What types of climbing are there?

There are quite a few types of climbing out there and sometimes it can be a bit confusing trying to understand it all. Hopefully this will explain some of it for you. Indoor bouldering: plastic holds are put on the walls. People climb without ropes or harnesses. It’s just your shoes, chalk and a mat to land on. Grades vary between bouldering walls (they’ll have different colours for different grades routes - either tags on the starting holds or will use different coloured holds) uses grades VB - V15. Outdoor ... read more

Wet and Wild in the Peak District

Following glorious sunshine for weeks on end, a small group of us decided to make our way up to the Peak District…just as it started to rain. What follows is a short account of our activities, which can also double as a guide to making the most of wet weather. After a slightly damp first night at the North Lees campsite, we decided to head into Hathersage to do a bit of shopping and get breakfast whilst we gave the rock sometime to dry. However, one of the local heroes ... read more

Queuing for Classics on the Bank Holiday in Snowdonia

This weekend a few of us headed up to Snowdonia to get on some of the most classic climbs in Wales. Here are a few photos to show what we got up to (plus a poem we found in the toilet of the hut) : And a charming little ditty: read more

Website Updates!!

Website Updates! Our website's undergoing a few upgrades leading into the new 2017-2018 academic year. For those of you interested (if any), read on to find out what's now on offer on the website. 1. Sync your Favourtite Calendar Apps with the SUMC Calendar As the title suggests, you can now keep up to date with all the events on our calendar through your favourite calendar manager such as Google Calendar or Outlook, Apple iCalendar. The file format is a .ics file so should work with any client able to ... read more

Sea Cliff Climbing

Most of us have now finished for the summer and will be heading out for some well-deserved climbing. UKC and the BMC have made some blogs about sea cliff climbing. Here’s my summary of them and a lovely picture of Rob from our trip in Gower back in November: Check the Regional Access Database (RAD - ) to see if there are restrictions to where you can climb - to protect wildlife etc. also try not to destroy too much vegetation when climbing Check the weather forecast Check the ... read more