Joining the SMC

The Scottish Mountaineering Club is open to experienced and competent climbers and mountaineers, both men and women, who are able to demonstrate a commitment to climbing in Scotland, visible through meeting the criteria for membership. By becoming a member of the SMC, you will be part of a Club with a rich history going back to 1889 whose membership includes some of Scotland’s greatest climbers and mountaineers, past and present.

The SMC will fulfil its moral and legal obligations regarding equality, diversity and inclusion. If you are a woman and would like to discuss joining the SMC, contact Oonagh Thin at

Application Form and Notes for Proposers and Applicants

You can download an application form here and the associated notes for guidance here.

Please read the Notes carefully. Pay particular attention to the criteria for membership and the role of the Proposer. The only applications that will be considered are those submitted by a Proposer on behalf of someone wishing to join the Club. Use of the application form linked to above is mandatory.

SMC Aspirant Meet

The SMC organises an annual aspirant meet in August which offers plenty of rock climbing options. Aspirant meets are particularly aimed at people who don't know any or enough SMC members to support an application for membership. The aspirant meet is designed to enable anyone who is interested in joining the SMC to meet and climb with SMC members. Aspirants don't need to have all the membership requirements but are expected to be well on the way and should be able to second VS for the purposes of the meet. There is a communal meal on the Saturday night.

If you are interested in coming on the aspirant meet contact Alison Coull,


Below are a few questions people often have when it comes to joining the club. If you have any other questions please get in contact with us.