Climbing sessions

UCLMC climb at the Castle Climbing Centre, about a 10 minute walk from Manor House tube station. The journey takes roughly 20-30 minutes from UCL.


Regular sessions during term time are Wednesday afternoons (5pm-8pm) and Friday evenings (6-9pm). Outside of these sessions, there is no set time. There will usually be club members at the Castle on most days of the week.

Bouldering – Short problems on low walls, using crash pads instead of ropes for protection. Example

Top-roping – Climbing using ropes attached to anchors on the top of the wall. Basic belaying experience required – see “Climbing experience” section. Example

Lead climbing (Leading) – A form of roped climbing where the climber ascends, periodically placing protection along the way. Does not require a pre-placed anchor at the top. Example

The types of climbing involved in the taster sessions are bouldering and top-roping. You will be taught how to do these safely by experienced members of the club.

The best place to organise a session is to join and post on the facebook group. Here, you can arrange a time and date to meet a climbing partner at the centre. Alternatively, just come to the Castle around the regular sessions times (see above) and ask around.
Yes, the club goes on two main climbing trips during term time:

The Fresher’s trip is a couple of weeks after the beginning of term around October/November. The usual destinations include Cheddar Gorge and Portland. This trip is always within the UK.

The Easter Trip takes place for one week during Easter break around March/April. In the past few years we’ve been to El Chorro (Spain), Geyikbayiri (Turkey) and San Vito lo Capo (Italy). This trip is usually somewhere warm and sunny.

Climbing experience

Sure! UCLMC welcomes all climbers, regardless of ability. Just come along to a taster sessions or ask someone more experienced to show you around (feel free to ask on the facebook group).
We offer a couple of taster sessions at the beginning of term during fresher’s fortnight, but don’t worry if you’ve missed them: we’re always happy to show you how to climb and belay safely or to help you improve your skills at any point. Just get in touch with a committee member or ask on the facebook group.
In general we don’t have any formal sessions outside of freshers week, but this year we’re hoping to arrange some, so keep an eye out on the facebook group.
We would recommend coming along to get to know the society! Just let us know that you’ve climbed before and you can be registered as a roped climber when you get to the climbing centre. If you qualify for this (the Castle staff will ask you a few questions on climbing and belaying), you won’t need supervision.

Membership

Yes! You can come along to the taster sessions at the beginning of the year, or – if you’re joining later in the year – just get in touch with a committee member or post on the facebook group.
Yes, head to the Bloomsbury Building, UCL Union Clubs and Societies Desk.
No, The Castle Climbing Centre entry/membership is separate.
The Castle does however offer student discount. Click here for more info.
Your membership fee goes towards a free club T-shirt, access to trips and events, our gear (which you can borrow for free), discounts at Cotswolds, BMC membership (which includes discounted trip insurance), admin costs, union fees.

Clothes and gear

Non-restrictive clothing i.e. loose trousers/leggings and T-shirts/sport tops.
During the winter bring a warm top, the centre can get cold.
No, not as a beginner.
The Castle shop has shoes, harnesses, belay devices etc. to rent for a small fee. These are highly recommended.
Yes, there are a limited amount of harnesses available to borrow and the club has a couple of ropes for indoor leading at the centre. These must temporarily be exchanged for your student card.

We will lend you the necessary gear on our official trips, and you can also borrow gear for your personal trips (this is free, but you will need to leave a deposit to our gear secretary).

Yes, having your own gear is always helpful. You will want to bring your own rope if you own one as we only have a couple to lend out.

If the gear is very old or you don’t know where it’s been, eg. you’re borrowing it from a parent or it’s been in a cupboard for years, it is best to get it checked out by a gear expert before use, as it may be unsafe.

Other

The main, regular social events are:
– Weekly evenings at the local pub (The Brownswood) on Fridays after climbing.
– Sports Night on Wednesday at Phineas

We also usually have a Freshers’ meal, Christmas meal and End of Year meal.

Other events are organised by the Social Sec and will be communicated via the facebook group and emails.

Yes, you can subscribe here.