Welcome to Aston University Mountaineering Club!
At Aston Mountaineering, we're all about hiking and climbing in all its various forms. With three weekly indoor climbing and bouldering sessions at local centres, as well as a range of regular and one-off socials and events, we are a friendly and welcoming club, open to members of any ability - whether you’re a complete beginner or have years of experience, you’re more than welcome to join us!
In addition to our regular sessions and socials, we organise many weekend and day trips for climbing and/or hiking each term, as well as several residential trips throughout the year!
What We Do: Indoors
Our regular indoor climbing sessions run as follows:
- Mondays, 6pm onwards: Bouldering at the Birmingham Bouldering Centre
- Wednesdays, 3pm onwards: IndoorClimbing at the Redpoint Climbing Centre
- Fridays, 6pm onwards: Bouldering at The DepotClimbing Centre
You’re welcome to come to as many or few sessions as you’d like per week and, as well as providing ropes and belay training at the Redpoint Climbing Centre on Wednesdays, we’ll assist all members to develop their climbing technique through peer development, to help you really get the most out of your time in the club, especially if you’re just starting out!
What We Do: Outdoors
We run a range of outdoor trips over the course of the year - there are many day trips, weekend residentials, a winter mountaineering trip each year, and a trip abroad over the Easter break - last year, this trip took our members to Costa Blanca!
These trips can involve a mix of hiking, rambling, scrambling, bouldering and trad climbing - there will be something for everyone throughout the year!
What We Do: Socials & Events
After our Wednesday indoor climbing sessions at RPC, our committee and many of our members will head over to The Gosta Green (which is located on the edge of campus) for our weekly social! Here we enjoy catching up with one another and a discounted food and drinks menu especially for sports clubs!
Other socials we run throughout the day are a mix between day trips and evening events, and there's always something for everyone (and a range of both drinking and non-drinking events)!
Throughout the year, we’ll be hosting Halloween, Christmas, murder mystery parties, trips to comedy clubs, laser tag, paintballing, ice skating, bar crawls – and many many more!!
(Be sure to let us know if you have any requests or recommendations, as we're always looking for new ideas!)
What do I get for my AUMC membership?
Membership for Aston Mountaineering costs £20 but we certainly make sure you get plenty for your money!
Throughout the first term we’ll be training everyone on the use of rope work and proper safety techniques whilst everyone is simultaneously gets plenty of wall time - the equivalent training would cost upwards of £50 in most climbing centres, but with us you just pay our discounted entry rate. (The club will also provide harnesses and belay devices for this training, and for subsequent climbing should you decide not to buy your own equipment).
Other perks of being a member of AUMC include discounted entry to local climbing centres, and 15% off retail price at Cotswold Outdoor as well as Snow & Rock.
Be sure to join our Facebook Group (2018/2019): https://www.facebook.com/groups/494013527731299
We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Click here to view the club Risk assessments: Hiking & Rock climbing