STAUMC had a successful Burns Meet in the Cairngorms without snow but with plenty of sun and wind.
Traditional cutting of the haggis with an ice axe:
The St Andrews University Mountaineering Club had an exceptionally successful 2016 Fall semester. The club ran a total of 4 weekend trips and 2 day trips, accommodating a total of 106 students. STAUMC also actively participated and excelled at several 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 next 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 high interest.
Crianlarich was our first weekend destination. STAUMC was blessed with 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 truly had to test their skills against the infamous Scottish winter. The isle of Skye was STAUMC’s last destination and arguably the most memorable: endless sunshine, Cuillin views, and whisky were all a perfect ending to our year.
Furthermore, memories were also made in the gym. STAUMC participated in two challenging 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 Natasha Tkachenko won 3rd in Women’s Easy.
St Andrews University Mountaineering Club has even more to look forward to next semester. More trips, challenges, and the alumni festival weekend wall-opening are already being planned.
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Pictures from STAUMC’s latest trip to Skye: Several weeks earlier STAUMC also went to Glen Nevis…
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Welcome to week 3!
Firstly I would like to announce:
We are looking to display 2 photographs of members climbing or hill walking at the Athletic Union. The winner of the competition will get their photograph enlarged and displayed for all to see. This looks great in a CV if you are interested in outdoor photography and journalism. The photograph must be of the highest quality.
I would like to thank everyone who have sent in their details. We hope you will receive a test date soon.
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Anyway. so here is what we have on this week:
Wednesday, 28th of September
Pub lunch, 1pm.
Trip sign up- Kirriemuir! 1st Oct, 8.30 am- 7.30 pm.
Kirrie Hill offers great sport climbing and is often sunny and heavenly warm.. (Not making any promises…). Other attractions includes the super mega awesome Peter Pan play park. It is club tradition we boulder on the pirate ship, even if it means pushing some unsuspecting 6-year olds out of the way. The Camera Obscura and historic town of Kirriemuir is also worth a look.
Why are the times so specific you ask? Because due to popular demand we have hired a coach to take us all to the location. This means plenty of spaces for all. We still suggest you get to the pub nice and early armed with your money. This trip costs 12£.
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Climbing in Dundee, Avertical World
Many members tend to head to Dundee after pub lunch. Avertical World has plenty of top-rope climbing, lead and bouldering for all levels. People either car-pool or take the bus.
Thursday. 29th of September
Pub Social! Brew co 8 pm. Great chance to meet fellow members and committee.
Quote of the week:
“It’s always further than it looks.
It’s always taller than it looks.
And it’s always harder than it looks.” — The 3 rules of mountaineering.
+ for Scotland: It’s always moister than it looks.
See you guys on Wednesday!