Not at all, we welcome everyone whether you've climbed for years or you've never seen a rock before. Our experienced members are more than willing to help show new people how it all works. A lot of us hadn't climbed before we joined SUMC, so we're used to helping get new guys into climbing!
No, the club owns as much gear as you'll need to get climbing indoor or out and as a member you can borrow it whenever you need (except for when it's required for club events). A lot of members choose to buy their own shoes/harness etc as they get more into climbing and want to have something more comfortable, but there's no requirement to.
Our weekend meets run from the Friday evening to Sunday night. We've written a short guide to how they work here.
All upcoming events will be listed on this site, on the Events tab. Information on what's coming up is sent out via email and our weekly newsletter (just tick the box when you sign up to the website) and is also uploaded on our blog. You can also follow our updates via Facebook.
Membership fees go towards subsidising transport and events throughout the year, providing all the club's gear and affiliating the club to the BMC. You can find a full list of membership benefits here.
Yes, we do offer a discounted half-year membership. For more info get in contact with the Treasurer.