I missed the Freshers Week sign ups, can I still join?
Of course you can! We run free 30 min taster sessions throughout the year, it’s never too late to start! Go to the Join Us page to find out more about tasters and how to join.
What kit do I need to buy?
None! We provide all harnesses, shoes and belays that you would normally need to buy or rent out so saving you a lot of money! Some climbers who choose to climb outside of training sessions will buy their own however there is no need for this when you’re starting out. If you are interested in buying your own kit however, club members recieve a discount from our local climbing and outdoors store Taunton Leisure.
What’s the best way to stay up to date with what’s going on?
How often do you have socials?
We will run socials weekly throughout the year, typically alternating between boozy and sober activities, so there will be something for everyone. These will include all the favourites such as Climb the Mountain, Climbing Games, Boozy Bowling and many more! Along with a few calmer visits to the pub and meals after climbing sessions. We also host a Christmas Ball every year to provide the chance for climbers to dust the chalk off and dress up!
How often do you run trips?
Weather dependant these will be every 2 weeks. Climbing outside is virtually impossible in rain so trips may be cancelled at last minute however you will be fully refunded. We also run a yearly week long bouldering trip to the Forests of Fontainebleau in France in Easter (this year from 27th March to 5th April) and a trad trip to Sunny Cornwall at the end of term. Trip sign ups will be posted on the Facebook group as well as being emailed out to everyone, so keep an eye out for them!
I want to climb but I don’t have a partner, is that ok?
Of course! Most people that join the club are individuals so people will naturally form groups of people of a similar ability who they will climb with. If you can’t find anyone then ask a committee member and they will make sure you are matched up with someone similar, but generally there are plenty of people to climb with at the Quay just rock up and take your pick! Alternatively the Quay has auto-belays and bouldering rooms which don’t require a partner!
I have no experience in climbing at all, can I join?
Absolutely, we will fully equip you with all of the gear and skills to safely and confidently climb independently.
Does the club take part in competitions?
We do indeed, currently these are all bouldering competitions. We have a BUCS (British Universities and College Sport) team as well as a LUBE (London University Bouldering Event) and SWUBS (South West University Bouldering) among others. If you are interested in joining one of these teams then talk to or email our Boulder Captain Zac or Competition Secretaries Matthew Gurney and Kris Woolhouse (or anyone on committee, we can point you to the right people!)
How do I join?
Check out the Join Us page
What kind of climbing do you do?
A whole mix of stuff both indoors and outdoors! We do bouldering, top roping, lead climbing, sport climbing, trad climbing and love all of it!
What do I bring on a trip?
Our trips vary in length from single day trips to week long so the kit you bring with you will vary a lot. We will email a short essential kit list for every trip and we have spare kit to lend out if necessary so please don’t worry!
How do I find out about trips?
Trips will be on the calendar as soon as they have been organised however you need to look out for emails from us on how to sign up to them. The sign up’s will also be put on the Facebook Group so that’s the easiest way to keep up to date.
What does my membership fee get me?
Check out the Membership Benefits Page to find out about what benefits your membership fee will get you.
I’ve got more questions, where can I get help?
Privately message our Facebook group for the quickest response or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I sign up to Lead training?
To begin learning to lead climb you must have been signed off to top-rope for 3 months and be top-roping 6a consistently. Once you reach this level please speak to our Training and Development Officers Alice Pink and Ben Seeley (or any committee member can point you in the right direction) plus keep an eye out on the Facebook group for a sign-up sheet for lessons.
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