FMC’s objectives are to promote:
- our clubs’ activities
- training and safe use of the backcountry
- the preservation and sound management of our back country
We also work to protect rights of access to the countryside.
Our member clubs range from single interest groups to large alpine and tramping clubs whose members go tramping, mountaineering, skiing, canoeing, mountainbiking, hunting and walking. They are based in cities and small towns, from Whangarei to Invercargill. Clubs range in size from 10 – 20 members, to clubs with over 1000 members.
All club members receive our Bulletin and the FMC discount card for travel, accommodation, and discounts at some retailers.
FMC publishes the FMC Bulletin, a quarterly magazine of news, views, philosophy and information which is distributed free to affiliated club members, schools and Individual Supporters. Read more about the Bulletin.
FMC encourages people to join through one of our member clubs but those who do not wish to join a member club but support the aims of the FMC can join the FMC as an individual supporter and receive the Bulletin and a discount card. Go to: Join FMC.
Schools & Youth Organisations
FMC invites schools active in teaching Outdoor Recreation, Youth Organisations and other like minded organisations to join as Associate members thereby adding their weight to our advocacy work. Schools which join will receive Bulletins and Discount cards for students doing Unit Standards in Outdoor Recreation. Go to the Schools Page for more details.
FMC is run by its Executive elected by clubs at the AGM each year. Executive members must be members of affiliated clubs.
FMC has a proud history. It was founded in 1931 and has worked tirelessly in the interests of trampers and climbers for 80 years. The FMC liases directly with other NGO’s, Government Departments and Politicians whenever required. FMC used to be the sole body organising training in the outdoors and Search and Rescue but in the past 80 years FMC has been instrumental in bringing into creation the Mountain Safety Council and later NZ LandSAR.