Climbing club in Colchester, based at the University of Essex. A club run by climbers, for climbers.

Climbing Trips

We organise climbing trips between April and October, which take us both trad and sport climbing around the country.

The format of the climbing trips is we arrive at the campsite on the Friday afternoon/evening where we pitch our tents and socialise (or opt get a good night's sleep).

We aim to leave the camspite around 9am (although this has occasionally slipped to nearer 10am!) and climb until the evening.

The evenings either involve cooking and socialising at the campsite, or a trip to the local pub (there's nearly always a pub within walking distance).

If you would like to join us, please speak to a committee member or check your emails for details. We ask you to contact the campsite yourself to reserve your pitch.

Walking Trips

We organise walking trips in November and January to March.

The format of the walking trips is we arrive at the bunkhouse, or youth hostel, on the Friday afternoon/evening where we relax and discuss possible routes for the weekend.

We aim to leave on Saturday morning around 9am to maximise the reduced hours of sunlight over the winter months and fit in a full day of walking.

Saturday evening usually includes a vegetarian curry, which everyone is invited to contribute to, as well as a few well-deserved drinks around a log-burning stove.

Sunday’s walk is often slightly shorter, aiming to leave in the afternoon so we don’t return home too late.

If you would like to join us, please speak to a committee member who will add your name to the list. The accommodation costs £35 per person, which we ask you to pay when you reserve your place.

Socials

Social events are organised throughout the year, either by the committee or by members of the club.

Please check the calendar for full details and let the organiser know if you will be attending.

Route Setting

Each month sees our qualified route-setters busy coming up with lots new routes. In 2017 they set 135 routes in total, ranging from grade 4 up into the 7s, with 28 graded at 6a.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the climbing wall during the day to help clean the holds which have been taken down - more holds cleaned during the morning means more routes can be set!

It's also interesting to see how the route-setting process works and the ropework skills required to do so.

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