Climbing

About

Queen Mary Climbing, one of the oldest clubs within the university, takes a number of attributes from the club of decades ago.

This includes our club’s focus on outdoor activity. We aim to provide multiple outdoor climbing trips, under the supervision of an experienced committee. Locations that we will aim to visit include Sheffield and the famous Peak District, Portland Cliffs and Fontainblue Forrest in France.

These outdoor climbing trips are suited both to the novice climber, without any experience, as well as seasoned climbers looking to push their limits.

However, Rock Climbing has moved more from a culture into a sport in recent years. The advent of national and international climbing competitions has resulted in indoor climbing with a more gymnastic influence to come to the front of the climbing scene. Our club has evolved similarly: we compete in the inter-university BUCS completion, but this year we are looking to expand the number of competitions our club enters. This is in part due to the fact that our club has been doing progressively better in BUCS in recent years, but also to reflect and celebrate the fact Rock Climbing is now an Olympic sport.

A number of people in the club and committee are both lifelong climbers as well as brand new climbers; and this is a reflection of the welcoming nature of the club.

It is important to note that the vast majority of climbers in the club climb in a non-competitive format at the famous Mile End Climbing wall three times a week: Monday and Friday evenings and Wednesday afternoons.

Joining the Climbing Club is a great way to start a new sport that allows you to track your physical progression, see parts of the county you wouldn’t conventionally visit and reignite your apelike qualities.

 

Training

Taster Session

  • Wednesday 7th of October. Please contact for more information! We will be posting a booking sheet this week for you to book a 1on1 or 2on1 taster session with committee members.

New climbers will be given an intro to the sport including basic instruction in order to provide basic outline of the sport.

Climbers will need to bring sports clothing and money.

No selection process for members (only for the squads for competitions which occur later in the year), anyone can join, club sessions are non-competitive.

Training

Weekly training:

  • Mile End Climbing Wall
  • We will be meeting in smaller groups and will be organising meet ups using our whatsapp group and instagram account, we'll have virtual training sessions as well! Our weekly trainings will not be organised in three regualr weekly sessions as we can not meet in big groups at the wall because of Covid-19 guidelines. Regular training will be more individal or in small groups with your new Climbing Club friends that you will have countless opportunities to meet through our online and in person events!

Competitions

BUCS, LUBE, Blockfest.

How to get Involved:

  1. Like the Facebook page and get in contact with the club committee members.
  2. Attend the taster session
  3. Purchase your subs - at the Hub (Mile End), BLSA reception (Whitechapel) or online.
  4. Enjoy! Take part in the sessions, and compete in the matches.

Personal Fitness

QMSU offers a gym on the Mile End campus, Qmotion, as well as a sister-gym in Charterhouse Square, Fitness to Practice, both with competitive student membership rates. This is ideal for students who want to purchase a gym membership - which is separate from a Club Sport subs - to improve and maintain peak physical fitness.

With every gym membership, you get a free 60 minute one-to-one session with trained instructors which includes:

  • A personalised gym programme tailored to your own fitness goals;
  • A full demonstration of exercise and techniques, and guidance on resistance machines;
  • Information and advice on nutrition;
  • A 60 minute review session every 6-8 weeks to re-evaluate and re-customise a new programme to avoid plateaus.

Cost

The cost of our membership includes:

  • Entry into competitions, both internal & external
  • Use of our extensive kit supply
  • Subsidising trips to outdoor locations
  • Sessions with our two captains in bouldering, top roping and lead climbing

If you are unable to afford aspects of the sport. QMC will support your application to QMSU for the Club Sport Hardship Fund. It is used to subsidise costs associated with sport participation for students in financial hardship.

Note that the membership does not include access to the Mile End Climbing Wall, as it is an external facility. This comes with an extra cost, which can be found here: https://www.mileendwall.org.uk/plan-a-visit/climbing-prices

Contact Details

President - Fares Azhari (queenmaryclimbing@gmail.com)

Vice-President - Holly Smyth

Treasurer - Curtis Twomey

No elections are currently running

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