Mountaineering exhibition

Historic photographs giving a unique glimpse into the lives of recreational climbers and campers feature in a new exhibition.

Monday, 15th July 2019, 08:42 am
Updated Thursday, 18th July 2019, 16:15 pm
At a camp on Ben Nevis 1934. Copyright The Camping and Caravanning Club.jpg

The mountaineering exhibition by The Camping and Caravanning Club features never before seen photographs from the 1930s.

The exhibition – called ‘Climbing, Camping and the Club’ – features 35 black and white photographs taken by members of the Club’s Mountaineering Section, as it was then known.

In total, the collection consists of 18 albums spanning 1932 to 1984, containing 2,196 photographs, most of which include captions detailing the location, year and often the people featured in them.

A Club member climbs Arolla, 1937. Copyright The Camping and Caravanning Club.jpg

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The exhibition ran from June 25 to July 9 at Castleton Visitor Centre in the Peak District National Park, before moving to Plas y Brenin – National Outdoor Centre in the Snowdonia National Park where it will run until August 8.

Simon McGrath, of The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “The albums were recently ‘rediscovered’ in the Club’s archives and we wanted to share these wonderful photographs for the first time publicly because they give us a fascinating insight into the lives of early recreational climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.

“The photographs show us how and where they camped, and what equipment they used. They also give us a glimpse into the camaraderie of the campsite for these early members of the Club.”

The Club’s Mountaineering Section was formed in 1932 at its inaugural meeting in Edale, in the Peak District. It later changed its name to the Mountain Activity Section in 1987 and is still an active group within the Club today whose members enjoy walking and cycling.

Climbing, Camping and the Club exhibition poster.jpg

Ms Terry Tasker, Chair of the Mountain Heritage Trust, said: “A different aspect to British mountaineering has been shown through newly discovered historic photograph albums, which re-live the memories and authenticate the past, embodying the wider focus of what the Mountain Heritage Trust is about. They depict a different facet of climbing that was parallel to the early pioneer Alpine and Himalayan climbers from the 1930s through to 1984 and particularly demonstrate some early women climbers.

“We have been given a wonderful chance to examine never before seen photographs of these early climbs by The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Mountaineering Section members.”