First, a few words about what the IMC is not. We are not a training organisation. We don’t provide courses for the general public. We don’t make profit from any training we organise for our members.

The IMC introductory sessions are not a replacement for formal training in mountaineering and rock-climbing, neither is it suitable for someone who has had no experience with climbing. Anyone looking for experience or professional training should contact a commercial training provider – a list is available on the  Mountaineering Ireland website

What we do as regards training is to help our members improve and update their skills by organising training activities throughout the year in response to expressions of interest among our members. The activities can be entirely in-house, provided by our more experienced members, or we can organise sessions with external professionals who have particular expertise.

New IMC members who want to be introduced to various aspects of climbing and mountaineering can take part in the annual New Members Programme, organised by our Training Officer, see details on the right.

If you have any question please contact the Training Officer at [email protected]


Training Blogs

The IMC Hut 2015


Mourne Mountains May 2015
IMC North Wales 2015
North Wales October 2015


The New Members Programme 2017

Every year the IMC runs introductory sessions for new members covering rock-climbing and mountain skills.

The program kicks off in April, see the  Guidelines for New members Programme 2017 for participant requirements and the schedule of events below

IMPORTANTThis year we are trialing a new programme which has entry requirements.

  • Must be paid-up Associate Members of the Club
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be healthy and free from any medical condition that would affect ability to climb safely
  • Must have both read and understood the MI Participation Statement: “Mountaineering Ireland 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 and involvement.”
  • Must have the basic belay skills and know how to safely tie on, this can be obtained through a climbing wall provider, on any of the club climbing wall evenings or demonstrated in the first climbing wall session.
  • Must have the minimum equipment specified. See Module1 (White) Required to Access Single-pitch Outdoor Sessions.
  • Must have signed a waiver before the start of the programme.
  • Tuesday18th April 8.00pmTeachers Club, Introductory presentation for new members
    Thursday Evening 20th April 6.30-10pmDublin Climbing Centre , Tying on to rope,Belay Skills, Knots&Hitches,

    Building two point Belays with Bolts ,

    Warmups, Fundamentals of Movement

    Saturday 22nd April 10.00am – 5pmNew Members: Introductory Day Dalkey Quarry
    Tuesday Evening#1 25th April From 5.00pmNew Members: Bullock Harbour ,Placement of Natural Anchors, Building Belays
    Thursday Evening#2 27th April From 5.00pmNew Members Programme : Introductory Evening, Dalkey Quarry
    Thursday Evening#3 4th May From 5.00pmNew Members: Introductory Evening, Dalkey Quarry
    Thursday Evening#4 11th May From 5.00pmNew Members: Introductory Evening, Dalkey Quarry
    Thursday Evening#5 18th May From 5.00pmNew Members: Introductory Evening, Dalkey Quarry
    Saturday-Sunday 20th-21 MayNew Members: Mourne Mts, MultiPitch Introduction ( QUB Hut)
    Saturday-Sunday 17th -18th JuneNew Members: Glendalough Weekend – IMC Hut Glendassan,

    MultiPitch Meet

    Saturday-Sunday 11th -12th NovNew Members: Glendalough Weekend – IMC Hut Glendassan, Mountain Skills

    The goal of the introductory sessions is to give climbing instruction as well as help new members to get to know others and build up some contacts that should help them get out and about this summer and beyond.

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    We have an initial meeting at the Teachers Club in Parnell Square. You do not have to be a member to come, however, please note you will have to have become a member of the club to take part in any of the outdoor sessions. Click the Join the IMC link for details.

    Please contact the Training Officer as soon as possible to put your name on the list, as we can only look after a certain number of people. To guarantee your place please join the club now (it costs the same amount) and you can take part in some of the ongoing activities.

    The Programme for 2017 includes: a session learning to belay at Dublin Climbing Centre, an all day climbing session in Dalkey Quarry, an evening in Bullock Harbour learning about building natural belays, plus four further evening sessions on consecutive Thursdays in Dalkey Quarry. Finally, the highlights of the programme are weekends away climbing single and multi-pitch routes in the Mourne Mountains and Glendalough in Wicklow.