UAL Climbing was founded in 2012 as a way for climbers within UAL to meet and climb together. Our aim is to help introduce climbing to people who haven't tried it before, and provide a space for enthusiasts to team up and share in the community that revolves around climbing, a love of the outdoors, and just overall having a good time. Climbing is a social sport even though it’s not team-oriented, and this is and always will be at the heart of the club - we’ll keep it informal, relaxed, and open to anyone who wants to meet new people and likes the idea of climbing!
It's a great way to stay fit as it’s a really good workout, and targets a lot of core muscles. It’s also really brilliant for mental wellbeing and can be a good way to find focus or de-stress. Working out your way to the top is a bit like a physical puzzle! It’s also a great way to socialise and meet new people - you spend a lot of time off the wall as well as on it! If you’re a bit of a beginner or totally new to climbing some experienced members help you out and coach you, and if you’re more experienced you’ll meet people to climb hard with!
Climbing has become a growing sport in recent years, and with that, competing has also become more popular. In the past we have had some members competing in University-oriented competitions - it’s generally something decided year on year, based on members’ interest. We approach it quite casually as a club - at the moment we don’t have an official team or anything, but if you are someone who would be interested in competitions, we would love to hear from you, and we’re always open to new ideas!
The walls offer climbing shoes and also chalk for hire, and most of the club members are happy to offer some of their own chalk to you here and there! If you’re wanting to climb quite regularly or climb outside the indoor wall, it can be a good idea to invest in your own pair of shoes. There's lots of different climbing kit available for lots of different types of climbing - if you want to take the first step to owning your own kit, purchasing some kind of chalk is a great idea. You can find it in most sports shops or at the climbing wall. In terms of clothing, it’s best to wear fairly loose fitting/stretchy clothes that you’ll be comfortable in - climbing involves a bit of stretching and reaching so wear something that keeps you mobile! (Also be prepared to get a bit chalky!)
After our weekly evening of climbing we usually venture out to the climber’s true favourite place - the pub. As well as this, we usually have a special Christmas dinner/social and a summer social. Feel free to get in touch if you have any other ideas for socials or events!
As students in London we are sadly without easy access to proper rock and mountains, however, to break up the monotony of plastic holds we organise trips for our members to get out into nature and in touch with some real rock! In the past few years, club members have been to Newquay, Tunbridge Wells, the Peak District, Dorset, Tenerife, and Fontainebleau (France), for outdoor climbing. We have club crash pads which we’ll usually take with us. If you’re thinking about coming on a trip, we recommend having your own shoes and possibly chalk too!
President: Sif Nielsen
Treasurer: Poppy Dodd
Social Sec: Manon Lloyd
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