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 own 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.
(Images: Above; "Tighter-Lighter-Brighter", Fontainbleau. Below left; Cosmique Arete, French Alps. Below Right; El Chorro, Spain).
We cater for every level of experience
Beginners: 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 kitstore. (Image: Holyhead Mountain, North Wales).
Experienced: 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 exclusive mountaineering and climbing trips to Scotland and El Chorro, Spain. There is always the opportunity to push hard rock grades during visits to local and far flung crags on mainstream weekend trips. (Image: Seamist, Pembrokshire).
Casual: Maybe you enjoy climbing but aren't completely obsessed by 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! (Image: CUMC sitting around the camp fire, Fontainebleau).
And for every type of climbing
Mountaineering: Club members have in the past ran an annual trip which visited the the Alps however more recently the club have been allocating that slot for a visit to to El Chorro, Spain during the Christmas recess, for an improvement on Welsh weather! We also visit our local mountain range, the Brecon Beacons, for more casual walks and hikes. (Image: CUMC on the summit of Mont Blanc at 4810 m, French Alps).
Winter Climbing: 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 freezing cold conditions, early starts, dark walk-ins and some seriously impressive snow and ice climbing. Another trip that should not be missed! (Image: Unknown Route, Scotland).
Outdoor Rock Climbing: During the weekends we run daytrips 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 days 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! (Image: Demo Route, Sennen).
Indoor Rock Climbing: We are fortunate enough to have a climbing centre called Boulders that's only a 10 minute drive from the Student's Union. 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. (Image: Summit Centre)