A club which brings together peaks and pints is marking its half century by hitting new heights.
Sunderland Mountaineering Club (SMC) is celebrating its 50th year with a host of events as it looks to bring in new members to secure its future for generations to come.
In addition to its regular climbing training sessions and excursions across Britain and locations further afield, including the Alps, the Himalayas and South America, its members also enjoy walking, biking and wild swimming.
As part of the club’s birthday celebrations, it has already help a trip to Hawskhead in the Lake District and held in a drop in session for those interested in signing up.
Anyone who wants to get a grip on the sport and try it out for themselves can join its Monday evening climbs, which are held at local climbing walls and crags.
An open night has already been held at Sunderland Climbing Centre in Southwick, with another event in the pipeline for September.
Members vary in age and ability and come from a wide range of backgrounds, we are brought together by our enthusiasm for the outdoors.Sunderland Mountaineering Club secretary Martin Ballantine
Martin Ballantine, club secretary, said: “We are a friendly, sociable club and our motto is ‘Hills by day, pubs by night’.
“Members vary in age and ability and come from a wide range of backgrounds, we are brought together by our enthusiasm for the outdoors.
“We are a friendly club whose activities centre around weekends away, usually in dedicated mountaineering huts.
“Some weekends are also spent camping, and we have use of a private campsite in the Lake District.
“Occasionally we have longer trips away or abroad.
“Some of the club also meet regularly at the Rosedene pub on Tuesday evenings from 9pm and we would be happy to meet any potential new members there.”
More details of the club, which has members aged from 20 to 80, can be found via its website www.sunderlandmountaineeringclub.org.uk or its Facebook page.
Anyone who would like to make contact can email email@example.com.