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University of Birmingham Mountaineering Club

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The Club

Whether you are an experienced rock-climber looking for new challenges or a first-timer who wants to learn and try climbing both indoors and outdoors, UBMC is a large, highly active club at the University of Birmingham, who can provide opportunities for students to undertake mountaineering-related activities. The club is very proud of its friendly, welcoming atmosphere and members are only too happy to help people get started. 

We meet regularly at Boulder Central on Monday evenings and Redpoint on Wednesday afternoons. To get involved either, like the Facebook page (this is where all information and sign-ups for trips can be found), contact the committee, use the forum, or meet us outside the Guild on a Wednesday afternoon at 13:00 and grab anyone wearing anything with UBMC written on it! 

Should you decide to join the club, for a membership fee of only £35, you get all of the following:

  • All gear provided for free
  • British Mountaineering Council Insurance
  • Cheap trips to many locations including: Wales, Scotland, the Lakes, Dorset, the Peak and Pembrokeshire
  • Subsidised access to Midland Association of Mountaineers (M.A.M.)
  • Subsidised training costs for First Aid qualifications, Single Pitch Award (SPA) training, Rope Works Course, Winter Skills Courses and many more...
  • Free advice and encouragement from experienced members of the club
  • Several social events from weekly pub visits to slide show presentations by club members as well as house parties and trips out
  • Discounted shopping trips for climbing gear
  • 20% off at Cotswold Outdoor and 10% off many other outdoor shops

History

Founded in 1932, UBMC has a long and interesting history with over 80 years of climbing tradition to its name. Several routes across the country were established by pioneers who were members of this very club.

In the early days of UBMC an affiliation developed with the Midland Association of Mountaineers who were a local climbing club and are still very active to this day. The nickname "The Stoats" was given to UBMC by the MAM when one member noted that way UBMC climbers stuck to the rock was very "stoat-like." The name has stuck and ever since then UBMC members have been referred to as stoats, for better or worse! 

On graduating from Birmingham many stoats join the MAM to keep climbing with friends they have made but also return to UBMC trips as "old gits" to show us how it should be done. Sometimes they also show us how it should not be done. 

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