Bouldering. Climbing. Mountaineering.

Climbing is a unique sport in so many ways. No other sport has the range of different disciplines, the combination of physical and mental challenge or the enduring link to adventure and exploring new places. However, the best thing about climbing is that it is just a fun whatever level you are at. Whether you’re training every day to climb harder, or just enjoy being outside at a crag, the challenge and the satisfaction is the same. Climbing can be divided into 3 main disciplines:

  • Sport climbing uses drilled bolts for protection and is about pushing yourself as far as you can physically to get yourself up the route.
  • Traditional (trad) climbing, the long-established style used in the UK, is a different ball game; climbs are protected using whatever gear you can place yourself, making the climb as much a battle with your own mind as with the rock.
  • Bouldering takes the difficulties in climbing and concentrates them into a super-short, super-difficult route.
  • Mountaineering takes the skills we learn on rock and takes them further and higher, in some of the most remote parts of the world

If you’ve never climbed before and all this sounds a bit much, don’t worry. Our club thrives on taking on new people and showing them everything climbing has to offer. Indeed, many of our members were total beginners when they joined, so we know all about helping beginners get involved. We can lend you all the kit you’ll need to get going, and our more experienced climbers are always happy to lend a hand.

If this sounds exciting, then you can find out how sign up to the club, click here.

If you'd like to explore in greater detail, check out more of what we do inside or outside here.