Climbing Home

Rock climbing is about climbing cliffs. It takes many forms, from "bouldering", where you are climbing without a rope, but are close enough to the ground that if you fall, you'll be okay, to multi-day expeditions where you sleep part way up a large cliff. None of these styles are necessarily harder or easier than the others, but they differ in what makes them challenging. Climbing is above all else about challenging yourself while remaining safe.

The club runs a range of climbing trips, including many that are suitable for beginners. We often run day trips to many of Canberra's local crags such as Booroomba and Mt Coree. After work climbing is practical during longer summer daylight hours at Kambah rocks. Nowra or the Blue Mountains are popular destinations for the weekend. Some of Australia's best climbing sites such as Arapiles are about a day's drive away. We often have two or three 1-2 week trips to these sorts of places each year.

Climbing is usually done in pairs, with one person climbing on the end of a rope, while the other person "belays" by paying out and taking in rope. The nature of the sport makes it a very social activity. The hub of climbing in the club is our indoor climbing wall. The climbing wall is a great place to get to know people in the club and to discuss ideas for trips as well as to practice your climbing technique. Many people start out climbing at the indoor wall before progressing to outdoor beginner's trips and finally onto longer, more adventurous trips.

Trad Climbing - All official ANUMC trad climbing trips require two leaders (specified in the trip description), with equal oversight of gear hire and arrangements. This is due to the recent increase in interest and higher potential risk of the activity. For more details, refer to the Executive Meeting Minutes from March 2013 (2).