Mountaineering Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
The University Mountaineering Club has had an exceptionally successful 2016 fall semester. The club ran four weekend trips and two day trips, accommodating a total of 106 students. The club has also actively participated and excelled at regional bouldering competitions.
Glen Clova was the first trip of the year and proved to be a great venue to teach new members traditional climbing. The following weekend, members headed to Kirriemuir, one of the best sport climbing sites in the country. This trip proved to be so popular, a coach was hired to accommodate the high amount interest.
Crianlariah was our first weekend destination and the club was blessed by sunshine and the many trad climbing and hiking opportunities that the iconic Cobbler provides. Glen Coe was our second destination. Members completed the ambitious Aonach Eagach ridge as well as Curved Ridge. Glen Nevis was next on our list, where our members had to truly test their skills against the infamous Scottish winter. Skye was our last destination of the semester and arguably the most memorable: endless sunshine, Cullin views and whisky were a perfect ending to our year.
The club also participated in two challenging indoor competitions, with Charlotte Bansal winning 2nd and then 1st place in Women’s Hard categories. Rabea Kahn took 3rd place in Women’s Hard during the later competition in November. Thomas Strang won 1st place in Men’s Easy and Natahsa Tkachenko came 3rd in Women’s Easy.
The club has even more to look forward to next semester. More trips, challenges and the alumni festival weekend are already being planned.
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