Mountaineering

What do we do?

Whether you want to try your hand at some trad climbing, progress your bouldering or just love adventuring in the great outdoors, Loughborough Students Mountaineering Club has something to offer that will undoubtedly enhance your university experience!

Our 110 memberships are in high demand each year, with many returning members eager to pass on their skills and experiences and show our newcomers how we do Hey Ewe, LSMC style.  

We welcome complete beginner climbers and adventurers every year, regardless of skill or experience.  We offer training as part of your membership, so you'll soon feel like a pro, even if you feel like you're starting from square one.  It's also worth mentioning that we don't expect you to have your own kit - we have an extensive club kit inventory that you will have full access to as one of our members - just ask our Gear Sec!  

We often venture out of the Loughborough bubble to get on some real rock, letting members experience everything from sport climbing on Welsh slate, to bouldering on Peak District grit and ice up in the Cairngorms.  We like to keep our Social Sec busy, so you can also expect a year full of funkily themed socials as well!

Now for the nitty-gritty… our memberships will give you full access to our impressive gear assortment, subsidised weekend trips away to stunning British landscapes, weekly training at our local climbing haunt, subsidised training with professional instructors, membership with the British Mountaineering Council (which comes with its own host of benefits), and an exclusive annual membership discount with The Climbing Station.  

If you're curious about what freshers events we have in store or day-to-day life with the club, see below for a breakdown of our weekly affairs and what exciting events our committee is planning for our 2021/22 members.   

Freshers Events…

Sports Bazaar

Sports Bazaar, Saturday 2nd October, all day, Student Union

Make sure you come and say hi at our stall and register your interest in our club so we can give you more details about our awesome events!

Welcome Presentation & Social

Welcome Presentation, Wednesday 6th October 19:00-20:00, Venue TBC

Our Welcome Presentation will give us an opportunity to share more about the club and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  If we haven’t managed to put you off, join us for a social straight afterwards.  It’s an active one, so make sure you wear trainers or flats at the very least!

  1. Taster Training Sessions

Training Session, Monday 4th October 21:00 - 22:00, Sir David Wallace Studio 1

Training Session, Thursday 7th October 19:00 - 20:00, Martin Thursday 14th October 19:00 - 20:00, Martin Hall Hall

Training Session, Monday 11th October 21:00 - 22:00, Sir David Wallace Studio 1

Training Session, 

See below in ‘Routine Training & Socials’ to see what these sessions entail…  

The Climbing Station Induction

Induction Day, Sunday 10th October, Time TBC, The Climbing Station

On this day we will get you inducted at the Climbing Station and have a good climbing session afterwards!

Fresher Day Trips & Social

Day Trip 1, Saturday 16th October, Time TBC, Peak District weather dependent

Day Trip 2, Sunday 17th October, Time TBC, Peak District weather dependent

Keep your eyes peeled for an email about these trips.  We will hopefully give you a taste of outdoor climbing and perhaps an easy scramble, but if the weather fails us, we will head to Sheffield’s finest climbing centres instead.  Our Social Sec will also be organising a social for Saturday night, details to follow should you register an interest in the club.  

Routine Training & Socials…

Mondays

Strength, Core & Flexibility Training, 21:00 - 22:00, Sir David Wallace Studio 1

  1. These regular on-campus training sessions, lead by our Training Sec, focus on building strength, core and flexibility to fuel your climbing progress. 

Wednesdays

Climbing Session, afternoon/ evening, The Climbing Station

These sessions are led by a qualified climbing instructor. The earlier sessions will focus on the bouldering basics and will become more advanced as we get through the year. 

Thursdays

Strength, Core & Flexibility Training, 19:00 - 20:00, Martin Hall

 

Special Events & Opportunities…

 

Club Trips

First Term Trip, November 2021, Lake District

Christmas Trip, Friday to Sunday, December 2021, Llanrug

Second Term Trip, Friday to Sunday, February 2022, Capel Curig

Annual Dinner Trip, Friday to Sunday, March 2022, Llanrug

This trip is a bit different from others because it marks the end of our 2021/22 committee’s term, so we like to celebrate with a 3-course meal, a talk from a notable person from the climbing community and a bit of a dance in a fancy hotel!

Third Term Trip, Friday to Monday, May Bank Holiday 2022, Pembrokeshire

 

We will also arrange some more day trips to the Peak District and other rocky outcrops in the Midlands.

 

Mountaineering Courses

Outdoor First Aid, Friday to Sunday, November 2021

Not your usual first aid course…  This course teaches the principles of first aid with the challenges that come with being in the remote outdoors.

Rope Skills, Friday to Sunday, date TBC

Learn to do all sorts with a rope, including belaying, abseiling and forming anchors.  

Winter Skills, Friday to Sunday, February 2022

We offer beginners and advanced courses which will teach you many aspects of winter mountaineering, from fitting crampons to ice axe arrest and avalanche avoidance.  

 

The above courses are all subsidised and we have an exclusive discount with the instructors, so it’s a great opportunity to learn a lot on a budget!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through our social media accounts.  See you soon!

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