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.