For new members, and those looking to join, a big welcome! The information in this section is designed to give you an idea of what we’re about. We are one of the most active Athletic Union clubs with a healthy subscription each year and very active members showing a positive interest in a very diverse range of activities we have on offer throughout the year. We welcome students of all experiences, whether you’ve never set foot in the hills before, you’ve bagged a few peaks in Scotland, or are an ice climbing god, there is a healthy range of activities to suit all and the opportunity to gain experience. We run trips every weekend to a variety of locations – and excellent way for JSA students, and others here for a short time to see some of Scotland in all it’s varying weathers.
We have several experienced mountaineers who will gladly show you the ropes when it comes to climbing and more advanced walks, however, we must stress that the club does not offer lead trips. Every member is responsible for their own safety. Should you wish to gain additional experience or qualifications the club has access to a number of subsidised or free courses, as well as the old trick of trying to tag along with someone better than you.
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Whether it’s a walk along the valley or a day spent following a ridge into the distance, the club has members that do it all. With one of the largest memberships of the university sports clubs, you’re bound to find people who want to walk at the same level as you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been walking before, all you need is enthusiasm and you can go to the most beautiful places in Scotland and beyond. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice on a route or help with navigation – there are plenty of club members with lots of experience who are more than happy to help. With a trip away every weekend, there really is no limit to where you can go with STAUMC and the walks you can do when you’re there.
The club has climbing sessions twice a week on the climbing wall at the University Sports Centre – Monday 19:30 – 21:00 and Thursday 13:00 – 14:30. All abilities are welcome from complete novice to experienced climbers. No special equipment is needed as the club has a number of harnesses , belay plates and shoes it can lend out.
The club also travels to Avertical world in Dundee. An indoor climbing centre. Normally, people meet at the Whey Pat between 13:00 and 14:00 on Wednesdays, leaving just after 14:00. Often, car travel can be arranged, but people also regularly take the bus (99 from the Bus station, £5 return) or go in the evening (5pm).
There is also outdoor climbing near St Andrews but not much of any quality within walking distance. A bit further are some very nice sea cliffs – both bolted and trad. During the warmer parts of the year the club has trips to crags (notably Kirriemuir, Limekilns, Dunkeld and many more). Finally of course, you can always (weather permitting) try and get some climbing in on the regular club trips at the weekends.
Socials are the best way to meet other club members and we encourage all to come along. We also hold social events like meals, film showings and pub trips as well of course as our weekly meets. Our social secretary, Alex, will coordinate these events.
Most clubs have a Ball or Dance and in conjunction with canoeing, cycling and other eXtreme sports clubs, we hold the Adrenaline Ball in the first semester. This takes the form of a dinner, ceilidh and disco and is a great night. Again, we encourage all our members to attend.
At the end of the second semester, before the revision and exam period commences, we hold our annual Dinner Meet. This involves camping and a weekend of walking with a Black Tie evening meal in a restaurant or hotel. The final event of the year is our Beach BBQ at The Maiden sea stack (ten minutes walk from the leisure centre), it is a tradition for the committee to change hands (old for new) on the summit, and this is done each year.
Over time the club has accepted: Cyclists; Ultrarunners; Swimmers and even a slightly lost looking freerunner into their ranks. We have a history of accepting everyone in the club and if you want to give something a try that we haven’t mentioned, talk to us about it and we’ll try our best to facilitate it.