We started in 2007, when a few of us started at NEWI (now Glyndwr!). There wasn't a mountaineering club back then, but we asked at the sports centre and found out a few others had asked too! After climbing together a few times, we decided to form a club. Since then the club has grown, in numbers and success. The club has brought strangers together and has started a few romances! We are all similar people who enjoy the outdoors, socialising and each other’s company.
The club consists of about a 50/50 mix of students and non
students, with approximately 50 fully paid up members on our books, and further associate members
We're affiliated to the BMC, and so are experiencing all the benefits that come with that, and have been since our second year.
We are loosely linked to Glyndwr University through their Mountaineering Association, but as an entirely independent club, we are able to accept non-student members. We don't have any silly pre-requisites for membership, and there's no need to be nominated and seconded by three members, following a probationary period of six months with a minimum attendance of one meeting a week, or any crap like that which you might find with some of the more established clubs (no names mentioned). Basically, you pay your membership fees, and you're in! Come as much or as little as you like, and just enjoy yourself!
What do we do?
Over the last couple of years there's been club trips to Spain, Norway, Snowdonia, Scotland, Lundy Island, and members have been on trips to the Alps, the Arctic, and other venues across the UK, including the Lake District, Scotland, Pembroke, the Peak District, Snowdonia and the South Coast.
We clock up hundreds of hours of indoor climbing with weekly meets at various walls, and try to encourage a fairly active social calendar too.We’ve got a broad range of membership, from 18 through to over 60's, with a huge range of abilities and skills, which would become apparent when you see the meets that are organised.
We try to get to one of the local indoor walls (Plas Power, The Boardroom Climbing Centre, Awesome Walls Liverpool, The North West Face Warrington) at least once a week during the wet months, and when the nice weather starts to settle in, we climb outdoors on the Clwyd Limestone most weeks.
Since the Boardroom Climbing Centre opened in Deeside, we've got members down there on average 3-4 times per week, and have unofficially adopted it as the club's new home.
We also encourage all members to organise climbing trips of their own, including weekends and weeks away. In the last few years members have been to Italy, France, Spain and Norway, as well as numerous day trips into Snowdonia and an Arctic Expedition, an attempt on the Matterhorn, successful ascents of The Eiger and the Jungfrau, and all sorts of other big projects.
later this year we're running a heavily subsidised REC Level 2 First Aid course (usually cost around £150-190!) and as in past years, a whole club trips to the Costa Blanca, in Spain, Scotland, and even further afield outside of Europe.
We have an annual club winter trip to the CIC hut on Ben Nevis, and in August we might try to get a trip to Lundy Island organised.
So, after telling you all that, I feel I should emphasise that really, we take having a good time as seriously as climbing! So, if we still appeal to you, it'd be good to meet up with you? just let us know when.
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