Croeso i Glwb Mynydda Prifysgol Caerdydd!

Welcome to the Cardiff University Mountaineering Club!

'Tighter-Lighter-Brighter', Fontainebleau 2022

As one of the biggest and most active clubs in the Athletic Union, CUMC prides itself on being able to offer the widest-ranging and entertaining experiences for all our new and current members. We offer something for everyone: from our social nights-out to the boulders of Fontainebleau, there is great scope for complete beginners and experienced climbers alike to explore, play, and push themselves in situations many people would never even dream of! The only limit in this club is your enthusiasm! Membership is available to all students attending Cardiff University, and there is also a limited number of associated memberships for ultra-keen students not studying at Cardiff. Our members are a mixture of undergrads and postgrads. You are never too late, young, or old to join! It doesn't matter what stage of your university degree you are at, or how experienced a climber you are.

We cater for every level of experience!

Franky, Peak District 2021

The club is very much structured around teaching and helping beginners with little or no previous experience until they can climb safely and independently on their own. All our leaders and teachers were taught by older members of the club when they first joined! You don't need to buy any basic equipment, we can provide it all for you from our kit store.

Our president (2021-22) Saumiyaah, SWUBS 2022

The club has climbers at every level from V-Diff to E-grades and you can never be too good or too bad. For our more experienced members, we offer several member-exclusive climbing trips to The Peak District for trad and El Chorro, Spain for sport. There is always the opportunity to push hard rock grades during visits to local and far-flung crags on mainstream weekend trips.

Our treasurer (2021-22) Tim, Peak District 2021

Maybe you enjoy climbing but aren't completely obsessed with it? CUMC's social side is just about as extensive as its climbing. Our nights out are something to remember. We arrange alcoholic and non-alcoholic socials, throughout the year. Alcoholic socials are often themed, and extremely enjoyable...without crossing into silly initiation drinking fests! Alternatively, you can join us on our non-alcoholic socials which include activities such as movie nights, ice skating, meals, beach parties, fundraising events, and BBQs. If you want to meet people, climb sometimes, and party often then this is the club to join!

And for every type of climbing

Summit of Mont Blanc, French Alps 2013

Club members have in the past run an annual trip which visited the Alps however more recently the club have been allocating that slot for a visit to El Chorro, Spain during the Christmas break, for an improvement on Welsh weather! We also visit our local mountain range, the Brecon Beacons, for more casual walks and hikes.

Winter Skills, Scotland 2022
Winter Climbing

If we have enough interest, during the Christmas recess we journey to the Scottish Highlands, staying in a bothy for 10 days.This is often to the Cairngorms. If conditions are even slightly reasonable we aim to tackle ice and/or mixed winter routes, otherwise, it is Munroe bagging. We are also known to jet off to North Wales, providing conditions are suitable. Expect cold conditions, early starts, dark walk-ins and some seriously impressive snow and ice climbing. Another trip that should not be missed!

Our development sec (2021-22) Gethin, Peak District 2021
Outdoor Rock Climbing

During the weekends we run day trips to our local crags; the beautiful coastal cliffs of the Gower peninsula, the deep river gorge of the Wye Valley and to the sandstone escarpments of the Brecon Beacons. After a hard day of climbing, we go to a pub in Cardiff for a few drinks and a meal.Late in the spring semester, (when the days are longer, warmer and drier), we aim to visit crags in the evenings during the week rather than go indoor climbing. There is plenty to do for every grade of climber from beginner to extreme. Once a month for the entire weekend we go climbing at crags in North Wales, The Peak District, Pembrokeshire, Dartmoor, The Lake District, Yorkshire, Cornwall and Devon. At the end of each academic year, we spend 10 days on a climbing 'road trip' where we climb at some of the less-visited and hidden crags that we would never have to time to visit on a normal weekend. Join us if you want to explore the UK countryside!

Summit Centre
Indoor Rock Climbing

We are fortunate enough to have a choice of climbing centres; one called Boulders that's only a 10-minute drive from the Student's Union and another called Roc - Bloc around the same distance. We take a minibus down there every evening from 6 pm on a Tuesday and Thursday, staying until the centre closes! It is here where you will take your first climbing steps. Expect to see familiar faces if you head down outside of these times.

Kieran, Fontainebleau 2022

For the past 19 years the club has spent the Easter recess in Fontainebleau, France; the best bouldering area in the world. This is a hugely popular trip involving up to forty people, including old members. We spend a relaxed week sunbathing, drinking cheap red wine, gorging on cheese, and climbing the occasional bouldering route; a very social and memorable trip.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Vice-President Finn Bradbury at

Our sponsors!

This year we're fortunate to be sponsored by The Taf and Revolution Cardiff for our socials.

Check out the The Taf at:

And Revs @revsbarcardiff on instagram!


  • Mountaineering Club Standard Membership£40.00


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