about us

Clwb Dringo Porthmadog was established in 1953, the same year as Sherpa Tenzing and Sir Edmund Hillary climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, a truly memorable year in mountaineering terms. The origins of the club were partly in the existence of a thriving Scout Troop in Porthmadog, some of whose senior scouts had gained their Mountaineering Badge, or Climber Badge and as a result had become enthusiastic climbers and were keen to continue their mountaineering experience. Today this first young intake of Clwb Dringo are still active, two of whom are still rock climbing to a very respectable standard!

With this in mind, a few interested persons, which included Showell Styles, the acclaimed author and mountaineering guru met to discuss the formation of a mountaineering club. As a result of this discussion a first meeting was held in the Scout hut on the 25th February 1953 at which ten people were present; these pre-founder members are named in the Minute book as :

Showell Styles.
E Lloyd Evans.
Iorweth Jones.
Herbert Jones.
Dewi Jones.
Glyn Jones.
James Roberts.

In these early days when mountaineering was generally thought to be a rather reckless, irresponsible  pastime, it is encouraging to note that all of those listed were local, and quite respectable figures in the society, not really the type of person you would expect to behave irresponsibly by climbing mountains!

Following from this initial meeting a general meeting was held on March 19th 1953 in the Girl’s Club (in Snowdon Street?) A committee was elected : Miss G. Thomas; Miss J. Humphries; W.M.Richards; David E. Humphreys; H. Jones; and R.W.Trumper. The club rules were adopted and a subscription was fixed at 5/- for seniors and 2/6 for juniors. The name of the club Clwb Dringo Porthmadog was established (suggested by Dewi Jones, who is still on the committee)

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Nowadays Clwb Dringo Porthmadog still remains very active with
a full programme of outdoor and indoor meetings. The basis of the club is its fortnightly programme of walking and climbing meets in Snowdonia under the leadership of experienced club members. These events vary from gentle low level walks to more arduous high level mountain activities,which could involve rock climbing,
scrambling and snow and ice climbing.

Most of the active members of the club are local people and we are continually seeking to attract new members from the local community. The benefits of even gentle hill walking is well known and far better and cheaper than working out in a claustrophobic gym. Most people who work out in gyms find it difficult to keep it up for any length of time, whereas people who take part in mountain activities very often continue participating well into their old age.

In the winter the club has a monthly programme of indoor meetings where speakers are invited to present a talk on any mountain based topic. A library of mountain literature, guides and maps is also available on loan for members.

We welcome new members to the club, and also guests who are visiting the area are welcome to join our meets. For details on becoming a member, or if you are interested in joining one of our planned meets as a guest then please click on one the relevant links below.


Clwb Dringo members on the Nantlle ridge in the late fifties..
Clwb Dringo members on the
Nantlle ridge in the fifties.
Approaching Trum y Ddysgl from
the west..
Eddie Lloyd Evans on the cantilever on Glyder Fach
Eddie Lloyd Evans on the
Cantilever near the summit of Glyder Fach
Glanfor Williams seconding the first pitch  of Helsinki Wall at Tremadog.
Glanfor Williams seconding the
first pitch of Helsinki Wall
at Tremadog.
Jeremy Trumper bringing up his second up the second pitch of Hounds Head Buttress at Tramdog.
Peredur Lloyd bringing up
his second on the top pitch
of Hounds Head Buttress at