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BUCS 2017

Well the BUCS championships 2017 trip went by this weekend in a surprisingly pleasant, entertaining few days, here's a small summary of the weekend in the hope of education the masses on the working of climbing competitions, something I'm often asked. BUCS has always been a relatively awkward experience. With a closing date for entries well before we usually even start thinking about competitions it always makes for a slightly panicked day, climbers who forgot they were even going to be there competing with unis who seem to base their ... read more

Equalising Anchor points and building abseils

Equalising anchor points There are a million (well maybe not a million) ways to build trad anchors for every occasion, whether it’s to set up a belay or for abseiling. The aim of this article is to introduce a few different methods. Firstly equalising two pieces of gear. The video below shows a nice tidy way of doing so with two anchor points, however this can also be extended to 3 anchor points whereby you do an overhand across both “v-shapes” you’ve constructed. http://howtoclimbharder.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/5041467118_ae036de670_o.jpg Video on equalising anchors: https://www.ukclimbing.com/videos/play.php?i=2964 However ... read more

Tying Prusiks and Abseiling

Abseiling is an important skill to have, especially as you need to be able to abseil when going sea cliff climbing as getting to the crag requires abbing in. Abseiling requires a piece of prusik cord (usually of diameter 4-5mm) of length approximately 1.2-1.5m. Usually you can purchase prusik cord in bulk (i.e. you chose the length you want to purchase) and you can then cut it yourself. This is best done by keeping the bit you want to cut really stiff and wrapping a bit of tape around it ... read more

Freshers 2016 Is Coming!

It's coming to that time of year again when we get to meet lots of lovely new faces..... FRESHERS!! This is everything we will be getting up to over the next few weeks. Bunfight Wed 28th September, 10:30am-17:00pm, Union Southampton Building This is the big event when all the clubs and societies of the university will be waiting for all the super keen freshers to come and sign-up. If you want to know about the club come along, grab a flyer, and have a chat with us. Our committee will ... read more

SUMC year so far!

(pic: casual crushing at Boiler Slab, Gower) Hello everyone new and old to SUMC 2015/16! We've had a fantastic start to the year so far with huge turnouts on our first two fresher’s meets and our first trip to Wales this year. Fresher's 1 was great start to the year. Top-form throughout with fresher’s doing excellent and our more experienced members such as Princess successfully beasting an E1! Former pres Spoon finally met his match in a game of touch the cup ending in an outright victory. Fresher's 2 was ... read more