own safety:
"The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions."
A long time ago in the land of far away... actually in London in October 1984 a small group of friends who had met at one of London's multi-activity clubs decided to form their own mountaineering club. Their ambitions were modest in that they anticipated an eventual membership of around 80 to 100 people with the main remit being to maintain the friendly and hospitable atmosphere of their previous club. The aim was for the club to comprise of competent walkers, mountaineers and climbers who would welcome newcomers both on the mountain and in the social and culinary aspects in the evenings in a variety of huts and locations.
By the end of the first year the Ibex Mountaineering Club (the original name) had blossomed beyond expectations with membership eventually rising to over 200. New ambitions developed from this and extended to guided trips to the Alps, week holidays in Scotland as well as continuing with the staple fare of weekends away, monthly pub meets and presentations/slide shows.
In recent years members' main interests have been focused on mountain and hill walking, hence the current name of the club. Today the club continues to organise regular events and still provides a warm welcome to newcomers interested in roaming hills and mountains.