What do you do?
Any sport that can be done on a mountain, and a fair few that can be done in other places too. We have members who enjoy hillwalking, scrambling, indoor climbing, bouldering, trad climbing, sport climbing, slacklining, drytooling, winter climbing, alpine climbing, skiing, ceilidh dancing, drinking, fell running, swimming, fancy dress, baking, sunbathing, Scrabble, mountain biking, kayaking, bothy trips and competitive napping.
I’ve never done thing before. Can I still join?
Yes. If you ask nicely you might find a more experienced member who is happy to let you join them on a walk or climb and show you some skills (though they are under no obligation to do so – but biscuits help with bribery). There are also subsidised or free places on courses available for navigation, winter skills and first aid.
Is it all scary climbing or do you do walking too?
We just post all the pictures of people hanging off things by fingernails because it looks cool. Plenty of very pleasant hillwalking is done by the club.
Do you do day trips?
Not officially, but keep an eye out or post on the Facebook page as people are often quite keen.
How much does it cost?
Membership is £25 which covers membership to Mountaineering Scotland and contributes towards club gear and activities. As a member you can also get discount in the TCA, GCC, Dram!, and Cotswolds. An average meet will cost £25 for 2 nights’ accommodation and transport.
What gear do I need?
How do I join?
Details on how to join can be found here.
Do I need to join the gym?
Yes. See gla.ac.uk/services/sport/membership
How can I become a hero?
Over 21, had a UK or EU licence for 2 years, minimal points? Speak to the /about/committee/ about how to do a bus test and guarantee your choice of tunes.
Where do you stay on meets?
Mostly village halls – these are generally warm and dry, you will need a sleeping bag though! All have kitchen facilities and toilets, some have showers and Wifi. Occasionally for smaller meets we stay at club huts. Skye, Reiff and the Alps are camping meets.
Am I too late to join?
No, you can join at any time in the year.
Do you have a weekly bouldering social?
Yes, we go to the TCA Newsroom every Monday from about 6:30pm onwards. You don’t need to have any experience whatsoever to come along. Our members get a discount on Monday nights and there are semester deals available to those that find themselves hooked on the sport.
How about regular indoor climbing (with ropes), do you do that?
Yes, we do. We have a deal with the GCC that allows the first four members that show up in a day to gain free entry! If you miss out on these passes you can get in as a student for a fiver. If you show a GUMClub membership card to café staff at GCC on a Wednesday you get a free cup of coffee/tea (upgrade to a warming latte or sweet hot chocolate for 50p).
I was previously a EUMC, can I join?
Is Smith’s route in condition?
Probably not. 🙁