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Fancy trying something new? Love the outdoors? Bit of an adrenaline junkie? Well Climbing with us at Sussex could be your perfect society.  We climb twice a week at our local indoor climbing centres, but, if indoor climbing isn’t your thing, we are doing 3 outdoor trips a term. 2 UK bound to sample the finest rock and mountians the UK has to offer! with 1 trip at the end of each term to somewhere beyond our coastline! Last year we went to El Chorro, Spain, and Paklenica, Croatia!

Membership

Membership for the club grants you access to the Wednesday sessions which will include, free entry to the centre all year (worth £120), basic tutoring to make sure you are safe and a chance to climb with a group of people that love climbing as much as you do! The membership also includes priority for gear and equipment at our indoor sessions but also access to our outdoor trips. Not only do you have access to our Wednesday sessions and priority for our trips, you also are automatically part of the BMC (British Mountaineering Club), worth £10!, which will grant you access to store discounts and much more! Plus you get access to heavily discounted club t-shirts!

The more of you that sign up the more gear and activities we will be able to provide! But if you can't afford it, or don't wish to get a membership you're still more than welcome to come along to all our sessions on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday evenings.

If you are only here for one term then you can pay for the full membership now and get half refunded at the end of January! 

 

Indoor Sessions

The club climb together twice a week. On a Wednesday afternoon we go to High Sports, Preston Park. These sessions don’t have a specific start time, but most people try and get to the centre for around 3pm. It’s easy to get to from both on and off campus. If you’re on campus people meet in Falmer house at 2pm and either cycle, take the train and if you’re lucky get a lift. These sessions run throughout term time, more specific dates will be confirmed nearer the time. We also have a subset of really active climbers who climb more than than just Wednesday and Sunday, and we often post on the facebook group to see if you want to tag along! 

Now in its third year, our partnership with active US allows students to climb for 2 hours for only £2.50. The sessions take place at Boulder Brighton in Portslade. Your £2.50 will give you access to the centre and a coach there and back! So there is no excuse not to come and climb with US! No fear if you are not on campus; it's just as easy to get the 49 bus or the train.

Trips

We do multiple trips each term to every corner of the UK. Trips include accommodation, food and climbing equipment. We aim to make our trips as cheap as possible with UK bound trips aiming to be around £45. Places go fast so make sure you buy your membership and keep an eye out for the tickets! 
Last year our first trip was to Portland in Dorset and you can check out our climbing antics in this video:

This year our first trip will be to Cheddar Gorge! The trip will be during the week-end of the 13th to the 15th October. Tickets will be available soon so make sure you are a member! 
We are also planning international climbing adventures for the fourth year in a row! Last year we went to both El Chorro, Spain, and Paklenica, Croatia, and the year before that we went to Chamonix. This year we're planning on heading back to sunny Spain for our mid-year trip! Our final escapade in the summer is, drum roll please...well, we haven't got that far yet, but there will be a final trip to another exotic location!   

 

Club T-Shirt design

We will have club t-shirts avalible to purchase for a very reasonable price halfway through first term so that everyone can buy one and rep our club!

A couple of years ago we bought white t-shirts and tie-dyed them! This year you'll see some of us in grey t-shirts! We vote on the colour every year, so you'll have a say on the next choice!

Events

This year we are taking part in LUBE (London University Bouldering Event)! LUBE is a student run, not for profit, national bouldering competition open to any university team that wishes to compete. It takes place over 4 rounds at venues across London. Each team is made up of 8 climbers (2x teams of 3 members (mixed) and 2 individuals). There is a total of 25 routes and each climber is given 3 hours to complete as many routes as they can. Prizes are awarded to the top three men and women at each round and the overall top three men, women and university teams at the final round. The first round will be held at Stronghold (check out their website here: https://www.thestrongholduk.com) on the 28th October 2018; the second round will be at Craggy Island Sutton (check out their website here: http://www.craggy-island.com/sutton-climbing-centre/overview-sutton) on the 25th November 2018; the third round will be at The reach ( Website: https://thereach.org.uk/) on the 3rd February 2019; and the fourth and final round will be at Harrowall (check out their website here: https://www.harrowall.co.uk/) on the 3rd of March 2019. You don't need to be Shauna Coxsey or Ashima Shiraishi or Adam Ondra to enter the competition - we go to these events to have fun and show people the competitive side of climbing! These competitions are free to members of the USMC (apart from transport) so if this sounds like your cup of tea then go buy that membership!

This year we want to have regular socials, 3 each semester, and these will be arranged by our wonderful social sec who will stay in touch with you over email and Facebook - so make sure you follow us on our social media sites! Our first social is on Thursday the 5th of October! We will meet at Falmer Bar at 7:30pm and then make our way to Pav Tav and end up in the Haunt! Come meet us and get to know us better at our social!

 

 

Don’t hesitate to contact any of the committee or the climbing activators by Facebook, Twitter, Email or face-to-face!

 

Meet your committee!

 

President:  George Allen

Hello everyone, my name is George and I'll be your president for this year. I study here at Sussex and am in my third year of Biology. I've been climbing for about 4 years now and absolutely love it. I came to the club two years ago as a bit of a novice, not knowing how to belay and never having climbed outside before. But USMC took me under their wing and taught me everything from belyaing and abseiling to multi-pitch sport climbing! I've now had the opportunity to climb in 4 different countries with the club and made some awesome friends.

Last year I was part of the committee organising trips for the club, this year I am president. I aim to make the club as accessible to all levels of climbers, from people who have never climbed before, to people who rip the gnar every week.

So lets make this an awesome year for the club, and make it the biggest and best club at Sussex!

 

 

Trips Secretaries:

Zach Payne

 

Grace Manson

Hey, my name’s Grace and I’m one of the trips secretaries this year - alongside the other trips secretary Zach I’ll be planning all our exciting climbing expeditions to places like Spain, Croatia, and Turkey! I’m a master’s student here and I’ve been in the USMC for three years, all of which have been the best and most exciting years of my life. Climbing’s a great sport: it’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s for everyone and anyone, and it can take you to amazing places all over the world. So here’s to more amazing places this year!

 

 

Social Sec: Massimo Marengo

Gonna sesh as hard as the gnar we send.

 

 

Finance Sec: Sara Morawetz

 

 

Media and Events Sec: Georgia Millis

Hello! I'm Georgia and I'm USMC's media, comms and events secretary. I'm a final year biomed student but I'm sure I'll be sticking around for another few years. I’ve always had a secret love for climbing things, but I only started REAL climbing when I joined Sussex. I have lowkey been a member of USMC since 2015, but now I'm here on the frontlines to hopefully get you all interested too! I'm hoping to organise some fun comps, get us into some events and maybe take some sick snaps or vids of you all (with consent). I'm very excited to spend another year with USMC and I'd love to see some new faces from 30+ metres above/below me!

 

 

Gear Sec: Callan Jobson

 

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