Welcome to RAF Mountaineering Association
Founded in 1948 and the oldest of the 3 British Service mountaineering bodies, the Royal Air Force Mountaineering Association (RAFMA) is responsible to the RAF Sports Board for the sport of mountaineering within the Royal Air Force. RAFMA provides members with a variety of outdoor opportunities – hill walking, rock climbing, ski mountaineering, indoor climbing and meets in the Alps and Greater Ranges. The latest meets itinerary can be found on the Meets Page.
Participation Statement: RAFMA recognizes that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
RAFMA Peak Fest
September saw a weekend of glorious weather for the participants on Peak Fest. RAFMA was also host to 2 External Quality Auditors, who visit one of the meets once every 18 months as part of their safety and assurance checks.
The Friday night demonstrated that RAFMA is not all about climbing as Dave Tait delivered a stunning performance of the Tom Jones classic ‘Delilah’ accompanied by Marc Krajewski. The rest of the party quickly followed Dave’s lead and joined in singing along to Marcs marvellous guitar playing.
The following morning most of the groups headed to Stanage to make the most of the weather and climb on grit stone. Un-deterred by the persistent midges Roman Labisch and Andy England completed a number of challenging routes.
The Sunday could almost be classed as a heat wave with many of the group wishing they’d brought shorts. One of the groups found a midge free zone at Birchen Edge and spent the day enjoying the some of the best routes on offer.
Overall it was a highly enjoyable weekend, which gave the newly formed RAFMA choir plenty of practice ahead of the AGM in November.