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Newsletter 29/01/2018

Hello everyone, To start with I’d like to welcome everyone back. I hope everyone had a great time over the holidays and that exams/deadlines all went well. After a very busy Semester 1, I imagine you’re all as excited as I am for the second half of the club and to welcome more people into the club as we say goodbye to some of our oldest members. Before we get into what’s to come in the next couple of weeks, I’d like to say a big thank you to Iain ... read more

Newsletter 08/12/2017

Sorry for the delay in this newsletter. The end of the year is approaching and with it...deadlines! That hasn't stopped us being a busy club as always though. First Aid Course Well done to everyone who passed the First Aid Course! To those of you thinking of doing it in the future be sure too! It’s a great thing to have for jobs/cv, is heavily subsidised by the club and keeps us all a bit safer on the crag. BMC Winter Skills Lecture The lecture was a great into to ... read more

Sport Climbing Tips

For anyone who has never sport climbed before or who wants some tips, keep reading: This video shows a couple of ways to clip a quickdraw whilst leading. Key points: Keep the snapgates facing the same way Clip the loose end of the quickdraw to the bolt/gear and the fixed end (the end with the rubber on it) to the rope Clip with the gates facing the opposite way to the direction you travel in (e.g. heading left, clip quickdraw with gate facing right) Watch out for z-clipping (middle picture) ... read more

Newsletter 21/11/2017

Hello everyone, Another busy couple of weeks for SUMC! Pembroke Almost 30 climbers made the trip over to Pembroke this weekend. Although the forecast was bleak, we headed out to Craig Caerfai and managed to get 1 or 2 climbs in each before the weather hit. However we made the most of the rest of the day by building dams on the beach, exploring caves and going on a very wet walk. Then it was back to the hut to dry everything off (with little success), games of Mafia, Pick ... read more

Getting in a twist: belaying on a multipitch

Multipitch routes can seem a bit daunting but they don't have to be! This short video gives a couple of tips for what to do when you are building anchors and belaying on a mulitpitch route. Key points for building a belay on a multipitch climb (applicable for other belays/anchors): Good contact area for gear IDEAS: Independent pieces of gear (If one anchor fails the other won't be shock loaded) Direction correct (remember lead falls can produce an upward force on the belay) Equal tension (Both anchors equally share the ... read more