Climbing and mountaineering are social activities that can support physical and mental health. The Climbing and Mountaineering club is an outgoing and lively club that welcomes climbers of all abilities. The club gives everyone the opportunity to gain valuable climbing and mountaineering skills, through weekly indoor sessions and lots of trips throughout the academic year.
Redpoint also do deals on student memberships, when these are available we will post on our social media.
Don't worry if you don't have any kit because the club has harnesses, helmets, belay devices etc that can be borrowed whenever you need for free, just ask a member of committee!
For the more experienced climber we have 2 complete TRAD climbing sets available to borrow, each in their own bag which has everything you need to get out on the rocks.
We run weekly climbing sessions where climbers of all abilities can learn new skills in a sociable setting with lots of friends. Beginners will learn skills such as how to belay and the foundations of how to climb. Those more experienced will also learn how to improve upon their skills and learn new techniques. These sessions take place every Wednesday afternoon at Redpoint Worcester. The sessions will from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, however many of our members will be there earlier and will be welcome for anyone to join them.
Socials are a great way to meet new friends at university as well as relax from the busyness of assignments and life. After every Wednesday climbing session there will be a social. These will often be themed, and we will end the night in Tramps night club. All the information for Wednesdays socials, including times, locations and themes will be posted in our Facebook group at least a week (but hopefully more) before the social. A social calendar will be pinned in the Facebook group and everyone will be made aware of any changes to the schedule.
Social aren't always about partying. We will be organising lots of sober socials throughout the year such as bowling, film nights and BBQ’s. This will also be posted on Facebook with all the relevant information at least a week in advance.
Our social secretary Charley will always be welcome to answer any questions, concerns or suggestions about socials throughout the year.
Some of the planned trips for this year include:
There will be many trips to other indoor climbing gyms and outdoor crags, such as Wyndcliffe Quarry as well as bouldering trips to the Peak district and Fontainebleau, France
There also trips to local climbing competitions and country wide university competitions for those who want to challenge themselves competitively.
Rigging Trip - Friday 25th Novembers this is aimed at but not exclusive frist year OLAM students who have their rigging assessment coming up soon. This trip gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your skills with a quallified instructor there to give you a hand if necessary. The trip cost is £5 per person and a basic understanding of rigging is required for you to come on this trip.
Up and Under and Boulders Climbing Trip - Saturday 2nd November. We will be travelling up to cardiff to visit Up and Under. This is an outdoor shop who gives discount to the club, and therefore is a good opportunity for people to go along and purchse new climbing kit at discounted prices. If you are new to climbing you can go along and pick up your first pair of shoes or your fist harness. Following the visit to Up and Under we will stop off at a climbing wall called Boulders on the way back. The trip cost is £6.50 (please note that this does not cover entry to the climbing wall).
North Wales/Snowdon – 6th - 9th November (Reading week): Mountaineering and climbing trip to North Wales. The trip will include two crag days and two mountain days consisting of Moel Siabod and Snowdon, and accomodation in a bunk house near at Capel Curig. The trip will cost £35 per person. This includes transport, accomodation, kit use and instruction while you are there.
Potential night Walk in the Cotswolds – Late October early November (Halloween/Guy Fawkes): This trip will take place on either a Friday or Saturday night. This trip will involve walking, “for the fun of it”, during the later hours of the night early hours of the morning.
Llangattock/Crickhowell trip – Early March (Reading week): 3-4-day trip with scope to do some longer and more difficult walks but also some basic and simple day trips in the lovely setting of the Brecon Beacons
Hellvlyn – Mid April (Easter break): Potential end of year trip designed to challenge everybody right at the end of the year. This could also be training if any members are interested in taking part in the National or Welsh 3 peaks challenge at the end of the year.
National/Welsh 3 peaks challenge – End of year (Post exams): If there is enough interest, this will be an end of year challenge to complete either of the 3 peaks challenges for a chosen charity.
Committee Members 2019/20:
Chair: Emma Silvester
Secretary: Emily Lau
Treasurer: Skye Woodall
Social Secretary: Charley Connolly
Inclusivity Rep: Toby Leeder
Climbing Officer: Will Brooks
Mountaineering Officer: Dafydd Treasure